Robinson breaks slump, wins All-Stars race at Dixieland Speedway
By Jami Frankenberry
Sunday, July 1, 2018
MORGANS CORNER — Brent Robinson has had his share of success in recent years at Dixieland Speedway, but he was unable to finish better than fourth in his first two appearances this season.
Robinson, though, started on the pole and found his groove Friday night, steering around seven cautions on his way to a 40-lap victory in the Budweiser All-Stars event.
Robinson, of Smithfield, Va., collected $1,200 and ended what amounted to a mini slump. He was the Dixieland track champion in 2015 and has won multiple races each season since.
“This feels good,” Robinson said after the win. “We’ve had a little bit of bad luck this year. It feels really good to be back in Victory Lane. We’ve been changing some things and did a lot of work on it and it paid off tonight.”
Robinson wasn’t challenged in finishing in front of Billy Hubbard and John Staton. Twelve cars began the feature, but only eight finished. Robinson built a steady lead between each of the race’s seven cautions, but rarely was afforded much momentum. The longest stretch of caution-free laps was between the 13th and 30th circuits, and there were three yellow flags in the final 10 laps.
Hubbard, the points leader, was the track’s most dominant driver for the first month, winning five of the first six races. The Cobbs Creek, Va., driver has five wins and a third-place finish this season, but he couldn’t catch Robinson on Friday.
“We just came up a little bit short,” Hubbard said. “We just have to go home and get to work.”
Staton, of Chesapeake, Va., was third in his first appearance at Dixieland since the season opener.
All five of Dixieland’s divisions were in action Friday night after a three-week break:
In the R&D Excavating Super Fours, Toby Davis of Chesapeake, Va., drove to his first career victory. Davis led from start to finish in the 20-lapper and took the checkered flag ahead of points leader Kyle Barnes and James Barnes.
In the Rapid Ron’s Sportsman, Elizabeth City’s Joe Weiss stayed in front of chaos and avoided six cautions to win his first feature of the season. Weiss, the points leader, led from start to finish as a host of cars spun and tangled behind him throughout. Michael Wells finished second, followed by Brad Cox.
“They made me work for it,” Weiss said during a post-race interview in Victory Lane. “I know there was a lot going on behind me. I just never looked back, I kept going.”
In the Little Caesar’s Super Streets, Kevin Bray continued his recent hot streak with a third consecutive victory in a 20-lap feature. Bray, of Maple, N.C., has won four races this season and led the final 18 laps to finish ahead of Allen Shifflett and Devin Weatherley.
In the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours, points leader Jason McCauley led the final 13 laps for his second victory of the season. McCauley, of Jarvisburg, N.C., won the 15-lap feature ahead of Shane Loving and Hunter Mason.
Spare tires: Dixieland will take a week off in observance of the July 4 holiday and return to racing July 13. … Billy Hubbard’s five wins in the Budwesier All-Stars division lead the track. Hubbard also held the largest points lead heading into Friday night — by 14 points over Larry Jackson. All four of the other divisions’ top two drivers were separated by eight or fewer points.