While it’s been more than a year since he’s visited
victory lane, Smithfield, Virginia’s, Brent Robinson
returned to the coveted spot after finishing first in
the 30-lap Budweiser Allstar Late Models race on Friday
at Dixieland Speedway.
He started the feature on the pole position and led
every lap en-route to the win on Budweiser night. His
biggest challenger early in the evening was points
leader and defending champion, Billy Hubbard. The
eight-time winner in 2019 started the event in third
place and quickly followed Robinson to the front.
Hubbard mounted a serious challenge on lap one and began
an attempt to pass Robinson in turn three. His car lost
grip and he spun to the inside of the course resulting
in the evening’s first caution flag. He would restart at
the rear of the field and spent the night working his
way back to the front, ultimately resulting in a
With the win, Robinson collected the additional $200
bounty prize for beating Hubbard, who has dominated the
2019 season. Elizabeth City’s Larry Jackson also gave
Robinson a run for his money near the closing laps. The
two were in a tight battle for first place; however
Jackson could never set up a pass on Robinson.
Jackson finished in second place, and Ryan Steeley
earned a season-best of third place.
To clinch the 2019 series title, Hubbard needs to finish
third or better in the season finale. Jackson could win
the points race if he finishes four places or better
Another competitor that broke a winless drought on
Friday was Elizabeth City racer, Joe Weiss. The 41-year
old racer took first place honors at the season-opening
event in early May and before this past weekend was yet
to back it up with another victory. The driver of the
number zero Chevrolet led the entire 20-lap race from
the pole position to claim his second win of the season.
The event was mired with six yellow flags due to spins
and cars contacting the course walls. Points contender
and defending champion, Mark Gonzales experienced
mechanical problems for the second consecutive race. He
would retire to the garage before the event concluded
and was credited with a 12th place finish.
Mark Overman, defending race winner and three-time
first-place finisher in 2019, made the most noise in the
20-lap feature by moving from a fourth-place starting
position to earning the runner-up spot. Overman was able
to overtake points leader and third-place finisher Troy
Brickhouse near the conclusion of the event and began to
chase down eventual race winner Weiss. Time and laps ran
out before Overman could catch the eventual race winner.
To be crowned champion, Brickhouse needs to finish in
10th place or better this weekend. Mathematically Mark
Gonzales still has an opportunity to win the
championship, although the Elizabeth City racer would
almost need a miracle by having to finish 11 places
better than Brickhouse in the finale.
Another defending champion found the checkered flag on
Friday in the Little Caesars Super Streets. Kevin Bray
of Maple, North Carolina, started on the outside pole
and quickly found the top spot on the opening lap. He
would go on to lead all 20-circuits to cruise to his
second win of the season. Polesitter Dennis Barnes
earned second place while Allen Shiflett claimed third
in his Chevrolet.
Points leader Justin Pruitt earned fourth place after
spending multiple laps unsuccessfully setting up a pass
on Shiflett. To win his first title next weekend, Pruitt
needs to finish in 12th place or better.
Dustin Cisco earned the victory in the special Biggs
Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours 25-lap race that paid
$500 to win. The Suffolk, Virginia, racer only led two
laps. Friday’s big money race was extended by
10-circuits and attrition proved to be high as multiple
cars experienced mechanical issues and dropped out of
the race before it ended.
Trevor Battoia and points leader James Hissom, Jr.
started the event on the front row. The two would battle
for the top spot initially with Hissom being successful
at claiming the position. Cisco found himself in a fight
for third place with Moyock racer Chris Freemon. Cisco
and Freemon traded paint a couple of times on the track
and the two eventually made hard contact on the
backstretch on lap four, sending Freemon into the wall
and ultimately out of the race. Throughout the remaining
laps, intensity ramped up for the top position with
Hissom increasingly having a harder time holding off a
quick charging Cisco. On lap 23, two away from the
finish, Hissom broke a transaxle in the front end of his
car while leading the race, sending the baby shark
painted Acura for a spin in turn one. His night and
hopes for winning the big race were doused. Hissom was
credited with an eighth-place finish.
On the two-lap restart, Cisco was able to hold off the
field to claim his second win of the season. Trevor
Battoia finished in second place while Justin Bohn
earned third. With the second-place finish, Battoia
moved from third in points to regain second place over
To win the championship, Hissom needs to finish in 10th
place or better next weekend.
Rickie Waters won for the second straight race in the
R&D Super Fours on Friday. The Virginia Beach native
held off past winner Kyle Barnes, who finished in second
and points leader Dale Ore, Jr. claimed third place.
Ore needs to finish in fifth place or better next
weekend to win the points race for 2019.
Racing resumes for the final time in 2019 on Friday,
September 6th and includes a special 40-lap Rapid Ron’s
Racing Sportsman event that will pay the winner $1,000.
Additionally, Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Little
Caesars Super Streets, Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock
Fours and R&D Super Fours will compete and earn double
points. Friday’s races will mark the last race of the
season and five champions will be crowned. Gates open at
5:00 p.m. and the action kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Tickets
will be available for purchase in person.