Monday, March 19, 2018

For What It's Worth, My 2 Cents 3/19/2018

By Dale Hall
Congratulations go out to Waycross Motor Speedway from Deep Dixie Racing on a great opening night. The stands were packed with fans and after speaking with the many drivers who showed up, they greatly appreciated it. Michelle Carter Stone, Keith Ambrose and the rest of the staff are to be commended for their efforts. Thank all of you for what you are doing for racing. Looking at their schedule in conjunction with Golden Isles Speedway for the rest of the year, race fans have a lot of quality racing to look forward to.

Being a race fan myself, I really enjoy it when I see others who appreciate this great sport. On Friday night, I had the privilege to record an interview that Joe Kelly did with race fan Brenda Reaves. She seemed very content and happy to be at Waycross Motor Speedway that night, indicating that it was fun and relaxing for her. She came back Saturday night for the feature races as well. Little did anyone know that it would be her last trip there as she has since passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Hopefully, it is comforting to most that she got to enjoy good times watching and doing something with many of those family and friends in her final hours. You can see the obituary and sign the guestbook by clicking the photo below. Godspeed Brenda Reaves. May our Heavenly Father provide peace and comfort to those who knew and loved her.
Brenda Reaves (1963-2018)

I got to read Ted Austad's article about about three separate drivers getting their first victories at Senoia Raceway this past Saturday night. Ted did his usual outstanding job of recapping the action. Those first time winners were Bailey Williams, Shannon Stevens and Steven Partin. Read Ted's article by clicking here.

Looking ahead to this coming weekend, several tracks we cover will be getting their seasons underway, one of those will be Cochran Motor Speedway. Chris Martin and his staff will be hosting the Nesmith Touring Series Friday night and Saturday night. Those guys will be running for $2000 to win Friday and $4000 to win on Saturday.
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I want to remind everyone that our goal at the Deep Dixie Racing Network is to help promote stock car racing in general. Since our inception, we have made a point to only provide positive coverage for the tracks and series. By and large, most of the coverage we provide is at our own expense. Therefore, we tend to provide more attention to those who have supported us in the past or are in our close proximity. See how that works? Leo and myself have made a lot of friends in the racing community and we try to be loyal to those friends. No question, we may have offended a few in the past too. The thing is, you have never seen us publicly disparage or run down those people who might have an agenda against us in a public forum. I really try to adhere to what the Good Lord teaches us.

Leo Johnson and myself are looking forward to the 2018 racing season and working with the tracks and series who want to and are willing to partner with us in promoting racing. Also, with Joe Kelly heading up the DDRN Racing Outreach program, we are excited for the opportunities which may be presented there as well. If you or anyone you know may be interested in working with us by the way of sponsoring or supporting one of our causes, our contact information is listed in the upper left side of our main page. We look forward to hearing from y'all.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Williams, Stephens & Partin Claim First Career Wins at Senoia

Bailey Williams
Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – March 18, 2018)  Fayetteville teenager Bailey Williams outdueled Newnan’s Oliver Gentry and Alabama’s Cruz Skinner to claim his first career victory at Senoia Raceway on Saturday night.  The grandson of Georgia Auto Racing Hall of Famer, Ricky Williams, Bailey led every single lap on his way to victory lane, but had to survive a pair of late race restarts to secure the win.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Southern Short Track Report 3/14/2018

 If you haven't already, go and "Like" Chris Carr's The Southern Short Track Report on Facebook.

Better Than Current Social Media? Here Is An Invitation To Come Join us.

We are looking for you bold and adventurous people who aren't afraid to try new things on our new Discord channel. It is an awesome way to share and communicate with others using voice and text, separately or together. Why not give it a try just to see if you like it by clicking this link: It should be fun. By the way, it isn't just for gamers. We encourage all you adventurous souls who will to come join us.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Skinner & Smith Double Up For Thriller Wins At Senoia Raceway

Cruz Skinner

Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo Credits: Francis Hauke

(Senoia, GA – March 11, 2018)  On a night that the forecasters called for rain, rain and more rain, Senoia Raceway braved the forecasts and dropped the green on the annual Thousand Dollar Thriller.  Alabama’s Cruz Skinner and Senoia’s Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith both were happy the track decided against listening to the weatherman as the dynamic duo claimed their second wins of the season each in the Limited Late Model and Crate Late Model divisions.  Each of them pocketed the one thousand dollar winner’s purse for their efforts.

“We will not call a race just because the forecast is bleak,” said promoter Mayes Massey. “We watch the radar and determine which way the weather is moving and if we feel we have a good chance to get everything rolling and race, we are going to try.  We will never call a race before it rains at the track. Our drivers and our fans can count on that from us.  We love to race.”

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

DDRN Is Offering New Feature Pages!

As of today, we have created new pages on our site to help you to keep up with is going on in our sport, hopefully, in a real easy way. If you look over to the upper left you should notice two new pages in our navigation section, the Race Track Twitter Feed and the Stock Car Media & Series Twitter Feed. Check them out and let us know of any additional contributors we might need to add.

DDRN Is Offering A Way For Tracks To Promote Themselves - FOR FREE!

That's right, Deep Dixie Racing Network is offering tracks the opportunity to get their information out to the public in the most inexpensive way. If you notice on the right side of our main DDRN page, we have a section called "Track News". This section is designed for those tracks that have an RSS component to their website and use it to keep their drivers and fans updated on what is going on. Whenever a track makes a post, a short snippet of that post and a link to it should show up on our main page. If any track is not already participating and would like to, please send us a message or call us using the contact information over on the upper left of this site.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dixie Speedway Hosts Southeastern Classic on Saturday March 10th Paying $5,053 to win

Submitted by Ryan Delph

BRASSTOWN, NC (March 4, 2018)-The Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series will open the 2018 campaign at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga. on Saturday March 10th paying $5,053-to-win during the annual Southeastern Classic racing 50 laps in distance.

This historical event will mark the first race of the 2018 season for the track and tour but will also mark the first event with the new "Droop Rule" the series introduced in December of 2017. This will also be a non-points event. The tire rule will be Hoosier 1350 and 1600 along with the American Racer 48 and 56.

Promoter Ray Cook made a video in mid-December that was publicized on the series website,, and various media outlets. This video goes over complete details of the new safety rule. Here is a direct link to the video: .

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Clanton Claims Senoia Season Opener

Shane Clanton
Submitted by Ted Austad
Photo credits: Francis Hauke

 (Senoia, GA – March 4, 2018)  Zebulon’s Shane Clanton overtook Senoia’s Bubba Pollard on lap four after Pollard made a daring pass on the inside of turn two.  The former Craftsman Tool World of Outlaws champion then turned it up a notch distancing himself from Pollard and the remainder of the field to claim the opening night laurels for the Super Late Model division at Senoia Raceway.  Clanton claimed it was a tune-up for the Spring Nationals at Senoia Raceway on Easter weekend.

Other feature winners on the opening night for the 2018 racing season included Alabama’s Cruz Skinner in the Limited Late Models, Senoia’s Clint ‘Cat Daddy’ Smith in the Crate Late Models and Cory Compton of Gray in the Late Model Sportsman.  Locust Grove’s Larry Bednar claimed his first career win at Senoia in the Hobby division while Newnan’s Bobby Faulkner did the same in the Mini Stock class.  Alabama’s Dunie Dillard claimed the checkered flag for the Bombers while 16-year-old Grantville student Lucas Pittman won the Hot Shot main event.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Five Past Winter Dirt Games Winners Among Entries For Ocala USAC Sprint Openers

Submitted by: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida………Five past “Winter Dirt Games” feature winners have entered the 2018 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season openers Feb. 15-16-17 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

The ninth edition of the three-race series in the heart of Florida has had 11 different winning drivers in its 22-race history.  The winner of the opener at the most recent trip by the series to Ocala was Ione, California’s Justin Grant.  The 2018 series runner-up finds himself in new digs this year as the driver of the TOPP Motorsports No. 4.

In an offseason chock-full of ride swapping, Kevin Thomas, Jr., a 2015 “Winter Dirt Games” feature winner, has added the Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. colors and the No. 69 to his arsenal for 2018.  The Cullman, Alabama driver led the series with six points wins last season, including the season finale “Oval Nationals” at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in November.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wanted And Needed: Public Relations People To Help Promote Racing (Reprint)

For What It's Worth, My 2 Cents 
(Editor's Note: This was originally written in February 2017. Since that time, Deep Dixie Racing Network is being formed as a tool to help unify the efforts to promote stock car racing. If you are a track promoter/manager, photographer, writer, or even sponsor who wants to get involved, we are looking for help and support. We would love hear from you. Go to our contact page to get in touch with us. )

by: Dale Hall
This is just my opinion and mine only. I see a glaring absence of any organized effort to promote stock car racing and that needs to be rectified for the good of the sport. Too many tracks and racing series do not have dedicated public relations people and, if they do, they most often resort to a hodgepodge of efforts to get information about their track or series out to the public. The most prominent of those efforts rely on social media and even those efforts often have no rhyme or reason. Just think about how many different ways the tracks or series each of you know about disseminate information regarding their upcoming events.

I am not saying that social media doesn't have it's place in this day and age of electronic media. For sure it does. What I am saying is that the way we done things twenty or thirty years ago doesn't necessarily work anymore and we need to adapt with the changing and evolving technology if we want to see stock car racing survive and continue to grow, hopefully, in a coordinated effort.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Racing With Jesus Chaplain Joe Kelly To Head Up New DDRN Outreach

The Deep Dixie Racing Network is proud to announce that Racing With Jesus Ministries Chaplain Joe Kelly will be heading up the new Deep Dixie Racing Outreach program. We will be providing more information about this new Christian-based outreach program soon.

Contact information:

Joe Kelly

Deep Dixie Racing Network Officially Begins

The brain trust at Deep Dixie Racing met yesterday and came up with what we think are positive changes which will help us further our mission of promoting stock car racing. Leo Johnson and Dale Hall have entered into a partnership and a new venture has arisen out of that partnership.  Here are a list of some of those changes going forward:

  • A new website will be created and it will be named Deep Dixie Racing Network. 
  • Deep Dixie Racing Network will continue the purpose of Deep Dixie Racing which is to be a positive promoter of stock car racing as a sport. 
  • The Deep Dixie Racing Network, as is indicative of its new name, will partner and affiliate with others that share the goal of promoting our sport.
  • We at the Deep Dixie Racing Network, will create a within our organization a new section and it will be called Deep Dixie Racing Outreach. It will be designed to reflect Christian values.
  • The Deep Dixie Racing Network will work with tracks to help promote their events through various and, hopefully, innovative ways.
  • The Deep Dixie Racing Network will work to provide original content to include such things as interviews, live programming, and even documentaries.

Additional changes will be forthcoming as well. We will update you often as we endeavor to evolve. Some of these upcoming changes will probably encourage and excite many of you in our racing community.

Please bear with us as we process through these changes.

For anyone who is interested in helping support us here at the new Deep Dixie Racing Network, please feel free to contact us. We are looking for sponsors and affiliates.

Contact information:

Leo Johnson

Dale Hall

Deep Dixie Racing Is Going Away

That's right. Deep Dixie Racing as you know it will cease to exist. Change is underway. Stay tuned for more.......