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Friday May 7th, 2021 8:36PM

Tyler Millwood takes SLM opener at Dixie Speedway

By Jeff Smith
  Contact Editor

Tyler Millwood opened the 52nd racing season at Dixie Speedway by scoring the win in the Super Late Model feature at the Woodstock, Georgia raceway.

The Kingston, Georgia native set quick time in qualifying and when the green flag flew for the feature, Millwood jumped to an early lead over Justin Shipley. On lap 13, the caution flag flew as Jamie Oliver slowed in turn 3. On the restart, a six car pile up caused a red flag and sent Jake Knowles, Tim Thornton, and Scott Hall to the pit area.

When racing resumed, Shawn Chastain passed Shipley for second on lap 14. But, Millwood had checked out and was not challenged the rest of the race. Millwood earned $2000 for the win.

Chastain finished in second, with Shipley in third, Jason Croft in fourth and Wayne Echols in fifth.

In other action, Toccoa Georgia’s Drew Benfield made the long haul to Woodstock for the season opener pay off by leading every lap en route to the Steelhead 525 Late Model feature. It marked Benfield’s first win at Dixie Speedway.

Taylor Puckett followed Benefield to the checkered flag, with Dale Thurman in third, Jacque Daniel in fourth and Daniel Wilson in fifth.

The Crate Late Model feature provided some of the best action of the night and allowed Jake Knowles to atone for the abrupt ending to his Super Late Model race. Kyler Haygood grabbed the early lead with Knowles applying heavy pressure. Late in the race, Chase Oliver joined the fray, moving past Knowles. A lap 19 caution set up a one lap sprint to the finish. Knowles used the high groove to pass Oliver and Jackson, bolting from third to first on the final lap.

With 35 602 Sportsmen competitors registered for the season opener, track officials decided to run two features. In the first feature, fast qualifier Chris Hough launched from the pole and led all 15 laps in a caution-free race. In the second feature, Sawyer Tinker shot from the outside pole, passing Hayden Swaney. The second feature was also caution free with Tinker holding off Swaney for the win.

Jeremy Williams to lead all 15 laps in the Economy Bombers feature to score the win. Travis Smith, Andrew Findley, Garrett Williams and Eric Hamby rounded out the top five.

Justin Wakefield started deep in the Open Wheel Modified field, but took the lead on lap 6. Wakefield held on to win over Robert George in second, .Gary McPherson in third, Bo Jordan in fourth and Roscoe Collins in fifth.

James Drummond took a wild ride during the Street Stinger feature. While battling with Rick Ricks for second place, Drummond tangled with a lapped car on the back straight and barrel rolled twice. Drummond was able to walk away uninjured. Shaun Harper scored the victory, with Jason Young second, Nathan Peardon third, Jonathan Nelson fourth and Eli Levine fifth.

A small car demolition derby capped the events Saturday night. Darren Ray had the last car running for the win.

Dixie Speedway returns to racing action on Saturday, May 22. For more information, visit DixieSpeedway.com.

Dixie Speedway – Woodstock, GA
Race Results – May 1, 2021

Super Late Models
1. 31 Tyler Millwood
2. 15 Shawn Chastain
3. 08 Justin Shipley
4. 9 Jason Croft
5. 19 Wayne Echols
6. 11 Davie Davis
7. 63 Rick Jennings
8. 00 Dalton Polston
9. 29m Gary McPherson
10. 07 Scott Hall
11. 24 Jake Knowles
12. 31 Tim Thorton
13. 38 Jamie Oliver
14. B37 Brian Burke
DNS: 9 Eric Granger
DNS: 17 Lamar Haygood

Steelhead Late Model
1. 371 Drew Benefield
2. 28 Taylor Puckett
3. 59 Dale Thurman
4. J28 Jacque Daniel
5. 12 Daniel Wilson
6. 57 John Williams
7. 17 Justin Hammett
8. 14 Harvey Burns
9. 17 Tom Watson
10. 18 Brock Love
11. 29 Daniel Floyd
12. 99 Shun Thomas
13. 111 James Mills
14. 3 Chris Thomas
15. 84 Austin Smith
16. 28 Bob Johnson
17. 79 Jimmy Price
18. 89 Kirk Atkins
DNS: 12 Galen Robinson

Crate Late Model Championship
1. 66 Jake Knowles
2. 5 Chase Oliver
3. J4 Colton Jackson
4. 20 Devin Stuart
5. 3 Luther Jenkins
6. 14 David Eubanks
7. 14 Charles Devine
8. 8 Michael Lane
9. 22 Tim Clark
10. 5 Lucas Ruark
11. 1 Ty Ellis
12. 15 Marty Massey
13. 9 Ty Pelfrey
14. 51v Christian Varner
15. 14LP Logan Palmer
16. 10 Dylan Armstrong
17. 11 Michael Tanner
18. 117 Zach Shirley
19. 17 Jake Pilgrim
20. 22 Bo Eaton (DNS)
21. 01 Blant Duke (DNS)
22. 17 Kyler Haygood

602 Sportsman Race 1
1. 24 Chris Hough
2. 66 Taylor Cole
3. 90 Jonathan Martin
4. 1 Zach Pilcher
5. 21 Nick May
6. 21 Justin Begley
7. 1 Sam Carter
8. 98 Boyd Helm
9. 07 Dan Meadows
10. 22 Alan Brewer
11. 21 Mario Gresham
12. 43 Garrett Loyd
13. 11 Sam Ellison
14. 15 Bron Rutledge
15. 19 Richard Dale
DNS: 28 Chuck Hargrove

602 Sportsman Race 2
1. T21 Sawyer Tinker
2. 52 Hayden Swaney
3. 17 Stevie Brannon
4. 25 Tate Nichelson
5. 71 Carson Nichelson
6. 9 Rob Johnson
7. 56 Colton Berrong
8. 03 Rusty House
9. 13 Jesse Goss
10. 42 Name Not Available
11. 19 Shane Duncan
12. 7 Troy Dixon
13. 11 Jack Raines
14. 721 Dawson Martin
15. 21 Justin Rogers
16. 74 Wes Robertson
17. 92 Roger Autry
18. 98 Jackie Waites
19. 117 Name Not Available

Open Wheel Modified
1. 9 Justin Wakefield
2. 29 Robert George
3. 51 Gary McPherson
4. 41 Bo Jordan
5. 69 Roscoe Collins
6. 7 Seth Lacey
7. 55 Dan Meadows
8. 65 Dan Ferguson
9. 6 Koulten Herbert

Economy Bomber
1. 14 Jeremy Williams
2. 23 Travis Smith
3. 07 Andrew Findley
4. 54 Garrett Williams
5. 21 Eric Hamby
6. 17 Petey Cochran
7. 44 Billy Dean
8. 87 Chris Woodall
9. 18 Jeff Peardon
10. 2 Brandy Brewer
11. 62 Charles Dettmar
12. 43 Tim Ford
13. 18 John Sanford
14. 39 Roger Pilcher
15. 33 Joe Trantham
16. 21 Randy Smith
17. 97 Carl Holcomb
18. 14 Cody Newton
19. 17 Tyler Garrett
20. 11 Tom Darby

Street Stingers
1. 99 Shawn Harper
2. 3 Jason Young
3. 11 Nathan Peardon
4. 5 Jonathan Nelson
5. 97 Eli Levine
6. 17 Michael Jenkins
7. 14 Joshua Smith
8. 4 Rick Ricks
9. 32 James Drummond
10. 87 Ozzy Shattles
11. 49 Spencer Huth
12. 30 Allen Jones

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