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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Big Finish 50 Saturday Superstreet Feature

Videos: 2012 Winter Spectacular At 441 Speedway

I took a friend with me to help out at 441 Speedway for the 2012 Winter Spectacular.  He had never been there before.  After the racing action had been completed for the evening, I asked him his thoughts on the track and the action he was able to witness.  The three and sometimes four wide racing must have impressed him.  He could hardly contain himself as he described how much he had enjoyed it.  He said he finally understands why I enjoy taking the long trip up to Dublin when I get the opportunity.  The racing is so dang exciting!  Well, enough talk.  The videos will be listed below as they are completed. You can watch them and then judge for yourself.
Late Models

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Langdale Ford Big Finish 50

   On December 28th Needmore Speedway will open it's gates for the first day of a weekend of racing called the Langdale Ford Big Finish 50. The previous race Needmore held was back in November called the Earlybird 75 and it was extremely successful. Lots of cars and lots of fans made for an exciting weekend. In the late model division Adam Giles blistered the track during qualifying and broke the previous track record leaving fans to hope someone can repeat this feat at the Big Finish. We also saw Brandon Overton from Appleton, Ga. lead most of the race in a crate late model but eventually lose out to Needmore regular Stacey Roberts. There were drivers from 6 different states in attendance for the race.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jimmy Owens Cruises To A $20,000 Payday At EAMS

In-cars: Steve Francis and Tyler Ivey
Video Production By: Leo Johnson
Video Crew: Greg Keigans and Carolyn Johnson


Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Crazy Finish to a Driver's Exciting Year: Mark Whitener

      The beginning of a race season and how a driver does isn't an indication of how a driver's year will go. It only means that the year can get better from there if you're having to start at the bottom and come back up. Mark Whitener is a good example of this. His racing season started out with an awful accident and went up from there. On January 28th at North Florida Speedway Mark was driving a modified and got into a crash that broke his back and kept him out for 5 weeks. Some people could have looked at this as an omen to how his season would go but from there he won 14 features with 15 second place finishes. He also finished out the season with not one but two championships. One in the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series and the other the track championship at BRP.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Deep Dixie Racing Legends: A Conversation With Marvin Ragan

Today, I met with Mr. Marvin Ragan to begin a series of conversations with influential figures of stock car racing in the south.  As many of you may know, Mr. Ragan is the owner of the Watermelon Capital Speedway and he has recently been diagnosed with a very grave form leukemia and one doctor told him his life expectancy may be less than two months.  He has set up a blog on Caring Bridge to help enlighten people on his condition on a regular basis. You can click here to view it.

I have known Mr. Marvin for several years and I have a great deal of respect for him. Having covered racing in this part of the country, I knew a little bit about his background but I wanted to learn more.  It was a really enjoyable time sitting back and listening to what he had to say.  Overall, I will probably put up around two hours of our conversation, more or less.  The first video is around thirty minutes long. I will add the others to this post as I complete them. Please keep Mr. Ragan in your thoughts and prayers. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Rising Star: Pearson Lee Williams

   To learn how to finess a race car in the turns and know how to fix a mistake to make yourself better can only come from years of experience, seat time, and age. So, when a 15 year old wins a NLMS race in only his second late model race you have think this kid has something special. Pearson Lee Williams, a Dublin, Ga. native, has been involved in racing his whole life. His first trip to the race track was at the age of 3 days old and he's been there every since. Pearson had plenty of influence in his life when it came to racing by having a father and both grandfathers who raced.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Legend Has Passed

Submitted by: T.J. Roberts

     National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Rance Phillips, a south Georgia dirt racer who piled up more than 700 career victories, died this week. He was 78.
     He was found in his Hamilton County, Fla., home on Tuesday by a sheriff’s deputy after family members weren’t able to make contact with him. His death was confirmed by Roberts Racing of Sparks, Georgia, a team Phillips worked with for several years.
    Phillips, who competed in a vintage race car event a few seasons back, won hundreds of races along with more than 10 track championships at tracks in Georgia and Florida. He once had a 12-race winning streak at Jacksonville, Fla., where he was also the winner of the Jacksonville 100 in 1989.
Among his other major victories: the 1967 Waycross 75 at Waycross (Ga.) Speedway; the 1979 Nimnicht Chevrolet 100 at Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick, Ga.; the 1980 Easter 100 at Columbia County Speedway in Lake City, Fla.; and the 1980 Georgia-Florida 100 at Lake City.
   Phillips was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. He was inducted into the Jacksonville Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame two years earlier.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Gresham Motorsports Park & Other Local Tracks To Form "Southern Super Series"

Submitted by: Sheena Elliott
Jefferson, Georgia - Gresham Motorsports Park is proud to announce the most exciting thing to happen to stock car racing in the South in the last twenty years, The Southern Super Series!  Gresham Motorsports Park has been working diligently to bring drivers and fans in the Southeast a competitive 2013 race season.   The new series will enable teams to race within the region at premier race facilities for good race purses and be able to save money by not having to travel long distances for the opportunity to race.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mark Whitener Wins Big At NFS

  Mark Whitener capped off a perfect weekend and won the UDLMC series race and championship.
Whitener lead it from wire to wire and celebrated with a dowsing champagne.

Video crew:  Carolyn Johnson, Dale Hall, and Ronnie Newsome

Video footage: Brandon Cato, Brian Wooten, and Augie Burttram

click read more to view videos.    Videos will be put up during the week.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Stacey Roberts Is Your 2012 Early Bird Champion

$10,000.00 WINNER

Video crew:  Carolyn Johnson, Dale Hall, Greg Keigans, and Ryan Williams

Video footage; Tyler Ivey and Cody Simons

Interview: Skip Pannell dedicates his win Sunday to his late mother.

               Late Model: Stacey Roberts
               Limited:       Skip Pannell
               Superstreet:  Zane Johnson
               Hobby:         Ronnie Newsome
               Enduro:        Cameron Connell
               Mini Stock:  Austin Baxley


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rockingham, N.C. In Car Videos

                                                    In Car Lee Newsome

In Car John Wesley

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cruiser National 100 EAMS 2012


Superstreet National 100 EAMS

 Special thanks to Robby Metts. The trip to EAMS would not have happened for not for him. Thanks Robby.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hobby Feature East Alabama National 100 Video




Monday, November 12, 2012

Change My Pants Moment Of The Week

Billy Nipper Crash At The National 100

Robin Seifert Alford gave us this update Monday night:
"I hope you guys have seen some of my posts on Hwy 49 Racing's page. If not, Billy's neck & back were broken in several places & there are also some fractures. There was a little bleeding around his brain. He was put in a halo this morning & will be in it for 3 months. All of this is fact. I was at the hospital in the trauma room with him & the doctor. He has NOT been released. The DR said hopefully 24-48 hours, if all is well, he can go home. He is still experiencing a lot of pain tonight. Please keep him in your prayers! He appreciates them very much!! ~Robin~"

 Please keep Billy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Click Here To Contribute To The Billy Nipper Recovery Fund

Pure Stock Feature From The Arlene Pittman Memorial


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thunderbowl, I-75 Speedway Reunion Held

The Thunderbowl, I-75 Speedway Reunion was held on Saturday November 10, 2012 at the old track location. Many of the old gang was there to enjoy each others' company and to swap stories.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rockingham Speedway Picture Story

  Deep Dixie Racing followed some of our regulars up to Rockingham N.C for the Street Stock Nationals.Congratulations to John Wesley, Lee Newsome, and Randy Merwin on great finishes.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tyler Ivey Wins The Arlene Pittman Memorial Worth $7,000

  Tyler Ivey is one of the hottest drivers in the southeast. Fresh off his Alabama State Championship win  two week ago, Ivey has pocketed $10,000 in winnings these last two months. With the Nationals and Early Bird 75 coming up, Ivey could be $25,000 richer by mid November.
 Video crew:  Greg Keigans and Dale Hall
Footage : Taylor Gilder, Russell Lovett, Tyler Ivey, Augie Burtram and Pearson Lee Williams
In -cars :  Mark Whitener, Tyler Ivey, Jordy Nipper, Ivedent Lloyd, Pearson Lee Williams, and Jason Fitzgerald

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Boots Sears Memorial Race Takes Place This Weekend At Golden Isles Speedway

Submitted by Michael C. Popwell

SATURDAY 11/3/12--Boots Sears was a local racer who was instrumental in getting dirt track racing started in SE Georgia.  He made sure ANYONE who wanted to race was able to.  It was not uncommon to see him taking a part off of his car and giving it to another driver just so they could make the race that night.  One thing you hardly ever saw Boots doing at the track was working on HIS car, he could however be found under the hood of any other car helping someone else.  He never turned anyone away and always offered his advice IF asked.  He would race anyone just as hard as they wanted to race and when that racing turned into a spinout Boots ALWAYS backed off and gave them their spot back, and then would cleanly out run you.  He was truly a dirt track legend who had one goal in mind—GO RACING, HAVE FUN AND HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR.  Many dirt track racers in SE Georgia that race today do so because they were/are linked to Boots’ advice, help and generosity.   His tradition is carried on today by his niece Dara through Big Splash Racing. 
Enduro, Demolition Derby and Hobby Stock Special races are planned.

Gates open @ 2PM and racing @ 5PM


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wild And Crazy Action At AMS

  An almost full moon made for some wild and crazy action on and off the track. Russell Brown Jr fresh off his big win at the Showdown In the Swamp lead every lap, but it wasn't easy.Enduro had action on and off the track. The last race of the year had to be the best at Albany Motor  Speedway.


Incar: Skip Pannell, Allen Flourony, Kelly Walker, and Tyler Summerlin

Kyle Benjamin Wins ARCA/CRA Watermelon 100 & Series Championship

Kyle Benjamin and track owner Marvin Ragan

Kyle Benjamin won the ARCA/CRA Watermelon 100 Saturday night at the Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele.  By winning that race, he also captured the ARCA/CRA Super Series Southern Tour championship as well.   At 14 years of age, he is the youngest ever to do so.  Earlier in the evening, 15-year-old Anderson Bowen captured his first JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour race, when he won the 100-lap race in that division.  Videos and a slideshow of the racing action will be included below.

ARCA/CRA Watermelon 100

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Russell Brown Jr Is King Of The Swamp

  After a broken fuel pump that knocked Russell Brown Jr out of the feature Friday night. Russell Brown Racecars broke out the backup and lead every lap on his way to a $3,000 pay day in NLMS series race, along with the Showdown In The Swamp title.

IN-CARS: Mark Whitener , Rhett Carter , Donnie Chappell , and Ivedent Lloyd

                       (NLMS) VIDEO (CLICK READ MORE)

       LIMITEDS             CECIL EUNICE
       PURE                     BRIAN WOOTEN

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Video Blog: 441 Speedway 2nd Annual Georgia State Championships 10/20/12

Over 120 cars showed up to race at the 2nd Annual Georgia State Championship race last night at 441 Speedway.  A large crowd was on hand to experience some great racing action.  The videos for all the races will be listed here as they are completed.  Up first will be the Superstreet feature which was won by Jimmy Sharpe, Jr.. That race is of particular interest to many fans because it also involved a wreck in which two drivers were injured, Bobby Piper and Danny Scarboro.  It was reported that Danny may have some broken ribs and Bobby's wife, Kim, posted the following on Facebook this morning:
Orthopedic--Dr Gay has been in. Bobby's hip is fractured into 5 pieces. They just took him down to surgery. Will be in surgery approximately 1-3 hours depending on what it looks like when Dr Gay gets in. Will be a long road to recovery. Please keep him in your prayers. I will post more as I get it. Lord Jesus please I pray keep my husband safe during. Kim Piper

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Rhett Carter Overcomes A Watered Down Fuel Cell To Win

  The NLMS came to Waycross Motor Speedway Friday night and Rhett Carter showed the series regulars how to get around the 4/10 mile oval. Before quailifing the Carter crew put water in the fuel cell, not gas. His Wildcat Engine busted up the last lap in time trial, but the first lap was good enough to put him in the top six. After the draw Carter was on the pole and went on to lead every lap.
  Waycross does it all again tonight for $3,000 to win for the late models.

  Video Crew: Carolyn Johnson
  In-cars: Mark Whitener, Tyler Ivey, Scott Johnson, and Evan Becton

  Pure Stock was a good race with a pit road argument.  (watch it !!)


  LIMITED                ALVIN CARTER


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Submitted by Ben Sumner

Albany Motor Speedway presents the 4TH ANNUAL SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP AND HALLOWEEN BASH Saturday October 27th. Drivers from Georgia, Florida, And Alabama will invade Albany Motor Speedway for their chance at the championship. The event will include racing in all classes. The Late Models will compete under Nesmith and NLMS engine and tire rules. The children will have activities throughout the night. The activities will include a Halloween costume contest and the chance to trick or treat with drivers at intermission on the track. Gates will open at 4 PM, practice will begin at 6:30 PM, and racing starts at 7 PM.


Watermelon Capital set to host Two Day Show Oct 26-27!

 Kyle Busch being interviewed after CRA event earlier this year.

Submitted by Billy Goodman 
Friday October 26th and Saturday October 27th at Watermelon Capital Speedway, located 1/4 mile west of Interstate 75 exit 101 in Cordele (GA), is shaping up to be one an action packed weekend and one you will not want to miss. Titled the CRA Watermelon Twin 100’s the weekend, the event will highlight twin 100 lap main events for Pro Latemodels and Super Latemodels and will also include local racing divisions.

Golden Isles Speedway 10/13/12 Recap & Slideshow

Submitted By Michael C. Popwell

October 13th- The C&L Performance Auto Super Street Feature staged 15 cars for a 20 lap shoot out.  Brian Wooten led the first half of the feature but spun on lap 8 and had to restart on the rear.  After 9 laps of green flag racing Wooten worked his way back to the top but fell short of the win as Chris Keller Sr took the checkered flag followed by Wooten and Scott Crews.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Gary Shaw In Victory Lane At Needmore For The First Time

Video crew : Carolyn Johnson and Greg Keigans
In-cars: Steven Roberts, Jay Johnson, Gary Palmer, and Keith Kendrick
Special thanks to Ryan Williams


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lonnie Roberts Drives To Victory In Old School Late Model

A fan favorite, Lonnie Roberts, drove his recently built Needmore Old-School Late Model to victory Saturday night at Needmore Speedway.  This was to be his last race before undergoing an intensive cancer treatment program at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.  Thoughts and prayers are requested for Lonnie and his family.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fans And Drivers Have Chance To Win Big At JEGS 50

Submitted by: Sheena Elliott
JEFFERSON, GA (October 11, 2012)- With less than three days to go, Gresham Motorsports Park is gearing up for the last race of the 2012 race season, the JEGS 50!  Fans and drivers have so much in store for them at the JEGS 50 on Saturday, October 13th and this will be one race that no one will want to miss!

Monday, October 8, 2012

More Alabama State Championship Action

 Deep Dixie Racing has the mini stock feature, practice action with Deep Dixie regulars Steven Roberts and Michael Ford.
Remember this Sunday is the make up of the state championship at EAMS. Racing starts at 10 am. for more info

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Slideshow: Waycross Motor Speedway 10/6/12

Troy Bregy has provide us with photos from the latest race at Waycross Motor Speedway.

New Faces In Victory Lane At Needmore


Video crew: Carolyn Johnson and Greg Keigan
In-car: Cody Simons, Lovan Sloan ,and Steven Roberts

Videos coming soon!!!!

A Closer Look At The Old School Late Models Of Needmore

 Deep Dixie Racing talked to John King and Lonnie Roberts about the new Old School Late Model divison at Needmore Speedway in Norman Park , Ga. John and Lonnie talk about the very economical class and the massive amount of support that the track is putting behind the cars.

Friday, October 5, 2012


 Thanksgiving weekend Needmore Speedway will be paying $10,000 dollars to the winner of the Late Model feature. This will be the Needmore Late Model rules. All classes will have extra money added.  More to come.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Golden Isles Speedway Recap & Slideshow 9/29/12

Submitted by: Michael C. Popwell 
(Troy Bregy provides the slideshow.) 

September 29th- Things got off to a bang Saturday night with dark storm clouds in the horizon and a full moon shinning down.  As the Super Street heat took the track the lights went out in turn one.  After a short delay the super street action got underway followed by 3 heats of hobby stock cars, e-mod and 2 heats of limited sportsman.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Rained Stops The Action In The Alabama State Championships




Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Golden Isles Speedway Will Be Racing This Weekend

Submitted by: Michael C. Popwell

The Golden Isles Speedway has been re-opened since June 2012. The track is being run by Darryl Courson, a local resident and longtime racer. Grandstand admission for regular shows is only $8.00 per adult or $15.00 per couple, pit admission $20.00 for adults and children under the age of twelve (12) will be admitted to both the grandstands and the pit area for FREE. Gates will open for biweekly programs at 5:00 p.m. with racing 8:00 p.m. Located in Waynesville, Georgia, this 4/10 mile, high-banked, D-shaped dirt track hosts regular racing in Limited Late Model, Super Street, Hobby Stock, E-Mod, and Powder Puff divisions.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Brian Wooten Wins Two Features At Waycross Motor Speedway

Last night at Waycross Motor Speedway, Brian Wooten took home two wins by placing first in the Pure Stock and Superstreet feature races. Cecil Eunice won the Limited Sportsman feature and Rhett Carter won the Late Model feature. Below is a slideshow of photos taken throughout the evening's events.

Leon Childs Wins Two Out of Three at Needmore



Monday, September 17, 2012

Slideshow: Golden Isles Speedway 9/15/12

Troy Bregy does some great photography work and Deep Dixie Racing welcomes him on board as a contributor. He will be providing us with photos of the racing action he covers week in and week out, primarily at Waycross Motor Speedway and Golden Isles Speedway. This is a gallery of his latest efforts at Golden Isles Speedway. Thanks Troy.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Videos: Albany Motor Speedway 9/15/12

Tim Crawley won the USCS Sprint Car feature for the second night in a row at Albany Motor Speedway.  Below is video of that race.  Other videos will be posted as completed.

Newsome Wins In Hobby


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Getting To Know USCS Sprint Car Series' Morgan Turpen

Morgan Turpen will be racing this weekend at Albany Motor Speedway when the USCS Sprint Cars come to South Georgia.  She is the only female driver currently participating in that series on a regular basis and is currently 2nd in the points chase.  The last race in the series was run on September 2nd at Toccoa Speedway and Morgan actually won that race.  Deep Dixie Racing thought that many of you would like to get to know Morgan a little bit better so we sent her a questionnaire.Her answers come after the break.

USCS Outlaw Sprint Cars and Mini Sprints headline ź mile Nationals at Albany Motor Speedway this Friday and Saturday

Submitted by: Pete Walton

Atlanta, GA - September 10, 2012 - The United Sprint Car Series presented by Goodyear and Filter Charged by K&N Filters "Outlaw Thunder" Tour for winged sprint cars invades Albany Motor Speedway as headliners of the 1st Annual "USCS Albany ź mile Nationals" on Friday and Saturday September 14th and 15th. Joining the world's most powerful race cars as co-headliners at the ź mile red clay oval for two big nights of speed will be the USCS 600 Sprint Car Series winged mini-sprint drivers.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Watermelon Capital Speedway Announcement 9/11/12

Due to consistent rain that set in Saturday night September 8th at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, track officials were forced to cancel the evenings events just after 8pm. Officials announce that the next event will be on Saturday September 22 which will feature Go Karts, Legends, Mini Stock, Enduro and Vintage Cars that consist of cars from the 1950s through the 1980s.

The gates for September 22 will open at 5pm with practice at 6:15pm and racing will begin at 7:30pm. Grandstand admission for adults will be $15 with children ages 6-11 $5 and kids under five FREE. Infield admission for drivers and adults will be $25 and kids under 12 not racing $10. All tickets and armbands from September 9th will be honored.

For more information about Watermelon Capital Speedway or upcoming event details, contact the track phone at 29-271-9301 or you can visit or

Slideshow: Advocare 500

Denny Hamlin wins the Advocare 500!
These are the photos I took at the Advocare 500 on Sunday September 2nd.  Check and see how many of the people you are familiar with. You can click on the slideshow itself and it will take you to Smugmug where you can make comments.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Big Money And Big Action At NFS

Video Crew: Carolyn Johnson
In-car: Ryan Vansickle, Kyle Bridges, Jason Fitzgerald, and Christian Augspruger


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Video: Albany Motor Speedway Labor Day Weekend

Donna and Terry Lee really love racing and they work as hard as anyone I know at helping promote their favorite track, Albany Motor Speedway.  Now, they have stepped up and started doing video of the races at the track as well to ensure that coverage is available each time the track runs.  We need more people like them who care about others and want to make sure our sport grows and flourishes. Please show them your support for their efforts by visiting their website at Donna Lee Photography today and thanking them in some way.
In the meantime, here are the videos they put up:

Pure Stock Feature
Mini Stock Feature
Late Model Feature
Limited Sportsman Feature

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Saturday At Atlanta Motor Speedway

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. wins the NRA American Warrior 300.

Saturday was packed with action at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.  The Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series both had practice and The Nationwide Series also had to qualify.  Later in the evening, the NRA American Warrior 300 was held.  All in all, it was a good day and I took lots of photos I would like to share.  Here is a photo story from that event.