Fans and drivers rolled into Swainsboro Raceway from all over the Southeast Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Independence Day racing Dixie style with the return of the Firecracker 100. In our world, racing is family maybe not by blood but there's a bond that even through the toughest will not break the big circle that we all share. As I spent the weekend doing what we all love, I witnessed a few things. We came together in prayer for the loss of a fan and those injured at Hartwell Speedway. We ask that you continue to prayer for all those involved from family, to those that witnessed the accident, drivers, track safety members, and track owners/promoters. Locally at our track, we witnessed drivers coming together for a family dear to our heart. With the recent passing of Jr. Safety Member, Turn 4 Angel AJ Mc Cullars, drivers came together and collected over $3,000 between passing the helmet and memorial stickers for AJ's family. Most importantly we ended July 4th with the best Firecracker 100 thanks to the dedication of our drivers and fans!
After heat races on Saturday night, the Rustic Grill Street Stock division kicked off feature events on Saturday night, Brandon Carpenter picked up the heat race win Friday night to lead the field to checkered on Saturday grabbing his first win of the season. Josh Nelms second, George Williamson third, Michael Smith fourth, making his way from the rear Ricky Strange picked up a top five.
Following gorgeous fireworks display the Zaxby’s Crate Late Model division to the track with Bob Roberson taking the lead. On the new multiple groove surface, Cody Overton took to the outside quickly setting his path to the front. Lap 5, Little Sexy, Overton takes over. Ten laps to go, trying for a top three, Henry Carter hits corner wall losing a spot. Cody Overton works through lapped traffic to pick up the win, Bob Roberson grabs second, Jim Rogers third, Hurricane Henry Carter makes a hometown return for fourth, and Joshua Bishop fifth.
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