Dillon Motor Speedway hosted the 8th Annual Fireworks 300 in front of a massive crowd on Saturday, July 5.
Ricky Locklair Jr. from Darlington, S.C. took home the $2,000 purse for the second Street Stock National event held at the speedway this season. Sonny Schoffen won the pole but later opted to start from the rear for a $500 bonus. He made his way up to second, but as he was racing side-by-side for the lead just shy of the halfway mark, his car went up in smoke due to a mechanical issue.
Jeff Melton was dominant all night until he pounded the outside wall in turn one on lap 68 while battling Locklair Jr. for the lead. The 100-lap feature ended under a green-white-checkered finish with Locklair getting the win. Bobby Tumbleston finished second, followed by Greg Barnett, Tommy Poole and Curtis Peeples.
Hal Goodson, another native of Darlington, S.C. led flag-to-flag in the 50-lap Super Truck feature. Jimmy Herrington finished a close second. Kevin Parsons finished third, followed by Brad Cox and Clay Thomas.
Michael Williamson captured his second win of the season in the Charger division on Saturday night. Michael O’Brien had another strong performance as he crossed the line in second. Ricky Locklair Jr. pulling triple duty (Street Stocks, Chargers and Mini Cup Stocks) rounded out the top-three. Ben Watford finished fourth, and Tom Sauls finished fifth.
Steve Chauncey was declared the winner of the Mini Cup Stock feature after Ricky Locklair Jr.’s car failed post-race inspection. Chalin Williamson finished second, and Bill Willis finished third. William Coonfield earned his first top-five of the season as he crossed the line in fourth. Chad Branham rounded out the top-five.
Josh Dean took the checkered flag in the Pure Stock Four feature. Andy Norton was right on Dean’s back bumper but came up just a little short to finish second. David Phillips finished third, followed by Jimmy Odom and Ryan Floyd.
On Saturday, July 12, Dillon Motor Speedway will host the Late Models, Chargers, Street Stocks, Pure Stock Fours and Mini Cup Stocks. Practice will begin at 4 p.m. Qualifying will begin at 6 p.m., and the race will start at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $12, and kids 11 years old and younger are free to enter.
For more information, please visit www.DillonMotorSpeedway.com. Follow Dillon Motor Speedway on Facebook and on Twitter, @DillonSpeedway. You may also call the race hotline at 843.496.4790.
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