Day 1 is officially in the books at the Dixie Champ Tour. There was some seriously close competition across all five heats, with very few mishaps and reruns. Overall, a smooth event, and good conditions ahead for Sunday's runs. Remember to tune into sololive.scca.com and check out the uStream feed!
The biggest worry of the day came early on in Heat
Heat 2 had our largest class of the event, STX, providing some expected tight competition. Jason Ruggles took the lead on a blazing fast second run and never looked back. Chasing him are Mike King and Randall Prince, both with dirty first and second runs, cleaning it up on their third. The whole trophy field in STX is separated by 8/10ths, so Sunday is still anyone's game. In GS, David Spratte keeps a lead over Max Bales by 3/10ths, in one of the most diverse classes in the field, with a Focus ST, Neon SRT4, and a Mazdaspeed 3 all in the trophies.
The talk of Heat 3 was in FS, with Jon Nwanagu in Jadrice Toussaint's truly
Heat 4 brings us into CS action, with Jason Stroud, the only car in the class on the new Bridgestone RE-71R, taking the lead on his first run and never losing it. He holds a .4 second lead over Nick Amick and Jake Engstrom. Moving on to ASP, Jimmie Talkie took his first EVER autocross runs, being a tire warmer for his son and seemed to have a pretty fun day out! Currently, Greg Pressley holds a lead over Han Henze by exactly 1/10th on the strength of his last run. In SM, Tim White used that Subaru all wheel drive power to take the lead away from Jadrice Toussaint on Tim's last run. Jadrice couldn't find time on his last run and trails Tim by just under .5 seconds.
Rounding out the day in heat 5, Sam Strano holds a commanding lead in SSR over Brandon Davis. Strano out raw timed all of
Sunday is bringing us warm and dry weather, so everyone's got their work cut out for them. Stay tuned for some exciting action, and who can pull it all together to take the win!