Dixie: Race report

Guinn racing whistlin' Dixie after lucky win number 13. Current championship points leader Chad Guinn put on a near-perfect performance Friday night at Dixie Motor Speedway, earning the outside pole and leading every lap of the 50-lap event. The...

Guinn racing whistlin' Dixie after lucky win number 13.

Current championship points leader Chad Guinn put on a near-perfect performance Friday night at Dixie Motor Speedway, earning the outside pole and leading every lap of the 50-lap event. The victory marks the Erie, Michigan driver's 13th with the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series, and puts him high atop the points race- nearly 200 points above second place.

"Our year is going unbelievably well so far," said Larry Guinn, Chad's father and spotter. "At all the races, we go to each track feeling like we can win it. We just have a real desire to try and be the best, plus we have a really good crew that gets along well together. As far as the points go, we've been in this situation before, and things can all of a sudden turn completely around and go the other way. We're not counting on anything until it's official."

Chad Guinn thwarted any advances made by Team Witwer to challenge him in the BFI-Northland Collision-Coastal Coating Services Ford. Late in the race, Brett Oakley spun while he was in second place and was placed at the rear of the pack. The Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Team Witwer moved forward, grabbing second, third and fourth place at the checkered. Joe Wormcastle took second in the Witwer Construction Chevy, his son Pete Wormcastle was third in the Preferred Painting & Roofing-Witwer Construction Chevy, and modified driver Steve Christman was fourth in the Witwer Racing Engines Chevy.

"After the incident with Brett, I didn't know if he had been holding up the Fort Wayne guys or not," Chad Guinn said. "When we went back to green, the first few laps worried me. But then I saw that I was pulling away from them. I just concentrated on being smooth and conserving the tires. This win definitely takes some pressure off of us, but we still have to keep doing what we're doing, keep finishing in the top-five, and we'll be alright in the end."

Two-time champion Robbin Slaughter piloted his Carmen's Vacuum-NAPA Auto Parts Ford to fifth place, while the John Pierce Plumbing Ford of Darren Jones, Fairfield, Ohio, took sixth. Piqua, Ohio's Jeff Speakman followed closely at seventh in the Pennzoil-National Auto Lube Ford.

Eighth place was nabbed by Paul Hahn, of Canton, Michigan in the Hahn's Collision-Certified First-Pate Mfg.-Fox Auto Parts Ford, while 1999 champion Bill Withers, Columbus, Ohio, was ninth in the Mannings USA-Hall Electronics-Wachholz Engines Ford. Withers tied fellow competitor Tully Esterline (12th) for the Ed & Company Hard Charger award, with both drivers jumping ahead five positions from their starting grid spots. Last week's feature winner Phil Bozell, Portage, Michigan rounded out the top 10 in the Bob Stoner Racing Ford.

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