AVSS: Cameron Dodson Winchester notes 2005-05-22

CAMERON DODSON WINS AVSS PAVEMENT "KING OF THE WING" AT FAMED WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY 16 YEAR-OLD SETS WORLD SPEED RECORD FOR HALF MILE TRACKS GREENFIELD, IN -- Young Cameron Dodson literally set the world on fire Sunday at famed Winchester...

CAMERON DODSON WINS AVSS PAVEMENT "KING OF THE WING" AT FAMED WINCHESTER SPEEDWAY

16 YEAR-OLD SETS WORLD SPEED RECORD FOR HALF MILE TRACKS

GREENFIELD, IN -- Young Cameron Dodson literally set the world on fire Sunday at famed Winchester Speedway in Auto Value Super Sprints (AVSS) competition. The sixteen-year old Greenfield Central High School student set a blistering lap of 13.539 seconds, 132.949 mph in the 50M owned by Dick Myers of RAM Engineering. Dodson eclipsed a new lap record set earlier in qualifying by USAC great Dave Steele to set the mark.

As a result of the AVSS inversion rules, Dodson started eighth in the 30-lap A Main. The youngster wasted no time making his move to the front passing three cars on lap one and two more on lap two.

He then began his battle for the lead with AVSS regulars Curt Shumaker and Hank Lower.

Behind Dodson, Kevin Feeney, Steele and Tommy Fedewa were waging a battle for position. Feeney got a run on Dodson on lap five to take second but the youngster used the high line to take second back from Feeney and smoothly pass Shumaker for the lead.

At the checkered, Dodson had close to a 0x00bd lap lead on Steele as the two had worked their way through the field lapping up to third place.

"Dick Myers gave me a perfect car," Dodson exclaimed after running through the grandstand shaking hands with the crowd with his helmet still on. "This was such a blast. It is an honor for me to be able to race against someone with the record and standing as Dave Steele and to beat him is just almost unbelievable. I can't thank everyone associated with our program enough. Our Hoosier tires were great, we just about wore them down to the cords, but they hung on. Wow, what a night."

On Friday night, Dodson and the AVSS competitors competed at Delaware Speedway in Delaware, Ontario, Canada. After tying with Jason Blonde for quick time honors, Dodson finished fourth in his heat race.

In the 30-lap A-Main, the 16 year-old worked his way to the lead by lap 13 and held the point until lap 26 when the rookie-of-the-year contender began to slow on the track. Fedewa inherited the lead as Dodson and Shumaker simultaneously slowed on the track with flat tires. Both drivers restarted at the rear of the field, still on the lead lap, with just three laps remaining in the race.

In a driving display that had the standing room only crowd on their feet, Dodson wove in and out of traffic to take the checkered in ninth.

-www.camerondodson.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Dave Steele , Cameron Dodson