Dodson Butler Battleground report

Greenfield, IN -- May 30, 2004 -- Rising racing superstar Cameron Dodson is on a roll. For the third consecutive week, the youngster powered his way to victory lane in winged sprint car competition. The most recent win for the Memphis, TN...

Greenfield, IN -- May 30, 2004 -- Rising racing superstar Cameron Dodson is on a roll. For the third consecutive week, the youngster powered his way to victory lane in winged sprint car competition. The most recent win for the Memphis, TN native came Saturday at Butler Battleground before a packed grandstand of excited race fans.

Starting from the outside the third row, in sixth spot, the 16-year-old race driver from Greenfield, IN resident claimed his first career Butler Battlegrounds winged sprint feature win in just his second start at the track. Dodson passed Ken Mackey, a seven-time track champ, to take the win

His first-ever winged sprint car victory came on May 16th at Tri State Speedway, Haubstadt, IN. He followed up with another win on May 22nd at Mercer Raceway Park, Mercer, PA. Dodson has over 300 wins in quarter-midget and mini-sprint competition.

"Last time we were here, we came within about two feet of winning," said the excited young driver from victory lane. "The competition is really strong here at Butler but I was determined to stay focused and not make any mistakes to try and get the win this time.

"I couldn't do this without all our great sponsors, my crew chief Troy (Hollingsworth) and my Parents. It is a great team effort and I am pretty lucky to be able to drive such an awesome car. Wow! This is just kewl!"

Dodson moved to third by the end of the opening lap, but Mackey was also on the move from his fifth row starting spot. By lap four when Dodson attempted to pass Doug Zimmerman on the high side for second, Mackey shot beneath both on the front straight to capture the runner up spot.

A lap seven caution bunched the field, and when the race resumed Dodson went high around Zimmerman to take third and the top three began a two-lap battle that saw Mackey finally able to pass Hall for the lead with a drive hard into turn one on the high side of the speedway. On lap 13, Dodson was also was able to get by Hall with a move high in turn three and five laps later he caught Mackey, who was in heavy lapped traffic. Dodson ducked under on the backstretch and would lead the final six laps to record the win. Mackey finished second.

On Friday, Dodson thrilled the capacity crowd at Hartford Speedway Park, Hartford, MI by coming from the back after spinning to miss an accident only to be sidelined with two laps to go with a flat right rear tire.

"It was great that the fans so excited," said Dodson. "It is important for us to give them a great show and I think they really got to see good hard racing tonight. I had a blast out there."

For more information, log on to www.camerondodson.com.

-jkd-

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Series Sprint
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