Two for two, three in a row, six for the year but what does all this mean. It means that David is hot right now and I hope it continues. With David's performance this past weekend it marked the best season to date for David Payne Racing following last season's five wins.
Friday night we once again traveled to Blue Ridge, GA in hopes of backing up our win of last week on July 6. We were all thrown a small curve as the track had been reworked since last week and was completely different from the dry slick surface of a week ago. This week the track was very tacky and a lot faster, but we however were not in hot laps.
Following hot laps David and Dad debated on what to do to the car for qualifying and finally made a decision. Whatever decision they made it was the right one. After very quick laps from everyone including a strong lap from Chris Twiggs with a 15.09, David had to put up a strong lap. David was able to do so as he turned a 14.92 to take the pole for the 30 lap feature.
David's quick lap put him on the pole beside Chris Twiggs and on the start David was able to jump out in front of everyone before turn one. David never looked back as he opened up over a straightaway lead as he began to catch lapped traffic. David would keep that advantage and take his second straight win at Sugar Creek and his third of the year
NEXT IS THE ARTICLE I WROTE FOR OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER ABOUT SATURDAY NIGHT
(Woodstock, GA) - Local racer David Payne filled his platter full this past weekend going two for two after taking the checkers at both Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA and Sugar Creek Raceway in Blue Ridge, GA on Friday night. "What a weekend this has been, and to win at Dixie is great," explained Payne, driver of the Payne Tire GRT Grand Prix.
For the first time this season, Payne and his team traveled to Dixie Speedway in preparation for an upcoming event at the track, but the team had not competed there since last September. After taking to the track against the clock in qualifying, Payne found himself starting on the outside pole for the 30 lap feature.
With 23 competitors lined up to start the feature event, Payne bolted to the lead in front of polesitter, Dusty Chitwood, before making it to turn one. Following the first lap with Payne out front, last week's winner Bobby Turner, moved into second place. During the first green flag session Payne was able to pull out to a five car-length advantage only to see it vanish during the first caution of the night.
After the restart Payne once again held onto a slight advantage over Turner until the pair caught lapped traffic. Things got interesting at this point as one particular lapped car would not acknowledge the passing flag for nearly five laps. This slowed both Payne and Turner giving Turner several looks around Payne. Payne then made contact with the lapped car in order to get around him as Turner kept the pressure on. Payne kept his car under control and was able to drive on past and maintain the lead until the event's final caution came out.
Following the late caution Payne held a slight lead over Turner the remaining laps to take the checkered flag and take his first ever win at Dixie Speedeway. Rounding out the top five was polesitter Chitwood in third, Don Jenkins in fourth, and 2000 track champion Rodney Martin in fifth.
The win was Payne's sixth win of the season and his third win in a row following wins already this season at North Georgia Speedway, Sugar Creek Raceway, and Tri-County Speedway. Payne's racecar is sponsored by Payne Tire Racing Supplies, American Race Tires, RaceTek Engines, Cyclone One Products, Pioneer Trusses, P&R Log Homes, Gibson Vinyl Graphics, Interstate Welding, Hicks Speciality Welding, and Stealth Racing Carboretors.