Michael Page awknowledges the crowd after his Ultimate win at Dixie.
What won the race: After hounding race-long leader Jason Croft for 39 laps, Michael Page of Douglasville, Ga., passed Croft of Woodstock, Ga., in turn two on the final lap to win Saturday's Ultimate Southeast race at Dixie Speedway. Page, who started second, earned $4,000 for the win. Croft was second with Tyler Millwood third.
Key notes: The victory marked Page's first on the tour this season and second of his career. ... Page's previous Ultimate victory came Aug. 13, 2016 at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway ... Casey Roberts’ qualifying lap of 15.936 was fourth in the first group but was disallowed when he was light at the scales. T.J. Reaid stopped the clock at 15.816, which was third in the second group, but he was light at the scales also. ... Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., was behind the wheel of a Richard Austin-owned machine. ... The race was a makeup of a May 6 rainout. … Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., won Friday at Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway. … There have been 11 different winners in 13 series races. … Page earned the $200 fast time award sponsored by M&W Transport. … Millwood, the Ultimate series points leader, is also the tour’s leading rookie candidate.
On the move: Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., started 10th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Page’s Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Baird Transport, Elite Concrete, Baird Towing and T&T Trucking.
Points chase: Heading into the weekend, Tyler Millwood (305 points) of Cartersville, Ga., leads the Ultimate Southeast point standings over Jason Welshan (288) of Maryville, Tenn. Dennis Franklin (270) of Gaffney, S.C., trails in third.
Car count: 31
Fast qualifier: Michael Page
Time: 15.696 seconds
Polesitter: Jason Croft
Heat race winners: Austin Smith, Gary McPherson
Provisional starters: Casey Roberts, Dennis Franklin
Next series race: August 17, Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, TN) $10,000