Dillon Rules World Series Sprintcars Opener

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VIRGINIA, Australia — Luke Dillon dominated the 35-lap feature at Speedway City Virginia in round one of the ENZED World Series Sprintcars presented by Hog’s Breath Cafe, leading home an all South Australian podium in front of a huge hometown crowd.

Despite a front wing post that had snapped off and speared right through the wing early in the Feature Race Dillon soldiered on and was never headed in the Action Line Marking / Hog’s Breath Cafe No. 81 Eagle.

Hot on his heels as the chequered flag flew was Dillon’s good friend Brad Keller who rocketed to a career best second place finish in the Fatchen Cartage Contractors No. 19 over Mt Gambier gasser Steven Lines in third in the Halls Motorsport No. 3 KPC.

“It’s awesome to have an all South Aussie podium,” beamed Dillon. “We’ve worked hard for all these years and to finally get a main event win is fantastic and a credit to our team. My younger brother Lee is one of the best in the business when it comes to setting up these things.”

Keller was thrilled to record his career-best WSS result.

“I’m so pleased to see Luke get the win, he’s been trying a lot of years for this. We had a great car tonight ourselves and it feels great to finish behind him and be part of an all-South Australian top three.”

Steven Lines, the third in the SA trio, was also pleased for his fellow statesmen.”

“It’s great to see Luke score a win and Brad did a great job too. It’s a good thing for South Australian racing and let’s hope it continues throughout the rest of Speedweek.”

The 35-lap feature event was bruising to say the least with several red light stoppages including the worst of it with American Tim Kaeding flipping over in a car-destroying wreck in turn two late in the event.

Rounding out the finishers in the battle-of-the-fittest feature race was Robbie Farr in fourth in the East Coast Pipelines No. 7 (who ran second more much of the main event) Shaun Dobson fifth in the Downing Brothers.

Americans Jason Johnson and Shane Stewart finished sixth and seventh, respectively.