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Runner-up finish at Woodburn drags lands local driver Dixon a run in Canada


October 4, 2016

DEVON DIXON and his father Darrin Dixon, right, display Devin Dixon’s trophies and awards from the summer race season on his truck, modified by Darrin Dixon. At left, Devon Dixon, in left lane, waits for the start at Mission Raceway Park in British Columbia during the Race of Champions.

Sweet Home High School senior Devon Dixon raced his way to second place in points at the Woodburn Dragstrip among high school students this summer.

Dixon finished behind Jerald Mix from Cascade. Dixon had two second-place finishes during the season, but Mix swept everything, finishing first in every race.

Still, his performance at Woodburn qualified him to attend the Race of Champions, held at Mission Raceway Park in Mission, B.C. He attended the race with his father, Darrin Dixon, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5.

Devon Dixon ran eight passes, including qualifications, but he was knocked out of the championships during the first round. He ran a 16.65-second and 16.63-second race. He had a 16.55-second dial-in time.

After being knocked out, he jumped to the sportsman class, dialing in at 16.65 seconds. He ran a 16.84-second race in a crosswind during the race and was eliminated by Jody Long, who ran a 12.31-second race.

As a team, Woodburn finished second this year, Dixon said. Woodburn had won the past four Race of Champion events.

“It was cool,” Dixon said. “Lots of new things. All the signs are different. It was cool. I was pretty happy when I found out I was locked into second and could go to Canada. Getting to see new places, new cars, new trucks, it’s a lot different. I’d like to get out and find (even) more tracks.”

Dixon took a 1957 Chevrolet pickup his father built, using a motor, steering column, seat and transmission from his grandmother’s Buick.

“Dad got a hankering to get us behind the wheel,” Dixon said. His sister, Kourtney, ran the rig at Woodburn two years ago and finished fifth in points. Her friend Kara Baker ran it last year and finished fifth in points.

Dixon plans to race it again next year in Woodburn.

He and his father are planning to change things up next year. Right now, they’re building a motor, a 390 small block Chevy, for Dixon’s mud truck.

Dixon hopes that will bring his time into the 13- or 14-second range.

The attraction is simple.

“I like to go fast,” he said.


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