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March Madness Destroys Late Model Field at Boothill Speedway

Boothill Speedway

Dirt Racing’s Winning Moment: Cannon McIntosh used a multi-lap charge on the high side of the Southern Illinois Center to blast past polesitter Shane Cottle with seven laps to go, winning the season-opening feature for the Xtreme Midget Series Friday night (March 11) in DuQuoin, Ill.

Dirt Racing’s Dramatic Moment(s): Boothill Speedway in Louisiana proved the most dangerous place in America for super late models, with, count them, four ridiculous moments Friday. It started in a second B-main for the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series saw not one, but two nasty flips that led to extended red flags. The chaos started with Ross Farmer leaving the ballpark at pit entry in turn 3, landing on his roof.

A few laps later once the event was restarted, Tanner Kellick had a bizarre accident that, however it happened, ended up barrel rolling down the backstretch.

Fortunately, all drivers involved were not injured.

Boothill wasn’t done. Come feature time, an incident in turn 1 10 laps in saw the top-four cars in the running order all spin or wreck, bringing out a red flag for cleanup.

Finally, the closing laps provided some green-flag racing that set up a race to the finish, with Logan Martin running down Neil Baggett in the closing laps. But any hopes of a classic finish went out the window on the white-flag lap, when Martin absolutely doored Baggett to the take the race lead and win in turn 2.

What Dirt Racing Fans’ll Be Group Chatting About This Morning

Forty-one late models signed in at Boothill Speedway Friday night. After seeing how destructive Friday night’s program proved to be, it may be a while before the track sees a count that healthy again.

Take a look at the Flo Racing replay of the late model program from Boothill last night (well, earlier this morning) and look at how many people were streaming out of the grandstands as the track was announcing that preliminary action was completed. Yes, it was an oddball situation that saw the second late model B-main deal with two lengthy red flags for serious accidents, but considering the track spent the better part of two hours running through hot laps and qualifying, time management was still less than stellar. Quintessential Southern dirt tracking, and coming from a proud Southerner that’s not a compliment.

I was watching the second Boothill B-main with a fellow Frontstretch colleague when the first red flag incident occurred. Mind you, this colleague is…

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