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Driver Ashton Winger Arrested in Pits at Southern Raceway

Ashton Winger

Dirt Racing’s Winning Moment: Cory Hedgecock submarined veteran Dale McDowell with 33 laps to go and drove off to win the Tennessean super late model race under Spring Nationals sanction Saturday afternoon (March 11) at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn., his third consecutive feature win at the facility after a crate late model win in the track’s Sweetheart race last month.

Hedgecock did have one close call in the remaining 33 laps, scraping the grass on the low side of turns 1 and 2 and nearly clipping a tractor tire with 20 to go.

Dirt Racing’s Dramatic Moment: Full-contact racing between GR Smith and Ashton Winger in the opening two laps of Saturday’s Southern All-Stars series race at Southern Raceway in Milton, Fla. saw Smith disqualified for rough driving and Winger and his father arrested following a violent scuffle between the two teams in the pit area shortly after. 

The fracas started in the first turn of the first lap, with Smith making hard contact with Winger to take the second position in turn 1. Winger returned the favor with a cut-off slide job in turn 4 on the same lap, leading Smith to drive into Winger in turn 1 on the second lap, then running into him under caution during the ensuing yellow flag.

According to reporting from DirtonDirt, Winger’s father attacked Smith in the pit area and was arrested, with Winger and a member of Smith’s team also being taken away in handcuffs after a second scuffle when Winger’s damaged racecar returned to the pit area. 

Flight grounded.

Posted by Paul Clayton on Saturday, March 11, 2023

Winger’s father remains in jail on a felony charge as of the time of this writing.

The latest melee at Southern Raceway overshadowed more drama that unfolded in the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series race at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQoin Saturday night, with Jade Avedesian prevailing for the feature win over Thomas Meseraull after the two made contact in the closing laps.

More to come in this article on the matter, as this was the second tangle the two drivers were involved in over the weekend.

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