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Edwards Whistles Dixie for First ASCS Rebel Win

Lonnie Wheatley, WOODSTOCK, Ga. (July 11, 2009) – Ohio’s Gary Edwards made the most of his weekend visit to Georgia by capturing his first career American Sprint Car Series feature win in Saturday night’s 25-lap ASCS Rebel main event at Dixie Speedway.

And he did it in dramatic fashion, racing into the lead in the final corner after Matt Kurtz suffered engine woes that denied a weekend sweep after taking his first win one night earlier.

Edwards paced the opening seven circuits before Kurtz took command. Kurtz paced the field until losing power in the final corner, allowing Edwards to take the win.

Kurtz limped across the stripe in second, with current series points leader Danny Martin, Jr., Bryn Gohn and Aubrey Black rounding out the top five.

Martin and Matt Linder topped heat race action.

ASCS Rebel Region Results from Dixie Speedway:

Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 00-Danny Martin, Jr., 2. 4b-Bryn Gohn, 3. 24-Nick Bashford, 4. 82-Brian Maddox, 5. 66-Dennis Lykins, 6. 83-Bob Auld, 7. 3x-A.J. Maddox.

Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 1x-Matt Linder, 2. 57-Gary Edwards, 3. 92-Matt Kurtz, 4. 21-Aubrey Black, 5. 36-Tim Perry, 6. 12b-Brian Eckley, 7. 6-Brad Wickham, 8. 33-Joe Larkin.

“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 57-Gary Edwards, 2. 92-Matt Kurtz, 3. 00-Danny Martin, Jr., 4. 4b-Bryn Gohn, 5. 21-Aubrey Black, 6. 83-Bob Auld, 7. 1x-Matt Linder, 8. 12b-Brian Eckley, 9. 36-Tim Perry, 10. 66-Dennis Lykins, 11. 82-Brian Maddox, 12. 24-Nick Bashford, 13. 3x-A.J. Maddox, 14. 33-Joe Larkin, 15. 6-Brad Wickham.

ASCS Rebel Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Danny Martin, Jr. 562, 2. Matt Kurtz 508, 3. Bob Auld 441, 4. Matt Linder 430, 5. Nick Bashford 402, 6. Tim Perry 400, 7. Brian Maddox 386, 8. Aubrey Black 342, 9. Brad Wickham 330, 10. Frank Beck III 324.