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'Winter Freeze' frozen out
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    SYLVANIA — A cold and rainy forecast didn’t keep fans from coming out for Screven Motor Speedway’s inaugural Winter Freeze event, but it did bring racing to a halt about midway through Thursday night’s kick off for Georgia-Florida Speedweeks. 
    It was Screven’s first-ever Speedweeks event and the first of 16 scheduled Super Late Model races in Georgia and Florida during February.
    The 3/8-mile dirt track drew 32 drivers from 12 states to what many call “The Action Track of the South” just outside Sylvania.
    Swainsboro driver Chesley Dixon, a Southern All Star winner last year at Screven, set the ‘fast time’ with a 14.058-second lap, said David Carlson, PR with Screven Motor Speedway.
    “Josh Richards outran Dixon in the first heat race to earn the pole position for the main event,” said Carlson, “with Casey Roberts, Brad Neat and Austin Hubbard also capturing heat races.”
    The main event, featuring $10,000-to-win for both unsanctioned Super Late Models and the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars, was rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2.
    The make-up date precedes the World Finals on Nov. 3-5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina, an event that also includes sprint cars and late models. Thursday’s Super Late Model preliminaries will be scrapped, said Carlson, and the entire event will start from scratch Nov. 2.
    “The sprint car feature is set and another sprint car program will be added to the event,” he said.
    Fans can use a rain check at any event during the season at Screven Motor Speedway, Carlson said, to make up for the rain-out at the Winter Freeze.