Ooltewah's Riley Hickman Has Emotional Victory At Boyd's Speedway

Sunday, February 9, 2014
- photo by Connie Putnam

Just days after losing his father to cancer, a mourning Riley Hickman of Ooltewah made an emotional trip to victory lane at Boyd's Speedway in his # R1 "Hickman Manufacturing, MRC Racing Components, American Billet, Tucker Mobile Home Service, VP Racing Fuels, Allstar Graphics and RH Designs"-sponsored CVR / Phantom Racing Engines Super Late Model. 

Hickman, the 2012 Southern Regional Racing Series champion, overtook race-long leader Tom Maddox of Centre, Ala., amid lapped traffic on the 18th lap of the "Cabin Fever 40" and went on to earn $3,000 for his fourth career series victory.

After the drivers saluted the racefans with a four-wide parade lap, Maddox from the pole broke out to the early lead, while Hickman made an early charge from his eighth starting spot. The race was slowed by a caution on the second lap. Following the caution, Hickman continued to work his way to the front, moving to third on the eighth lap, taking second not long after that Eventually "The Hustler" slipping past Maddox in traffic. Hickman broke away from the field after taking the point and appeared to be on his way to an easy victory. 


Hickman kept the field at bay following both restarts and went on to claim his first series victory since May 24, 2013, when he triumphed at Thunderhill Speedway in Summertown, Tenn. Third-starting Jeff Smith of Villanow, Ga., followed Hickman across the finish line, while Maddox rounded out the podium. Rick Hixson of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., and Caleb Ashby of Cunningham, Tenn., completed the race's top five.

Eric Cooley of Fulton, Miss., and Jason Welshan of Maryville were among drivers caught up in the lap-36 tangle; both drivers were among lead competitors for much of the feature. ... Defending SRRS champion Josh Putnam, of Florence, Ala., finished 11th in the series' 2014 opener. Defending race champion Michael Page of Douglasville, Geor. won this years Crate Late Model feature with Hickman finished third.

This is the first event under new ownership of the state-line facility. David Duplissey and former Dirt Track World Champion Dale McDowell partnered to purchase Boyd's over the offseason.

Cabin Fever 40: (1) Riley Hickman, (2) Jeff Smith, (3) Tom Maddox, (4) Rick Hixson, (5) Caleb Ashby, (6) Ethan Hunter, (7) Jason Welshan, (8) John Owenby, (9) Eric Cooley, (10) Jordy Nipper, (11) Josh Putnam, (12) Josh Henry, (13) Andy Picklesimer, (14) Heath Hindman, (15) Kenny Collins, (16) Andy Morris, (17) Lavon Sparks, (18) Chris Wilson, (19) Henry Hanger, (20) Chip Brindle, (21) Tod Hernandez, (22) William Thomas, (23) Mike Marlar, (24) Craig Scott.

- Photo2 by Connie Putnam


PHOTOS: Boyd-Buchanan Blanks Hixson, 3-0

Covenant Women's Soccer Picked 3rd In Division In USA South Preseason Poll

Coming off its best season in the USA South, the Covenant women's soccer team has been picked to finish third in the West Division as the league released its preseason coaches' poll on Wednesday. Covenant tallied one first place vote in the division and 39 total points. Piedmont totaled six first place votes and 48 points, while Maryville was second with 41 points and one top ... (click for more)

Opposing Sides Expected To Show Up For Coolidge Park Rally Thursday Night; Some Urged To "Bring Your Guns"

Chattanooga Police said they will be closely monitoring an organized rally at Coolidge Park on Thursday that may draw some of the same opposing sides that clashed - with deadly result - in Charlottesville, Va. The rally is set for 7:30 p.m. and initially was  in memory of a woman who was killed in the angry Virginia confrontation that initially began over a decision to ... (click for more)

Owners Of Larger Structures In Walker County To Pay More For Fire, Ambulance Service; Full-Time Fire Stations Increase From 4-6

Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield announced plans on Wednesday to update the county's fire fee schedule to offer improvements in fire protection and public safety efforts. The fee will now be known as a "public safety" fee and will fund fire and emergency management operations, along with contracted ambulance services.   The county will replace the existing ... (click for more)

Equality Vs. Superiority

Many comparisons are being made about Neo-Nazis, White Supremacy and Black Lives Matter.  In order to compare, we assume these are equally comparable. The flaw comes here - Black Lives Matter strives to be equal, to be treated equally.  Neo-Nazis, The KKK, and White Supremacy groups believe they are the superior.  Make no mistake here, I grew up in an era of segregation. ... (click for more)

A Tale Of 3 Properties

Here in Lookout Valley on the far southwest edge of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, trees and rocks are plentiful but sidewalks are as rare as unicorns. It’s a land the governments forget – until tax collection time.  The recent county reappraisal spoke about ‘comps,’ recent sale prices of comparable local properties. But the assessors defined ‘comparable’ to suit themselves, ... (click for more)