BULLS GAP — Dale McDowell notched his biggest payday of his career by leading wire-to-wire in Saturday’s XR Series “Spring Thaw 100” at Volunteer Speedway.

McDowell, in the No. 17 machine, grabbed the lead from pole sitter Hudson O’Neal on the opening lap of the race. McDowell stayed there the entirety of the 100 laps, holding off a charge from Mike Marlar at the end.

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Jeff Birchfield is a sports writer for the Johnson City Press with a lifelong passion for motorsports. The father of two attended ETSU and served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

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