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Dillon Spreen claims second in ’07 season opener

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Dillon Spreen claims second in ’07 season opener


Boerne, TX (3-15-07) – Defending Lonestar Legacys champion Dillon Spreen opened his 2007 season with a second-place feature in the 25-lap feature at Houston Motorsports Park (HMP) Saturday, March 17 as part of the track’s “Speedfest ‘07” series.


Spreen, a 12-year-old Boerne (TX) native who won the Lonestar Legacys championship last year, started the first 25-lap race from the fourth position but fell to the back after being spun. Spreen started the main 25-lap feature race on the outside front row and ran hard on the outside lane to take the lead from Mark Stevens. Spreen then bolted to the front of the main feature, led several laps but finished second in the race to track champion John Duchek.


Spreen, who opened up as much as a three-car lead over Duchek as the laps wound down in the main feature race, lost his lead as a late-race crash caused red-flag conditions and then a green-white-checkered restart. The two drivers ran side-by-side to the end, with Duchek – a Houston resident – edging out Spreen at the finish line.


“Dillon had three-car lead with a few laps to go,” stated Spreen Racing Team co-owner Greg Spreen. “The caution flag at the end was unfortunate for Dillon. This gave John Duchek a chance to catch up with us on the restart. Dillon and John then ran a great race for the last three laps, giving the crowd a great finish.”


Team co-owner Cherie Spreen added, “We hated to finish second, especially after Dillon had built up a lead on a track (Houston Motorsports Park) he wasn’t familiar with. However, to see him run competitively like that in the first race gives us a lot of momentum for the rest of the season.”


Ironically, the late-race red flag almost cost the 12-year-old champ any kind of finish.


“Dillon’s left-front tire was going flat,” Greg Spreen revealed. “By the time he came across the finish line, it was flat. We’re lucky the race didn’t last one more lap or Dillon would have been in trouble!”


Dillon Spreen is 12 years old – he’ll turn 13 on May 29th – and is a seventh-grader at Boerne Middle School South. Information on Spreen can be found at www.dillonspreen.com.


Photo courtesy of Spreen Racing Team

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