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WOODSTOCK: Storm causes major damage for Dixie Speedway
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WOODSTOCK -- Dixie Speedway, the long-time racetrack in Cherokee County, suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage from Labor Day storms, its owner said.

"It'll be between $300,000 and $500,000," said Mickey Swims, who has run the Speedway since 1976.

The storm ripped through town at around 3:30 Monday afternoon. It caused damage across the track, from toppling its bleachers to ripping through its crowd control fencing. It blew off the roof of the track's concession stands, and it shattered the windows of several of the trucks in its driveway.

Thankfully, owner Swims said, no one was hurt.

"Lives are more important than material things," Swims said. "We can go back, and we can build back up."

Swims said they will, in fact, build back up -- and that they'll be ready for this weekend's races. He says crews will be at the Speedway for the next three days making repairs and putting in replacements.

"We owe it to our fans," he said. "We owe it to our drivers. And we owe it to ourselves."

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