The same can be said for most of the 127 drivers who showed up to race on a recent Saturday night, and for track employees like announcer Johnny Clark, who has been enthusiastically calling the races and conversing with the fans seated below him for the past 25 years.
Wayne Echols, a house framer from Cumming, has raced at Dixie nearly every Saturday night since 1977.
"I love it, just the challenge of it," he said. "I don't like spending the money, but I love doing it."
Echols, like most of his fellow racers, never had a desire to move on to NASCAR. "Dirt's more exciting, a little more out of control," he said. "And it's close to home."
Echols, 52, still has his youthful looks, but he's become one of the track's old-timers. Looking across the pit area at the Knowles cousins, Jody and Tony, he said, "I used to race against their daddies." And next to him was the No. 3 of Luther Jenkins. "I raced against his granddaddy, Luther Carter."
On the other side of the pits, 67-year-old Junior Day, who ran in the very first race at Dixie 40 years ago, was preparing to race in the fastest Late Model class despite having undergone two open-heart surgeries over the years.
"It just gets in your blood," said Day, a former auto mechanic who now drives a Fulton County school bus for a living. "I run out of breath a little quicker than I used to, and to run good, you have to go at it like you're fighting fire."
Oliver Gentry of Newnan came to Dixie on a recent Saturday night after spending the day taking his daughters to softball games on the Southside. With two laps to go in the Limited Late Model feature, Gentry, his yellow No. 3 bucking and spinning on the tacky red clay, charged to the outside of race leader Mike McConnell and grabbed his first win of the season.
But for Gentry, and for most everyone in the pits and in the grandstands, Saturday night at Dixie Speedway isn't all about winning races.
"What it's really about is good fun and good fellowship with good people," he said.
And that's exactly what track owner Mickey Swims had in mind years ago when he let other more lucrative job offers pass him by and decided to make a living as a local dirt track promoter.
"If I had it all to do over, I wouldn't change a thing," he said.