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  • Kevin Kovac
    A convert from big-block modified racing, Kevin is a senior writer and editor with DirtonDirt.com. He lives in Ephrata, Pa.
  • Todd Turner
    Todd lives in Louisville, Ky., and serves as managing editor for DirtonDirt.com.
  • Dave Argabright
    Dave lives in Fishers, Ind., and has been an auto racing broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years.
  • Dustin Jarrett
    Dustin lives in Ada, Ohio, and is the announcer at the legendary Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
  • Robert Holman
    Robert lives in Lynchburg, Tenn., and is the editor & publisher of the Moore County News. Along with operating Jimmy Gray Motorsports, he's covered Dirt Late Model racing since 1990.
  • Kelley Carlton
    Kelley Carlton lives in Woodruff, S.C., and is series director of the National Dirt Racing League. He also operates a marketing, public relations and event management firm.
  • Michael Rigsby
    Michael lives in Bloomington, Ill., and serves as CEO and videographer for DirtonDirt.com
Todd Turner Dave Argabright Kevin Kovac Robert Holman Kelley Carlton
October 30, 2014

Tennessee touring

A few weeks ago I had to take a company trip to east Tennessee. I spent four days up there, mostly in meetings, with a little spare time to squeeze in a beer, some decent food and a trip over to Jimmy Owens’ shop in Newport, Tenn.

I caught Owens as he and his team were preparing to head to Ohio to the Dirt Track World Championship. On that note, I have to say that Owens was insanely accommodating. The team was busy. They were working hard to repair the Club 29 race car that he rolled weeks MORE

October 30, 2014

Timing right to retire

Todd Battin

As soon as Dick Barton reached victory lane after pulling off a storybook triumph on Sept. 20 in the 40-lap United Late Model Series Julien Buesink Memorial at Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y. — a $4,000 score that was his record 80th career win at his long-time home track — he had the inclination to announce his retirement. | DirtWire

“The thought was lingering in the back of my mind,” admitted Barton, fully aware that walking away in triumphant fashion would put a spectacular cap on MORE

October 9, 2014

Worst-case scenario

DirtonDirt.com

Charlie Cathell has witnessed countless laps turned at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del., over the past five decades, but he had rarely seen anything like the hell that broke out on his half-mile oval’s backstretch four circuits into Saturday's 20-lap Dirt Late Model feature. | Story

As Bob Geiger of Laurel, Del., and David Pettyjohn of Millsboro, Del., crashed together with ferocious force, Cathell, 71, gazed through the window of his track’s tower and couldn’t believe his MORE

October 9, 2014

Understanding Birky and Brady

Racing is wonderful! Why would anybody ever quit?

Over the past couple of weeks two relatively young racers have announced plans to step away from the sport. First was Brian Birkhofer, revealing his decision in a low-key manner at Knoxville. In recent days popular Wisconsin racer Brady Smith has announced his plans to sell his equipment and quit.

Both announcements were surprising to say the least. The thought of racers walking away while obviously still in their prime has triggered renewed MORE

September 18, 2014

Racing amid life

Back in May, I argued my point via my blog on this very website that Winchester (Tenn.) Speedway should have more special events. I don’t expect the track to rival what Bob Harris has been able to do over at Duck River Raceway Park, some 60 miles away, but I wanted to see Winchester host more than one special event each season. My wish was granted when track owner Jimmy Nowlin announced in late June that the track would host the Freedom 40 on July 3.

Great news, right? Wrong. As it turns out, MORE

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