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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

Those covered grandstands


Growing up, I just assumed that watching a race at a track with a covered grandstands was a special event.

The first time I encountered a racetrack with a covered grandstand, I was at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville, Tenn. The racing I was watching way back then was of the four-legged nature and limited to a max of one horsepower per competitor. There were wheels involved, as the Lincoln County (Tenn.) Fair — which will open for the 110th time this September — annually hosts MORE


Purkey's new chapter


Al Purkey never made any big announcement that he was retiring from driving race cars. He just quietly faded away from the Dirt Late Model scene following the 2011 season and, after a couple years dabbling in open-wheel modified competition, confirmed the end of his very successful career earlier this year with a short post on his Facebook page.

“Well, it’s official now,” Purkey wrote on April 5 to his Facebook friends and followers. “I am retired from racing. Sold my mod today complete MORE


Questions and answers


Taking a youngster to the races — which everyone should do at least once for the sake of our sport — can yield a bevy of emotional results. It can be gratifying, definitely interesting and at times downright taxing.

It can also go a long way towards altering your perspective of the entire experience. | Complete Summernationals coverage

My 10-year-old son is just getting to the point where he knows different drivers, recognizes their cars and understands that some are simply better than others. MORE


The Hell Tour's allure

I know without a doubt that there are a lot of folks who would trade places with me. I have a decent job with a steady paycheck, a wife who loves me and two wonderful kids.

But as I sit in my office on a blistering hot Wednesday afternoon, preparing for a conference call with corporate office head honchos to discuss why circulation is lagging at the tiny newspaper I run — a paper that in my 20 months here I have never actually seen those said head honchos in Lynchburg — I know without a doubt MORE


A Rebellious suggestion

I intended to write this week about five things I’d like to see changed in the Middle Tennessee Late Model racing community. But when I got to No. 3 on my list, it simply grew into a beast of its own — a spinoff, if you will.

So each of those other things I’d like fixed, or at least altered, will have to wait.

What I’d really like to see is Winchester Speedway take a chance on a big one. With the success that Duck River Raceway Park has enjoyed in recent years, I’d love to see that at MORE