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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 DirtonDirt.com's weekend editor. He also operates Jimmy Gray Motorsports, a Middle Tennessee team.
  • Kelley Carlton
    Kelley Carlton lives in Woodruff, S.C., and is the director of the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. 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
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March 16, 2017

The changing conditions

Dale McDowell sat in a booth at Western Sizzlin in Rainbow City, Ala., on a cold January day in 1996. It was dreadfully dreary outside. Gray and overcast, the sun never managed to come out from behind a steady stream of rolling clouds.

Just a few hours earlier, the Chickamauga, Ga., driver had been competing in the Ice Bowl at Talladega (Ala.) Short Track.

“We need to work on our cold weather program,” quipped McDowell as he sat waiting for his food.

Whether or not he was serious is hard to MORE

March 2, 2017

A season's stirrings

Growing up, I always looked forward to March. It had nothing to with baseball — major league games were hardly on television back then anyway — and I hadn't quite grasped the concept of March Madness. Though I'm a huge basketball fan, the first NCAA tournament I remember watching was in 1982. I remember watching on the floor at my grandfather's house as some young kid named Michael Jordan helped North Carolina win the national championship that year. I was just 12.

Long before then, however, MORE

February 27, 2017

Volusia superlatives


BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Recapping the 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park with a list of superlatives from two World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and two UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned events at the half-mile oval near Daytona Beach (complete Speedweeks coverage):

Best driver: Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga. While the 41-year-old didn’t match his spectacular 4-for-5 performance of the 2015 DCN, he certainly stood out from the crowd. He won Friday night’s fog-shortened WoO MORE

February 18, 2017

East Bay superlatives

Matt Butcosk

GIBSONTON, Fla. — Recapping the 41st annual Wrisco Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park with a list of superlatives from four Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events at the third-mile oval near Tampa (complete Speedweeks coverage):

Best driver: Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who showed no dropoff in his sterling East Bay performance with his move to the Best Performance Motorsports team. His Tuesday-night win put him in victory lane at the track for the third consecutive year and he MORE

February 16, 2017

Faster not always better


Arguably one of the biggest factors in producing a memorable race is track prep. Unfortunately, this is far from an exact science.

When it’s done right, it’s usually the drivers who get the credit for putting on a great show. And it often falls on these same drivers’ shoulders to step up and give credit where credit is due. Most of the time, they do so.

How many times have you heard a driver in victory lane giving credit to the promoter or track prep guy after coming out on top of an MORE