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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
July 29, 2014

Fairbury's secret? The people

Fairbury American Legion Speedway

The pace slows on U.S. 24 as you ease into town, eyes surveying the landscape. Fairbury is just one of many pretty towns along this highway that lies razor-straight across the Illinois prairie. Another speed zone, another blinking traffic signal, another set of churches and schools and municipal buildings and a Casey’s General Store.

But Fairbury is different. Special. Somewhere, off to the south, just the other side of an idyllic grid of neat lawns and well-kept homes, is an old fairgrounds. MORE

July 25, 2014

Perfect attendance awards


They are members of a select group, just 16 guys — all Midwesterners, ranging in age from 17 to 65 — who spent the past five-and-a-half weeks practically living at dirt tracks. | Slideshow

Seven crew members, four drivers, three officials, one media member and one fan — that’s the list of people with perfect attendance on the 2014 UMP DIRTcar Summernationals, which began June 12 at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway and ended July 19 at Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio. Each of them MORE

July 24, 2014

Victory lane, memory lane


There is nothing like the thrill of a win. No matter what the sport or game, there is just no match for the feeling you get while raising your arms and being recognized as the victor on that day.

One of the many perks to the job I have held in racing over the last decade and a half is getting to observe victory celebrations. And I have seen many extremes — from the super cool, laid-back crowd wave of Billy Moyer and Bob Pierce to the striptease ala Ricky Bobby of Austin Hubbard and almost MORE

July 17, 2014

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

July 10, 2014

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