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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
Todd Turner Dave Argabright Kevin Kovac Robert Holman Kelley Carlton
July 28, 2016

A fresh mindset

About two months ago, we broke a motor, which will likely keep us sidelined the rest of the season. At best, we could be back on track in late fall with another Limited Late Model motor in place and run a few shows here and there.

Of course that depends on how much can be salvaged from the broken engine. The most likely scenario will be getting a crate engine for the start of the 2017 season and keeping an all-steel engine on reserve to run a few higher paying races now and then. My fear is that MORE

July 21, 2016

Hell Tour perfect attendance


Ten team members. Four drivers. Four officials. Two media types. One vendor.

Oh, and three dogs, too.

That’s the composition of a select group: those who could claim perfect attendance on the 2014 UMP DIRTcar Summernationals, the aptly-named Hell Tour for its grueling schedule of Dirt Late Model action lasting just over month.

These are the people (and the trio of animals) that completed the full Summernationals points-race grind, which began on June 16 at Kankakee (Ill.) County Speedway (after MORE

June 30, 2016

Analysis of a phenom


I don’t like to use the word phenom very much when describing racers. Obviously short for phenomenal, the term phenom is typically reserved for a young talent who you know will be a superstar. The tag is mostly used to describe stick-and-ball athletes. After watching Sunday’s UMP DIRTcar Summernationals race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., I feel compelled to call race winner Bobby Pierce a racing phenom.

I realize Pierce, even at the tender age of 19, already has several years of MORE

May 12, 2016

Finding balance in prosperity


Prosperity can be a strange bird. Strange indeed.

Often, many of us don’t even realize we are enjoying prosperity when we’re in the moment. All too often, we take things for granted and then wonder what’s wrong when things change, never stopping to think that perhaps the anomaly isn’t the now, but instead the past.

For instance. Suppose we get used to seeing 20 Late Models at our local track every Saturday night for four or five consecutive years. Then, slowly, we get down to just 10 on a MORE

May 5, 2016

Still plugging away

Jason Walls/wrtspeedwerx.com

Gary Stuhler climbed into a race car for the first time in 1975 and here he is, 41 years later, still doing it every weekend he can.

Man, how time sure does fly.

“It doesn’t seem that long,” the 61-year-old Stuhler said recently as he headed out of the pit area at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway after finishing 12th in the track’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. “When I got started I never even thought about how long I’d race. I used to help a guy, he was getting out and I ended up MORE