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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 6: 2021 Winternationals & Sunshine Swing

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Jim DenHamer

The A-Main – New Shirley, Texas, young gun Tyler Erb scored arguably the biggest win of his career Saturday night, the $15,000 finale of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series residency at East Bay Raceway Park. Erb took advantage of a slight bobble by Watertown, N.Y.’s Tim McCreadie on a lap-32 restart, grabbing the …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 5: 1 Commandment for Racing in 2021 — Love Thy Neighbor

Photo Credit: Bryan Davis Keith, Frontstretch

The first time I was ever subject to a rain delay while working at the track for Frontstretch came during a Friday night Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Sitting through the endless hours of questioning whether or not they could dry the track, the PA in the media center came out …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 5: 2021 General Tire Winter Nationals & Wild Wing Shootout

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

The A-Main: If anyone needed more proof that 2020 never ended, take a look at the evergreen hot streak of one Elk Grove, Calif.’s Kyle Larson. In only his fifth career late model start, Larson absolutely stomped a stout field in the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series season opener at All-Tech Raceway, leading the …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 4: Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models Leading 2021 Season

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Jim DenHamer

The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models don’t kick their campaign off till tomorrow night, but three weeks into 2021 the stage has been set for a banner year for the tour. No small feat for not having taken a lap in competition. For one, the driver roster is making waves. Take a gander at the …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 4: 2021 Sunshine Nationals & Wild West Shootout Finale

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Zach Yost Photography

The A-Main – Blairsville, Ga.’s Jonathan Davenport capped a strong performance in the desert with a commanding win in the $25,000 super late model finale of the Wild West Shootout at Arizona Speedway. Davenport, on the back of his third Shootout win, captured an additional $10,000 bonus for scoring three feature wins in the Shootout. …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 3: 2021 Chili Bowl

Texas

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The A-Main – The stats sheet will show that Kyle Larson was utterly dominant in scoring his second consecutive Chili Bowl, but it was far closer than the scoresheet will show. KYLE LARSON IS A BACK-TO-BACK CHILI BOWL CHAMPION!!! pic.twitter.com/L7lAtfkrhn — ?????????? (@Walkapedia_) January 17, 2021 Larson, who bested polesitter Justin Grant on the race’s …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 3: How Big is the Chili Bowl?

Carolina Midget Showdown

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For as stellar a race as he drove, Kyle Larson’s mouth is what rocked the racing world after winning the 2020 Chili Bowl. Said the defending champion, “I’m sorry NASCAR. I’m sorry Daytona, but this is the biggest f***ing race I’ve ever won.” Comparing the Chili Bowl to Daytona is nothing new. Three-time Chili Bowl …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 2: 2021 Wild West Shootout & Ice Bowl

Hawkeye 50

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The A-Main: Blairsville, Ga.’s Jonathan Davenport put on a surgical display in Saturday night’s super late model opener of the Wild West Shootout at Arizona Speedway. Despite being new to the desert oval, Davenport weathered lap traffic and a nearly race-long challenge from western veteran Ricky Thornton Jr., scoring a $5,000 check for his first win …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 2 – Dirt Late Models Full Stream Ahead to Kick Off 2021

Winternationals

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Ken Kelly

Anyone that’s ever groaned about NASCAR’s offseason being the shortest in professional sports ought steer clear of dirt late model racing.  For those at the top of the pyramid racing super lates, that offseason ended New Year’s weekend, a mere 19 days after the checkered flag flew over the National 100 at East Alabama Motor …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 1 – 2021 Tulsa Shootout & Hangover Races

Tulsa Shootout

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons via The Erica Chang

The A-Main – Christopher Bell made some noise, but 2021 was a year for first-time driller winners, with Claremore, Okla.’s Chris Carroll, Camp Verde, Ariz.’s Mason Keefer and Raisin, Calif.’s Mitchel Moles all scoring A-main wins in the Tulsa Shootout in the Wingless Outlaw, Mini Mod and Winged Outlaw classes. However, it was another first-time …

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