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

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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

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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

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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 (@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?

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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

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Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Jim DenHamer

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

Devin Moran dominated the 2021 Quad Cities 150 at Davenport, Iowa. (Photo: NKP)

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

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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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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 1: Was Dirt Racing Lucky or Good in 2020?

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Our own Matt McLaughlin said it best back in June when he was called into sub on my (and his) former Thinkin’ Out Loud column. No one was yelling at me, and no one threw a punch, but NASCAR’s actions that month had me evaluating what my future held. What started at Martinsville Speedway was …

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