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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 18: For Late Models, When Size Does Matter

Bristol dirt track view 2021 Chris Graythen Getty

(Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Had I waited another couple of hours to write this week’s Thinkin’ Dirty, the tenor may have been a little bit different. And thanks to a race at the dirt track equivalent of a superspeedway no less. This past Sunday night (April 25) was highlighted by a race dubbed simply “The Return.” In the first …

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Thinkin’ Dirty: 2021 Bristol Throwdown

2021 Knoxville David Gravel VL WRG

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Trent Gower

The A-Main: David Gravel swept the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown on Sunday (April 25), winning the $25,000 finale feature in a green-white-checkered finish over Donny Schatz. Gravel took the lead on lap 24 after pole sitter Logan Schuchart led the first 23 laps, only for Schuchart to break on the backstretch and bring out …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 17: Dirt Racing & Soccer Diverge in a Wood

Sheppard McCreadie at Eldora 2020 06 06

Photo Credit: World Racing Group

Let’s compare and contrast two major sporting events that have kicked off in the last week. Last Thursday (April 14), the Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia, hosted the first round of the Castrol Racing Night in America dirt late model tour, a race that saw a stacked field of super late models compete …

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Thinkin’ Dirty: 2021 Nininger Tribute at Hagerstown, Racing Emotional Support Alligators?

Tim McCreadie wins the 2021 Nininger Tribute Race at Eldora Speedway. Victory Lane Photo: World Racing Group

Photo Credit - World Racing Group

The A-Main: Ricky Thornton Jr. led 49 laps of Saturday’s (April 17) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series feature at Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland, but Tim McCreadie led the one that mattered. Finding a line on the low side of turns 1 and 2 in the closing laps, McCreadie got alongside Thornton on the final …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 16: Too Much Eldora in 2021?

Super Lates at Eldora 2020 06 04

Photo Credit: World Racing Group

There’s a reason the expression reads, “heavy weighs the crown.” At day’s end, there is only one king. That solitary existence is what makes a king so unique, so illustrious and so powerful. Sadly, that fact appears lost on the Eldora Speedway, whose 2021 schedule released this week includes what they’re terming a “double down” …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 16 – 2021 Bristol Dash

2021 Bristol dirt trucks track overhead Jared C Tilton Getty Images via NASCAR

(Photo: Jared C Tilton/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

The A-Main: Devin Moran pounced when polesitter Ricky Weiss‘s handling started to fade with nine laps to go in Sunday’s rain-delayed Bristol Bash finale, prevailing on a lap 33 restart to win the $25,000 World of Outlaws late model feature. Moran joined Kyle Strickler as only the second repeat winner on the tour so far …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 15: Sprint Cars to the Olympics? Worthy, But No Thank You

2019 Sprint Car WRG

Photo Credit: World Racing Group

Jonathan Davenport is the hottest driver in dirt racing and the favorite to win the weekend’s upcoming Bristol Bash for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Big story, sure, but I’m frankly Bristol’ed out. Plus, thanks to the amazing work of the medical community, my parents are now both fully vaccinated, meaning today marked …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 15: 2021 Lil’ Bill Corum Memorial at Tazewell


Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Jim DenHamer

The A-Main: Call it Bristol Redux. On a high-banked Tennessee dirt oval, “Superman” Jonathan Davenport bested “Yung Money” Kyle Larson, leading all 75 laps Saturday night (April 3) to comfortably win the $21,000 Lil’ Bill Corum Memorial race at Tazewell Speedway.  “Superman” Jonathan Davenport @TheFast49 climbs out of his @LonghornChassis $21,000 richer after winning the …

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Thursday Morning Thunder, Vol. 14: From Iowa to Arizona, Dirt’s Messy Ups & Downs

2019 River Cities WoO Sprint Cars WRG

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Dave Biro

Thanks to NASCAR’s Bristol Dirt Race being moved to Monday, I didn’t have to make an excuse not to sneak a peek. My 9-5 took care of that for me. That being said, as I do multiple times seven days a week, I was sneaking peeks at my dirt Twitter list that continually has 500-plus …

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Thinkin’ Dirty, Vol. 14: 2021 Jason Johnson Classic at Lake Ozark

2020 I 80 Brad Sweet WRG

Photo Credit: World Racing Group via Trent Gower

The A-Main: Defending World of Outlaws series champion Brad Sweet had a car that navigated the bumps of Lake Ozark Speedway better than any other car in the field, and that was what he needed to run away from Sheldon Haudenschild to comfortably win the $15,000 Jason Johnson Classic Saturday night (March 27). Sweet and …

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