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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
April 16, 2015

Making difficult decisions


I planned to use this space this week to rave about another thrilling race at Duck River Raceway Park, as the World of Outlaws Late Model Series was supposed to be in town last Friday. I’ve bragged repeatedly about the delight that Duck River provides and has provided in exhilarating finishes time and again as of late.

But alas, the race was rained out, leaving me home alone with little to do.

I was able to go check on the progress of our steel-headed engine that we’re putting together and am MORE

April 9, 2015

Racing promotion thrives

Each year at my day job — publisher of a small weekly newspaper in the smallest county in Tennessee — I am tasked with coming up with a full 12-month calendar’s worth of promotions for four different departments. Though I work at a small weekly, we’re owned by a large parent company that owns about 30 newspapers in four states. So naturally, despite the small size of my publication, I’m treated in the same regards as the larger papers in our group.

Therefore, promotions, promotions, MORE

April 2, 2015

Missouri throwback

Heath Lawson

Mike Hammerle brought no expectations into his participation in a portion of February’s Georgia-Florida Speedweeks activities. He never does.

For this 67-year-old grandfather from St. Charles, Mo., who’s arguably the most famous low-buck operator on the UMP DIRTcar circuit, competing in Dirt Late Model racing’s mid-winter motorsports extravaganza is just another example of his extreme love of the game.

“I know I can't run with the big shots down here, but I just enjoy being here," Hammerle MORE

April 2, 2015

Living his passion


Everyone has a passion for something, and if you’re reading this blog, your passion is most likely Dirt Late Model racing.

But in settling on our full-time occupations, not everyone is blessed enough to see their passion turn into a successful career. I count myself among those fortunate people, and I can remember being a twentysomething trying to find my way while living in western Kentucky many years ago.

Stick with a less-than-satisfying career trajectory? Or take a gamble — ignoring advice MORE

March 26, 2015

Baltes the game-changer

Greg Bauer

What would Dirt Late Model racing look like today if Earl Baltes did not create the World 100 — the race universally acknowledged as the sport’s Super Bowl — at his Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, in 1971?

Well, let’s just say that the division probably would have a vastly different appearance.

As the motorsports community mourns Baltes’s passing Monday at the age of 93, the legendary promoter’s impact on the history of Dirt Late Model racing could not be understated by the men who MORE