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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
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May 11, 2017

Thunderhill memories

There are few places that I have a love-hate relationship with quite like I do with Thunderhill Raceway. I’ve been going to the Summertown, Tenn., oval since the track opened in the late ‘80s when I was still a teenager.

Like any place you frequent over many years, I’ve made a bunch of memories there. With the Southern All Star Series set to return to the high-banked, quarter-mile track this weekend, it got me thinking about some of my more memorable trips to Summertown. The memories are MORE

May 4, 2017

Helping his hero

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Officially, Billy Vacek is Gary Stuhler’s crew chief this season. His mind, however, tells him something a little different.

For the 30-year-old Vacek, his current position transforms him into the youngster cheering on Stuhler that he used to be.

Indeed, when Vacek glanced at Stuhler while standing in Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway’s pit area prior to the April 23 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, he spoke of the standout veteran driver from Greencastle, Pa., with the reverential tone of a MORE

April 27, 2017

Ignorance is bliss, right?

Sometimes we take the little things for granted. When your racing includes any kind of travel — even just a 30-mile weekly ride — you have to have somewhat decent equipment to get your car safely to the track and back. It hasn’t always been that way.

I remember my stepdad’s old single-axle trailer that he used in the ’70s. That thing was short and bowed in the middle from the heavy weight of those old ’55 Chevys. Back then I never thought much about getting to the races. You just MORE

April 13, 2017

Tire-rule curveballs

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Just when drivers think they have something figured out, a rule comes along that changes what they think they know. Toward the end of last season, a couple of sanctioning bodies and tracks began experimenting with their tire rules. Tire rules in our sport are already about as varied as paint schemes, so naturally, as promoters and series directors began tweaking those tire rules, those little adjustments have been almost as varied.

Last August, officials at Eldora Speedway, which is a MORE

April 6, 2017

New chapter for Landers

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We should be talking right now about how Jared Landers is chasing a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship this year. We should be discussing the Batesville, Ark., driver’s ascension to certified star status in the Dirt Late Model world.

Unfortunately, we’re not. Landers has been out of sight, if not exactly out of mind, since last summer when his burgeoning career took a sudden, dramatic detour into uncertainty, and only in the last couple weeks has he finally emerged from the MORE

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