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January 17, 2022

Wild West superlatives

Tyler Rinken

VADO, N.M. — Recapping the 16th annual Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts with a list of superlatives from the six Super Late programs that were contested at Vado Speedway Park (complete Wild West Shootout coverage):

Best driver: Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., the lone driver to never finish outside the top five en route to claiming the Wild West Shootout points crown for the second time in his career. (He previously won the title in 2018 at Arizona Speedway outside MORE

January 3, 2022

A tribute to Rayburn


The news of C.J. Rayburn’s passing on New Year’s Day didn’t necessarily come as a shock to those closest to the legendary chassis builder from Whiteland, Ind. Rayburn, 81, died after battling the complications from Covid-related pneumonia, a tough out for an old bird who was every much an eagle in the eyes of nearly everyone he crossed paths with.

Don’t believe me? Try finding a negative comment on social media about Carl Jerome Rayburn. I bet you’d spend hours searching fruitlessly. MORE

December 23, 2021

By the numbers for '21

Much like 2020, most of us are eager to put 2021 in the rearview mirror. It was a strange year indeed, one that began with great hope, but fizzled somewhat about halfway through. We were fortunate to enjoy twice as many events at Ohio’s famed Eldora Speedway — though it’s likely that Evans. Ga., superstar Brandon Overton enjoyed it more than anyone — and we welcomed the return of the Gateway Dirt Nationals inside the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. I was at the track this season MORE

December 9, 2021

Gateway: The blue-collar race

It seems like each year following the Castrol Gateway Dirt Nationals the same question pops up: Should the Late Model field be limited to invitees only? And each time it does, it seems like I have to defend the little guy.

One thing I like about the Gateway Dirt Nationals is that it’s one of the few events we have where low-budget and underfunded teams truly believe that they can compete with the sport’s big-budget teams. For drivers, often times the one thing they desire the most is simply MORE

November 25, 2021

To race or not to race

Exactly what does $1,000 mean?

Well, it means different things to different people. For some folks, it’s a drop in the bucket to an already deep pool of debt — or riches. To others, it would mean a hell of a nice Christmas. Racing is kind of the same way: $1,000 does different things for different teams.

Anyone in the industry who has read my blogs or listened to our weekly podcast — The Dirt Reporters — knows I’m an advocate for the little guy. They know I’m always lobbying for purse MORE

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