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October 14, 2021

Spotlight on Lucas slate

The release of the upcoming season’s schedule by either of the national tours always produces plenty of conversation. It’s an annual occurrence for everybody in the Dirt Late Model world to dive in and offer their hot takes on what’s to come.

With Wednesday’s announcement by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series of a record-breaking 2022 calendar of events — 65 features at 35 tracks in 18 states — and a significant increase in the points fund ($150,000 to the champion and more than a MORE

October 14, 2021

Average isn’t good enough

I’d like to think that every time we go to the racetrack to compete we’re giving our best effort. Unfortunately, I know that sometimes, that just isn’t the case. It kind of takes me back to my early college years when effort often made all the difference in the world.

With my 18-year-old son now a freshman in college, I’m reminded almost daily of the struggles I had early in my college career. Riley is attending Motlow State Community College, which is only about 12 miles up the road from MORE

September 30, 2021

Managing your storage

Robert Holman/DirtonDirt.com

No matter how much space you seem to have, for some reason it seems like you always need more. That’s true with the smallest of things, like a backpack, to the largest, like a home or a shop, and all things in between, like cupboards and closets.

Growing up, we always seemed to have plenty of cupboard space in our kitchen. Each time I opened a door looking for a snack, I was almost always disappointed. Fast forward 40 years and the cupboards in my house are bursting at the hinges. I’m not MORE

September 16, 2021

Practice makes perfect?

Nothing beats experience. Experienced employees typically earn more money and many employers require minimum years of experience for job applicants. Racing is no different. Professional teams are always looking for crew members and advertisements usually say pay is based on experience.

In a way, race car drivers kind of get paid based on experience, too. More experienced drivers typically win the races or finish closer to the front, meaning they'll generally make more money than their less MORE

August 26, 2021

It's in the cards


The first time I see James Essex at most Dirt Late Model events, he’s scurrying through the pits, peeking over his glasses to say hello — and scribbling on an index card with his black uni-ball Roller fine point.

The longtime Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series announcer’s stack of 4-by-6-inch ruled index cards are his rubber-banded bible for each racing season, the holiest of holies for recalling driver hometowns, ages, chassis, engines, sponsors and more.

The decidedly old school method of MORE

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