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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.
March 31, 2022

My brother, the Zamboni driver

My brother, the Zamboni driver

In December, during our 12-hour trek (which turned into 16 because of traffic jams and rerouting) back home from the Gateway Dirt Nationals, I was again reminded the power of laughter and comfort of fellowship.

And of course, along the way we added another story or six to the archive that we have built over the last 25 or so years together.

I always fly into St. Louis, Mo., a few days earlier than my crew guys. They finish up their work week at home and then jump in a MORE

August 19, 2021

Finding Fairbury


OK, I get it now. I felt it. It being the feeling of falling in love with a town, a speedway and an event. Last month I made the 11-hour drive to Fairbury, Ill., to attend the Prairie Dirt Classic. DirtonDirt.com co-founder Michael Rigsby has been after me for some time now to come and experience the event. In recent years, I have developed a close friendship with Fairbury co-owner and promoter Matt Curl through working together at both the Gateway Dirt Nationals and the Wild West Shootout. Matt MORE

February 23, 2021

Finding the positives

Brian McLeod/Dirt Scenes

I'll never forget my first thought when I first saw Mike Head: "He looks more like a professional wrestler than a race car driver."

But the Ellenwood, Ga., driver was indeed 100 percent racer, one of the Southeast's best Dirt Late Model competitors for nearly two decades. | Slideshow

He was a mountain of a man. When I shook his hand, it felt like his wrapped around mine twice. He looked intimidating, but he was one of the kindest, gentlest people I've known.

Early in his racing career, which MORE

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