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April 15, 2021

Driver of the Quarter

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It doesn’t seem like Jonathan Davenport has set the Dirt Late Model world on fire this season, but you’d he hard pressed to find a driver who had a better first three months of 2021 than Superman. Quizzed by a colleague this week to name my Driver of the First Quarter, it didn’t take me long to name the Blairsville, Ga., driver as my pick.

He may have had a terrible Georgia-Florida Speedweeks. He may be winless through the first 10 races on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. And he may MORE

April 1, 2021

Don't count B-Shepp out

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No one expected Brandon Sheppard to go winless this season. That hasn’t happened in more than a decade.

Naysayers may have hoped for more struggles — that’s what happens when you’re uber-successful for longer than most can remember — but everyone knew that Sheppard and the Rocket Chassis house car team couldn’t be kept out of victory lane.

Of course I doubt anyone expected Sheppard’s first victory to come after nearly 20 starts, either. That’s how long it took before Sheppard MORE

March 18, 2021

Bristol then and now

Jim Butler

Before heading to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for the Karl Kustoms Bristol Dirt Nationals featuring $10,000-to-win and $50,000-to-win unsanctioned Late Model features March 19-20, I dug through the history books to see if it would help jog my memory about what exactly went down when Dirt Late Models first took to the high-banked, half-mile, dirt-covered NASCAR track more than two decades ago. I remember hearing about the planned project back then and remember thinking that it was one of the MORE

March 4, 2021

Remembering Mike Head

Robert Holman

There are a handful of quotes from drivers that stuck with me through the years. Naturally, some of the best have come from the biggest stars, like Scott Bloomquist. But there have been others, more obscure and less publicized, that I won’t likely forget. Mike Head once said that his hot and cold racing fortunes were like going from the outhouse to the penthouse — and vice versa. I remember him saying that in 1993 during driver introductions at Chickasaw Speedway in Okolona, Miss., and for MORE

February 23, 2021

Finding the positives

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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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