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Michael Rigsby

Hometown: Bloomington, Ill.
Duties: Co-founder and general manager
About Michael: Michael based the concept for DirtonDirt.com not only on his time in the news business, but his lifelong passion for Dirt Late Model racing. Before starting DirtonDirt.com, Michael was weekend sports anchor/reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison, Wis. He has unparalleled enthusiasm not only for telling stories, but also for thinking of new ways and ideas to bring never-before-seen content to racing fans. He combines media experience with being a life-long race fan. Wearing those two hats allow him to perform his duties as DirtonDirt.com's TV personality with buoyant enthusiasm. He assembled the team that helped make DirtonDirt.com what it is today.

 

  

Gilly Hanson

Hometown: Heath, Ohio
Duties: Videographer
About Gilly: A life-long race fan, her weekends as a child were spent in the grandstands at Midway Speedway in Crooksville, Ohio, and Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio. Her work shooting races began at Ohio’s Hilltop Speedway the evening of her college graduation day, and her father would sell racing DVDs while she shot the action. Since then, Gilly has contributed to several video production teams nationally. In addition to her video work, she operates the websites for Atomic Speedway, Jackson County Speedway and I-77 Speedway. She became a DirtonDirt.com staffer in 2018. She has a degree in photojournalism from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University.

 

  

Robert Holman

Hometown: Lynchburg, Tenn.
Duties: Weekend editor
Robert attributes his love for racing to his stepfather, who drove Late Models, sold race cars and parts and promoted events in Middle Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Robert offers a unique perspective on Dirt Late Model racing after learning its many facets at a young age. He began traveling throughout the Southeast and contributing to The Racing News before graduating with a mass communications degree from Middle Tennessee State. Previously an editor at National Dirt Digest and DirtonDirt.com blogger, he spent 14 years as an award-winning sports editor and newspaper publisher in Middle Tennessee. Robert and his wife Jaime have a daughter, Amberlyn, and a son, Riley.

 

  

Dustin Jarrett

Hometown: St. Clairsville, Ohio
Duties: Announcing, advertising and partner relations
About Dustin: A racing announcer, columnist and publicist since the mid-1990s as well as a longtime DirtonDirt.com contributor, Dustin has played roles in the sport’s biggest events, including six seasons as the announcer at historic Eldora Speedway. Other previous duties included online announcer on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, PR director-announcer for the Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series and columnist (Mid-American Auto Racing News, Tri-State Auto Racing News and RPM Racing News). The track chaser (with nearly 250 tracks among 47 states) is married to Kimberly and has a son (Chase) and dog (Reilly). He also works as an educational consultant and enjoys hunting, traveling and announcing high school sports.

 

  

Joshua Joiner

Hometown: Yulee, Fla.
Duties: Staff writer and editor
A former racer, Joshua's experiences provide a unique perspective to DirtonDirt.com readers. Joshua grew up turning wrenches on his father’s race cars before spending three seasons as a driver himself. A University of West Florida graduate, Joshua has worked in the Media Department at Charlotte Motor Speedway, served as the public relations coordinator for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and helped launch the popular YouTube channel Hunt the Front. Joshua first worked at DirtonDirt.com from 2010-2014. After time away from racing, Joshua returned to DirtonDirt.com in July 2020. Joshua and his wife Elizabeth have two sons, Ryan and Jacen, and a daughter, Jayden.

 

  

Derek Kessinger

Hometown: Chatsworth, Ill.
Duties:
Video director
About Derek:
A graduate of Illinois State University, Derek’s involvement with DirtonDirt.com began with an internship during the summer between his junior and senior years at ISU. He worked part time at DirtonDirt.com through his senior year and joined the full-time staff following his graduation in May of 2012. Derek lists Fairbury American Legion Speedway as his home track and has been attending events at the central Illinois oval since well before he could walk. Along with his videography skills, Derek provides an intense excitement that helps inspire and invigorate the entire DirtonDirt.com staff. Promoted to website video director in 2018, he also handles the popular SuaveTalk and Suave on the Street segments.

 

  

Kevin Kovac

Hometown: Ephrata, Pa.
Duties: Senior writer and editor
About Kevin: A life-long racing fan, Kevin came to DirtonDirt.com after serving as World of Outlaws Late Model Series public relations director for eight years. Growing up in Raritan, N.J., he started attending the weekly big-block modified races at Flemington (N.J.) Speedway at age 9 before his parents took him to other tracks in the Northeast. By high school, he was writing race reports for Area Auto Racing News, where he joined the staff as a columnist, writer and editor after graduating from Lock Haven (Pa.) University in 1995. With his focus moving to Late Models in 2006, Kevin has also contributed to other racing publications, including Dirt Late Model magazine. Kevin and his wife Lori have a son, Kael.

 

  

Dustin McCarty

Hometown: Forrest, Ill.
Duties: Live production assistant
About Dustin: A life-long racing fan, Dustin grew up just 5 miles from Fairbury Speedway, then as a teenager moved even closer — just a two blocks from the popular quarter-mile oval. He handles production of DirtonDirt.com streaming events throughout the season. Dustin attended Illinois State University in nearby Bloomington, graduating with a bachelor's degree in horticulture and landscape management. Besides his work in racing, he also operates DJ Dmac Entertainment, a small dee jay service he launched in 2012. When not working at the track, Dustin enjoys hitting the links to golf. D-Mac also manages DirtonDirt.com's slow-pitch softball team.

 

  

Michael Reiners

Hometown: Gibson City, Ill.
Duties: Live production director
About Michael: One of four Illinois State University graduates on the DirtonDirt.com staff, "Tern" grew up going to races at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway and Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway. Michael studied mass media with an emphasis on interactive media during his years at the Normal campus. While at Illinois State, he directed shows for the campus TV station to fulfill his goals of working in live programming. He served two stints as an intern with DirtonDirt.com during his junior and senior years, shooting and editing video, especially during the UMP DIRTcar Summernationals. As a full-time staff member, he plays a key role on the live production team, directing pay-per-view shows.

 

  

Kane Runyon

Hometown: Fairbury, Ill.
Duties: Live production assistant
About Kane: A true jack-of-all-trades when it comes to DirtonDirt.com’s pay-per-view productions, Kane came to DirtonDirt.com through his long-time friendship with live production director Michael “Tern” Reiners. Along with assisting in the setup and pre-production of live shows, Kane handles instant replays and graphics and steps in occasionally to direct. He also helps with pay-per-view technical support and fills a variety of other roles key for DirtonDirt.com's successful broadcasts. The Prairie Central High School graduate has taken courses at Heartland Community College and envisions a career in technology, following the footsteps of his mother, a network engineer in the IT field for 35 years.

 

  

Andy Savary

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Duties:
Operations
About Andy: Andy has filled a cross-functional and wide-ranging role since joining DirtonDirt.com as a contributor and analyst in March of 2011. As a graduate of Iowa State University, Andy brings a sound business acumen, progressive thinking and versatility that are essential in keeping DirtonDirt.com's business functions and day-to-day operations efficiently on line. In addition to his business duties, Andy also serves frequently as a writer and editor, offering a unique, numbers-driven perspective on Dirt Late Model racing. He also contributes to the weekly Quick Time column.

 

  

Tim Truex

Hometown: Ventura, Calif.
Duties: Creative video director
Tim grew up shooting racing video with his father Mike, who started shooting video as a hobby at Ascot Park in the 1980s. Founding Loudpedal Productions in 1998, Tim started shooting video every weekend in 2004 at Ventura Raceway with Loudpedal eventually becoming USAC’s media provider. His video has appeared on Speed Channel, Fox and ESPN. His first association with DirtonDirt.com came in producing well-received Knoxville Nationals and World 100 videos, and he joined the staff full-time to broaden the site’s advertising, promotional and feature videos. He has a bachelor’s degree in health information management from Loma Linda University.

 

  

Todd Turner

Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Duties: Managing editor
About Todd: Todd is among the most recognizable writers in Dirt Late Model racing. His 20 years of experience covering the biggest events make him the easy choice as the go-to-guy when it comes to delivering a Dirt Late Model story. Before joining DirtonDirt.com, Todd was the editor and page designer with National Dirt Digest. In nine years at NDD, he was responsible for coast-to-coast coverage, layout and photo editing. Those skills, coupled with his creative and vivid writing style, are among many he brought to DirtonDirt.com. Along with his DirtonDirt.com duties, Todd has contributed to several other racing publications. He was 2017's winner of UMP DIRTcar's Bob Memmer Achievement Award.

 

  
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