April 2017 Dirt Late Model

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April 2017 Dirt Late Model

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Passive Aggressive
Marcus Minga is giving a whole new twist to the term ‘passive aggressive’ as he climbs the ranks of NeSmith’s elite drivers and teams. pg. 16

Future Model?
The off-season teaming of Shane McDowell Racing and Kinzer Motorsports begs the question, ‘is this kind of pairing the future of Late Model racing?’ pg. 22

Inside the LOLMDS; Part One
Dan Dohman’s two-part piece on how the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series came to be and how it has quickly become ‘where the big boys play’. pg. 30

Rising Up Once Again
Even though John Mollick’s racing career began nearly 30 years ago, he knows that it took the last 15 years to get where he is at now. pg. 38

In The Fast Lane
The Trammell name has been a significant force in racing in the Kentucky and east Tennessee area since the early 1950s. Jason Trammell is the third-generation to show his prowess behind the wheel and keep the family name on-top of the leader board. pg. 44

Keeps On Grinding
Missouri’s Tom Cordray has put together a long history of success with the ULMA Series as a one-man-band operation with an old school driving style where he’s not afraid to lay on the chrome horn if needed. pg. 50

TECH: Mark Bush discusses the topic of driver input and getting the most from your driver to help benefit your racing progam. pg. 55

Blast from the Past
Lee Ackerman recalls West Virginia Motor Speedway’s World Race of Champions. pg. 60

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Corner
This month’s installment focuses on Tar Heel State native and Hall of Fame member, ‘The Southern Gentleman’ Freddy Smith. pg. 62

Trackside w/Suzanne Talbott pg. 64

The Wire pg. 66

New Products pg. 72

Speed Shop pg. 73

Through the Lens pg. 76

Advertiser’s Index pg. 87

Parting View pg. 88

COLUMNS
Mike O’Connor [Editor] pg. 6
Steve Davis pg. 8
Kelley Carlton pg. 10 | Ray Beste pg. 12
Steve Halpainy pg. 14