December 2012 Dirt Late Model

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December 2012 Dirt Late Model


Carrying On The Family Name

Nineteen-year-old Tanner English looks to continue down the circular ‘dirt’ path created by his father, veteran driver Terry English.  pg. 20


A New Dress For The Old Lady

Greg Gunter takes over the reigns of Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Virginia, keeping on the racing tradition at the 80-year-old facilty known lovingly as ‘The Old Lady of the Valley’.  pg. 27


My ‘FASTRAK World Championship’ Notebook

Kelley Carlton gives his notes and observations from the $20,000-to-win closer to the FASTRAK season, where third-generation racer, Max Blair captured the 20k pay day and capped an amazing 2012 season.   pg. 33


Francis Harvests Crown Jewel

An emotional Steve Francis and his Barry Wright crew pulled off the storybook 3, 2, 1 at the Ninth Annual Lucas Oil Knoxville Late Model Nationals as the Kentucky Colonel bested a collection of the best drivers in the country, powering past former Knoxville winner Brady Smith, to take home the win at the Crown Jewel event at the mecca of Sprint Car racing.  pg. 42 and 49


Doing Something Right

John Kennedy and his Kennedy Motorsports team continues on the path of success in the ultra-competitive world of Dirt Late Model racing.  pg. 57


Traction Control: Revisited

Dirt Late Model Magazine takes a new look at the ‘little black box’ including testing with and without the it and series promoters take on the issue of traction control.  pg. 61


Blast from the Past: Lee Ackerman recalls the Late Model classics, the Hav-A-Tampa Shootouts at Dixie Speedway in the early ‘90s.  pg. 66


TECH: Mark Bush continues his multi-part story on the key elements to having a successful race team.  pg. 70


The Wire  pg. 75  


New Products  pg. 77


Speed Shop  pg. 80


Meet The Driver: Jeff Herzog  pg. 82


Through the Lens  pg. 84

Advertisers Index  pg. 95


Parting View  pg. 96



Mike O’Connor  [Editor]  pg. 7

Chris Stepan  pg. 8 

Steve Davis  pg. 11

Kelley Carlton pg. 12
Ben Shelton pg. 15
Ray Beste pg. 16
Steve Halpainy pg. 19