December 2014 Dirt Late Model

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December 2014 Dirt Late Model

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Common Goals
Writer Josh Effenberger sits down with the newest members of the ‘Batesville Bad Boys’ club, Jared and Gavin Landers. pg. 20

The Racing T-Shirt Evolution
The final installment of the story on the evolution and ever changing racing and event t-shirt market. pg. 27

Storybook Ending
After Friday’s Brian Birkhofer qualifying feature victory took a unique turn towards retirement and stepping back from the sport, there was only one way this potential ‘storybook’ tale could end. pg. 30

My ‘Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals’ Notebook
Notes and observations from this year’s Knoxville Nationals. pg. 37

Bloomquist Wins the Battle, O’Neal Wins the War
This year’s 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship saw Scott Bloomquist continue his fall hot-streak by capturing his second career DTWC and Don O’Neal capture his first ever national title as he brought the 2014 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series title home to Clint Bowyer Racing. pg. 46

My ‘DTWC’ Notebook
Sights and sounds from from Carl Short’s Crown Jewel event. pg. 52

On His Way
Virginia’s Russell Erwin is having a breakout season in 2014 and looks to continue his momentum. pg. 58

Why Iowa?
This month’s National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Corner looks into why the state known as a Sprint Car state has such a strong presence in the Hall. pg. 64

Blast from the Past: Lee Ackerman recalls the Canadian International Dirt Track Championship. pg. 66

TECH: Mark Bush answers your tech questions in ‘Ask Mark’. pg. 69

The Wire pg. 73

New Products pg. 76

Speed Shop pg. 78

Trackside with Suzanne Talbott pg. 80

Through the Lens pg. 82

Advertiser’s Index pg. 95

COLUMNS
Mike O’Connor [Editor] pg. 6
Steve Davis pg. 8
Kelley Carlton pg. 10
Ben Shelton pg. 12
Ray Beste pg. 14
Steve Halpainy pg. 16
Chris Stepan pg. 18