February 2018 Dirt Late Model

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February 2018 Dirt Late Model

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dream Come True
Georgia’s Michael Page received one of those one-in-million calls last season, and he has made the most of it. pg. 18

My ‘Gateway Dirt Nationals’ Notebook
Kevin Kovac’s notes and observations from the Second Annual Gateway Dirt Nationals in St. Louis, Missouri. The event is quickly becoming a must attend and saw Bobby Pierce and his family team go out on top. pg. 24

Changing Directions
Driver G.R. Smith initially looked at 2017 as his final season behind the wheel as a driver. Getting out ahead of schedule, he quickly turned into a potent team owner securing a Crown Jewel win and has big plans for the 2018 season. pg. 33

Georgia’s racing Russell family
Comer, Georgia, may not be the state’s most widely known city, if at all, but it is the home of one of the state’s great Dirt Late Model racing families. pg. 40

Moving Foreward
Nineteen-year-old Tanner Kellick is profiled. pg. 48

Template For Success, Pushing New Boundries
The RUSH Series has continued its expansion and has grown into one of the most successful sanctioning bodies with seven divisions in 2018. pg. 54

Blast from the Past
Lee Ackerman recalls the days of the Kentucky Klassic at Barren County Speedway. pg. 60

National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Corner
Gary L. Parker profiles Hall of Fame member Charlie Swartz and some of his rule-defining ‘doorstop’ Late Models. pg. 62

Trackside w/Suzanne Talbott pg. 64

The Wire pg. 66

Speed Shop pg. 73

Through the Lens pg. 74

Advertiser’s Index pg. 87

Parting View pg. 87

Columns
Mike O’Connor [Editor] pg. 6
Steve Davis pg. 10
Kelley Carlton pg. 12
Gary Heeman pg. 14
Steve Halpainy pg. 16