February 2020 Dirt Monthly - Free Online Access Only

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February  2020 Dirt Monthly - Free Online Access Only

THE FULL FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE IS AVAILABLE FREE ONLINE AT www.dirtmonthly.com

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Columns
4 Mike O’Connor (Editor)
6 Kelley Carlton
8 Cyndi Stiffler
10 Justin Zoch (Editor)
12 Todd Heintzelman
13Kevin Oldham

Hot Laps
14 Pit Pass and Industry News
17 Milestone Moments
18 Upcoming Events
20 Local Heroes
22 Chassis Builder Spotlight
23 Musings From A Racer
24 My Home Track
26 Formula for Success

LATE MODELS
28
Late Model Driver of the Year
Our annual countdown of the best Dirt Late Model drivers in the land.

36
Battle of the Bay
Read about what is fast becoming a signature event on the annual RUSH calendar.

42
Gateway Dirt Nationals
Race cars in the downtown streets of St. Louis and under the roof of the dome. Does it get any better?

50
Wild West Shootout
Giddyup little doggie! Cowboys and race cars in the desert.

Modifieds
56
Modified Driver of the Year
Our annual countdown of best Dirt Modified racers in the land.

64
Staying On Top
Kris Jackson might just be the best B-Mod racer in America. Find out why.

70
The Tigerton Tiger
A Wisconsin youngster is making the move from SportMods to A-mods pay off.

74
The Wild West Modified Tour
The story of the resurrection of a Mountain West favorite.

 

OPEN WHEEL
80
Open Wheel Driver of the Year
We polled a cross section of photographers, historians, writers, columnists and plugged-in superfans to come up with our list of the Top 10 Open Wheel Drivers of 2019. See if you agree with their rankings.

88
Going All In
Kyle Reinhardt chucked it all – a comfortable job and a good life in New Jersey – to relocate to Central Pennsylvania and chase his dream of being a full-time racer.

92
The Demise of Valvoline Raceway
In a sudden announcement, the Australian government announced that a high-speed rail line would necessitate tearing down the famed Sydney Speedway. We’ve got the full story on what comes next.

98
A Peak at History
Bob Mays has released a detailed book on a 100 years of racing in the Cornhusker State and we have an excerpt detailing the birth of the 360 division at Midwest Speedway and the last two decades of the century.

WEEKEND WARRIOR
102
Winning Titles and Having Fun
Luke Ramsey is of the most dominant Hobby Stock racers in Iowa and Nebraska in recent years gives us a look inside his winning formula.

105
Checking In With A Champ
Kevin Berte was one of the most dominant IMCA Stock Car racers of the 1990s and then he walked away from racing. We checked in to hear some old stories and see what he is up to these days.


Departments

108Ask Mark Tech Tips
110 2020 Catalog Guide
114The Northeast Dirt
116 The Inside Track
118 Beyond the Spotlight
120 Beyond the Dirt
122Five Minutes With…
126 Blast From the Past
128 Competition Archives
130New Products
132Speedshop
134Salute to the Shooter
138 Through the Lens
144 Advertiser Index