July 2019 Dirt Monthly

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July 2019 Dirt Monthly

TABLE OF CONTENTS

COLUMNS
6 Mike O’Connor [Editor]
8 Kelley Carlton
10 Scott Erickson
12 Cyndi Stiffler
14 Justin Zoch [Editor]
16 Eric Arnold
18 Bob Mays

HOT LAPS
21 Musings from a Racer
22 Local Heroes
25 Gearhead
26 The Northeast Dirt
28 Formula for Success
30 The Inside Track
32 Upcoming Events

DEPARTMENTS
123 Chassis Builder Spotlight
124 Beyond the Dirt
126 Salute to the Shooter
130 Five Minutes With
132 Competition Archives
134 Blast from the Past
136 Beyond the Spotlight
138 General Tech
142 Late Model/Modified Tech
145 Pit Pass & Industry News
148 New Products
150 The Speed Shop
152 Through the Lens
160 Advertiser Index

FEATURES
34
The Other Real Deal
Iowa Modified standout Nick Deal is tackling the Malvern Bank Super Late Model Series in 2019.

40
Selling Dirt – Racing Asphalt
Matt Long spends his days as the Vice President of Corporate Sales at Charlotte Motor Speedway and his nights getting dirty throughout the South in his Late Model.

46
IMCA Late Models New Direction
A good chance to get to know Joe Hayes and his long history in the sport of auto racing. He has been hired as the new Director for the IMCA Late Model Division.

52
Wild Child Having Fun
Delaware’s Amanda Whaley grew up playing Little League Baseball against the boys and has found acceptance on the race track as she competes with the likes of her fiancé Ross Robinson.

58
The Gift of Hope
Illinois Late Model racer Jeff Curl certainly knows the value of family and has stepped up and donated a kidney to his sister Michelle.

64
Not a Nightmare
Duluth, Minnesota’s Jody Bellefeuille has come to be known as the North Shore Nightmare and he has been terrorizing the Mod division at Ogilvie Raceway for years.

70
Three Jasons Make One Good Man
Hermitage, Missouri’s Jason Pursley is an established Modified racer, but he’s also an accomplished elementary school principal and inventor who has created a simple affordable way to keep schools safe.

76
Setting the Example
Minnesota’s Casey Jane Trom is a Patient Care Assistant at the World Famous Mayo Clinic, but enjoys racing her Modified throughout the Upper Midwest.

82
The Next Challenge
After successful stints in Go-Karts and SportMods, Green Bay, Wisconsin, racer Hunter Parsons is on to Modifieds and is ready for the next step in his burgeoning career.

90
California’s Latest Big Thing
Michael “Buddy” Kofoid is poised to be the next big star from the Golden State and the teenager is spending his summer in the Midwest, honing his skills and building his brand.

98
Midget Racer Turned WoO Official
Mike Hess was a championship Midget racer with great credentials before making the move to the role of official with the World of Outlaws as their Competition Director.

104
The Next Chapter
After years of racing Modifieds and dabbling in Sprint Cars, Spencer, Iowa’s Clayton Christensen has gone all in on his winged Sprint Car career for the 2019 season.

110
Honoring His Hero On
and Off the Track
Pennsylvania’s Ryan Taylor formed a tight bond with the late Greg Hodnett and continues to race to honor his hero and mentor.

116
Final Hoosier 100
Tyler Courtney, whose parents once promoted the race, scored the win in the final Hoosier 100 ever at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

118
A Veteran On and Off the Track
Ted Welschmeyer is well known on the race tracks of his home state of Missouri, but his true heroics have taken place during multiple deployments to Iraq, a service for which he received a pair of Bronze Stars.