June 2018 Dirt Late Model

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June 2018 Dirt Late Model

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Big Changes
Casey Roberts joined the veteran Blount Motorsports operation in the off-season with hopes of proving nice guys can indeed finish first. pg. 16

Understated Dominance
As point racing becomes a lost art form, Jeff Rine continues to add to his massive collection of track championships. pg. 24

Truckin’ On
Ham Lake, Minnesota veteran Don Shaw is one of the great travelers of the sport. What else would you expect from a man that owns a trucking company? pg. 32

Tougher Than Nails
Prior to getting behind the wheel of a Late Model in 2008, Bob Gardner had never even attended a Stock Car race. Now in his sixth season behind the wheel of an Open Late Model, ‘The Pink Panther’ is making his presence known. pg. 40

Straight Lines to Circles
Cory Hedgecock moved from Drag Racing into Dirt Track Racing short order. He looks to take the next step into the Open ranks with the same alacrity. pg. 46

Tech
The second installation of Mark Bush’s three-part series on chassis tuning. pg. 52

Blast from the Past
Tales of the 1999 Hav-A-Tampa season continue in this three-part story. pg. 56

NDLMHoF Corner
Racer turned chassis builder Roscoe Smith is profiled. pg. 62

Trackside w/Suzanne Talbott pg. 64

The Wire pg. 66

Meet the Driver presented by Comp Cams: Jonathan Brauns pg. 71

New Products pg. 72

Speed Shop pg. 73

Through the Lens pg. 74

Advertiser’s Index pg. 87

Parting View: In Memoriam pg. 87

Columns
Mike O’Connor [Editor] pg. 8
Steve Davis pg. 10
Kelley Carlton pg. 12
Gary Heeman pg. 14
Steve Halpainy pg. 15
Jonathan Joiner pg. 58