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March 2017 Dirt Late Model


Success is Still to Come
Illinois’ Derek Chandler may be racing less now than he was a couple of season ago, but business and family commitments haven’t kept the driver from being a threat to win whenever he hits the track. pg. 16

My ‘Wild West Shootout’ Notebook
Todd Turner gives his notes and observations from the Arizona kickoff to the 2017 season. The rain shortened mini-series saw Bobby Pierce dominate three of the four nights and veteran Billy Moyer show that he still knows the quick way to get around a race track. pg. 23

A Swan Song
Lifelong friends and cousins Chub Frank and Boom Briggs are looking at the 2017 season as potentially their last one as road warriors. pg. 32

A Welcome Addition
Matt Lux has made the transition from owner/driver to just plain driver a successful one and has had a bit of a career resurgence in the process. pg. 38

The New Kid on the Block
When Mississippi Thunder Speedway owner/promoter Bob Timm went looking for a way to return the Late Model division to his Wisconsin track, he found sometimes the best answer was to make your own way. pg. 47

TECH: Mark Bush addresses the popular topic of spring pre-loading and how to utilize it for better handling. pg. 51

Blast from the Past
Lee Ackerman wraps up the chase to the 1999 Big Johnson Championship. pg. 55

2017 Manufacturer’s Catalogs
A collection of manufacturer’s catalogs and how to get their newest versions. pg. 57

Trackside w/Suzanne Talbott pg. 64

The Wire pg. 66

New Products pg. 71

Speed Shop pg. 72

Through the Lens pg. 74

Advertiser’s Index pg. 87

Parting View pg. 88

Mike O’Connor [Editor] pg. 6
Steve Davis pg. 8
Kelley Carlton pg. 10
Ray Beste pg. 12
Steve Halpainy pg. 14