March 2018 Dirt Late Model

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March 2018 Dirt Late Model

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Making His Mark
Not a lot of people knew who Tennessee driver Jason Welshan was going into last year’s Gateway Dirt Nationals. You can bet they do now. pg. 16

My ‘Wild West Shootout’ Notebook
Todd Turner give his notes and observations from the ‘unofficial’ kick-off to the 2018 racing season. The Arizona mini-series saw four of the events go to Northern invaders Don Shaw and Ricky Weiss, while veteran Mike Marlar captured a win and the overall title. pg. 22

A Good Change
Omaha, Nebraska driver Jake Neal has had an up-and-down career in Modifieds, but since making the move to Late Models his fortunes have improved. In 2018, he looks to take another step forward. pg. 34

Working and Winning in Racing
Derek Doll’s daytime job gives him as much insight and help with his racing program as anyone could hope for. The longtime Rocket Chassis employee is now a two-time track champion at West Virginia’s Tyler County Speedway. pg. 40

It’s Still Fun
Steve Laursen is still having fun wheeling his Late Model, even after almost 30 years in the seat. pg. 44

Affordable Fun
Maple Park, Illinois’ Sycamore Speedway looks to continue it’s storied racing history as it enters it’s 55th year of operation in 2018. pg. 50

Blast from the Past
Lee Ackerman looks back at the history of ‘The Mudslinger’. pg. 58

NDLMHoF Corner
‘The Tupelo Flash’ Don Hester is profiled in this month’s Hall of Fame Corner. pg. 60

Trackside w/Suzanne Talbott pg. 62

The Wire pg. 64

New Products pg. 72

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. 8
Kelley Carlton pg. 10
Gary Heeman pg. 12
Steve Halpainy pg. 13