March 2019 Dirt Monthly

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March 2019 Dirt Monthly

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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

20
Wild West Shootout Notebook
Notes and observations from 13th Annual mini-series. The six-race happening served as the un-official kickoff to the 2019 season as numerous new team combos made their debut in the desert.

28
2018 Late Model Driver of the Year
Dan Dohman ranks the top-10 Late Model drivers of the 2018 season.

36
It’s About the Passion
Veteran car owner Roger Sellers and his Double Down Motorsports team are profiled.

42
I Can’t Wait
Travis Budisalovich had an extremely strong 2018 season but that all changed in a minute. That has the Minneapolis, Minnesota driver chomping at the bit for the 2019 season to begin.

52
2018 Modified Driver of the Year
Mike O’Connor ranks the top-10 Modified drivers of the 2018 season.

60
WISSOTA Modified’s First Lady
Watertown, South Dakota’s Morgan Ward made history in 2016 by becoming the first female driver to win a WISSOTA Modified feature. She continues to impress and collect checkers.

66
The Northeast Dirt
Adam Cornell offers pointers on surviving the off-season doldrums.

68
One Man’s Dream
When Jerry Wildrex’s career behind the wheel ended, his hobby of collecting and restoring vintage Modifieds took off.

76
The Inside Track
Jeremiah Davis talks Kyle Larson and his impact on American motorsports.

78
Outworking the Competition Oklahoma’s C.A. Nix is profiled.

86
2018 Open Wheel Driver of the Year
Our writers rank the top-10 Open Wheel drivers of the 2018 season.

94
Christopher Bell Uses Last Lap Magic to Claim Third-Straight Chili Bowl Crown
Going into the 33rd Annual Chili Bowl, the most frequently asked question was Larson or Bell? It took six nights, one full day and 54 and a half laps to get the answer.

98
Chili Bowl Nationals Notebook
Bill Blumer Jr. gives readers his take on the 33rd installment of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Midget takeover.

104
What’s New in 2019
New faces and new places in store for the 2019 racing season.

112
Finally Farr in Classic
Robbie Farr captured his first career Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic in his 30th attempt.


114
Sasquatch Just Loves to Race
Veteran WISSOTA Tim Johnson would race 24/7 if given a choice. The multi-time, multi-division national champion may have slowed down his racing last season, but that doesn’t mean his passion for the sport has waned.

DEPARTMENTS
122 Salute to the Shooter
124 Beyond the Dirt
126 Beyond the Spotlight
129 Musings from A Racer
130 Blast from the Past
132 Competition Archives
134 Chassis Builder Spotlight
135 Gearhead
136 Late Model & Modified Tech
138 Local Heroes
139 General Tech
142 2019 Catalog Guide
148 The Wire
150 The Speed Shop
152 Through the Lens
160 Advertiser Index