September 2019 Dirt Monthly

September 2019 Dirt Monthly



4 Mike O’Connor (Editor)
6 Kelley Carlton
8 Scott Erickson
10 Cyndi Stiffler
12 Justin Zoch (Editor)
14 Kevin Oldham
16 Bryan Gapinski


18 Pit Pass and Industry News
21 Milestone Moments
22 Upcoming Events
24 Local Heroes
26 Gearhead
28 Chassis Builder Spotlight
29 Musings from a Racer
30 Formula for Success
32 My Home Track


120 Ask Mark Bush Tech Tips
124General Tech
126 The Northeast Dirt
128 The Inside Track
130 Beyond the Spotlight
132Beyond the Dirt
134Five Minutes With…
136 Blast From the Past
138 Where Are They Now?
140 Competition Archives
142 New Products
144 Speedshop
146 Salute to the Shooter
150 Through the Lens
160 Advertiser Index


World 100 Preview
Who will take home the famous globe trophy in 2019? It’s anybody guess, but our “experts” aren’t afraid to offer their opinions in this preview of Dirt Late Model racing’s biggest event.


Slowride Returns
Pennsylvania Dirt Late Model veteran David Scott has retired and unretired more often than Brett Favre. Read about his latest stint and recent success behind the wheel.


Continuing the Tradition
George and Russ Scheffler were father and son and two mainstays on the Dirt Late Model scene in southeastern Wisconsin for decades. Tragically, they’re both gone now, but the Scheffler Memorial has kept their memory alive.


After seeing one of the richest races on dirt slip through his fingers in 2018, Bobby Pierce refused to lose despite some close calls in this year’s edition of the Silver Dollar Nationals. Find out the rest of the story in this notebook.


Family Tradition
Wichita, Kansas, racer Tanner Mullens represents the third generation of Mullens racers and he is doing the family name proud.


Here to Have Fun
Former NASCAR star David Stremme made a name for himself in asphalt racing. Now he’s having fun as a car builder and racer on dirt.


Howes He Do It?
Missouri’s Austin Howes has steadily climbed the racing ladder and is making a name for himself on the IMCA Modified scene. Find out how.


Rinse (in the creek) and Repeat
Ricky Thornton Jr. repeated in the 2019 edition of 141 Speedway’s Clash at the Creek. There were a lot of interesting things that happened along the way to his win and they’re detailed in this notebook.


Talking Shop With a Mad Man
Robert Ballou can be either USAC's biggest critic, or their greatest asset, and the former Sprint Car champion freely gives his opinion on whatever we ask.


No Rookie Blues
Texan John Carney II has worked and waited his entire life to be a professional touring Sprint Car racer and is showing few signs of weakness in his first ASCS go-round.


Righting the Ship
After a down year in 2018 that had his critics joyful, Danny Dietrich has answered the bell in 2019 and is having one of the finest years of his career.


Busy Bernie
With their ubiquitous logo, Indy Race Parts has become a big part of the open wheel scene. We chatted with owner Bernie Stuebgen to learn all about his business and team.


Indiana Sprint Week
CJ Leary rebounded from an opening night heartbreaker at Gas City I-69 Speedway to dominate the week and score his first ever ISW title.


The Best Show on Dirt
The Stock Car class might well provide the best racing there is and IMCA’s version of the class is considered by many to be the best show on dirt.