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Dale McDowell Surges Late to Southern Nationals Glory at Wythe

July 20th, 2016

Welcome, North Carolina – It may have taken longer than expected to complete the event, but it didn’t stop Dale McDowell from powering his Sweet-Bloomquist #17m Team Dillon Racing/ Bad Boy Off Road/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model to the $10,000 victory in the opener with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals.

Kicking off the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series on Saturday night, Dale McDowell traveled to Wythe Raceway (Rural Retreat, Virginia) for the $10,000-to-win opener. Dale started his night by qualifying 4th fastest in his group. As a result, he started 7th in the A-Main. After a lengthy rain-delay, McDowell charged through the field in the 53-lapper to take the lead from Donald Bradsher on lap 49. He would pace the field for the final circuits to pick up his second-straight victory in his Sweet Bloomquist Race Car and his fourth win of the season. Donald McIntosh, Chris Brown, Gregg Satterlee, and Shanon Buckingham trailied Dale across the finish line.

“We missed on the setup a little early in the night, but luckily we were able to make up for it late in the feature,” said McDowell from victory lane in the early hours of Sunday morning. “I want to thank the track and all of these fans for sticking out the weather to get this race completed. We had a great track tonight, and I couldn’t be more excited about this new car.”

Full results from the event is available at .

Team Dillon Racing will jump back on the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals trail this Sunday night with a $5,300-to-win event at Rome Speedway (Rome, Georgia). For more information on the event, please visit .

Team Dillon Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and marketing partners including Boydbilt Fabrication, Bad Boy Off Road, University of Northwestern Ohio, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, ECR Engines-Chevrolet, Clements Race Engines-Chevrolet, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Cometic Gaskets, FK Rod Ends, Integra Shocks, Schoenfeld Headers, Keyser Manufacturing, TWM, All Star Performance, FSR Racing Products, Hoosier Tire, Wiles Driveshafts, Weld Racing Wheels, Butlerbuilt Seats, GW Performance, Mark IV ATV’s, Racing Optics, Winters Rearends, QuarterMaster, Sweet Manufacturing, Peterson Fluid Systems, and arketing Services.

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Pearson Wins in a Fantastic Finish at Wythe Raceway Saturday Night

June 23rd, 2013

RURAL RETREAT, VA – Four-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion Earl Pearson Jr. passed race leader John Blankenship on the white flag lap, to win the Blue Ridge 50 on Saturday night at Wythe Raceway. Pearson pulled away on the final circuit for his second LOLMDS win of the year and the 26th of his career.

Blankenship, the winner a year ago at Wythe came home second followed by Steve Shaver, Jared Landers, and Steve Francis.

“I have to thank all the fans for coming out here tonight at Wythe, this place is packed! I had a second-place car, I didn’t think I could pass John (Blankenship), I just took a different line after the caution and found enough moisture, and I just went for it,” said the driver of the Bobby Labonte Racing, Longhorn Chevrolet.

The frantic last 8 laps of the race was set-up when sixth-place running Don O’Neal slowed with a flat tire. On the restart Blankenship was able to pull away from Pearson. It took Pearson just a few laps to rebound his momentum as he drove his car harder into the turns.

“I don’t know what happened to Davenport there. He was leading and then he slowed, he was probably the car to beat tonight, we are glad that Terry Labonte was here tonight to see, we finished first and third in these Longhorns, so all the work that Kevin Rumley has done on these cars is really paying off.”

Davenport held the lead for the first 19 laps of the race when he suddenly slowed coming off of turn two. His car came to a stop in turn four and had to be pushed back to the pit area.

“My crew has worked their butts off, we thought we were going to get one Thursday night at Swainsboro. It’s been an up-and-down roller-coaster ride this year, but we may finally be on the right track. I have to thank Lucas Oil, MAVTV, Sunoco Race Fuels, CV Products, PRC and Allstar Performance, and of course Kevin and Leroy Rumley for the Chevrolet Horsepower.”

Blankenship, who had a sterling run a year ago in winning at Wythe, looked like he was going to take the victory two years in a row. “I didn’t even know he (Pearson) was there, he came out of no where, the car took off really well after that last caution and I just tried to hit my marks lap-after-lap, but obviously it wasn’t good enough. Congrats to him on the win, we gained some more points tonight on Jimmy (Owens),” said the driver of the Coal World’s Energy Rocket Chevrolet.

Completing the top ten were Eddie Carrier Jr., Chris Ferguson, Jimmy Owens, Dennis Erb Jr., and Ty Dillon. In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 21 entrants, with a lap of 16.207 seconds. Dale McDowell set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 16.303 seconds. Jonathan Davenport, Dale McDowell, and Earl Pearson Jr. won their respective heat races.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series celebrate the Fourth of July in traditional action at Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, OH on Wednesday, July 3rd, and Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH on Thursday, July 4th. Both events will feature RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and 50-Lap, $10,000-to-win main events. For more information on these two events, check out: and

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Johnny Pursley Scores Podium Finish at Wythe Raceway

September 27th, 2012

Clover, South Carolina – On Saturday evening Johnny Pursley piloted his #09 Pursley Grading/Mastersbilt Super Late Model to a third place finish at Wythe Raceway with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model tour.

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series rolled into Wythe Raceway (Rural Retreat, Virginia) on Saturday night for a $4,000-to-win event, which drew a field of twenty-five competitors to the 1/2 mile oval. Johnny qualified in the tenth starting spot for the feature via preliminary action. Early in the feature he quickly worked his way forward in the field as he pressured early leader, Zack Mitchell for the top spot. After battling for the lead for about five laps the caution would fly, and on the ensuing restart Johnny slipped back a spot to third. Pursley would run third for the remainder of the feature, and that’s where he would finish behind race winner race winner, Luke Roffers, and Zack Mitchell.

“We really didn’t need that caution because it broke my momentum, but it was still a good outing for us. Hopefully we can pick up one or two late-season victories in the coming weeks,” noted Pursley.

Johnny is now fifth in the latest Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series standings. Full results from the event and the latest standings are available at .

Pursley will once again be in action this weekend with the Carolina Clash tour as he travels to Lancaster Motor Speedway (Lancaster, South Carolina) for a $4,000-to-win event at the 1/2 mile oval. For more information on the event please visit available at

Johnny Pursley would like to thank all of his sponsors including Pursleys Grading, Freeman Plumbing, Twin Oaks Racing, Eagle Manufacturing, Custom Race Engines, Fred Caldwell Chevrolet, Farmers Service Center, Sisco Fire, Money Savers Heating &Air, Lindsey Harris Grading, FK Rod Ends, Travis Boyd Construction, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Johnny Pursley please visit .

Blankenship is Brilliant in Blue Ridge 50 at Wythe

June 25th, 2012

RURAL RETREAT, VA – John Blankenship of Williamson, WV was the last driver to arrive to race Saturday at Wythe Raceway, but at the end of the night, he was first to cross the finish line as he collected the win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series “Blue Ridge 50″. Blankenship started 14th and roared through the field, gaining the lead from Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA on lap 36.

Blankenship then had to race through a green-white-checker finish after a caution came out with two laps to go. He went on to score his second career LOLMDS victory. Davenport finished second in the Clint Bowyer Racing, Georgia Boot, Barry Wright Toyota as he just barely edged our Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA in the Team Dillon Racing, Clements Race Engines, Warrior Chevrolet.

Blankenship; whose first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win came last year at Hagerstown (MD) Speedway after starting 17th; earned $10,000 for the victory in front of the largest crowd in the track’s history. “I can’t thank the crew enough, Tom Buckingham, and everybody did a great job on the car after time trials, we qualified poorly, but we passed some cars in the heat, so I knew we might have a good car for the feature,” said the 30-year-old Blankenship.

“We started on the outside of the seventh row and we had to get by a lot of tough drivers. The car was just awesome from the start,” said Blankenship, who reached the top five by the 20th circuit.

“Once we got to the top five, we rolled around Madden and Dale (McDowell). Then we got to Davenport and I knew it would be a tough race with him, but we raced hard there for a while until I was finally able to clear him off of two. I have to thank my sponsors, Coal America’s Energy, Todd Case Trucking, Fast Lane, VP Race Fuels, Bear Cove Village, Integra Shocks, Cornett Race Engines and Rocket Chassis.”

Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC came from the 20th starting position to claim fourth, just ahead of Kennie Compton Jr. of Bland, VA, who was the highest finishing home state driver.

Completing the top ten were Vic Hill of Morristown, TN; Chris Madden of Gaffney, SC; Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY.

In preliminary action, Tyler Reddick set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 29 entrants with a lap of 16.077 seconds. Heat races were taken by: Jonathan Davenport, Vic Hill, Tyler Reddick, and Dale McDowell. Jared Landers and Donald Bradsher won their respective B-Mains.

The series will be back in action on July 1st and 3rd for a pair of $10,000 spectacular “Buckeye State” show-downs. On July 1st, the stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series take to Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH for the “Independence 50″. On the eve of Independence Day, Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, OH plays host to the series with the “Budweiser 50″. Both events will feature Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and 50-lap main events. For more information on either event, go to and

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to Make Second Appearance at Wythe Raceway Saturday June 18th

June 15th, 2011

WAYCROSS, GA – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be making it’s second appearance at the Fred Brown-promoted Wythe Raceway located in Rural Retreat, VA on Saturday Night, June 18th.

There will be a complete show for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series starting with the driver’s autograph session at 5 PM followed by Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the $10,000 to win feature event. Jimmy
Owens of Newport, TN won last year’s first ever appearance for the series at Wythe.

Owens comes into this weekend’s events as the new Lucas Oil Championship Points leader. Owens leads two-time series champ, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN by 60-points. Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN who won the latest series event at Florence (KY) Speedway on June 4th and the Eldora “Dream” is third in points followed by Steve Francis of Ashland, KY and Jared Landers of Batesville, AR. Landers leads the Quarter Master Rookie of the Year Points Standings over Bub McCool of Vicksburg, MS; Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA; and Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, IL.

Tickets for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Wythe Raceway are on sale by going to the track’s website at For more information please call (276) 686-4261.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to or call the series’ office at (951) 532-2503.

Buckingham “Breaks the Trend” as the only Repeat Winner in 2007 and Shatters three records!

August 11th, 2007

The Series has seen some of the most competitive racing ever since its 2004 inception with the astounding results in 07 as having 13 different Winners in as many Touring Events; but Buckingham became the first “repeat winner” of the 2007 season. Buckingham also broke another record Saturday night as he became the first recipient of the FASTRAK `engine claim’ rule. Buckinghams engine was claimed and the 44 team gladly pulled the engine and sold it to the protesting team during “post race” tech. Record three: The announcer was informed during the winners “check presentation” that driver Buckingham and fiancée Amanda Rowland were to be married this coming Thursday and that announcement was also made before all the fans at Wythe setting the pace for the `first ever marriage ceremony’ announced at a FASTRAK event.

“I didn’t realize until after the race we had broken the record for 2007 said Buckingham. Having no repeat winners until now in 07 shows just how competitive crate racing has become. Its not getting easier to win, it is actually getting harder. Everyone is getting faster and the drivers are getting better. No one comes to a crate race anymore and just wins by mistake. You had better be on top of your game when you come to one of these races. Being the first repeat winner and this late in the season proves just how tough it really is. Our team has done a great job this year and it sure helps when you have a great team behind you. As for breaking the record for the first engine claimed, well that’s one record I could have done without but
FASTRAK does a good job and claiming engines is just part of the deal. If that’s what it takes to keep this racing fair, then I am all for it”.

Car Owner Tom Buckingham stated during post race tech “I appreciate the engine claim rule FASTRAK has. It keeps the sport fair for everyone and FASTRAK does a good job with tech. We have been running FASTRAK for three years and every year they learn and improve in technical knowledge. The new cam doctor they have is the best thing I have seen yet. FASTRAK can check the “complete cam profile” now with the cam still in the engine. That’s pretty technical for a regional racing series if you ask me. That kind of effort only ensures
everyone is equal and that helps this type of racing. I was up into the early hours of the morning before we got finished with tech having to take the engine out and sell it, but I had rather do it that way and go home knowing everyone is 100% legal”.

Buckingham claimed the Goodyear “Top Gun” award as the fastest qualifier however, through the Old 29 Golf Karts inversion, he was sent to the 5th place starting position. The kids inversion really mixed up the starting grid with the T1 of Mangum now on the pole, 93 of Bradsher outside, 22P of Peeples, 7 of Cook, 44 of Buckingham and 57 of Cooper making up the first three rows.

29 cars started the main with the T1 of Magum taking the lead early on only to have a tire slowly going down to bring him into the pits on lap 21. Buckingham in the meantime had made his way through the field taking the point with Jason Lawrence in the 54 running closely in 2nd place and Cooper in the 57 right on his bumper the entire race. As the top 3 started making their way through lap traffic the 54 and 57 cars got very close but not enough to make a solid bid for the top spot.

Matt Long of NC was having his best finish of the season but got involved in a late race incident with the 54b of Umberger. Vic Chandler of NC in the 88 finally had a little luck on his side with a 6th place finish. “Man was I glad just to finish said Chandler. Hopefully that monkey is off of our back once and for all. This is the first time this car has ever been on the track and looks like its going to be a good one”. David `Bad Boy’ McCoy passed more
cars than anyone during the night earning him the SUNOCO “Hard Charger Award” McCoy had a flat early in the race having to go to the rear of the field but made his way back to an 8th place finish. The Modern Chevrolet “Tough Luck Award” went to John Llewellyn. Although Llewellyn took the 4th of July win at Antioch Speedway as luck would have it, things just did not go his way this weekend. Llewellyn came into this event leading the points in the FASTRAK Mid East Regional Championship but tonight certainly did not help his efforts. The 93 of Donald Bradsher of NC had a 4th place finish making it his best finish of the season after destroying a car at an event June 16th in Toccoa GA. Local hero Kenny Peeples was gunning for a $1000 bonus if he could win the event. In an award put up by track owner Fred Brown, Peeples had won the two previous weekends at Wythe but unfortunately experienced a mechanical failure.

FASTRAK Late Models at WYTHE RACEWAY Saturday; $2,000 to-win Mid-East

May 24th, 2007

This will be the second leg of the $20,000 weekend for the FASTRAK dirt Late Model series. Teams from around the country are expected as many of them are running at the Dirt Track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Friday night and will then head north to Wythe to complete the weekend. The event will serve as a tune-up as Wythe will host the $10,000 to win “spectacle” on Labor Day weekend this year and many of the teams see this as a great opportunity to get in some seat time of the famed half mile.

$2500 BONUS! Each team that was at the previously held Volunteer Speedway event will be eligible for the bonus providing they come to the Wythe event as well. Each teams’ name will be put in a hat and drawings will be held directly after the main event in the tech building. There will be 24 cash drawings.

High banks, wide racing surface and a track that rarely sees dust period is the “claim-to-fame” of track owner Fred Brown. Brown built the raceway originally and has owned the facility for 38 years and is noted as being the “grand-daddy” of crate racing. He started the class on dirt before anyone in the country. Since joining forces with the FASTRAK Racing Series only three short years ago, the track now has 34 registered FASTRAK drivers with a normal weekly field of 24-26 late models every Saturday night.

John Leyellen current sits atop the FASTRAK points in the Mid-East Region with Phenix City, Alabama native William Thomas holding the second spot and South Carolina’s own, Lee Cooper, holding down the third position. Thomas and Cooper are only separated by one point as they head into this event. Southern Region point leader David “Bad Boy” McCoy will be on hand as he only has a three point lead over Thomas for second place and Georgia native Jordy Nipper currently third.

Brown also runs the FASTRAK open wheel modifieds every week and continues to see that class grow with averaging 17-18 open wheels every Saturday night. The FASTRAK open wheel car utilizes the GM 602 crate engine, which retails in the area of $3000.

The FASTRAK Late Model series has become one of the “fan favorites” across the country as fan involvement is certainly a top priority for them. Fireworks, a four-wide salute to the fans, cash tennis ball toss to the fans in the stands, six-car inversion chosen by six lucky children, an autograph session, and some of the best side by side racing in the country is a FASTRAK specialty. Fans were very gracious at the last appearance of the Series at Wythe in 2006
thanking the Series and its officials as well as the drivers for bringing FASTRAK to Wythe Raceway.

Keep the $10,000 to-win event on Labor Day Weekend in mind. Cars from all over the Nation are expected to be there from as far away as Wisconsin, South Dakota, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New York. West Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Illinois, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio. Fans are encouraged to get tickets as soon as possible as it is expected to be a sell-out crowd. Many of the FASTRAK Regions across the country are planning on “taking the weekend off” as the car count is expected to be tremendous. FASTRAK weekly-sanctioned track promoters from across
the United States will be on hand as well. There are “negotiations” under way to televise the event “nation-wide” being viewed in October 2007 in a PRIME TIME slot, with two additional air times. Announcements will be forthcoming.

On Saturday, gates open at 3 p.m., tech opens at 4, a drivers meeting will take place at 6:15, with racing at 7. Pit admission $25, grandstands $12.
The Ramada Inn at 955 Peppers Ferry Road in Wytheville, Virginia 24382 is the host motel. For more information call 276-228-6000.

Wythe Raceway is located at 164 Race Track Road in Rural Retreat, Virginia. For more information call the office at 276-223-9804 or the track on race day at 276-686-4261. Be sure to check out and for the latest.

Partners of the FASTRAK Racing Series Include: Goodyear Racing, GM Performance Parts, Maypole Chevrolet, Duralite Wheels, PPM Racing Products, Heintz Performance, MK-Direct, Braswell Carburetion, Mastersbilt Racing Chassis, TNT Racing Chassis, Rocket Racing Chassis, Modern Chevrolet and Schoenfeld Headers.

FASTRAK “Fan Challenge” for Naming Rights to WYTHE RACEWAY’S $10,000

May 11th, 2007

The winning fan will win a weekend package including three-day passes for Friday’s practice, Saturday’s qualifying events, and Sunday’s main event, which includes four seats in the VIP tower, plus two motel rooms for Saturday and Sunday night.

One fan will be chosen that comes up with the Event name. Names should be posted two ways, on the internet forum following this release or e-mailed to Please include your full name and a phone number to contact you in the event you are chosen as the winner.

“With the magnitude of this event we wanted to do something different,” explained FASTRAK Founder Stan Lester. “The fans are just as much a part of FASTRAK as our drivers. They help make the Series possible so that we can do events such like this that can pay $10,000 to-win. Fred Brown of Wythe is the grand daddy of crate racing as he runs both the FASTRAK Late Models and FASTRAK Modifieds on a weekly basis. The location also makes this is the perfect place to have such an event. Fred and I talked and decided we’d let the fans name this event, thus the contest. The winning fan is going to
be treated like a king or queen!”

The fourth annual event was formerly known as “The Pro Late Model Nationals”. Although the event has been very successful in the past, this years $10,000 to win spectacle is expected to draw a huge crowd and a large car count. Fans and teams alike are already calling about this event. Wythe is expecting a standing-room-only crowd in the grandstands for Saturday and Sunday at a minimum. Fans should bring lawn chairs just in case no regular seating is left. Wythe Raceway has a large section for lawn chairs and blankets. The track actually sits down below the grandstands so every fan can see the
entire track. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. The food is great and track owner Fred Brown recently spent over $100,000 on the grandstand restrooms that even include attendants.

In addition to the normal Wythe Raceway activities, there will be fireworks during the “4-wide salute to the fans,” driver autograph session, and the famous FASTRAK tennis ball toss with cash to the fans. will also be on hand doing fan interviews in the stands with views from a minimum of two in-car cameras and of course all the action will be available either on DVD or at their website for only $2.99 pay per view.

The anticipation continues to build quickly as drivers from all over the Nation are expected to be on hand. The driver list continues to grow daily. There will be a separate press release at a later time to include expected drivers. The Southern and Mid-East Touring races are included in this MAJOR event, the Northeast and Midwest Region have rescheduled around the event, and both the Mountain and Great Lakes are expected to participate as well. Drivers from all FASTRAK regions will be allowed to use this National Event as one of their point races as well.

One of the reasons for the incredible growth of the FASTRAK Racing Series is that it has become so much more than just a race. It truly has become something for people of all ages to enjoy. The racing continues to get better and better each year.

Wythe Raceway was constructed in 1970 Fred Brown and B.C. Umberger and is conveniently located on I-81 at Exit 60 in Rural Retreat, Virginia just 10 minutes from junction of I-77 & I-81 at Wytheville. The track is a ½-mile clay oval as turn one and two are banked 22 degrees with turn three and four degrees, and the straights 12 degrees. Elevation near 3,000 feet. Fans have a great view of the race track plus great sunsets over the mountains.

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Partners of the FASTRAK Racing Series Include: Goodyear Racing, GM Performance Parts, Sunoco Race Fuel, Maypole Chevrolet, Duralite Wheels, PPM Racing Products, Heintz Performance, MK-Direct, Braswell Carburetion, Mastersbilt Racing Chassis, TNT Racing Chassis, Rocket Racing Chassis, Modern Chevrolet and Schoenfeld Headers.