Later today, the 2019 edition of Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series gets under way at Golden Isles Speedway, as it has for the last number of years. What we’re gonna do here is give you the skinny on all you need to know about this coming season, and we’ll finish it up with a couple of storylines to look for going into the season.
As I mentioned above, the season gets started at Golden Isles in February and wraps up at Portsmouth Raceway Park in October, with 63 races in 18 states. The schedule is punctuated with 8 races paying at least 30k to win. To see if the series visits your neck of the woods, the schedule can be found here.
If you do happen to hit one of those races, you might be wondering which series drivers should be in attendance at that races. The reality is that we won’t know who plans on following until the races get under way, but these are the guys that plan to at least get started with the series this year.
That’s looking to be quite the stout field for the tour’s shows.
The large number of high paying races in the schedule should see most of the above mentioned guy making all the races, and we’ll see guys like Brandon Sheppard and Mike Marlar making a pretty decent chunk of the races on tour as well.
Now, for some storylines to be looking for going into the season..
Can Jonathan Davenport repeat as champ without his partner in crime on the rise to national prominence Kevin Rumley being at every race?
Will Scott Bloomquist return to his usual form after what (for him) was a pretty rough 2018?
Can the arrival of Josh Richards bolster the somewhat lackluster results at Clinto Bowyer racing?
And speaking of Clint Bowyer racing, how will Don O’Neal react to the chassis change to Rocket, and brand which he has never driven before?
Will Stormy Scott’s transition from open wheel modified racing to super late model racing be fruitful?
It’ll be interesting to see. Tonight’s racing can’t come fast enough.