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February 4th, 2017 - On Saturday night Shane McDowell Racing and Ahnna Parkhurst traveled to East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Alabama) for the Groundhog Classic. Planning on competing in two separate divisions, Parkhurst discovered motor issues in her Crate Late Model before the night even starting leaving her competing in only the 602 Sportsman division. Following a 3rd place finish in her heat race, Ahnna jumped up three spots in the feature posting a 3rd place finish.

Full results from this event are available at www.EAMSDirt.com.


January 28th, 2017 - Shane McDowell Racing returned to action on Saturday with both Dale McDowell and Ahnna Parkhurst running in the annual Cabin Fever 40 at Boyd’s Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia). Drawing 36 Super Late Models for the Schaeffer Oil Iron-Man Mountain Championship sanctioned event, McDowell timed in 3rd fastest in his qualifying group putting him 5th on the starting rundown for the A-Main. Battling for a $3,500 payday, Dale fell one spot in the 40-lapper registering a 6th place finish.

Competing in a field of 47 Crate Late Models, Parkhurst locked her spot into the main event after timing in 15th fastest overall. Losing three spots in the 25-lap A-Main, Ahnna posted a 18th place finish.

Full results from these events are available at www.BoydsSpeedway.net.


January 15th, 2017 - On Friday night Shane McDowell Racing made its 2017 debut with Ahnna Parkhurst behind the wheel of her #23 Crate Late Model for the rescheduled 26th Annual Ice Bowl at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Alabama). Starting her night off with a heat race victory, Parkhurst secured her spot into the main event on Saturday night. Bringing home a Top 5 finish, Ahnna reeled in a solid 3rd place finish in her 2017 season-opener. (ZSK Photography)

Full results from this event are available at www.TalladegaShortTrack.com.


December 27th, 2016 - Attending a total of 52 events throughout the 2016, Team Dillon Racing saw Dale McDowell visit victory lane seven times. With the weather determining the outcome of four of his events, McDowell posted 38 Top 10 finishes and 29 Top 5 outings.

Making her way to a total of 52 during the 2016 season, Ahnna Parkhurst reeled in 27 Top 10 outings and six Top 5 finishes.

Austin Dillon registered three Top 10 finishes and one Top 5 outing in four events throughout the season. While his brother Ty attended seven events and notched six Top 10 outings and five Top 5 finishes.

Ryan Gifford placed 10th in his lone event at at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) in February.


December 5th, 2016 - All good things must come to an end, and thus is the case for Team Dillon Racing. Team owner, Mike Dillon has made the decision to cease operations at the end of December as he continues to focus on the advancing careers of his sons, Austin and Ty Dillon.

“It was a really hard decision to end our tenure with the dirt program,” said Mike Dillon in a phone call late last week. “Shane (McDowell) and Dale (McDowell) have been like a part of the family for the past several years, and they’ve been instrumental in developing Austin and Ty into the drivers that they are today. Unfortunately, Austin and Ty have such busy NASCAR schedules now that they just don’t have much of an opportunity to race dirt anymore.

Dillon went on to note, “It keeps me busy as well, so we are putting our primary focus into their NASCAR careers. We will still stay involved some in the dirt program, just not to the extent that we’ve been for the past several years.”

While the closure of Team Dillon Racing will mark the end of one era, it will mark the exciting beginning of another. Shane McDowell and his wife Sara are proud to announce the formation of Shane McDowell Racing.
“Basically, everything will stay the same except the ownership and the changing of the team name,” commented Shane McDowell. “Mike Dillon and his entire family have been amazing to Sara and I over the past several years. They’ve given us everything we needed to win. We’ve enjoyed great success together and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

The 42-year-old will spearhead his own team – Shane McDowell Racing – which will operate in the same shop that Team Dillon Racing has based their operations for the past several seasons.

“Sara and I have purchased all of the equipment, and we will utilize the same shop for the 2017 season,” Shane noted. “We are also blessed to have the full support of our current sponsors and marketing partners moving forward. They are just as excited as we are about what the future may hold.”

Shane McDowell Racing (SMR) will continue to field Dirt Late Model entries for Shane’s brother and Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame driver, Dale McDowell. The team plans to continue to compete on a similar schedule to what they have the past several years.

In addition, SMR will field Dirt Late Model entries for Ahnna Parkhurst as the talented 16-year-old from Augusta, Georgia continues to progress in her racing career.

While Ty and Austin Dillon may not have the opportunity to enter as many dirt events as they have in the past due to their busy NASCAR schedules, the door will still be open to the talented young drivers, whenever they would like to play in the dirt.

“Austin and Ty are like family, they’re two of my closest friends and they will continue to be involved with our program, said McDowell. “They’ll still drive our cars when their busy schedules allow.”

Shane McDowell Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and marketing partners including Bad Boy Off Road, University of Northwestern Ohio, Boyd’s Speedway, BoydBilt Fabrication, Cometic Gaskets, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, ECR Engines-Chevrolet, Clements Race Engines-Chevrolet, FK Rod Ends, Go Lithium, Penske Shocks, Schoenfeld Headers, Keyser Manufacturing, TWM, All Star Performance, Performance Bodies, Five-Star Bodies, 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 MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.


November 26th, 2016 - Entering two separate events, Team Dillon racing saw Dale McDowell and both Ahnna Parkhurst in action over the Thanksgiving weekend. Traveling to 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) on Saturday night, Dale was one of 29 Super Late Models signed in for the unsanctioned The Leftover. Laying down the 2nd fastest time overall behind Jimmy Owens, McDowell received the pole position for the main event after the redraw. Jumping into the lead on the drop of the green flag, Dale McDowell cruised to his seventh victory of the season and a $5,000 payday. Leading every lap of the 50-lap A-Main, Jimmy Owens, Donald McIntosh, Jackie Boggs, and Jason Hiett completed the Top 5 finishers.

On Friday night Ahnna visited Swainsboro Raceway (Swainsboro, Georgia) for the two-day Turkey 100. In a field of 52 Crate Late Models, Parkhurst followed up the 6th fastest time in her qualifying group with a 6th place finish in her heat. Transferring into the B-Main for one final shot at the $20,000-to-win A-Main on Saturday, Parkhurst failed to hit a transfer spot sending her into the Non-Qualifier feature. Running as high as 6th, Ahnna Parkhurst was forced to pull off after getting stuck behind a wreck.

Full results from these events are available at www.411MotorSpeedway.net and www.SwainsboroRaceway.net.


November 19th, 2016 - With Dale McDowell and Ahnna Parkhurst competing in the Super and Crate Late Model divisions, Team Dillon Racing returned to action on Friday night at Boyd’s Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia) for the Gobbler. Drawing 35 Southern Nationals Bonus Series cars, McDowell locked his spot into the $10,000-to-win A-Main on Saturday evening with the 7th fastest qualifying time in his group. Starting in 6th, Dale jumped up two spots in the 60-lap affair notching a 4th place finish behind Brandon Overton, Chris Madden, and Donald McIntosh with Jason Hiett coming in 5th. (Zach Yost Photo)

In the Crate Late Model division, Parkhurst qualified 16th fastest in time trials and then came up short of a transfer spot in her heat. Transferring the Top 4 out of the B-Main, Ahnna edged her way into the A-Main with a 4th place spot. Rolling off 22nd for the main event, Ahnna Parkhurst advanced nine positions registering a 13th place finish.

Full results from these events are available at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com/bonus_index.html and www.BoydsSpeedway.net.


November 12th, 2016 - Running in the unsanctioned event, Ahnna Parkhurst and Team Dillon Racing invaded Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Georgia) on Saturday night for the Showdown at Senoia. Earning the 22nd-starting spot for the $2,500-to-win A-Main via preliminary events, Parkhurst wheeled her way through the field 13 positions in the 30-lapper registering a 9th place finish.

Full results from these events are available at www.SenoiaRaceway.com.


January 1st, 2016 - Making their way to a total of one hundred and nine events during the 2015 season, Team Dillon Racing saw Austin and Ty Dillon, Dale McDowell, Ryan Gifford, Ahnna Parkhurst and Kate Dallenbach reel in eight feature wins. Austin scored three in his modified, Tyler recorded one while Ryan Gifford captured one win in his 525 and Dale McDowell landed three features wins. With the weather affecting twenty-eight of their scheduled dates, Dale retired twenty-five top ten finishes and twenty top five outings. The Dillon brothers finished the season with fifteen top five exits. Ryan Gifford logged eight top ten finishes and six top five finishes along with Kate Dallenbach’s three top ten exits and one top five finish. Ahnna Parkhurst registered twelve top ten finishes and two top five outings.