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March 18th, 2017 - On Saturday night Shane McDowell Racing headed to Boyd’s Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia) with Dale McDowell along with Modoc Raceway (Modoc, South Carolina) with Ahnna Parkhurst competing in two divisions. In a field of 25 Super Late Models for the Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series sanctioned Shamrock 40. Starting the night off by cruising to a heat race win, McDowell earned the 5th-starting position for the $4,000-to-win A-Main. Wheeling his way into a podium spot, Dale landed a 2nd place finish behind Tim McCreadie with Mike Marlar, Jason Hiett, and Donald McIntosh completing the Top 5 finishers. (Brian McLeod photo)

In the 602 division, Parkhurst timed in fastest overall sending her into the redraw. Receiving the 5th-starting spot for the feature, Ahnna was forced to retire early after losing her power steering. Following the sixth fastest time in the 604 ranks, Ahnna locked her spot into the A-Main with a 2nd place finish in her heat. With $5,000 on the line, Parkhurst posted a 15th place finish in the 50-lapper.

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


March 11th, 2017 - Shane McDowell Racing saw both Dale McDowell and Ahnna Parkhurst in action over the weekend.

Dale and the crew headed to Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee) for the Schaeffer Oil Spring Nationals opening weekend. With 23 cars signed in for the two-day Tennessee Tipoff, Dale followed up the third fastest time in his qualifying group with a runner-up finish behind Chris Madden in his heat. Slated to start 6th for the $15,000-to-win A-Main on Saturday, the race was eventually postponed after snow flurries began to fall.

On Friday night Ahnna Parkhurst invaded Cochran Motor Speedway (Cochran, Georgia) for the NeSmith RockAuto.com Winter Shootout sanctioned weekend. In a field of 37 Crate Late Models, Parkhurst ran into brake issues early in the night which sent her back to 12th fastest in qualifying. Needing to place 4th in her heat to make the opening night $2,000-to-win A-Main, Ahnna came one spot short with a 5th place outing.

The following night Ahnna was competing in both the 602 and 604 divisions. Falling back to a 7th place finish in her heat, Parkhurst failed to transfer out of the B-Main in the 604 bringing an early end to her night. In the 602 division, Parkhurst locked her spot into the A-Main with a 5th place finish in her heat. Coming from the 10th-starting position, Ahnna Parkhurst worked her way up to a 5th place finish.  (Rj's Racing Updates photo)

Full results from these events are available at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com/spring_index.html and www.NeSmithRacing.com.


March 4th, 2017 - Competing in two separate divisions, Ahnna Parkhurst invaded East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Alabama) on Friday night for the two-day Bama Bash. Posting a 2nd place heat finish in the 602 Crate Late Model division, Parkhurst earned the 4th-starting position for the A-Main on Saturday while a 6th place finish in the 604 division put her 16th on the starting rundown for the feature on Saturday. Working her way into a podium spot early in the A-Main, Ahnna slipped back to a 12th place outing after trying to battle through her ill-handling car. In the 604 Crate Late Model feature, Ahnna managed to avoid a handful of wrecks to place 10th.

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


February 26th, 2017 - Back behind the wheel of the Shane McDowell Racing #17m Super Late Model, Dale McDowell headed to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) on Monday evening for the 46th annual UMP DIRTcar Nationals. With 43 cars signed in, Dale dropped back to a 10th place outing in his heat after experiencing handling issues. Unable to get things resolved for his consolation event, McDowell dropped back to a 9th place outing.

Starting Tuesday off by recording the second fastest time in his group behind Brian Shirley, Dale locked his spot into the $7,000-to-win A-Main with a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Shirley. Coming one position short of a Top 10 finish, Dale held his spot for all 30-laps registering a 11th place finish. (Heath Lawson photo)

With persistent rain in the area cancelling both Wednesday and Thursday night’s event, Dale McDowell returned to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) on Friday for the two remaining World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned shows. Taking the Top 3 out of the heat, Dale edged his way into the feature with 3rd and final transfer spot. Rolling of 13th for the A-Main, McDowell made contact with another competitor on lap 3 sending them both around and to the tail. Trying to battle back from the tail of the field with very limited visibility, Dale logged a 26th place outing in the fog-shortened 23-lap main event.

On Saturday slipping back to a 7th place finish in his heat, McDowell had one final shot at the $10,000-to-win finale with a B-Main appearance. Starting in 6th, Dale charged to a 10-lap consolation win locking his spot into the show. Moving up two spots in the 40-lapper, Dale McDowell registered a 16th place finish.

During the same night Ahnna Parkhurst signed into 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) for the unsanctioned Frostbuster. Timing in 11th fastest overall, Parkhurst transferred into the B-Main for another shot at the A-Main. Reeling in a 3rd place finish, Ahnna secured her spot into the feature. Looking to break into the Top 10, Parkhurst slipped back to a 14th place outing.

On Sunday Ahnna headed to Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) for the South Eastern Crate Association (SECA) sanctioned contest. Laying down the 9th fastest time in qualifying, Parkhurst earned the 9th-starting spot for the feature. Running into mechanical issues before the feature began, Ahnna failed to make it out for the main event.

Full results from these events are available at www.DIRTcarUMP.com, www.WoOLMS.com, www.411MotorSpeedway.net, www.SECARacing.com.


February 18th, 2017 - Shane McDowell Racing returned on action on Friday with Dale McDowell and Ahnna Parkhurst making the trip to Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, Georgia) for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series season-opener. In a field off 44 Super Late Models, McDowell posted the 4th fastest time in his qualifying group putting him on the front row of his heat. Making hard contact with the wall on the very first lap, McDowell suffered heavy damage bringing an early end to his night. In a field of 24 Crate Late Models, Parkhurst recorded the 11th fastest time in qualifying sending her into the B-Main. Slipping up from her pole position, Ahnna logged a 3rd place spot but was locked into the feature. Running into trouble in the final laps of the A-Main, Parkhurst smashed the left side of her car against the wall ending her night.

Looking for better results on Saturday after the crew worked throughout the night to get both cars ready another round of action, McDowell followed up the 3rd fastest time in his qualifying group with a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Casey Roberts. Battling for a $10,000 payday in the feature, Dale fell back to a 24th place outing after bringing out a caution on lap 24. Parkhurst posted the 9th fastest time in her qualifying session and then reeled in a solid 10th place finish in the feature. (Glen Starek photo)

Full results from these events are available at www.WoOLMS.com and www.ScrevenMotorSports.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.