|(February 20, 2017) Dustin Linville announced Monday via Facebook that he will be stepping away from Dirt Late Model racing effective immediately. Heath Lawson Photography
Linville, age 25, cited his loss of passion for the sport, wanting to focus on spending more time with his wife, Shae, and two young daughters, Riley and Haisley.
"I've just lost that heart for racing," Linville said. "The time has came that we've just lost interest in the sport. We've got bigger and better things we need to focus on. I'm not quitting, I'm not walking away, I'm not giving up, I'm finished. I feel like we're accomplished. We done what we wanted to do. We had fun doing it."
Linville has piled up dozens of regional victories in recent season, and also qualified for multiple crown jewel events including the North/South 100, World 100, and Dirt Track World Championship.
After a tough 2016 season, Linville's trip to the Wrisco Industries Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL, was an eye-opener.
"There's nothing I regret that's happened," Linville said. "I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's just that I've got a family of four now and the time's come. I need to focus on my girls and my family. We just got to go have fun. I've not really had fun the last two years.
"We were away at Florida this week - my wife's missed one race since we've been married and she had to miss a whole week. I just missed them badly and my heart wasn't into it while I was down there. That week down there just let me know we're not cut out for it any more."
"I know people are expecting a comeback or for me to drive for another team in the future or whatnot, but you can engrave it on the wall of Dirt Late Model history, the Rooster has officially finished his short, but long racing career," Linville said. "I'm completely satisfied with everything that we've accomplished. No more Rooster, no more Rooster Nation. I'm just Dustin Linville."