Dustin Linville Back in Victory Lane at Ponderosa; Bags $3,000 Payday!
1(September 27th, 2014) Dustin Linville was back in familiar territory on Saturday night at the team entered the annual Red Clay Bash at their home track of Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, Kentucky).

The unsanctioned, $3,000-to-win program drew a field of eighteen Super Late Models to the 3/8 mile oval, and Dustin started his night by rocketing to fast time honors, despite contact with outside wall. In heat race action Linville saw a right-rear tire blowout which resulted in a fourth place finish, positioning him starting tenth in the 35 lap feature.

In the main event, a trio of cautions had slowed the pace by lap 12 as Linville had already made his way up to the third position. Linville slipped past Cameron Marlar for second at the halfway point before the caution waved again on lap 22. On the restart race-long leader, Brad Neat and Linville began to pull away from the field as the duo went to battle for the top spot. Neat would push high in turn-three on lap 30, opening the door for Linville to take control. Dustin led the final five circuits to take home the $3,000 payday over Neat, Marlar, Johnny Wheeler and Greg Johnson.

"I have to say thanks to all who helped on the car and made this win come together! A lot of hard work, but sure paid off!" said Linville.

Full results from the event are available at www.PonderosaSpeedway.net

Linville Visits Brownstown Speedway for 35th Annual Jackson 100
1(September 20th, 2014) Dustin and the Linville Racing team traveled to Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) over the weekend for the 35th Annual Jackson 100.

A stout field of forty-seven Super Late Models converged on the historic, 1/4 mile oval for the event, which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS). Friday night's program was highlighted by Miller Welders Time Trials for the LOLMDS competitors, as the team struggled with the setup on their new Swartz Race Cars entry. (Rick Schwallie Photo)

A poor qualifying left Dustin starting deep in the second heat race however, the Bryantsville, Kentucky ace mounted a strong charge to finish fifth. Falling one spot short of a transfer position, Linville was forced to run a b-main. He went on to finish second behind Dale McDowell in the b-main to lock into the nineteenth starting spot for the 100 lap, $20,000-to-win finale. Linville battled around mid-pack for much of the event before ultimately retiring on lap 76 to a 20th place finish.

Full results from the event are available at www.LucasDirt.com

Dustin Linville Makes First World 100 Start at Eldora Speedway!
1(September 6th, 2014) Dustin Linville made the trek to the famed Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) over the weekend for the 44th Annual World 100. (Mark Schaefer Photo)

Action opened on Thursday night as 112 entries looked to do battle in the program that saw the field divided into a pair of $5,000-to-win events, and qualifications resulted in Dustin starting third in his heat race. He slipped to a fourth place finish, which sent him to a b-main. In the b-main he registered a third place finish, locking him into the 23rd starting spot for the 25 lap, preliminary feature. During the course of the feature Linville advanced nine spots to a fourteenth place finish.

Friday evening's program was again highlighted by a pair of $5,000-to-win events, and Linville would fail to reach a transfer spot via heat race action, sending him to a b-main. He advanced from his sixth starting spot to finish fourth in the b-main, but only the top three finishers moved on to the feature as his night came to an early end.

The finale for the crown jewel was held on Saturday evening as heat race line-ups were determined from a driver's best performance in qualifying on the two previous nights. As a result, Dustin found himself starting eleventh in his heat race. He would advance to a sixth place finish in the heat, leaving him short locking into the main event and forcing him to run a b-main. In the b-main, Linville mounted a convincing charge from his ninth starting spot to finish second, earning him the 23rd starting spot in the 100 lap, $47,000-to-win finale. He ultimately retired early from the main event to a 30th place finish in the final rundown.

"We just made the wrong tire choice for the feature and decided to pull in, but what an awesome experience! I have to give a huge thanks to my crew, sponsors, and all the fans. Without them none of this would be possible," said Linville following his first career World 100 start.

Full results from the weekend are available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com