Linville Steps Away from Competition Effective Immediately
(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."

Dustin Linville Continues to Battle East Bay Foes
(February 17, 2017) The grueling East Bay Winternationals continued on Thursday night with a $7,000-to-win program.

A band of forty-five Super Late Model entered the event. Following time trials, Dustin started fourth in his Heat Race but slipped to a sixth place finish, forcing him to run a B-Main. Unfortunately, he failed to qualify for the main event, ending his night early.

Friday night's racing action drew forty-two competitors for the $10,000-to-win event. Linville fell just short of a transfer position via his Heat Race - but later finished second in the B-Main to lock into the 20th starting spot for the main event. After being unable to make progress during the course of the 50-lap affair, Dustin retired his maching during the early laps for a disappoiting 26th place finish.

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Linville Kicks Off 2017 at East Bay Winternationals
(February 14, 2017) Dustin Linville kicked off his 2017 season on Monday with the 41st Annual Wrisco Industries Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL. Zach Yost Racing Photography

The annual tradition of "Florida in February" drew a strong field of forty-four entrants on opening night of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event. Unfortunately, a tangle with the wall during Time Trials left Linville with heavy damage to his No. D8 machine, bringing his night to a disappointing early end.

Forty-six Super Late Models converged on the "Clay by the Bay" for Tuesday night's $5,000-to-win program. After struggling in Time Trials, Dustin only managed a ninth-place finish in his heat race - forcing him to run a B-Main where he failed to reach a transfer position into the 25-lap main event.

Wednesday night's $7,000-to-win event fell victim to Mother Nature.

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