As a race car driver, it’s hard not to get excited when the calendar reads July and you’ve already recorded 12 wins on the season. For some drivers 12 wins is a career accomplishment, but for Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton this is 2016 and he’s enjoying every minute of his successful Limited Late Model season.
“This has been awesome,” said Dalton at Orange County (NC) this past weekend. “When we unloaded and set fast time we knew we were going to be good because we never set fast time. The car was flawless tonight and got the win, our 12th of the year.”
A former track champion at Ace Speedway (NC) and Caraway Speedway (NC) has had success in previous seasons, but nothing like he’s experiencing this season. His dozen wins heading into the final weekend of July have come at several different venues. He’s recorded wins at Ace Speedway and Orange County Speedway. He won recently at Franklin County Speedway in Virginia as well.
“We are floating so high right now it’s going to be hard to come off of it,” added Dalton. “Unfortunately every dream comes to an end so we will enjoy this as we go.”
Perhaps the biggest win of his career came at South Boston Speedway (VA) on the fourth of July weekend when he ended Joey Throckmorton’s win streak with his first ever win at the track in only his second start.
“I’ve watched that race a bunch of times on Speed51 after we won,” added Dalton. “That was a special win for us to run down the leader and get the lead late.”
Dalton has won 15 times in a season, but that was all at one track. This win total would be more impressive if he gets three more to tie his own record.
So what’s next for this hot driver? Plans are in the works to take a car to Martinsville Speedway (VA) to run the big Late Model Stock Car race. Making the show is the goal and anything more will just be extra special.
“We have run a few Late Model Stock races, but we were never competitive,” said Dalton. “I think with this car we can go up there with another motor and be competitive. We just want to make the race.”
On October 22 Dalton will be looking to cross off another bucket list race. The 100-lap show at Hickory has always been a big prize for him and he wants the trophy on the mantel.
“We just want to win at Hickory,” said Dalton. “If I have to go there four or five times to get a win I will do it. They have the 100-lap race at the end of the year and I think we’ll be there for that one if not sooner. Our car does really well on old tires and a long race like that could play into our favor.”
From there, a solid finish could land them a trip to Myrtle Beach for the 100-lap Limited race. Ether way Dalton has shown they will be tough at any track this season.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent. Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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