Chris Dilbeck went flag-to-flag to capture the checkers at Crisp Motorsports Park’s Pro Late Model Throwdown Saturday night in Cordele, Ga.
Dilbeck wasn’t seriously challenged at any point during the event, and coasted to the win by more than two seconds.
“It’s just unbelievable how fast we have been these last few races,” Dilbeck said. “To be as dominant as we were at Hickory and then come down here and be just a dominant says a lot about what we can do. Hopefully, we can keep it going for the rest of the year.”
Dilbeck started on pole and led all 50 laps of the event to score the win at a track he cut his teeth on as a youngster and was the key venue of his recent driving career resurgence.
He was the very first driver on the new, freshly paved track then known as Watermelon Capital Speedway in 2001. After being “semi-retired” as a driver for a handful of seasons, Dilbeck got back behind the wheel of an Outlaw Late Model in Cordele a few years ago.
Dilbeck finished second in January’s Pro Late Model portion of SpeedFest, and visited victory lane in a Super Late Model event at Hickory Motor Speedway in June.
A win at his home track continues his recent hot streak, and is always a memorable experience.
“I have a lot of laps around this place,” Dilbeck said. “We have won here in several different classes and it is always great to run well and win here.”
R.S. Senter bested Jordan McCallum for second in a side-by-side battle to the finish. The two Georgia natives made contact a few times over the last handful of laps, with Senter getting the edge at the line.
“I tried to get in there and just run him up the track, but I actually door slammed him pretty damn good,” Senter said. “I tried to keep it off of him, but wasn’t able too. I hate doing that to him, so I guess I’ll have to give him a wrap to make it up to him. Dilbeck was just too fast for anyone tonight.”
– Ryan McCollough, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @Ryan McCollough
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