Chris Dilbeck doesn’t spend as much time behind the wheel nowadays as he used to due to his work with PFC Brakes. However, he still makes each start count, returning to victory lane over the weekend at Crisp Motorsports Park in the Outlaw Late Model division.
It was a true homecoming for Dilbeck, who not only returned to his home track but was also able to compete in a race car that he used to own.
“A friend of ours, Billy Nipper, owns that car now. It’s actually the car that I used to race going back to 2014, 2015. It was an old Beau Slocomb chassis. I think it had been wrecked and it was given to Tommy Gardner,” Dilbeck told Speed51. “He needed somebody to drive so I said I’ll come drive it. Brett Ragan and I worked together on it and we won 17 or 18 races over the course of two years with it.
Once he got the call from the current owner of the machine, it was a no-brainer for him, even with a broken foot.
“They went to an eight-inch tire this weekend and he called me and asked if I wanted to race with an eight-inch tire this past weekend. Me having a broken foot, it probably wasn’t the best thing to do but I said yeah, I’ll come down and race it because I’ve never raced on an eight-inch tire.”
It turned out to be clockwork for the Georgia native, setting fast time in qualifying and leading wire-to-wire in his first race since the PASS National finale at Lanier National Speedway last November in the Bubba Pollard No.26
The only thing that could have potentially kept Dilbeck out of the car was a hairline fracture in his foot he suffered recently. It was ultimately something that had no effect on him during the race, thanks in part to the short distance of the event.
“I didn’t really notice it at all. It was almost one of those deals to me where you get into the race car with the heat and all and it almost makes you feel a little bit better, so I guess it was good foot therapy too, to get in there and race. It didn’t hurt at all in the race car. It also helped that it was only a 30-lap race, if it was a 100 or 150 lap race it probably would’ve been a different story.”
Sunday’s event also played host to the introduction of a new sponsor, KUDU Grills. The company was formed by fellow Georgia native Stebin Horne after a trip to South Africa to meet his wife’s family, specializing in grills.
“KUDU Grills is a new partner of mine. I met Stebin Horne through a close friend of mine. Stebin owns Kudu and they’re selling the grills like at Ace, TrueValue and several other places. It’s an open-fire grill, almost like a campfire. It’s a neat way to cook and be outdoors.”
The past weekend’s race was just the beginning of the partnership. The pair have big plans ahead for the rest of 2020 and 2021, both at and away from the racetrack. Fans will be able to win prizes from KUDU in the coming months via their social media channels.
Dilbeck is looking forward to see where their partnership will go in the not-too-distant future.
“For 2021, we’ve got some different promotions for people to be able to win KUDU firesuits like the one I was wearing Friday night, as well as a free grill and a hood off the race car and a handful of other items they’re going to give away soon to celebrate our partnership. We’re really looking forward to it.”
Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondnet – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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