In between the rain drops Friday at the Lanier Raceplex (GA) appeared one of the most recognizable race cars presently in Super Late Model racing. While it was Bubba Pollard’s No. 26 rolling off the trailer, it will be a different Georgia driver behind the wheel, as Chris Dilbeck will practice, qualify, and race with the Pro All Stars Series on Saturday.
Pollard himself was unavailable this weekend, but recruited his friend Dilbeck to man the cockpit in the Lanier National 200.
“Bubba had some family commitments for the weekend and he wanted to support racing back in North Georgia and here at Lanier Speedway. So, he wanted to send his car and I’m just lucky enough to be the one to drive it,” Dilbeck told Speed51 on Friday.
Dilbeck may be just the super-sub to call for this weekend, as he is one of the drivers with the most competition laps at Lanier before the track stopped hosting short track racing in early 2011.
“I’m excited, excited to be back at Lanier. We got a lot of wins here in the Legends Cars and we’ve run well here in the Late Models years ago in the Gas Series. It’s fun to be back here and to be in this 26 car is even cooler, so hopefully we can put on a show and be there at the end.”
Despite a repave of the track and an absence of lines compared to a decade ago, Dilbeck expects it to be the same Lanier that he raced all those years.
“I walked it earlier and it’s the same old Lanier, there’s no lines on it, but that might be an advantage for an old guy like me. These young kids get a little mixed up with no lines on the race track.”
This weekend is the latest in a busy racing season for Dilbeck, but the majority of the season has not been spent behind the wheel. The Hampton, Georgia native has been heavily involved in his role as Motorsports Sales Manager of PFC Brakes.
“We ran a couple of races at Cordele and ran SpeedFest back at the beginning of the year in a Super. I’ve just been so busy with all the traveling with PFC for my day job, I haven’t had much of chance to race. Plus, we’ve been racing with Dawson Fletcher, spotting for him. Just been a busy year working, that’s part of the reason I jumped on this opportunity so I have one more chance to race before next year.”
While this weekend is much about having fun, Dilbeck knows that the shot at a major victory in a great car is there, and he is ready to go after it.
“It would be awesome, no doubt. Hopefully we can also put on a good show and have a lot of people in the stands; getting racing back in North Georgia is the biggest goal. But, winning this race would be huge.”
If you can’t make it to Braselton, Georgia for the PASS Lanier National 200 on Saturday afternoon, you can see it live on Speed51.com starting live at 12:30 p.m. ET. Click here for more info.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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