Racing at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia is typically a fun occasion for Chris Dilbeck, a born and raised Georgia boy. But on Saturday he’s scheduled to have double the fun as he’ll be pulling double-duty, racing his Pro Late Model and a Super Late Model in the 125-lap Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco feature.
Running two races in one night is something that excites Dilbeck. The man in charge of sales at PFC Brakes at the NASCAR and Short Track levels doesn’t exactly get to race very often, so racing twice in one night is especially rare.
“It kind of gets you warmed up for the second race,” Dilbeck said. “I think it helps you in a lot of ways. During practice it’s a little daunting because you’re back and forth from each car and have to remember the changes to each car. Once it’s time for the race to come we focus on 50 laps for the Pro car and 125 for the Super. At that point the hard work is done.”
The other hard part, according to Dilbeck, is getting the cars dialed in for the race. Saturday’s Pro Late Model race is a make-up race from an earlier rain-out, so Dilbeck said the team will instead be focusing on getting the Super where it needs to be for that night’s longer race.
“We’re going to focus on the Super and get it dialed in and get the driver dialed in because I’m not as used to racing a Super as I am a Pro car. We’re just going to work on it the majority of the time in practice and hope the Pro car is still where it needs to be.”
One of the main reasons Dilbeck is running the Southern Super Series race at Cordele is to get their race car ready for the inaugural Speed51 Super Select event at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 8. Dilbeck received an invite to the $10,000-to-win, winner-take-all event by virtue of winning the CARS Tour race at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) back in May.
Dilbeck said the car he is taking is a brand-new race car prepared for Ronnie Whitlock of Whitlock Driver Development.
“He has a good relationship with Dawson Fletcher and he’s been racing his Pro car some. We’re going to run some races and get the Super dialed in for whenever Dawson is ready for it and get tuned up for the Super Select in a few weeks.”
Like any race car driver, of course Dilbeck would like to win. That’s always the ultimate goal. However, Dilbeck said there’s other things that can happen on Saturday night that would have him feeling like it was a successful evening.
“If we can just keep the nose clean and be fairly competitive and run top five or so then we’ll call it a success. We need to be able to make changes to the car and see how they fail and how it reacts to changes. That’ll be a success and then we’ll know that we’re ready for Indy.”
Dilbeck and the Southern Super Series will be in action this Saturday at Crisp Motorsports Park in Cordele, Georgia. Fans will be able to watch the event live via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Details will be announced soon.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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