This weekend’s Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series / Show Me the Money Series doubleheader will allow the Southeast’s best Pro Late Model drivers to get two races under their belts in one weekend. Not many drivers are looking forward to the opportunity more than Daniel Dye, who will see a familiar track in Five Flags Speedway on Friday night before visiting a new track in Montgomery Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
The defending New Smyrna Speedway Pro Late Model track champion has been one of the surprises of the 2020 season on the Super Late Model side. Dye finished third in his Super Late Model debut at the Red Eye in January, and also added a fifth-place finish at SpeedFest and a seventh at the Rattler 250 just nine days ago.
As he gets set to get back behind the wheel of a Pro Late Model this weekend, he feels more confident than ever.
“We ran the Allen Turner Series last year in the Pro but that was really my first season in the Late Model. Now I’ve got some Super races under my belt I feel like I’ve got a lot more confidence in the Pro,” Dye told Speed51. “At the Rattler I ended up finishing tenth in the Pro and seventh in the Super but I felt like I had a better chance to do well in the Pro just because it kind of feels slower and I can drive it a little harder than I used to think I could. I’m starting to figure everything out and I think this doubleheader’s going to be really good.”
While he has last year’s Allen Turner Pro Late Model Series and Snowflake 100 starts under his belt at Five Flags, this will be his first appearance at Montgomery. Dye has been putting the Speed51 Network to good use this weekend while leaning on a Ben Kennedy Racing teammate to get ready for the Alabama half-mile.
“I’ve been watching a good bit of the Speed51 videos and I watched the Alabama 200 when it happened. I was actually leaving Supercross at Daytona when I was watching that. My teammate Anthony Sergi ran the Southern Super Series race there last year and I’ve talked to him a little bit.
“There’s not really a whole lot you can do to prepare to go to a track you haven’t been to, cameras can only show so much so once you get there you have to look at it and compare it to other places if you can and give yourself a baseline.”
A competitor during the World Series of Asphalt at his home track the last two years, Dye is no stranger to competing on consecutive nights. He’s leaning on that past experience going into this weekend’s doubleheader, taking place at two tracks with varying experience at each of them.
“The good part about it is it’s kind of like Speedweeks, you run back-to-back-to-back-to-back. You’re constantly racing so I’m not going to be not in a car and then just jump into a hundred-lapper. I think it’ll be good going to a track I’m familiar with and have a pretty good chance at making something happen, and hopefully I’ll have that confidence from Friday night to carry over into Saturday night.”
After scoring a win and a championship at New Smyrna Speedway, Dye looks to have more success outside Central Florida during the 2020 season. With two chances for wins, he has one goal in mind.
“Park it in victory lane. There’s going to be a good bit of cars. I’m feeling confident, the car was feeling really good at the Snowflake. I finished 13th but I was also 32nd at one point in that race because I got run over on lap one, and the car was really good. I think a top three would be a good weekend but I’m tired of finishing second or third, it’s getting time to win some races and hopefully this is the weekend we can start it.”
Stay tuned to Speed51 for details regarding live broadcasts for both events this weekend.
Visit 5flagsspeedway.com for more information regarding Five Flags Speedway, and https://www.montgomerymotorspeedway.org/ for Montgomery Motor Speedway.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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