If one thing comes out of the 2021 racing season, it might be a record for the number of times a person has driven from Georgia to North Carolina on Interstate 85. Many members of the media and people in the industry make several trips each year; however, Georgia native Chris Dilbeck might break the record this upcoming season.
To many, Dilbeck is widely known as the PFC Brakes guy headquarted in Clover, SC, who is going from track to track to help customers and answer questions to future clients. At the same time, Dilbeck is a racer and a car owner. In 2021, his role as a car owner will expand with four drivers running out of the Chris Dilbeck Racing stables.
“We have Dawson Fletcher, he’s been driving for us for a couple of years,” Dilbeck began. “The car belongs to Ronnie Whitlock out of Sanford, Florida. We are going to try to get Dawson a win because he’s been close like 10 times already.”
Fletcher finished second at CRA SpeedFest in the Pro Late Model in 2019 and he moved to the Supers and was third in the 2020 running of the race. Fletcher will be primary focused on Super Late Models this year.
“Cody Hall will be driving a black number 28 car out of our shop,” Dilbeck added. “He will be racing at Cordele and he will be running some races at Montgomery in the Show Me the Money Series. He went to New Smyrna and qualified second back at Governor’s Cup Weekend in 2020. He’s run really well and he’s only got four races in that car.”
The next driver is 17-year-old Graham Campbell who graduated early from high school like Davey Allison did years ago to go racing.
“Campbell comes over having driven with Doug Stevens on the Legends Cars side of things at Advanced Technology Motorsports,” Dilbeck stated. “Doug will be helping out with that effort on the Pro Late Model side. They actually purchased Bubba Pollard’s Pro Late Model and will be racing with that at Cordele and perhaps Montgomery later in the year. We don’t completely have the schedule ironed out for him yet.”
The interesting part of the combination is that Dilbeck, Pollard and Stevens all raced Pro Late Models in Georgia in the old GAS Series a few years back.
“Hudson Bulger out of Perry, Georgia is another driver we will be working with on the Legends Car side. We all started out in Legends and it’s nice to be able to work with someone back in those ranks again. He won some races last year at Atlanta and will now be moving up in the ranks.”
Dilbeck was quick to point out that he is not a one-man operation and there are several key people that are helping to make all this happen.
“My name is on the race team, but Brett Ragan handles most of the technical and business side of things. He handles making the race car go fast from spotting to driver coaching.”
All of the Late Model cars are Port City Race Cars, with exception of the Campbell car that is a Senneker Car.
In addition to these four drivers, Dilbeck himself will be behind the wheel at some point this season in a Super Late Model and maybe even in a Pro Late Model. Dilbeck has won in the PASS Series and the CARS Tour in Super Late Model action. He’s also won a bunch of races in the Georgia area, most notably at Crisp Motorsports Park.
“I never really thought that I would be doing what I am doing now,” Dilbeck said about helping young drivers. “I think it really comes with the success we have had and people wanting to do the right thing to help advance their careers.”
This summer, as he travels from track to track, Dilbeck will be able tell you the name of every gas station attendant along I-85 in Georgia and South Carolina.
-Story by Elgin Traylor, Speed51 Southeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51