Daulton Wilson is the leading rookie candidate in the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series for 2019, currently second in series points. Wilson is not just a rookie to the touring series; he’s taking his first big jump into Super Late Model racing.
The North Carolina racer expected challenges going into the season, but he has also had his fair share of strong runs, with two top five and three top-10 finishes in the first six races of the season.
While many of the tracks Wilson is visiting with the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series are brand-new to him, he is returning this weekend to a familiar venue in Modoc Raceway (SC) for the 9thAnnual Jack Starrette Memorial.
“It’s going as good as we can expect it to,” Wilson told Speed51. “We’re going to a lot of new places. Early in the season, a lot of the schedule is places I haven’t even seen before. This weekend, I’ve raced at Modoc before, so we’re getting to some places I’m familiar with and more along the lines of what I’ve raced on. We’re taking the good with the bad, learning at the places we’ve never been and trying to run as good as we can at the places we’re familiar with.
“We got started pretty good,” Wilson added. “We went to that first race [at North Georgia Speedway], and then the second race was at County Line, which is basically home for us. We qualified on the pole there and ran second. We started good and were up in points. They take care of you pretty good if you commit and run that deal.”
Along with learning new tracks, Wilson and his team are also building a notebook for Super Late Model Racing after working their way up the dirt track ranks, including Steel Head Late Model racing.
“We’re new not only to this traveling deal, but also to Super Late Model racing in general,” said Wilson. “Around our area where we’re local, it’s Steel Head Late Model. We don’t get to run Super stuff locally. We’re learning as we go, but we feel like we’re ready to take that step and we’re working in the right direction.”
While many of the new tracks have presented a learning curve for Wilson, returning to familiar tracks has bode well for the rookie. Along with the strong showing at County Line Raceway (NC) in March, Wilson also has a top-five finish at Friendship Motor Speedway (NC).
Wilson hopes that familiarity will once again prove valuable at Modoc Saturday.
“The places we know a little bit about the race tracks, we seem to run a little bit better there, at least be in the ballpark there,” he stated. “It feels good going to a place that we feel we’ve got as good a shot as anybody, as far as knowing what we’re racing.”
Modoc Raceway is a 4/10-mile speedway with sweeping corners that allow for high speeds. It also features a clay surface that reminds Wilson of the race tracks throughout the Carolinas where he cut his teeth.
“The size is awesome, it’s pretty wide-open,” Wilson explained. “The surface is more along the lines of what we race on, it’s kind of gritty. It’s not sandy, but it’s not the Georgia clay stuff we’ve been running on lately. Modoc is more along the lines of what we’ve raced on.”
Wilson hopes that with a little familiarity and a clean race, he can be near the front of the field at the end of the 50-lap feature.
“We don’t leave home without putting effort in to try to win the deal, but realistic expectation, we want to go down there, not tear anything up, run all the laps and come out of there with a top five. We’d be happy with that.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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