Portsmouth Raceway Park was hosting their 20th annual Fred Dillow Memorial race this past Saturday. There was 131 cars registered that night and 52 of them were modifieds! Dan took to the track in group two of hot lap qualifying, putting him to the top of the speed chart in his group. His time remained at the top of the charts until he was bumped to second overall. Because of an inversion, Dan started 4th (outside-row 2) of Heat two. The 8 lap heat race was exciting as he passed for the lead with 2 laps to go and earned himself an outside front row starting position for the 20 lap feature. Devin Gilpin, the pole sitter immediately jumped out to a 5 car length lead. The hunt was on as Dan tried multiple lines in attempts to put together solid laps to close the margin. With the end of the race near Dan was now nipping at the heels of the leader, he began working the middle groove as Devin was running the bottom. Dan got to his right door and the caution flag flew with only 4 laps to go. As the green flag dropped the race was on, with the white flag in the air, Dan was again on his bumper going down the back straight away. As they rounded turns three and four, Dan was now along his right door. Side by side they came through the checkers, the finish was so close nobody knew who was the victor. After Dan exited the race track and crossed the scale he was informed that he had won by .013 of a second according to the transponder! Dan said “that was the closest margin of victory he has ever won by.” It was an awesome race as his never give up attitude and driving technique earned him the victory.
FERGUS FALLS, MN
MAY 12, 2017
Dan finalist in Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge!