First State, First Reactions: Four Rookies Highlight Sixth Round at Delaware

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Dylan Evans is among the rookie class that has taken Delaware International Speedway by storm in 2016. (DIS photo)

Dylan Evans is among the class of developing drivers that have taken Delaware Int’l Speedway by storm in 2016. (DIS photo)

DELMAR, Del. — In with the new, out with the old.

After five rounds, new winners and names are surfacing in all of Delaware International Speedway’s weekly divisions, making for a plethora of storylines to watch with the summer months on the horizon at the half-mile dirt track.

Here’s a look back at the main focal points from this past weekend’s racing action and what’s ahead for Wednesday night’s 44th annual Camp Barnes Race, a non-points event.

Evans Surfaces in S.R. Pete & Sons Super Late Models

19-year-old, Gumboro, Delaware native Dylan Evans earned his first-career S.R. Pete & Sons Super Late Model victory and his third overall win at Delaware on Saturday.

Evans dominated the 20-lap feature en route to the win, leading wire-to-wire in his No. 80 Jim Parker Builders Inc. late model and defeating veterans such as Donald Lingo Jr., Andrew Mullins and Ricky Elliott.

It was also the former Crate Model standout’s second straight top five finish in the series.

“We have been waiting a long time for this win,” Evans explained. “We finally got here, the car was very, very good. We sat on the pole and everything went according to the plan.”

With the Super Late Models having lacked car counts the past few seasons, another competitive and developing racer is exactly what the division needs — and, from the looks of it, Evans could be the perfect fit for that role.

Going into the summer months, it will be interesting to watch how Evans progresses and if he will be able to contend with Elliott and Lingo Jr. on a weekly basis.

“This is a huge boost of confidence, for us. We have worked extremely hard to get here and we have finally done it. Hopefully there is just more to come.”

Shawver Making His Presence Known in Crate Models

Last season, earning the Rookie of The Year honors was the main focus for Charles Shawver in the Crate Model division.

Now, with that reward under his belt, the Millsboro, Delaware native is looking for more in his sophomore season, including his first-career win.

This past weekend, the former Little Lincolns hotshoe recorded his second top five finish and fifth top 10 result in the opening five races of the season. However, he is still looking for his maiden visit to victory lane — and will not be satisfied until he earns it.

“This season has been great,” Shawver said. “My pit crew has done an amazing job helping out. During the week, we do not have a lot of time to work on the car — we are always in a rush. But, it always works out for us. So, this is quite rewarding.”

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