LUCAMA, N.C. – Rookie driver Dylan Newsome burst on to the racing scene at Southern National Motorsports Park with a podium finish in the Mini Stock feature last Saturday night.
The 18-year-old from Goldsboro, N.C., attempted to compete in the season opening race back in March but was involved in an accident with Ashlyn McCaskill in qualifying, sidelining him from the race. Two weeks later, he was back at the track with a new car.
Newsome qualified on the pole for the Mini Stock race last Saturday with a 17.917 second lap, outpacing veteran racer AJ Sanders. In the race, Newsome had a strong performance, keeping his nose clean and finishing the race in the third position – behind Sanders and former U-CAR track champion Ronnie Jones.
“The car I climbed in, we finished building the car that morning,” Newsome said. “We spent 12 days building it. It had not been on the track until that day.”
Newsome purchased his first car, the one that was involved in an accident back in March, from John Ordiway. Ordiway, also from Goldsboro, is a United States Air Force servicemember stationed out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base who competed in the U-CAR class at Southern National for a handful of seasons.
“The first time we practiced, my brother put it in the wall,” Newsome explained. “Last race, didn’t qualify, got tangled up with Ashlyn, and that ended the cars life. Last year, we got into it, I drove one race before the Thanksgiving Classic. The car was misfiring really bad. I finished on the lead lap but finished last place.”
Newsome got his start in racing just last year as a result of a promise from his father, former racer Jack Newsome – a promise kept.
“My dad raced late models; he raced any class he could way back when … and he got out of it when he had kids with my mom,” Newsome said. “He told me if I got straight-As all through high school, I could race. John said he was getting out of racing so we got the old car from him. We got two or three cars laying around. That’s how I got into it.”
For Newsome, Saturday’s performance boosted his morale after the incident two weeks prior with McCaskill. A pole run in qualifying and a third-place finish gave him the confidence that he can race competitively at Southern National.
“I felt like I made a fool of myself when I qualified and ended up getting messed up and didn’t have good laps at all,” he explained. “Then, we came out and qualified pole. The guys we race with, they’re fast cars, I like all those guys, they’re nice guys.”
With a pole and a podium finish now on his resume, Newsome now has his sights set on winning races.
“I think I can step it up,” Newsome said. “I’ve got a whole lot more to go. I just got in the car and we just put that car on the track. It felt right getting out there. I’m excited for the whole season I’m ready.”
CREDIT: Southern National Motorsports Park