BISHOPVILLE, Md. — In a sudden turn of events, championship-contending Crate 602 Sportsman racer Devin Dodson has abandoned his title chase at Delaware International Speedway following last Saturday’s racing program.
Dodson, a 17-year-old, Bishopville, Md. native entered last weekend second in the points standings, 106 markers behind veteran Jordn Justice in the half-mile dirt track’s AC Delco PSC Modified division.
He would leave in a much different position.
After an on-track incident, Dodson and his No. 23 Will Brown’s Truck Repair team have decided to take their talents to the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman Series at Bridgeport Speedway, a 0.625-mile track in Swedesboro, N.J.
“I felt like after talking with track owner Charles Cathell, our team and Will Brown that it would be best for us to abandon our championship run at Delaware,” Dodson said. “The No. 23 Will Brown’s Truck Repair machine is looking forward to competing at Bridgeport for the remainder of the season.”
“I hope our fans from Delaware and the surrounding regions can make it out and support us at Bridgeport in the future. I appreciate all the people at Delaware and thank them for allowing me to jump start my career there. It was just best for a change.”
After almost two seasons at the half-mile dirt track in their AC Delco PSC Modified division, Dodson recorded three career victories, including a win during the Delaware State Dirt Track Championship last November.
Dodson now embarks on a new adventure at Bridgeport — and the Stephen Decatur High School senior is eager to begin his learning curve at a new circuit.
“I feel like we will be prepared for Bridgeport,” Dodson explained. “If we are not ready this Saturday, we will be ready the following week. I’m not expecting it to be much different. I think we will go out there and take off like we did at Delaware. At Delaware, our first race there, we finished second and set the fastest time for the night.”
“So, I am quick learner. We are probably going to hop right back in the seat and be right up front again. We’re working hard in the shop this week, changing shocks and getting our setup prepared for Bridgeport. I am excited and looking forward to the change.”
Making the two-hour haul to the track, Dodson plans to debut at Bridgeport on Saturday, August 6th, for the track’s weekly show sponsored by Insinger Perfromance.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Eastern with racing start at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Along with the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman Series, the start-studded track will also feature the Spirit Dodge Big Block Modified Series and Pennco Tech Outlaw Stocks.
For fans who cannot attend the event, live updates will be provided by Race Chaser Online on their Twitter handle, @RaceChaserNews.
Devin Dodson Racing will also be posting updates on Devin throughout the night on their Facebook page.
About Devin Dodson
Devin Dodson is a developing 17-year-old hotshoe from Bishopville, Maryland. Starting his career racing in go-karts at US 13 Kart Club and across the mid-Atlantic, Dodson has already accomplished so much in his short career.
Along with an ample amount of feature victories in the go-kart leagues, Dodson has also scored three wins in the Crate 602 Sportsman division at Delaware International Speedway, located in Delmar, Del.
For the 2016 season, Dodson will compete on a full-time basis at Bridgeport Speedway and Georgetown Speedway in his family-owned No. 23 Will Brown’s Truck Repair Crate 602 Sportsman machine.
Dodson’s marketing partners include Will Brown’s Truck Repair, located in Cambridge, Md. and K-Coast Surf Shop.
About the Writer
Marshall Gabell is the Mid-Atlantic Correspondent for Race Chaser Online, and handles public relations needs in multiple outlets of motorsports, including for tracks and drivers. Gabell is currently attending Stephen Decatur High School in Ocean City, Maryland, completing his junior year. He is just 16 years old.
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