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April 3, 2021 - With Mother Nature axing Friday night’s opener at Wythe Raceway (Rural Retreat, Va.), Dale McDowell competed in his lone event over the weekend on Saturday at Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, Tenn.) for the Lil’ Bill Corum Memorial. Drawing 35 Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals series entries, Dale posted a third-place finish in his heat race, which positioned him 10th on the starting grid for the A-Main. With $21,000 on the line, McDowell improved six spots in the 75-lapper to register a fourth-place finish, trailing Jonathan Davenport, Kyle Larson, and Tyler Erb across the line with Donald McIntosh coming in fifth. (Michael Moats photo)

Complete results from this event are available at www.SpringNationals.com.

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March 26, 2021 - On Friday afternoon Shane McDowell Racing headed to Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, S.C.) as the Rock Gault Memorial weekend came to life with a pair of preliminary features. In a field of 43 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries, Dale followed up the 11th fastest time in his qualifying group with a third-place finish in his heat race. Receiving the pole position for the $5,000-to-win A-Main via the redraw, McDowell paced the field for the first 23 circuits until Brandon Sheppard snuck by with two-to-go, dropping McDowell back to second when the checkered flag flew. Brandon Overton, Scott Bloomquist, and Jeff Smith rounded out the Top-5 finishers in the 25-lap affair. (Robert Holman photo | DirtonDirt.com)

Persistent rain overnight postponed Saturday night’s $40,000-to-win finale to a later date.


Complete results from this event are available at www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

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March 6, 2021 - Saturday night saw Dale McDowell return with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series at Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.) for the ninth annual Tennessee Tipoff. With 51 Late Models crammed into the pit area, Dale came one spot short of a transfer position in his heat with a fourth place finish, transferring him into the B-Main. Streaking to a 10-lap consolation victory, McDowell locked into the 19th-starting position for the main event. With $12,000 on the line, Dale marched forward seven spots in the 50-lapper to register a 12th-place finish. (Michael Moats photo)

Complete results from this event are available at www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

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February 12, 2021 - On Monday afternoon, Dale McDowell returned to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) to compete in the 50th annual DIRTcar Nationals. In a stout field of 51 Late Models, McDowell edged his way into the opening night feature with the third and final transfer spot in his heat race. Rolling off 18th, Dale experienced issues with a tire early in the 30-lapper that saw him pull off early to save equipment for the remainder of the six-night program.

The following night, Dale laid down the 10th fastest time in his qualifying group before placing second in his heat behind Devin Moran. Starting the $7,000-to-win A-Main in eighth, McDowell was challenging for a Top-5 spot when he was pinched into the wall by another competitor that brought an immediate end to his night.

After scratching from Wednesday night’s program due to damage sustained in Tuesday night’s tangle, McDowell followed up the sixth fastest lap in his time trial group on Thursday with an eight-lap heat race victory. Earning the pole position for the A-Main via the redraw, Dale led the first three circuits until Chris Madden snuck by to grab the lead. After fading back to fifth, McDowell battled back to finish third when the checkered flag flew, trailing Devin Moran and Bobby Pierce across the line with Kyle Strickler and Dennis Erb Jr. rounding out the Top-5. (Michael Boggs Photography)

With the field reduced to 38 cars on Friday evening, Dale came one spot short of a transfer position in his heat with a fifth place finish, sending him into the B-Main. Scoring a second place spot behind Michael Norris, McDowell locked into the 19th-starting position for the $10,000-to-win A-Main. Clawing forward five spots in the 40-lap affair, Dale recorded a 14th-place outing.

Persistent rain overnight wiped out Saturday night’s finale.

Complete results from these events are available at www.DIRTcar.com and www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

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January 16, 2021 - Making their 2021 speedweeks debut, Shane McDowell Racing and Dale McDowell invaded Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) on Thursday afternoon for the DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals. Drawing 38 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries, Dale laid down the second fastest lap overall in time trials behind Kyle Bronson before picking up a 10-lap heat race victory. Receiving the pole position via the redraw, McDowell rolled the right-front nose under his car in the opening laps and was never able to rebound from his ill-handling No. 17m entry. He ended up retiring early on lap 33 while being credited with a 22nd-place outing.  

After losing Friday night’s program to Mother Nature, McDowell came one spot short of a transfer position in his heat on Saturday with a fifth place finish. Streaking to a 12-lap consolation victory, Dale locked into the 17th-starting position for the $10,000-to-win finale. Wheeling his way into the Top-10, Dale McDowell passed eight cars in the 40-lapper to place ninth.
(Jacy Norgaard photo)

Complete results from these events are available at www.WoOLMS.com.

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December 22, 2020 - With the Covid-19 pandemic limiting the number of events Shane McDowell Racing and pilot Dale McDowell could attend early in the 2020 season, the team competed in a total of 43 events behind the wheel of the Bloomquist Race Cars No. 17m Late Model. Dale amassed five wins, 20 Top-5 finishes, and 32 Top-10 outings.

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November 8, 2020 - Wednesday night found Dale McDowell in action at the Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, N.C.) for the Last Call, the event replacing the Can-Am World Finals due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing 55 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries, Dale followed up the second fastest time in his qualifying group behind Kyle Larson with a 10-lap heat race victory. Starting the $12,000-to-win A-Main in fifth, Dale faded two spots in the 50-lap affair to register a seventh-place finish. (Zach Yost photo)

On Thursday afternoon, McDowell started the night off with a heat race, sending him into the redraw for the $12,000-to-win finale. Receiving the pole position, Dale settled into second on the opening circuit and would fade three spots in the remaining distance of the 50-lapper to finish fifth behind Tim McCreadie, Ricky Weiss, Brandon Overton, and Chris Madden.

After taking Friday night off, Dale headed to East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Ala.) on Saturday afternoon for the 46th annual National 100. After topping the speed charts in time trials to pick up a $3,000 award, McDowell cruised to a 10-lap heat race victory, which positioned him second on the starting grid for the Sunday night’s $15,000-to-win National 100.

Blasting into the lead on the opening lap, Dale set a comfortable pace for the first 82 laps until his right-rear tire began showing wear, allowing Parker Martin to sneak by. After slipping back to fifth, McDowell visited the infield hot pit on lap 98 to replace his tire for the final two circuits. Charging from the tail, Dale McDowell notched a fifth place finish behind Joseph Joiner, Christian Hanger, Ahnna Parkhurst, and Rodney Martin. (DirtonDirt.com photo)

Complete results from these events are available at www.WoOLMS.com and www.EAMSDirt.com.

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October 22, 2020 - On Thursday afternoon Shane McDowell Racing and Dale McDowell invaded Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, N.C.) for the rescheduled FK Rod Ends Tar Heel 50. In a field of 26 Schaeffer’s Fall Nationals series entries, McDowell came in third fastest in his time trial group before placing fifth in the Dash. With $10,053 on the line in the feature, Dale clawed forward two spots in the 53-lap affair to finish third behind Brandon Overton and Shane Clanton with Ricky Weiss and Donald McIntosh rounding out the Top-5.

Saturday's Fall Nationals series-sanctioned Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Ga.) was postponed to Nov. 21st.

Complete results from this event are available at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.

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October 17, 2020 - Dale McDowell broke out the broom over the weekend at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. (Michael Moats photos)

McDowell made a clean sweep of both nights of the Southern Alll Star Racing Series competition in his Shane McDowell Racing/ E-Z-GO No. 17m Kinzer Drilling/ Quality Natural Gas/ Team Zero Race Cars/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

Drawing 34 Late Models for Friday’s King of the Mountain Championship opener, McDowell posted the second fastest time in his qualifying group behind Donald McIntosh, which positioned him fourth on the starting grid for the opening night feature.

With polesitter Ricky Weiss setting the pace early, McDowell snuck past the leader amid lapped-traffic on lap 21 and would hold the lead until a late-race tangle forced him to duck to avoid a collision.

After a caution on the same lap negated Dale’s misfortunes and placed him back on the point, McDowell fended off Weiss over the final two laps to secure his fourth win of the season and a $3,000 payday.

Weiss, Sam Seawright, Ashton Winger, and Tommy Kerr trailed him to the checkers in the 30-lap affair.

“I got a little lucky there and got Ricky in lapped traffic. He had the car to beat and we had the second-place car, but if you reversed us I think we were pretty even." McDowell said. "I had checked up and slowed down when the car spun (coming to the white flag), so I really didn’t know what they were going to do or which way the ruling would go. I got a gift there when I passed (Weiss) in lapped traffic, so if he’d got me back there it is what it is. Good close racing had to be good for the fans. Hopefully we can come back and put on show tomorrow too."

The following night, Dale topped the 33-car field in time trials before picking up a heat race victory. Starting the feature in second, McDowell outran polesitter Ashton Winger late in the 50-lapper to record his second win in as many nights and fifth of 2020.

Finishing ahead of Ricky Weiss, Sam Seawright, Michael Page, and Austin Kirkpatrick, Dale pocketed a $7,000 prize.

"I was really surprised," McDowell said of Ashton Winger's unsuccessful slide-job attempt for the lead. "If it would've stuck, it would've been an awesome move. He just carried an awful lot of speed into that corner and my hat was going to be off to him if he could carry that much speed off and stick. Those young guys make it exciting."


Complete results from these events are available at www.SASDirt.com.