Runner-up Finish in Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora

June 9, 2018 - After losing Thursday night’s opener to Mother Nature, Shane McDowell Racing and Dale McDowell invaded Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Friday for the 24th annual Dirt Late Model Dream. In a field of 78 Super Late Models, McDowell timed in ninth fastest overall in qualifying before jumping up one spot in his heat race to place 2nd behind Jon Henry. Earning the 7th-starting position for the $5,000-to-win preliminary feature, Dale gained two spots reeling in a 5th place finish behind Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, and Jared Landers.

Later Friday night after the weather passed, McDowell got involved in a wreck on the opening lap of his heat race dropping him to the tail. Wheeling his way into a transfer spot, Dale landed a 5th place finish positioning him 17th on the starting grid for the final preliminary feature. With $10,000 on the line, Dale McDowell streaked through the field 14 spots in the 25-lap affair to place 3rd behind Earl Pearson Jr. and Jonathan Davenport with Don O’Neal and Tim McCreadie completing the Top-5 finishers. (Heath Lawson photo)

Wrapping up the 24th annual Dirt Late Model Dream on Saturday, Dale locked his spot into the $100,000-to-win finale with a 3rd place finish in his heat race. Rolling off 16th, McDowell passed 14 cars in the 100-lapper to place 2nd behind Scott Bloomquist with Jonathan Davenport, Bobby Pierce, and Chris Madden rounding out the Top-5.

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