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Dustin Linville Travels to Florence Speedway; Mechanical Issues End His Night Early
1(July 19th, 2014) Dustin Linville set out to enter the annual Hugh "Junebug" Rowland Memorial over the weekend at Ponderosa Speedway, but after two attempts the event was washed away by Mother Nature. As a result the team made the decision to heat north up I-75 to Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky). A Weekly Racing Series program was contested, which drew a field of twenty-four Super Late Models to the famed 1/2 mile oval. A heat race victory would position Dustin starting outside-front-row for the 30 lap finale alongside Ted Nobbe. Linville overtook Nobbe as the duo entered turn one at the drop of the green flag. Unfortunately before lap two could be scored Linville would roll to a stop on the front stretch, bringing out the caution. An electrical issue on his #d8 Linville Racing/Johnny Maco's Electric/Paul Benton Auto Body/Graphic Impressions/Swartz Race Cars/Bullock Racing Engines Super Late Model forced him to retire from the remainder of the event. He was credited with a 20th place finish in the final rundown. Full results from the program are available at www.FlorenceSpeedway.com
 
Fourth of July Weekend Saw Disappointing Results for Linville Racing
(July 5th, 2014) Dustin Linville and the Linville Racing team celebrated their Fourth of July weekend with a trio of events in Ohio and Kentucky. The weekend opened on Thursday night at Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, Ohio) for the annual Night the Stars Come Out, which posted a $5,000 top prize for Super Late Model competitors. Dustin finished second in his heat race behind Jackie Boggs, earning him a spot in the redraw for the feature. Linville was the recipient of the sixth starting spot in the finale, unfortunately a flat tire in the main event would bring his night to an early end. He was credited with a fourteenth place finish in the final rundown. Full results from the event are available at www.AtomicSpeedway.net

1On Friday night action shifted to Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio) for the annual Independence 50, which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS). Thirty-three Super Late Model registered for the $10,000-to-win program, and heat race action left Dustin one spot short of locking into the finale. As a result he would have to run a b-main where a second place finish locked him into the nineteenth starting spot on the feature grid. When the main event went green, Dustin progressively worked his way forward, and was running thirteenth when a late race caution would stack the field back up. The Delaware style double-file restart left Linville hung out the outside as the field came back to green. With the inside groove being the preferred line throughout much of the race Dustin quickly fell backwards and ultimately retired to a 24th place finish with ten laps to go. (Rick Schwallie Photo)

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night at 201 Speedway (Sitka, Kentucky), as the LOLMDS tour made their first ever visit to the historic Eastern Kentucky facility. Thirty-four entries converged on the 3/8 mile oval for the $10,000-to-win event, as Linville once again fell short of locking into the 50 lap feature via heat race action. Unfortunately the Bryantsville, Kentucky native failed to reach a transfer spot in the b-main, bringing his night to a disappointing early end.

Full results from Portsmouth Raceway Park and 201 Speedway are available at www.LucasDirt.com

 
Dustin Linville Charges to Victory Lane in Late Model Special at Florence
1(June 21, 2014) The team carried their momentum from a week ago into the weekend as they set out to enter a pair of Super Late Model Specials in Ohio and Kentucky. Unfortunately, the $3,000-to-win program set to take place at Southern Ohio Speedway (Wheelersburg, Ohio) was washed away by Mother Nature. (Steve Alcorn Photo)

Saturday evening found the team pitted at Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky), as thirty-one entries registered for battle. Dustin started his outing with a heat race win, earning him the third starting spot in the 35 lap finale. In the feature, Linville overtook front row starter Duane Chamberlain for the top spot on the second circuit. Once out front Linville fended off a challenge from Kent Robinson around halfway to lead the rest of the distance for the $2,000 triumph. Robinson finished second followed by Frank Heckenast Jr., Justin Rattliff, and Michael Chilton.

Full results from the program are available at www.FlorenceSpeedway.com

 
Dustin Linville Battles to Second Place Finish in Walter "Peg" Combs Memorial at 201
1(June 14, 2014) Dustin Linville returned to 201 Speedway (Sitka, Kentucky) on Saturday evening to defend his Walter "Peg" Combs Memorial title. Linville won a thrilling event in 2013, and did not disappoint the fans once again on Saturday evening for the third running of the annual event.

Dustin qualified fifth overall among eighteen Super Late Model competitors registered for the $3,000-to-win program. A third place finish in heat race action positioned him starting fifth in the 40 lap finale. When the feature went green Linville had already taken second by the fifth circuit, and set his sights on the leader. Linville used lap traffic to his advantage, assuming the point just past halfway in the race. Linville set the pace out front and looked to be on his way to Victory Lane, but lap traffic once played a factor late in the race. Seventh starting Victor Lee took the lead from Linville in the late stages of race and went on to score the victory while Linville settled in second. Michael Wright, Zack Dohm, and Michael Paul Howard rounded out the top five finishers.

Complete results from the event are available at www.201Speedway.net

 
Linville Recovers to Finish Twelfth in Ralph Latham Memorial at Florence
1(May 31, 2014) It was back to Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) on Saturday night for the Linville Racing team as they entered the 28th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial.

A talented field of thirty-six Super Late Models were on hand for the $10,000-to-program at the 1/2 mile oval, which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS). After struggling with technical issues during qualifications, Linville went on to a sixth place finish in the first heat race, leaving him to run a b-main. A third place finish in the b-main earned Dustin the 21st starting spot in the 50 lap finale. During the course of the feature the Bryantsville, Kentucky ace advanced nine positions to a twelfth place finish at the checkered flag.

Full results from the event are available at www.LucasDirt.com

 
Dustin Linville Runner-Up at Florence Speedway
1(May 24, 2014) The Linville Racing team traveled to Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) on Saturday night for a Weekly Racing Series event at the 1/2 mile oval. Eighteen Super Late Models were registered for battle, and a fourth place finish in heat race action earned Dustin the sixth starting position on the grid for the main event. During the course of the feature Linville battled amongst the top five for much of the event before crossing the finish line in second behind race winner, Ted Nobbe. John Gill, Jesse Lay, and Dennis Roberson rounded out the top five finishers. Full results from the event are available at www.FlorenceSpeedway.com
 
Linville Enters WoO Late Model Series Event at 201 Speedway
1(May 16, 2014) After a week away from the track Dustin Linville returned to the seat on Friday night at 201 Speedway (Sitka, Kentucky). The World of Outlaws (WoO) Late Model Series invaded the 1/4 mile oval for a $10,000-to-win program. Dustin started his outing by posting the fastest lap during Group B of qualifications and went on to win his heat race, earning him a spot in the re draw for the evenings 50 lap finale. After receiving the eighth starting spot for the feature Linville would battle the handle on his #D8 Swartz Race Cars Super Late Model to a fourteenth place finish in the final rundown. Full results from the event are available at www.WoOLMS.com
 
Dustin Linville Stays Close to Home Over the Weekend
1(May 3, 2014) With the scheduled Southern 100 at Southern Ohio Speedway (Wheelersburg, Ohio) being nixed by Mother Nature, the team made the decision to stay close to home over the weekend. Linville returned to familiar territory, competing in a doubleheader at his home track of Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, Kentucky).

A Weekly Racing Series event would kick off the weekend on Friday night as a modest eleven entries were on hand for the program. Dustin posted the fastest time overall during qualifications and went on to win his heat race, earning him the pole position for the feature. In the main event Linville was battling near the front of the back when mechanical issues sent him sailing into the outside wall, leaving his #D8 Swartz Race Cars Super Late Model with heavy right front damage. As a result his night was brought to an early end and a disappointing ninth place finish.

Saturday night saw the winner's check increase to $2,500 for the annual Pete Abell Memorial, and fourteen competitors signed in to chase the win. Much like the night before Dustin set the overall fast time, and later finished fourth in his heat race to lock into the seventh starting spot for the 35 lap finale. When the race went green, Linville wasted no time in his charge to front. He had made his way into the top five before mechanical issues plagued the team once again, leaving him with no brakes and a flat right rear tire. The team hustled under caution to make repairs and Linville was able to rejoin the tail of the field. Despite his loss of brakes, the Rooster sliced through the field to salvage a fifth place finish behind race winner, Victor Lee, Mike Marlar, Michael Asberry, and Brad Neat.

Complete results from the weekend can be found at www.PonderosaSpeedway.net

 
Linville Competes in Kentucky Triple Crown with Spring Nationals Tour
1(April 19, 2014) The team returned to action over the weekend as they entered a tripleheader in Kentucky with Ray Cook's Old Man's Garage (OMG) Spring Nationals presented by Schaeffer's Oil tour.

On Thursday night a $4,000-to-win event was held at 201 Speedway (Sitka, Kentucky) as thirty-two Super Late Model filled the pit area for the event. With the top eight qualifiers locking into the feature Linville fail short of the mark, and had to run a b-main, where he finished third to earn the thirteenth starting position in the 40 lap main event. In the feature, despite passing being difficult Dustin advanced four spots to a twelfth place finish at the checkered flag.

Friday night took the team closer to familiar territory as a $4,000-to-win event was contested at Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, Kentucky). A talent-laden field of twenty-seven entries were on hand for the event, and the evening began with Dustin setting the overall fast time with a 13.147 second lap around the 3/8 mile oval. His qualifying effort locked him into the pole position for the 40 lap finale, with Mike Marlar alongside. As the feature went green it was Linville who jumped to the race lead with Marlar in tow. Linville set the pace for the next eight circuits before slight contact with the outside wall in turn four allowed Marlar to get by on the inside. After a hard-fought battle at the front of the back for the remainder of the event, Dustin crossed the finish line in fourth behind race winner Mike Marlar, Eric Wells, and Gregg Satterlee.

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night at Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky), as a stout field of thirty-seven entries assembled on the 1/2 mile oval for the 38th Annual Spring 50. The Spring Nationals tour would sanction the $5,000-to-win program, and qualifying sixth in his group Dustin raced to the win in the heat race to lock in the seventh starting position for the feature. Linville settled back to twelfth early in the 50 lap main event, before wheeling his #d8 Swartz Race Cars/Bullock Race Engines Super Late Model back to a solid fourth place finish behind race winner Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Owens, and Gregg Satterlee.

Full results from the weekend are available at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com

 
Dustin Linville Picks Up First Victory of 2014 Season at Ponderosa Speedway
1(April 5, 2014) Dustin went to Victory Lane for the first time in 2014 after the team made an unannounced trip to Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, Kentucky) on Saturday evening for the track's season opening event.

Linville was the top qualifier and went on to win the first heat race, positioning him on the pole for the 25 lap main event. When the feature went green, the Rooster bolted to the race lead immediately and began to pull away. By lap ten of the affair the Bryantsville, Kentucky ace had put all but the second through fifth place competitors a lap down. But disaster would strike for Dustin on lap sixteen when contact with a slower car sent his #D8 Johnny Maco's Electric/Paul Benton Auto Body/Swartz Race Car/Bullock Race Engines powered Super Late Model into a spin in turn three. Linville would restart as the last car on the lead lap in fifth, but wouldn't remain there for long as the field came back to green and Dustin regained the top spot just one circuit later. Linville lead the closing laps to score the win over Gary Yeager, Chris Johnson, Glen Hounshell Jr., and Dion Benningfield.

Complete results from the event can be found at www.PonderosaSpeedway.net

 
Dustin Linville Competes in Indiana Icebreaker at Brownstown Speedway
(March 22, 2014) Dustin Linville traveled to Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) on Saturday night as he took part in the $10,000-to-win, 17th Annual Indiana Icebreaker, which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS). Forty-five Super Late Models registered for battle, and via his qualifying efforts Dustin started tenth in the first heat. With the top four finishers moving onto the main event he would miss the transfer with an eighth place finish, which relegated him to the b-main. In the b-main, Linville failed to reach a transfer spot as his night came to an early end. Complete results from the Indiana Icebreaker are available at www.LucasDirt.com

Linville Racing will take the next few weeks off to re-group, the team plans to resume action on April 17th at 201 Speedway (Sitka, Kentucky). Visit the 'TOUR' page for an updated list of events.

 
Dustin Linville Kicks Off 2014 Season at Volunteer Speedway
(March 15, 2014) Dustin Linville and the #d8 team kicked off their version of the 2014 racing season over the weekend at Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, Tennessee) with a pair of events in Ray Cook's Spring Nationals. (B. Meyer Images)

Friday night's opener boasted a $4,000 prize as a talented field of thirty-four Super Late Models registered for battle. With the top eight qualifiers locking into the 40 lap feature Linville fell short of the mark, and had to run a b-main. Unfortunately, Dustin failed to reach a transfer spot in the b-main, bringing his night to early end.

Saturday evening saw the winner's purse increased to $10,000 as thirty-two entries converged on the 4/10 mile high-banked oval. Linville just missed the transfer into the main event via heat race action, but locked into the 22nd starting spot on the grid with a third place finish in the b-main. During the course of the 60 lap feature Dustin fought an ill handling race car, and eventually retired his #d8 machine early to a disappointing 23rd place finish.

Full results from the weekend are available at www.southernnationalsseries.com