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Dustin Linville Makes First World 100 Start at Eldora Speedway!
1(September 6th, 2014) Dustin Linville made the trek to the famed Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) over the weekend for the 44th Annual World 100. (Mark Schaefer Photo)

Action opened on Thursday night as 112 entries looked to do battle in the program that saw the field divided into a pair of $5,000-to-win events, and qualifications resulted in Dustin starting third in his heat race. He slipped to a fourth place finish, which sent him to a b-main. In the b-main he registered a third place finish, locking him into the 23rd starting spot for the 25 lap, preliminary feature. During the course of the feature Linville advanced nine spots to a fourteenth place finish.

Friday evening's program was again highlighted by a pair of $5,000-to-win events, and Linville would fail to reach a transfer spot via heat race action, sending him to a b-main. He advanced from his sixth starting spot to finish fourth in the b-main, but only the top three finishers moved on to the feature as his night came to an early end.

The finale for the crown jewel was held on Saturday evening as heat race line-ups were determined from a driver's best performance in qualifying on the two previous nights. As a result, Dustin found himself starting eleventh in his heat race. He would advance to a sixth place finish in the heat, leaving him short locking into the main event and forcing him to run a b-main. In the b-main, Linville mounted a convincing charge from his ninth starting spot to finish second, earning him the 23rd starting spot in the 100 lap, $47,000-to-win finale. He ultimately retired early from the main event to a 30th place finish in the final rundown.

"We just made the wrong tire choice for the feature and decided to pull in, but what an awesome experience! I have to give a huge thanks to my crew, sponsors, and all the fans. Without them none of this would be possible," said Linville following his first career World 100 start.

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

 
Mixed Bag of Results for Dustin Linville Racing Over the Weekend
1(August 23rd, 2014) Dustin Linville entered a pair of Super Late Models events in Kentucky and Tennessee over the weekend.

Action opened on Friday night at Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, Kentucky), for the 11th Annual John Bradshaw Memorial. The $10,001-to-win program, which was sanctioned by the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series, drew a stout field of thirty-eight entries to the 3/8 mile oval. Dustin earned the third starting spot for his heat race via time trials, and went on to finish fourth to lock into the thirteenth starting spot on the feature grid. After nearly a three-hour rain delay, the finale was contested and Linville advanced to a seventh place finish in the final rundown.

Full results from the event are available at www.PonderosaSpeedway.net

1Action shifted to Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, Indiana) on Saturday night, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS), sanctioned a $10,000-to-win program. Twenty-eight entries converged on the state-of-the-art facility, and Dustin fell one spot short of locking into the feature via heat race action. However, a third place finish in the b-main earned him 21st starting spot for the finale. In the main event Linville advanced six spots to cross the finish line in the fifteenth position.

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

 
Linville Charges to a Top Ten Finish in North/South 100 at Florence!
1(August 9th, 2014) The team made the trek to Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) over the weekend for the 32nd Annual North/South 100, which was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS).

Fifty-three Super Late Models converged on the famed 1/2 mile oval for Friday night's preliminary events, which was highlighted by double heat races. Dustin's heat race performances earned him the fourth starting spot in the first b-main on Saturday evening.

After a great battle up front with Michael Chilton in the b-main, Linville settled in second to lock into the nineteenth starting position for the 100 lap, $50,000-to-win finale. Despite starting near the back of the pack Dustin sliced through the field, running as high as fifth at time, before crossing the finish line in the ninth position. (Rick Schwallie Photo)

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

 
Dustin Linville Sweeps Big Kentucky Weekend Doubleheader; Eyes North/South 100!
1(August 3rd, 2014) Dustin Linville returned to familiar territory on Friday night as the team entered the 14th Annual Hugh "Junebug" Rowland Memorial at Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, Kentucky). Nineteen Super Late Models registered for the $3,000-to-win program, which saw Linville best the field for his third triumph of the 2014 season. (Tim Coontz Photo)

The night started with Dustin blazing to fast time honors during qualifications, and later finishing second to Skylar Marlar in his heat race. As a result the hometown driver was slated to start fourth in the 35 lap finale. Michael Chilton bolted to the race lead at the drop of the green flag, only to draw the first caution flag when he slowed in turn four two laps later. On the restart it was now Marlar out front followed by Victor Lee and Linville in third. Lee and Linville would close in on Marlar on lap 25 before Linville found his way beneath Lee for second on lap 27, and set his sights on Marlar. The duo went door-to-door at the finish line on lap 29, with Linville taking over the top spot on circuit later.

Linville kept Lee at bay over the final laps to score the win aboard his #d8 Linville Racing/Johnny Maco's Electric/Paul Benton Auto Body/Graphic Impressions/Swartz Race Cars/Bullock Racing Engines Super Late Model. Lee finished a closed second while Justin Rattliff, Tim Tungate, and Brad Neat completed the top five finishers.

Full results from the event are available at www.PonderosaSpeedway.net

1Linville looked to capitalize on his Friday night performance as the team trekked east to 201 Speedway (Sitka, Kentucky) on Saturday evening. Unfortunately, steady afternoon rains forced officials to push the event back to Sunday night.

Twenty-six entries converged on the historic Eastern Kentucky oval for the Inaugural Coal Show 50, which posted a $5,000 winner's check for competitors. Dustin started his outing by once again rocketing to fast time honors, which earn him an extra $100 courtesy of Cardinal Automotive (Hazard, Kentucky) for his efforts. He went on to win his heat race to lock into the pole position for the 50 lapper with veteran Tim Dohm alongside.

Linville took control at the onset of the feature with Dohm and R.J. Conley in tow. Dohm pulled ahead at the halfway point before the caution flag waved, erasing his move. On the restart Dustin turned down a slider from Conley who took second from Dohm. As the laps wound down Dohm retained second once again from Conley, and set his sights on the leader for one final challenge. In the final ten laps Dohm pulled alongside Linville, and the duo waged a fierce battle for the top spot with Dohm leading by a nose as the white flag displayed. However, Linville regained the lead exiting turn two and held off Dohm through the final turns to take the checkers for his second victory in as many nights. Dohm finished a close second followed by Conley, while Brandon Kinzer and Chris Combs rounded out the top five finishers.

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

The "Rooster" will now set his sights on the 32nd Annual Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 at Florence Speedway on August 7th-9th. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event boosts a $50,000 top prize, and will see the nation's top Super Late Model competitors battle it out in a 100 lap main event.

"We're feeling very confident in the right now and really excited about what's in store with the new format this weekend," said Linville.

Further information is available at www.LucasDirt.com or www.FlorenceSpeedway.com

 
Dustin Linville Snares a Top Five Finish in Atomic Blast!
1(July 26th, 2014) Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, Ohio) was the destination for the Linville Racing team on Saturday night. The Inaugural Atomic Blast was contest at the 3/8 mile oval, which posted a $5,000 winner's check for competitors. Dustin timed in third quickest among nineteen entries during time trials, and went on to finish third in the dash to lock into the third starting spot for the 40 lap main event. In the feature Linville drove his #d8 Linville Racing/Johnny Maco's Electric/Paul Benton Auto Body/Graphic Impressions/Swartz Race Cars/Bullock Racing Engines Super Late Model to a fourth place finish behind race winner, R.J. Conley, Steve Casebolt, and Brandon Kinzer. Jeremy Berwanger rounded out the top five finishers. Complete results from the event are available at www.AtomicSpeedway.net
 
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
1(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