Devin drives the Tommy Pope Chassis to a 7th place finish at TST!
(October, 26th 2016) Team DMR took the weekend off, but Devin decided to go south and drive sponsor Tommy Pope's custom chassis during a special event at the Talladega Short Track in Talladega, AL for an SAS sanctioned event which consisted of racing action on both Friday and Saturday.
Friday night was a learning curve for the Dresden, OH driver as he had not set foot in the custom chassis in 2016. The team struggled at first to find the handling on the #99m and would start 16th in the feature and drive up into the 14th spot at races end. The team knew a few changes that needed to be made and had higher hopes going into night two.
On Saturday night the team made big improvements and gained speed as the racing program moved right along. The team would start in the 10th spot at the drop of the green and Devin would work hard getting into the 7th spot before the races midway point. Passing was very rare during the course of the feature as the track became rubbered up and restarts cost the team a possible top five finish. When the checkered flag dropped the Tommy Pope backed car came home in the 7th spot.
Even though it was not a win, the team was more than pleased with the performance of a machine that no one really knew how it would handle. With some more testing and good notes to work off of, the next outing will be even better.
The team has no racing plans for this weekend as of the moment, but check back often and stay up to date on Facebook if anything were to change as we will let our fans know!
Long weekend turns into a great finish at the annual DTWC!
(October, 19th 2016) Team DMR made the annual trip to Portsmouth Raceway Park for the Dirt Track World Championship this past weekend with high hopes and big expectations of a strong outing after several good runs at the southern Ohio racetrack.
The night was split into two nights, the first night consisted of two sets of heat races to determined the starting grid and consultation races for the DTWC. Devin has bee apart of this points format already in 2016 and has had to do things the hard way each time, but always put on a show for the fans. This weekend would turn out to be no different.
Devin would roll off in the third starting spot for his first heat race and flexed muscle on the initial start getting into the second spot quickly. After only one lap, however, the BWRC, Tommy Pope, #99m would slow as a piece from another car struck the race car breaking the teams fuel pump. This would set the team back instantly just like at the World 100 the previous week.
During the second heat race Devin would start deep in the field, but charge to a third place finish. This would give Devin enough points to transfer to a B-Main event, but would relegate him to start deep in the field. Devin would charge to the front during his B-Main, but come up short in the end.
One final chance for the team came in the Jim Dunn Memorial Race. The winner has the option to either take home $3,000 or tag the tail of the DTWC. Devin would put on a show and charge to the front of the field beating out fellow competitor Bobby Pierce to take home the win. In victory lane Devin asked the fans what he should do and the fans said the Dresden, OH native needed to race so he would start shotgun on the field.
Devin would take the 100 lap main event as a testing session and the team managed to find a little magic as the BWRC #99m charged from last to 7th on the final rundown. This would mark yet another top ten finish for Devin in 2016 at a crown jewel event.
Next up for the team is an off weekend for the #99m, but Devin and Wylie are headed to the Talladega Short Track to run a custom built car from the Tommy Pope racing stable.
Tough night of racing for Team DMR as Eldora goes into the wee hours of the AM.
(October, 4th 2016) Devin and Team DMR traveled to Eldora Speedway the past weekend in hopes to bring home an elusive "Big E" victory in the UMP Fall Nationals. The race drew in just over 30 cars as many other big events were in the area over the weekend.
In Qualifying Devin would time in 4th quick in his group allowing him start on the pole of his heat race. When the green flag dropped in the heat race Devin would slip back to third where he would finish at the races end. The track was very rough and very fast so it was hard to get a handle on the BWRC, Tommy Pope Construction #99m.
When the green flag hit the speedway Devin would start 12th on the grid and get inside the top ten before a massive rain shower would hit the track while racing action was going on. After nearly seven hours of waiting, the race would resume just after 3:00am local time. Devin and the team made the decision not to return to the racing surface as the track was very saturated and very rough after the lengthly rain delay and would credited with a 15th place finish.
Next up for Team DMR will be the annual Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park on October 13th thru 15th followed by the Fall 50 at Florence Speedway on October 22nd.
We hope to see our race fans there as we wind down the 2016 Racing Season!
Two weeks of up and down racing for Devin and Team DMR
(September, 27th 2016) Devin was in action the past two weeks with a guest appearance on the 17th in the All About Wraps House car at VMS for the Crate World Finals at Virgina Motor Speedway and then with the Tommy Pope, Dow Cameron, Phillips Properties, DMR #99 this past Saturday for the Gibbys King Championship at Ohio Valley Speedway. The team had some ups and downs, but came away with one top five and two Top tens on the weekend.
First up was VMS on Saturday the 17th with the AAW House Car. Devin was making his second career start in the machine the first being several years back at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Devin started off the night a little rough with a poor qualifying effort followed by not transferring out of his heat race forcing the team into the B-Main.
When Devin took the green in the B-Main the car came to life as he would dominate and transfer to the feature event which paid $20,000 to win. The team would roll off the starting grid in the 24th starting spot and from then on the show began. Devin would work his way through traffic all the way to the front in the main event. With just eight laps left a restart would vault Devin to the second position right behind leader Dennis Franklin, but he would run out of time in the end needing just another lap or two to make a run at the lead as Franklin would go and win the main event.
This past weekend, Devin would be back in the DMR house car as the team went to Ohio Valley Speedway for the Gibbys Championship. The team went into the event with a lot of motivation after the strong run at VMS the weekend before.
Devin would start off the night strong qualifying at the top of Group two. In his heat race Devin was leading when Rod Conley made contact with the #99 sending Devin spinning to a stop. Even though Devin would not make contact with anything, he would still have to start at the tail of the heat after bringing out the caution flag. When the checkered flag fell he would come up short of transferring to the main event.
In the B-Main Devin started up front and finished up front dominating the last chance race to earn a starting spot in the feature event. When the green flag dropped in the feature event Devin would roll off 14th and make his way into the top 10, but could not get any higher up in the running order as the checkered flag fell with Corey Conley winning the event as Devin finished 10th.
This weekend is a big weekend for Devin and Team DMR. Devin will be driving the 2 Brothers Motorsports team car to Jared Hawkins at Eldora Speedway in the Modified division all three nights and the DMR House car will be back in action with the Big Johnson colors on Saturday!
World 100 T-Shirts are now Available for Online Purchase!
(September, 16th 2016) With the World 100 in the review mirror, Devin and Team DMR are proud to announce we have "Throwback" T-Shirts on the way and we have enhanced our Online Apparel store for Online purchasing!
Please make your way over to the Apparel page to get your Big Johnson T-Shirts! We have two designs and also new Apparel such as Stickers, Hats, Posters, and much, much more!
The new store can be found by CLICKING HERE or on the left side navigation menu by clicking the Apparel Tab!
Please note the shirts are on the way, but it may take up to four weeks to get the orders out! We do apologize, but these shirts are in high demand and we have already sold out twice. Which is a good problem to have! We want to thank all of our race fans for beliving in us!
Team DMR wraps up successful World 100 Weekend, but wants more.
(September, 16th 2016) Devin and team DMR wrapped up the 49th annual World 100 Weekend with some high notes as well as some low notes.
The weekend kicked off on Thursday as the team timed in side the inversion and was slated to start on the pole of their heat race. During the heat race however, the team ended up breaking the J-Bar which holds the rear end in place damaging the car so badly in the rear end that they were a scratch for the evening.
On Friday night the team bounced back with vengeance as they timed in 12th quick overall and went on to win their heat race. This would allow Devin to start just inside the top ten and from the drop of the green flag the Devin put on a show for the fans. Charging to take the lead with just five laps to go before Bobby Pierce slipped by with four to go. Devin would go onto finish second in the feature event which would give him the pole of the heat on Saturday for the World 100, or so the team thought.
When Saturday came around the team was informed they would be starting in the 14th position due to the fact he never started the B-Feature on Thursday night and the team was given points on the night by accident. Not to be defeated, however, Devin would put on his rally cap and charge from 14th to the win in heat race #3. The team would then start fifth for the 100 lap World 100.
When the green flag dropped, Devin would ride around in the top five until about 25 laps in when the car began to tighten up. With about 40 to go Devin even made a pit stop to try and cure the tight handling issue, but the team could only do so much as Devin would go on and finish in the 16th spot at checkered flag.
Overall the weekend was a good one and the Team even took home the best appearing car honors as the 1996 "Throwback" Big Johnson car wowed the race fans. Devin even went old school in the merchandise department and made "Throwback" T-Shirts with the Big Johnson colors. The 1996 scheme was to commemorate 20 years since his father, Donnie Moran, won the Dream 100 and World 100 in the same calendar year. This was the first time it was ever done.
Up next for Team DMR is an off week for the BWRC machine, but Devin and Wylie are racing this weekend in the All About Wraps House car for the $15,000 to win Crate World Finals at Virgina Motor Speedway!
Stay tuned to Social Media as Wylie will do his best to keep us updated this weekend!
2001 Ultra Comp Stacker Trailer For Sale by Donnie Moran Racing!
(September, 7th 2016) Team DMR has posted the teams Ultra Comp Transporter For Sale as of today. We are looking to upgrade some of our equipment as the season winds down and we look into the 2017 Racing Season. Click Here, or Click on the For Sale Tab for photos and information on the Trailer. Please note this is for the trailer only and not the teams toter home!
CONGRATULATIONS TO SAMMY EPLING!
(September, 7th 2016) Sammy Epling took home the win over the holiday weekend at Merrit Speedway during championship weekend. Sammy's car is a Mastersbilt that was built by DMR! Congrats to Sammy and his entire crew on the big win!
Three straight top ten finishes for team DMR on the Lucas Oil Tour
(September, 5th 2016) Team DMR picked up the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Tour over the Holiday Weekend as the traveling series made its rounds in the Buckeye State for two races along with a trip to WV.
First up on the weekend was Attica Raceway Park. Devin would have a good solid qualifying run and dominate his heat race allowing him to start third in the feature event. Devin would hold his place inside the top five for most of the race, but as the racing surface began to slick off the Dow Cameron Oil and Gas, Tommy Pope, BWRC #99m would begin to fade due to loose conditions. Devin would come home in the 10th spot ahead of some good competition, but obviously not where the crew wanted to finish.
On Saturday the team traveled to Portsmouth Raceway Park where they dominated the Fred Dillow Memorial Race just a few weeks ago. Devin would have a sub par qualifying effort and transfer out of his heat racing lining him up in the 12th spot for the feature event. The track had some good racing all around and at races end Devin was able to come home with yet another top ten in the 7th spot.
The final stop on the weekend went to Tyler County Speedway for the annual Hillbilly 100. Devin already was locked into the main event by virtue of his win a PRP a few weeks ago, but wanted to improve on his starting position efforts. The track was very dry and slick throughout the evening. Devin would qualify just outside the top ten and transfer into the main event with a fourth place finish in his heat race. When the feature hit the track the passing was limited after the first 15 laps or so and Devin would come home yet again in a top ten spot finishing 8th on the final running order.
The team is gearing up for the biggest weekend of the year currently, The World 100 at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway. Stay tuned for more information on a few surprises the team has in store for the historic weekend!
Team DMR finishes runner up at PPMS / Big Weekends Ahead!
(August, 31st 2016) Team DMR only ran one race this past weekend as the next two weeks are some of the biggest in Dirt Late Model Racing. The team decided to keep the miles down on the Jay Dickens Power Plant and run only Pittsburgh Motor Speedway in Pennsylvania for the Red Miley Memorial race sanctioned by the UFO Racing Series.
The night started off with a good qualifying effort and Devin would also walk away for a win in his heat race putting the team into the all important redraw spot. Devin would pull a three and would start in that position for the 35 lap feature event.
When the green flag dropped, Devin would ride in the third spot for the races first 20 laps before a caution came out to bunch the field back up. When the green flag dropped it was Michael Norris, from 8th, in the lead, pole sitter Dan Angelicchio in second and and Devin in third. Devin would get around Angelicchio on the start and move into the runner up spot, but could not catch Norris as he won by over five seconds.
The team was still very pleased with the performance of the Barry Wright Race Cars, Tommy Pope, #99m. The past few weeks the team has stumbled across a set-up that is working and the team is firing on all eight cylinders at the moment, which couldn't come at a better time as we are in a two week stretch of the best racing in the area.
The team will first travel this Labor Day weekend to Attica Raceway Park picking up the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Tour. Then the team will travel Saturday night to Portsmouth Raceway Park, where Devin dominated the last time her ran at the track, followed by the Hillbilly 100 at Tyler County which are all Lucas Oil Sanctioned. Devin also has a guaranteed spot in the Hillbilly 100 from his win during the Fred Dillow Memorial win at PRP just a few weeks ago.
Then we move into the week of September 8th and the coveted World 100 at Eldora Speedway. The team is really looking forward to this event at they are really starting to figure out the BWRC and they feel a big win is just around the corner!
Team DMR has strong outing over two day weekend. Wins Dillow Memorial at PRP!
(August, 23rd 2016) Devin and Team DMR stayed close to home running the Ike Moler Memorial race at Moler Raceway Park on Friday night and the Fred Dillow Memorial Race on Saturday night at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The weekend started off a little rocky, but two strong finished showed DMR is finally hitting their stride at the right time of the year.
The first stop came at the Ike Moler Memorial at Moler Raceway Park. Devin had a quick qualifying lap and was leading his heat race until a broken rotor forced the Tommy Pope Construction, Phillips Properties, DMR, Barry Wright Race Cars #99m to the pits before the end of the race.
Using a past champions provisional, Devin would quickly tear through the field passing cars left and right on his way to a fourth place finish from the 21st starting position. Brandon Sheppard would go on to win the event, but the team stumbled across something that they would use again at Portsmouth on Saturday.
When the team arrived at PRP, it was clear the weather was going to be the big issue as rain began to fall just after hotlaps had begun. After a brief standoff with mother nature, officials decided to make the event a Sunday show. After some consideration, the team decided that they would come back and see if they could get the Dillow trophy.
On Sunday the team came out of the gate swigging as they would lay down the fourth quick qualifying lap and start outside row two for the Dash. When the green dropped in the Dash Devin would jump to the high line and bolt around the leaders, going three wide and taking the lead down the front stretch. After that it was all Devin, as he would dominate the Dash by nearly a half a track when the checkered flag dropped.
During the feature, Devin would start on the pole and flat out dominate the 40 lap main event, leading flag to flag never being contested for the win one time. Several cautions and late cautions would slow the event, but no one had anything for Moran as he would go on to collect the $5,000 check as well as his 8th victory of 2016.
Up next for Team DMR is the Red Miley Rumble sanctioned by the UFO Diehl Auto Super Late Models at Pittsburgh Motor Speedway paying $3,053 to win! We hope to see you all at the races!
Team DMR has breakout weekend at Florence Double Header with LODLMS
(August, 15th 2016) Devin and Team DMR had a breakout weekend at Florence Speedway this past weekend as the team recorded a top ten finish on Thursday night as well as a top five finish on Saturday night during the North/South 100.
Thursday night was the make-up feature event for the rained out Ralph Lathum Memorial. The event would be a one night event with qualifying, heat races, and the feature all being run Thursday.
In qualifying Devin would lay down the 10th quickest lap which would earn him a row two starting spot in heat race #4 which would include Jackie Boggs and Tim McCreadie. When the green flag dropped in the heat Jackie would jump out to a commanding lead as Devin would jump to the runner up spot with Jason Jamison and Ricky Weiss in tow. Boggs would go on to dominate the heat race and Devin would end up getting moved out of the way in his heat race on the final corner falling back to the fourth spot. Only three cars would transfer to the Feature so the team was forced into running the last chance race.
When the B-Main hit the track only two cars would transfer and Devin would start on the pole. He would get passed by Jason Feger early on, but would not fall back any further and take home one of the transfer position for the coveted Ralph Lathum Memorial.
When the green flag fell on the feature event Devin found himself slowly working his way to the front of the field from his 17th place starting position. Car after car he would get around and at one point found himself just outside the top five working on the fourth place spot until a late race caution put everyone back in line. On the final restart Devin would loose a few spots and end up coming home in the eighth spot.
Next up on the weekend came the North/South 100 which paid $50k to the winner of the 100 lap feature event. Devin would show promise early on as he would have a solid qualifying effort and go on to win his First heat race. The night would be comprised of a dual heat race format where all drivers accumulate points from running two heat races to see if they would have enough points to make the feature. Devin would place sixth in heat race #6 on his second round which would earn him a 14th place starting spot for the feature event.
When the green dropped in the feature, Devin would once again work his way to the front. He would run as high as third at the races end, but ended up fourth on the final running order. Good friend Bobby Pierce ended up winning the event as two young guns came from the back to the front in one of the biggest races of the year.
Next up for Team DMR is Moler Raceway Park on Friday night for the Ike Moler Memorial race followed by the Fred Dillow Memorial race at Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday Night.
We hope to see you all this weekend!
Team DMR ends on a high note after finishing up at Brushcreek after Atomic!
(August, 1st 2016) Stops #6 and #7 came at Atomic Speedway and Brushcreek Motorsports Complex over the past weekend on the Buckeye Late Model Dirtweek presented by Octane. Team DMR did not have a great night at Atomic, but finished strong at Brushcreek to finish out the busy mini series which featured eight races.
Saturday night at Atomic Devin and Team DMR had a decent qualifying effort and went on to win their heat race. After the redraw the team would find themselves starting in the fifth spot with high hopes of a good finish. When the green flag dropped, it was evident the team had missed something on the set up as the Tommy Pope, Dow Cameron Oil & Gas, BRWC, #99m quickly slipped back through the field. When the race was over, Devin found himself finishing in the 9th spot.
The 9th place finish was not what the team had in mind at Atomic for sure as the BWRC machine still struggled in the extreme dry and slick racing surface. The car has been very up and down in 2016 and since the new car was put into commission for this week, it was time for the team to hit the drawing board again because Brushcreek was going to be another dry slick racing surface due to the race being held in the day.
During Qualifying Devin found himself in the same order as Jackie Boggs who won both Atomic races and was also lightning fast at Brushcreek. DMR would finish second to Boggs in the heat putting them once again into the redraw where he would pull a six to start sixth on the grid.
When the green flag dropped it was evident the team had stumbled onto something with the chassis as the car had a lot more forward traction then before. Devin struggled to find the right line to the front quickly, but picked cars off one by one. After the 30 lap main was over he was second on the final rundown right behind race winner Tyler Carpenter.
Devin told the team the car was much better and had forward bite for the first time all week on dry slick racing surfaces. The pill draw more than likely cost the team a win, but also helped the team at the same time to find something that could be beneficial in the next few weeks.
Up next is a home race at Muskingum County Speedway for Memorial night on Saturday August 6th. The following week features some big races as the team heads to Florence Speedway for the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series and the North-South 100.
Stay tuned to Facebook and devinmoranracing.com for all the up to date information!
Tough night at Hilltop for Devin and Team DMR
(July, 29th 2016) Stop #6 on the Buckeye Late Model Dirtweek Tour found Devin and Team DMR on familiar grounds as the Tommy Pope, Dow Cameron Oil & Gas, BWRC, #99m found their way to Hilltop Speedway in Millersburg, OH. The team has not made an appearance at the track in 2016, but have had good success in the past.
The night did not start off very good in qualifying as Devin was off in hotlaps and missed the setup by quite a bit in his qualifying session only managing fourth quick in his group and well outside the top ten overall. The team decided to make a major change to the BWRC chassis for the heat with hopes Devin would feel more comfortable in the car.
When the green dropped in the heat race Devin got a good run on the high side as he tried to work around Doug Drown and Corey Conley, but the traction on the #99m just was not there and the car slipped back into the fourth spot. The front runners would check out and put on a great heat race, but Devin would settle for fourth at the races end as the team needed to make some more adjustments.
Since Devin would be starting deep in the field (16th), the team decided to take one more swing at the set up. When the green flag dropped Devin quickly jumped to the high line and began a march to the front of the field. The changes the team made allowed for the BWRC chassis to handle on the high line better than most of the cars in front of him as he would roll to the top ten before the midway point in the race. With just 10 laps to go Devin would get into the 8th position, but on lap 22 made contact with another car damaging the left front suspension on the car ending his run to the front and his night as well.
Even though the finish was not what the team wanted, they learned a lot in their first start of 2016 at Hilltop Speedway in the BWRC. The team still has more races in Dirtweek remaining as next up is Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, OH. The team will be making its first start at the speedway in 2016 on Friday night, but stumbling onto a few things at Hilltop which they can carry over.
We hope to see everyone Friday night at the races! Just two more events remaining in Dirtweek and even with the tough night at Hilltop, Devin and Team DMR still have a chance to bring home the Dirtweek Title!
After Moler Raceway Parks rain out, Devin and Team DMR place 2nd at Atomic!
(July, 28th 2016) Stop #5 on the Gibby's Speedweek tour saw Devin and Team DMR at a familiar track in Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH. Devin already has one victory on the year at the lightning fast speedway in southern, OH and has been eager to get back into the winners circle in the Gibby's Speedweek Tour which features 8 races in 10 days.
In qualifying Devin would post the third fourth quickest lap overall and quick time of his group which would also earn him the pol of heat race number three. Devin would go onto dominate his heat over Rod Conley flag to flag putting the Tommy Pope, Dow Cameron Oil and Gas, BWRC, #99 into the redraw. Devin would ultimately draw the number three pill earning him the third starting spot for the feature.
When the green flag dropped Jackie Boggs would jump out to the early lead with Rod Conley, Devin, and Doug Drown all in tow. The race took several restarts to finally get going as a spin and a wreck would slow the pace down before a lap could get completed. Once racing action got underway Boggs would get out to a commanding lead over Rod Conley, but Devin would be right on his back bumped applying heavy pressure. by the races midway point the leaders had entered heavy traffic and Devin found some traction on the extreme high side in turns one and two using that to finally get around the #71 of Conley. Devin would track down Boggs for the lead and begin applying heavy pressure until a caution would come out on lap 26 slowing the field down once again. Devin would try to get around Boggs a few more times and even tried to throw the slider on him off turn four, but just couldn't make it stick as Boggs took home the checkered flag. Devin was second followed by Rod Conley.
On a side note, Tyler Carpenter was involved in a scary wreck in turn three as he would slide up and nip the concrete wall destroying his Kryptonite Race Cars #28. He would climb from the car uninjured, but was unable to compete for the rest of the night.
Devin and Team DMR are headed to Hilltop Speedway in Millersburg, OH this evening for night #6 of the Gibby's Speedweek Tour. Devin sits just 27 markers out of the points lead!
We hope to see you all at the races!
Team DMR comes up just short of a Millstream Sweep, but builds Momentum!
(July, 24th 2016)Stop #3 of the Gibby's tour took Devin and Team DMR to Millstream Speedway for the first time in 2016. The team was coming off the tough loss at Wayne County and looked to rebound going into the event.
In qualifying Devin would put up a blistering lap to earn quick time honors and would start pole of heat race #2. When the green flag dropped so did the hammer on the Tommy Pope, Dow Cameron Oil & Gas, BWRC #99m as Devin would dominate flag to flag winning by just under a straightaway when the checkered flag fell.
The luck would continue come feature time as Devin would draw pill #1 and start from the pole of the feature. After a good side by side battle for several laps will Jon Henry, Devin would jump out to a good lead until the races half way point. Just past half way was when Wooster, OH native Doug Drown would get around Devin as the two would battle for several laps. Tyler Carpenter would also get around Devin with just a few laps remaining putting him back into the third spot, which is also where he would finish at races end.
The team was still pleased with the performance, especially after Wayne County's wild ride, but felt they left something on the table at Millstream. The team is already planning what to do next as they are packed up and headed to Moler Raceway Park on Tuesday night. This will serve as the make-up race in the Giddy's Series as the event was rained out last week (7-22).
We hope to see all of our race fans at the track!
Heartbreak at Wayne County Speedway for Devin Moran and Team DMR
(July, 23rd 2016) Devin and Team DMR continued to follow the GIbby's Speedweek series this past Saturday night as the tour stopped at Wayne County Speedway.
The night started off with near disaster as in qualifying the Tommy Pope, Dow Cameron, BWRC, #99m nearly rolled over in turn one. Devin was on a blistering lap, already getting fourth quick overall and looking for more, when the car started to lift the entire left side off the ground. The right front tire dug into the ground and the car slammed back onto the racing surface saving the car from starting a series of barrel rolls for sure.
The heat race saw Devin start in the fourth spot and he quickly marched his way to the front overtaking leader RJ Conley before the half way mark and dominating the remaining few laps. The top two finishers would be placed into the redraw for the feature event where Devin would draw the six pill for the feature event.
When the green flag dropped Devin had some problems getting to the front as the #99m stayed around the top five for much of the first 15 circuits. by lap 20, however, he had began picking cars off left and right and would snag the lead away from Ryan Markham on lap 23 and start to pull away from the entire field. With a straightaway lead it didn't seem like anything would stop Devin from his first win in the mini series until on lap 33 when a lift arm bolt failed, most likely from the hard qualifying landing, ending the teams night.
Even with the heartbreak, Devin and Team DMR knew they are figuring out the new BWRC and would surely be back at the next event ready to race and compete for the win.
Next up is Sunday Night as the Gibby's series moves onto Millstream Speedway! We hope to see you all there!
Team DMR starts Speedweek off with a 3rd at Legendary Hilltop!
(July, 22nd 2016) Team DMR made a change in chassis after Oakshade and brought out a new Barry Wright Race Car for the Gibbys Speedweek event which features 8 races in 10 days. Thursday night saw the first night of racing at Legendary Hilltop Speedway in Marietta, OH and the action was all over the racing surface as expected.
29 cars checked into the the first event as Doug Drown set fast time overall and Devin would time in third quick. By virtue of his qualifying effort, Devin would start on the pole of heat #3.
When the green flag dropped in the heat race Devin would lead the field into turn one, but it was Jason Montgomery making a bold high side pass getting around the Tommy Pope Construction, Dow Cameron #99m. The two would do side by side battle as the winner came down to the line with Montgomery on top and Devin in second. The starting positions were determined by the top two finishers of each heats pill draw and Devin would draw pill seven and would line up inside of the fourth row for the 30 lap main event.
When the green flag dropped Devin would quickly move into the top five and battle RJ Conley for the fourth spot. By the races halfway point Devin and Conley had worked around Doug Drown for the third spot and Devin would take command of the third spot with just under seven to go on the high side. When the checkered flag fell it was Tyler Carpenter taking home the win with Jason Montgomery in second followed by the hard charging Moran.
The team was very pleased with the results of the new BWRC and are headed down the road for the next event which will be tonight at Moler Raceway Park. Devin already has a win here in the past and the team looks to hopefully see victory lane tonight!
Stay tuned to Facebook for all of the up to date results or click on the link below to follow along on the Gibbys Speedweek Facebook page!
Oakshade Finale has ups & downs for Team DMR. Speedweeks is up next!
(July, 20th 2016) After a week off Devin and Team DMR traveled to Oakshade to pick up the "Hell Tour" finale. The event featured a $5,000 to win show on Friday night followed by the finale on Saturday night paying $10,000 to the winner.
Friday night saw Devin give a strong performance in both qualifying and his heat race as he would time the Tommy Pope Construction, Phillips Properties, Dow Cameron Oil & Gas #99m in the second for Group B. When the heat race hit the track Devin would dominate flag to flag taking home the win. The redraw would then find Devin on pole for the 50 feature event.
When the green flag dropped Devin would do battle with Jason Feger. He would lead some laps, but begin to fade away as the race went on and the track slicked off. In the end the team recorded another top five finish and knew what they needed to change going into Saturday.
Saturday night would not go as planned for the team as they would chase the car the entire night. Time trials saw Devin well outside the top ten, but made up some ground in the heat race and would start 10th on the starting grid for the 60 lap feature.
When the green flag dropped in the feature Devin would struggle finding the grip on the BWRC and hovered around the top ten the entire night. When the checkered flag fell the team would wind up 11th on the final running order. Even with the disappointed finish, the team still remains upbeat going into the Buckeye Speedweeks which features eight nights of racing in 10 days.
The team also plans on switching to the back-up car much like they did last year at this time. The new BWRC has only made one appearance this year and it was at Eastbay Raceway Park at the end of speedweeks when the power plant let go in the primary car. The team has done some testing with this car and feels it will be just as fast as the primary car used for the first 30 plus races in 2016.
Speedweeks starts Thursday the 21st at the Legendary Hilltop Speedway in Marietta, OH where Devin has won before. We hope to see you all at the races!
Mechanical and Engine woes continue for Team DMR
(July, 5th 2016) What started out as a promising night of racing on both Friday and Sunday night this past 4th of July weekend turned into heartbreak instead for Devin and Team DMR.
On Friday night the team traveled to Midway Speedway to race the $4,444 to win special event as well as the season opener for the lightning fast track in Crooksville, OH. The team would set the track record in qualifying and back those efforts up with a bold, third to first, pass for the Dash win coming off the final turn. In the feature Devin would lead several laps before he began to experience and odd vibration just before the races half way point. Devin would then do battle with Corey Conley for the win before ultimately giving up the lead and pulling off shortly after in fear of a major issue under the hood of the Tommy Pope, Dow Cameron, BWRC #99m.
On Saturday the team made the decision to not pick up the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series at Portsmouth to look over the car and make sure it was in sound condition for the highly anticipated return of the LODLMS to Muskingum County Speedway. The team discovered the vibration was coming from a faulty Drive Shaft which was good news because it was an easy fix and kept the hopes alive of taking home another Lucas Oil win at Team DMR's home track.
When Sunday night rolled around Devin would time in just inside the top ten in his qualifying group. His time would get him a decent starting spot for his heat race in which he would finish in the third position and would roll off in the 11th starting spot come feature time.
With the race being 60 laps, the team knew patience would be the virtue the entire race, especially with each and every car in the feature event being strong. Devin would pick cars off one at a time and find himself in the sixth position just before the half way point. On lap 29, however, bad luck struck the team again as the engine temperature in the #99m kept climbing eventually getting too hot forcing Devin to retire from the event.
The team looked at the overheating problem on Sunday night and discovered that the radiator was the culprit of the Jay Dickens Power Plant to overheat. Unfortunately the team decided not to attend the STARS event at Atomic Speedway in fear the engine was hurt. The event would end up getting rained out so everything worked out accordingly.
The team is going to take this coming weekend off as they hope to have a new engine before Ohio Speedweeks starts for the Late Model division. Please stay tuned to Facebook, Twitter, and devinmoranracing.com as or schedule may change in the weeks to come!
DMR Tour Update! We are racing THREE nights!
(June 29th, 2016) After much consideration and hard work this week, Team DMR has decided to get the max out of the little engine that could this holiday weekend. We have another motor on the way, but we are going to run Midway Friday night, Muskingum County Speedway Sunday Night and Atomic Speedway on Monday. We will not be running Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday.
Once the holiday weekend is over, the team plans on picking up the Hell Tour with Oakshade on the 15th for the series finale! Once this race is over with the team is planning on having a new bullet in order and will be able to finish out the year with our schedule as planned!
Stay tuned to devinmoranracing.com or Devin Moran Racing on Facebook for any schedule changes!
See you all at the races!
Motor woes may keep Team DMR out of the Big Holiday Weekend.
(June 23rd, 2016)The "Dream 100" at Eldora Speedway has slowly caused some more issues with Team DMR then had origionally thought. The team lost an Engine on Friday Nights preliminary action forcing the #99m to a back up Jay Dickens Power Plant. The only issue with this was the fact the engine was close to being at the max number of laps needed before a refresh is due.
This past weekend has maxed the current engine out on laps and has forced the team to suspend July 4th racing action to just Muskingum County for the time being. We have another power plant we are working on getting, but its status is still up in the air. If an agreement can not be made, we will be running just one night on the holiday weekend.
We apologize to all of our fans, but with the amount of racing available this summer, we cannot risk hurting another motor due to a lap count. There is still some hope we get a third engine together before next weekend, but we still do not know.
Stay tuned to social media and devinmoran.com for any further updates!
Team DMR has ups and downs in weekend double header with off week up next!
(June 22nd, 2016) With the Eldora Dream in the rear view mirror, summer is officially heating up in the late model world. Devin and Team DMR began the summer assault this past weekend with racing at Muskingum County Speedway on Friday night and Ohio Valley Speedway on Saturday night for the Jim Dunn Memorial.
On Friday night the team started off with speed right out of the gate as Devin was fastest in Hot Laps, set quick time and won his heat race by a huge margin at Muskingum County Speedway's season opener. When the feature rolled around, Devin would start on the pole and jump out to a commanding lead and never look back winning by well over a straightaway for the $2,000 dollar winner take all feature event.
On Saturday the team would travel to nearby Ohio Valley Speedway for the Annual Jim Dunn Memorial event paying $12,000 to the winner. By virtue of his win Friday night, Devin was locked into the main event if he would be unable to transfer out of his heat race. Turns out that was blessing in disguise as the team would need to take the provisional.
Before the team even arrived at the track, the Dirt Ripper Transporter blew out a tire and the team was stranded along side the road until the tire change could be made. Team DMR would arrive to the track late, but still made it for the heat race. The #99m seemed to be on a mission in heat race #1 as Devin was dominating until more bad luck plagued the team. This time with two laps to go the Oil pump would give out on the Barry Wright Race Cars machine causing the team to use the provisional from Friday Night.
Devin would make the most of his 24th place starting spot as he would slice and dice his way from the back and work his way to the front of the field. When then checkered flag came out, the #99m would be scored in 8th place. Even thought the team had higher hopes going into the night, considering all that had happened to the team it was a good way to end the night.
Team DMR will be taking this coming weekend off as they prep for July 4th weekend. The team is set to run from July 1st all the way thru the 4th with racing action at Midway, Muskingum, and Portsmouth Ohio set to take center stage. Muskingum and Portsmouth are also Lucas Oil Races as well.
We hope to see you all at the track next weekend as summer ramps up into full gear!
Team DMR struggles on Friday night, but flexes muscle during Dream 100!
(June 12th, 2016) Team DMR traveled to Eldora Speedway this past weekend in Rossburg, OH hoping for a good showing in the Crown Jewel event. Devin and his Tommy Pope Construction, Dow Cameron, BWRC, #99M has struggled at the bigger events the past two years, so the team came into the Dream 100 weekend with something to prove. Once the dirt all settled, the team did just that.
The Dream the past two years has been split into a new format. Thursday and Friday are split into two twin feature events each night and then Saturday's big events heat races are decided by points from the previous two nights. Points are given upon qualifying efforts to the amount of cars each driver completes.
On Thursday night Devin and team DMR had put themselves into a good position to get a good starting spot for Saturday's Dream 100 with a good outing Friday. After hot laps Devin felt the team had another good top ten car and was poised to make some noise in qualifying. The team made some noise, just not the type of noise they were hoping for. On Devin's second lap of qualifying the new engine the team had freshened for this event lost power and expired. The team had another motor and quickly began working on an engine change. The teams bad luck went from bad to worse during the engine change as the teams lift-gate malfunctioned and could not raise or lower. This meant the team not only had the engine to change, but in order to change the engine, they had to fix the lift gate on the teams transporter. The entire team worked relentlessly along with the help of numerous competitors like Shane Clanton to resolve the issues. The team decided to scrap Friday night, but were able to get the power plants changed just after the 2:00am on Saturday morning.
After the team took what seemed like a quick nap, they began to set the car up for another run at making the Dream 100. The team would run sixth after starting eighth in heat race #5. This put them in a little bigger hole then they had hopped in the second consolation race as he would start 8th and only the top four transfer.
When the green dropped in the consolation race Devin would quickly mount a charge to the front passing car after car. By the races midway point he had gotten around Scott Bloomquist for the runner up spot as Bloomer faded. In the end Devin would finish second and transfer to the main event. Bloomquist would not transfer for the first time since 2003.
Devin lined up 24th on the starting grid for the 100 lap Dream. He would take his time through the entire event, use every restart to his advantage and in the end came home seventh for not only his best run at the Dream, but also his best finish in a major crown jewel event.
In the post race interview Devin would thank all of his friends, family, crew, and even competitors for all the hard work on Friday to get into the Dream. He was satisfied with the results, but knew they still could have been even better pending Friday night did not go the way it did.
Next up for Team DMR is the Jim Dunn Qualifier event on Friday 6-17-16 at Muskingum County Speedway. After that is Ohio Valley Speedway with the 34th running of the Jim Dunn Memorial event paying $12,000 to the winner.
We hope to see all of our race fans at the track!
Dream 100 weekend is here and Team DMR is ready.
(June 9th, 2016) Team DMR is loaded up and headed to nearby Rossburg, OH for one of the first major event of the 2016 Tour, The Eldora "Dream 100". Action kicks off tonight with the first of two preliminary nights of racing action followed by another preliminary night Friday and the Dream 100 Saturday night.
The last time the team traveled to Eldora the Barry Wright Race Cars, Tommy Pope Construction, Dow Cameron Oil and Gas #99m was lightning quick in the 25 lap feature. Devin came from 10th spot to finished what appeared to be second place until post race inspection revealed the team put a Lucas Oil stamped Hoosier tire on instead of a UMP. Even with accidental heart-breaker, the team is looking forward to getting back to the "Big E" this weekend.
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Memorial Day weekend shows strong outing with WoO for Team DMR
(June 1st, 2016) Devin and Team DMR stayed closer to home this past Memorial Day weekend as the Craftsman World of Outlaw Late Model Series was in town running at Moler Speedway on Friday and a pair of events on Saturday and Sunday at nearby Tyler County Speedway.
Friday night the team went to Moler Speedway where Devin has already picked up a feature win in 2016 and also considered to be one of Devin's stronger tracks. The night started out with instant speed as Devin would put the Tommy Pope Construction, Dow Cameron, Barry Wright Race Cars #99m to the top of the time sheet in Group B Qualifying. This would grant Devin the Pole of heat race #3 along side Rick Eckert.
On The initial start in the heat, Eckert would get the jump on Devin and go onto win with Devin crossing the line in second. The team knew they had a good car and what small things to change to possible take home career win #1 with the Outlaws.
When the green flag dropped in the feature Devin would start fifth and stay there for the entire 50 lap feature event. The track was very rubber down and no one dared adventuring off the bottom line, so the team took the top five knowing they have a competitive car.
Saturday and Sunday night the team would travel to Tyler County Speedway for a pair of WoO events. Saturday night the team would 4th quick in group B Qualifying which lined Devin up 3rd on the grid for his heat race which is where he would also finish as well.
When the green flag dropped in the feature event, Devin would start 12th and move into the top ten before races end finishing in the 10th spot. The team struggled during the night to find the right set up, but had a few idea on what to try on night two.
Sunday night the team went a little too extreme for qualifying and ended up 9th quick in Group B which would line Devin up 5th in the heat. The heat race Devin would show speed again as they charged to the 3rd spot knocking on the door for second. The team would settle for third lining them up 9th for the main event.
When the green flag dropped Devin quickly moved into the 5th spot and ran with the leaders for a podium finish. Devin would fall back some during a mid race re-start, but regain the track potion lost in the closing laps coming home with a career best 4th place fishing with the WoO.
Overall the team was very pleased with the gains made from the start of the night to the end of the night. Next up on the schedule is the June 4th date with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series at Florence Speedway in nearby Walton, KY. Devin has one win this year at the famed track and this will serve as the final calendar event before the Annual Dream 100 at Eldora Speedway!
We hope to see all of our race fans this weekend at the track!
Great start turns into a rough finish for Team DMR at Atomic Speedway
(May 17th, 2016) This past weekend Devin and Team DMR made the nearby trip to Atomic Speedway to pick up the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series and the Buckeye Classic paying $50,000 to the winner.
The two day event started of with a bang for the team as Devin would show speed right out of the gate in qualifying. Devin put the Dow Cameron, Tommy Pope BWRC #99m into the 3rd spot for Group B Qualifying. With such a good effort, Devin would start on the front row of heat #6,
When the green flag dropped Devin would fall into the second spot to Darrell Lannigan. The two would do battle for the first two laps before Devin would jump into the lead and begin to pull away. Before the heats half way point, Devin would loose ground coming off turn two allowing Lannigan to regain the lead. Devin would then make an effort to reclaim the spot off turn four, but would loose the handle sniping out causing the caution to come out. Devin would then put on a show charging to the front once again, but coming up one spot shy of a transfer finishing in the fourth spot.
The team would have to wait until Saturday night for redemption as they would start third in the second last chance race. Only two cars would advanced into the main event and Devin would wheel his BWRC into a transfer spot. This would allow him to start 22nd in the main event.
When the green flag dropped in the main, Devin would work his way just outside the top 15, but would flat line as the race went on. The track conditions on Saturday were also much different then in recent weeks due to the rain showers earlier on in the day before racing action started. Devin would end up hitting a rut and mud clump causing him to sustain damage on the right front ending what started off as a hopeful weekend.
The team will now stay home this weekend as Muskingum County Speedway will attempt to have there season opening and Donnie Moran's debut as a track promoter.
Team DMR starts the busy month of may with a weekend clean sweep!
(May 9th, 2016) Devin and Team DMR had another amazing weekend as the team continues to start showing progress in with the new Barry Wright Race Car.
First up on the weekend was the Legendary Hilltop Speedway in Marietta, OH for the scheduled AMRA $3,000 to win special event. Devin would roll off the starting grid in the 3rd position and move into the runner up spot quickly behind Freddie Carpenter. Devin would then follow Carpenter for several laps in and out of lapped traffic never letting the #E1 (Mike Balzano tribute car) out of his sights. Just before the half way point, Devin was behind leader Carpenter when he lost traction spinning right in front of the #99m collecting Devin. Because the track does not have the stop on the track and go to the back rule, Freddie was sent to the tail for causing the caution and Devin would get his spot back.
Front that point on Devin would start to dominate the event event after breaking the chain which keeps the rear end from dropping fully to the "under-slung" part of the BWRC chassis. With just two laps to go, two cautions would come out allowing the younger Carpenter, Tyler, to catch Devin. The two would put on a great show, but in the end it was Devin taking home the win for his fourth win of 2016.
As the team celebrated the win, they knew it was going to be short lived as now the team would pack up and head to Chillicothe, OH and Atomic Speedway where Devin had won the feature event last time he hit the track.
The team would have an up and down start in the STARS memorial event and found themselves starting in the 5th position for the feature event. When the green dropped the #99m Tommy Pope Construction, Phillips Properties machine would slowly fade out of the top five and settle on the 8th place spot for the first ten or so laps.
After a few race cautions, Devin would slowly start picking cars off one at a time using the high line and low line to begin his March back to the front. He would get some help along the way as Jackie Boggs would be tagged for rough driving after spinning out second place Eddie Carrier Jr., allowing him to re-group and close back in. Devin would take the lead away just after the halfway point and go onto dominate the rest of the event taking home his third win in a row and second win in a row at the famous speedway.
The wins could not come at a better time either, because this weekend, May 13th and 14th is the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series making its annual trip to Atomic. Devin and Team DMR are riding a wave of momentum at the moment and are looking for big things this weekend!
We hope to see you all there!
Devin and Team DMR take weekend off to focus on busy May!
(May 1st, 2016) Devin and Team DMR were scheduled to make another appearance at the famous Florence Speedway for a special $5,000 to win event on April 30th, but elected to stay behind with the weather forecast looming and the busy schedule the entire family has making final preparations on the Muskingum County Speedway now operated by Donnie Moran.
Ultimately, Florence and Muskingum would both rain out so the team took advantage of the down time to work in the shop with some big races just around the corner.
The team has updated the 2016 Tour page with a full list of events the team has planned to run which include special events at Moler Speedway as well as The Legendary Hilltop Speedway in Marietta, Ohio. Have no fear though race fans as the team also has full intentions to run Atomic Speedway with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series as well as the Craftsman Tools World of Outlaw Late Model Series before the month of June.
The big race come in June, however, as the team will load up from Dresden, OH and make the trek North bound to run the annual Dirt Late Model Dream at the Eldora Speedway.
We have a lot going on at the shop so make sure you either check back here at devinmoranracing.com or on Facebook for all of the up to date information on where the team is headed next!
Team DMR picks up a win at Atomic Speedway on a special night!
(April, 23rd 2016) Last Friday night tragedy struck the racing world as Charlie Floyd was involved in a racing accident while racing his dirt late model in Ohio. He was transported to a near by hospital and would pass away from his injuries later in the week.
With the somber news hitting the DMR camp the team decided to dedicate the weekend to young Charlie Floyd changing the teams number from 99M to 99F for the Lucas Oil show at Sharon Speedway and the special event held at Atomic Speedway both in Ohio.
Sharon Speedway would rain out, but what a special night Atomic Speedway turned out to be on Saturday.
The night started off very promising as the BWRC #99M showed speed right out of the gate in hot laps and again in time trials as the team would rip off a top three lap. This would give them a good starting spot in heat race number 2.
When the green flag dropped in the heat race Devin would waste no time jumping out to an early strong lead dominating from flag to flag. With his win in the heat he would start outside the front row for the feature.
When the feature rolled to the grid Devin and the team were hungry and knew they had a fast race car once again. When the green flag dropped Devin quickly jumped into the lead and would never look back dominating the event for his third win in 2016. This would also be his first win at Atomic Speedway, one of the first tracks he ever had attended with his father, Donnie Moran.
The night was not over, however, as Devin would shift the attention away from his win to Charlie Floyd's father whom was in attendance. Devin showed class honoring Mr. Floyd and stated how even in this tragedy teams are now looking at safety much closer when it comes to fire hazards and how to prevent this from ever happening again. When it was all said and done the night was that of a storybook ending as the team honored the late race car driver with a win while running the #99F.
The team will be in action again this weekend at Florence Speedway for a special $5,000 to win event on the 30th. The last time Devin raced at the speedway he came home with a win beating out hometown driver Darrell Lanigan.
A strong showing for Team DMR at Eldora leads to a heartbreak at races end.
(April, 17th 2016) Coming off the teams second win of the 2016 racing season, Devin and Team DMR traveled to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH for the UMP season opener at the famous half mile track owned by Tony Stewart.
The night did not start off very strong as the team would qualify 9th overall in time trials putting them into the 5th starting spot of heat race #1. Devin would do his best, but end up finishing right where he started in the stacked first heat race of the night which included James Rice, Jeep Van Wormer, and former Dream 100 winner Steve Casebolt.
By finishing fifth the team would start 10th in the 25 lap main event, but the team felt they still had a shot at a good finish.. From the drop of the green Devin would be on a mission as the team had the Tommy Pope, Phillips Properties, Barry Wright #99m dialed in making passes on the low side and bouncing off the cushion on the high side.
The race would not see a caution flag from start to finish so Devin had his work cut out for him, but would get into the top five with just over five laps to go and then into second before the white flag. He would use every inch of the track in an attempt to catch race leader Duane Chamberlain and would even bounce off the cushion and tag the wall headed into the final turn. Devin would come up just short as the checkered flag drop coming home in the second spot for the second time in a row at the half mile.
The night would not be over for Devin as post race inspection revealed the team had inadvertently put an illegal tire on the #99m causing the team to be disqualified.
Now there have been numerous rumors going around the Internet about the so called "illegal" tire. The team used what is known as a Hoosier 06 which is used in Lucas Oil competition. the compound is the exact same as an LM 40 which is used by UMP rules. As the team prepared to get ready for the feature event, the wrong tire was grabbed inadvertently and used for the feature.
The team did not argue the call made by the race officials. The mistake was made and the punishment was justified. With that being said, using the 06 tire did not give the team an advantage in the main event. The only difference between the two tires is one is stamped for UMP and one is stamped for Lucas Oil. Team DMR takes the rule book seriously and understands even with the same tire, the stampings were incorrect for UMP rules and agrees with the call made by officials.
Everyone at Team DMR would like to apologize to our fans and sponsors. This was an honest mistake and we have taken the right steps to ensure this will never happen again.
Team DMR takes the win at Moler Raceway Park!
(April, 16th 2016) Devin and Team DMR still continue to figure out the new Barry Wright Race Cars #99m and they are starting to find a stride early on as the team came home with win #2 on the season Friday night with a stout field of cars at Moler Raceway Park in the Battle of the Bluegrass Challenge.
The night started off with lots of speed for team DMR as Devin would time in quickest in group B qualifying in his Tommy Pope, Phillips Properties, Dow Cameron #99m. By setting quick time in group B this would allow Devin to start from the pole in heat race #1.
When heat race #1 hit the track so did the muscle of the Team DMR machine as Devin would lead flag to flag in his heat race holding off an early charge from Chris Conley and a late race charge by Jason Jamison.
When the feature would roll out, Devin found himself starting outside pole for the main event with overall fast qualifier "Insane" Duane Chamberlain starting inside row one on the pole. When the green flag dropped Devin would use the high side momentum to take the lead on the races initial corner. From there on, it was all Devin Moran as he would set sail the first half of the 30 lap main event.
There were a few close calls for Devin for the second half of the race as lapped traffic posed to be a slight problem for the Dresden, OH driver. Devin would prevail though using the high side and low side to get around the lapped traffic and go on to win the race for win #2 on the season.
More struggles on the Lucas Tour for Devin and Team DMR
(April, 5th 2016) Devin and Team DMR picked the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Tour back up over this past weekend running Boyd's Speedway on Friday night then East Alabama Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The weekend had its ups and downs, but the team still continues to struggle with the new Barry Wright Race Cars Machine.
First up was Friday night at Boyd's Speedway. This would mark Devin's first appearance at the track in Georgia and it started out pretty decent. Devin would clock in 4th quick in his group qualifying effort followed by an impressive second in his heat race to Dale McDowell.
When the green flag dropped in the feature event, Devin would find himself starting in the eighth position. This was as high as the #99m would run as the team missed the set up and began a free fall outside of the top ten quickly. Devin did however manage to bring the car home in pone piece with no damage, but would be scored 16th on the final rundown. Not at all what the time had in mind after coming off the impressive win at Florence Speedway the week prior.
The team was still up beat going into Saturday at East Alabama Motor Speedway as this would mark the second time Devin had traveled to the famous track in Alabama. This first time was the start of the partnership between DMR and Tommy Pope, although that meeting was in a Bloomquist Race Car. This time it would be in the new BWRC machine that was purchased for the 2016 racing season by Tommy and Phillips Properties.
The evening started out wild as the track had received a lot of rain during the week making for a very fast race track with a big lip on the high side. Devin would hold his own in qualifying and his heat race earning him a 13th place starting spot for the feature.
In the main event, the wild night continued as Randy Weaver would bring out the races first caution as he would get into the massive cushion in turn 1 and flip wildly off the racing surface. Randy would be OK, but it just showed how fast and wild the night was going to be.
Devin would work his way just outside the top ten, but would back pedal during the races later stages and settle for a 12th place finish on the final running order. The team was happy with the performance of the BWRC #99m, but still continue to search for the missing link.
Right now the team plans on traveling to Brownstown Speedway this weekend for the Indiana Icebreaker that was Postponed due to weather in March. The event pays $12,000 to win and will be sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series. Devin has an impressive track record at the small track in Indiana as last year he ripped off a pair of 3rd place finishes nearly winning both times!
Stay tuned to Facebook and devinmoranracing.com for all of the up to date results and news during the week as well as the weekend as we go racing!
Weekend Double header brings home first career win at Florence Speedway!
(March, 28th 2016) Devin and team DMR decided to race a little closer to home this past weekend traveling to nearby Legendary Hilltop Speedway in Marietta, OH and Florence Speedway in Union KY. Even though Friday night did not fair out like planned, Saturday night turned out to be very special.
Friday night at Legendary Hilltop Speedway, Devin started out flexing some muscle in his Barry Wright Race Cars, Tommy Pope Construction #99m by setting quick time blistering the competition. He would then follow it up with a dominating performance in Heat Race #1 which would allow him to start from the pole in the main event.
When the green flag dropped in the main, Freddie Carpenter would get the initial lead, but Devin would be hot on his heels wanting the top spot back. It was very clear Devin had one thing in mind and that was winning, but the one thing that could stop him happened on lap five. Freddier Carpenter lost control of his Krypton machine right in front of Devin causing heavy sheet metal damage on the #99m. The damage sustained would sadly result in a DNF for the team. On the bright side of the evening the car finally began to show some speed which was good headed into Florence.
After the team spent all night working to get the car repaired they rolled into Florence Speedway with hopes of a good finish and some better luck.
The team showed speed right out of the gate qualifying near the front then winning the heat race in dominating fashion. Just like the night before, the team would find themselves starting on the pole for the $5,000 to win main event along side hometown favorite Darrell Lannigan. On the initial start Lannigan would use the high line to his advantage and jump out to a monster lead as Devin would settle into second place for the first few laps. Devin would then do battle with another Devin Gilpin and fall to third shortly before the lap 15 mark.
Devin struggled the first several laps of the event, but with the luck of a few cations he was able to make a massive comeback and took the lead back from Lannigan in a power move which would turn out to be the difference maker. Devin would take home his first career victory at the track in which his father, Donnie, has taken home numerous trophies from. What made this all the more exciting was most of the teams friends and family were there to watch history in the making.
With the win, Devin and the team will head off to the Lucas Oil shows at Boyd's Speedway and East Alabama Speedway this coming weekend! Stay tuned to Facebook and Devinmoranracing.com for all of the up to date information!
Another top ten for Devin and team DMR at Atomic!
(March, 21st 2016) Devin and Team DMR traveled to Atomic Speedway on Saturday to compete with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series. Devin has had some good luck at the track over the past season or two and looked to continue that streak.
During the break from speedweeks in Florida, the team did some extensive testing to learn more about the Barry Wright Race Cars chassis. Since Devin typically runs decent at Atomic, it would be a good starting point to see how well the changes went to his liking.
During the second session of Qualifying Devin would find himself near the top of the board timing in fifth. By virtue of his qualifying run, he would have a front row starting spot in heat race number five on the evening.
When the green flag fell on the heat race Devin would quickly move his Tommy Pope Construction, Phillips Properties, DMR #99 to the front and stay out there for a flag to flag victory. With his heat victory, he would also be able to start fifth in the fifty lap feature event.
When the green flag dropped in the feature Devin would slip back a few spots at the start, but would settle into the seventh spot for several laps. As the race wore on, the car became more and more loose as Devin began searching for grip around the race track. When the feature ended, the #99 would officially be placed in the tenth position. This was not what the team had hopped for, but was another top ten nevertheless.
The team was scheduled to travel to Brownstown, but weather forced the early cancellation of that event.
Up next for the team is a Friday and Saturday night race program. Friday night the team plans on traveling to Legendary Hilltop followed by Hilltop speedway in Millersburg on Saturday night!
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(March 8th, 2016) Devin Moran and Team DMR are proud to let all of our race fans we now have PayPal Available for online purchasing!
Head over to our Apparel Page to order your official Team DMR Merchandise.
Remember we have Grey T-Shirts as well has Grey Full Graphic Hooded Sweatshirts.
We also have Official Team DMR Crew Shirts and Hoodies as well available for purchase.
We hope everyone takes advantage of the new safe way to order from Devin and Team DMR!
Donnie Moran Driving School Prices!
(March 1st, 2016) Donnie Moran Driving School is now Online! We have added a page to our navigation tab on the left that will take you to the pricing sheet for a one-on-one session with the "Million Dollar Man" Donnie Moran.
The driving school takes place during the week. Monday are normally our shop day with Tuesday being the on track one-on-one. This allows for Wednesday being the rain date and leave Thursday for Team DMR to get ready for the weekend.
Make sure to check the page out by either CLICKING HERE or on the navigation tab on the left hand side marked school!
New Items for sale from Team DMR
(February, 26th 2016) Team DMR has gone threw the inventory and now has new items for sale!
The new items include a wide variety of Hoosier racing tires from LM's to Lucas Oil approved compounds.
If you are interested, we are selling the tires at $40.00, but would love to make a deal to move as many in bulk as possible. Click on the For Sale tab on the left navigation bar for more details!
As far as the Race Schedule goes, the team is hard at work preparing for the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series action at Atomic Speedway March 18th and Brownstown Speedway March 19th!
We will have a full update on Team DMR's racing plans in the coming weeks. Make sure you keep checking back on Facebook or right here on Devinmoranracing.com!
Devin Shakes off lap one spin to claim top ten finish!
(February, 13th 2016) Devin and team DMR looked to keep the momentum going in Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series competition going into Friday Nights $10,000 to win points race. The night would have some ups and downs, but the team would still prevail at races end.
The night started off decent as Devin drew another later pill and was able to go out in Group B for time trials when the track gets a little more traction into it after packing in the first round. Even with a tight race car, Devin still managed to time in fourth quick in Group B which would set the stage for a third place starting spot in Heat Race #4.
When the green would drop in the Heat Race, Devin would find himself doing battle with Tim Dohm's #6 for the second position with leader Don O'Neal directly in front of the two. Devin would look to the inside on several occasions, but just could not find enough room to make the pass for second. When the checkered fell he would end up third giving him the transfer into the main event and a 12th place starting spot.
When the green flag dropped on the feature event, racing action was very tight on a very fast race track in the Tommy Pope Construction, Phillips Properties, DMR #99m. The race took three starts to get a lap in, but when one lap was finally complete, Devin would loose the handle on the Barry Wright Race Cars machine and spin in turn one in front of the entire field. Somehow, everyone was able to avoid him and he came out with not a single bit of damage.
Devin would now have to start at the rear of the field, a place that he did not want to be at all because of the tracks speed and tight racing. He would make the best of the situation and begin passing cars at a rapid pace while avoiding several spins in front of him.
By the races mid-way point, Devin found himself racing with Eddie Carrier Jr. As he would set up a pass into turn one, Mark Whitener's #5 Longhorn would loop around causing Carrier to slow at a rapid pace. Devin, with no where to go, ran into the back of the #28 damaging the nose. Devin would come pit side for some repairs as the top cross bar for the nose came down into the right rear tire. Crew Chief Wylie Moran made a quick decision to use the jack as a port-a-power and the tire as an anchor to move the metal brace out of the way and get Devin back on track.
When Devin rejoined the field he continued to pass cars and get inside the top ten challenging for a seventh pace spot on several occasions. When the checkered flag fell, Devin would be listed in ninth place which after the wild night of racing the entire team was very pleased with.
The crew is already up and at work currently as Saturday Night is the final night of racing for Team DMR at East Bay before one final stop at Ocala on Sunday. Don't forget, if you cannot make the race head over to Lucas Oil TV by CLICKING HERE. You can watch all the action live for under $7.00! We will still be posting updates on Facebook this envying as the team looks to bring home the big check again this evening!
Devin and Team DMR score their best finish of Speedweeks!
(February, 12th 2016) Team DMR knew something had to be done after the poor outing just 24hrs earlier at East Bay Raceway Park. They needed to find the magic from night #2 and put night #3 as far behind them as possible.
During Hot Laps, Devin would be in the final group heading out on the track. After a long day of looking over every little piece of the car, the team saw signs of life and traction once again on the #99m machine. When Hot Laps were over, Devin would find himself second quick to Jonathan Davenport.
When Qualifying took place, Devin would quickly jump inside the top five and finish fourth when the final cars left the track. The car still needed some improvement, but was getting stronger as the night progressed.
Devin would find himself in Heat Race #3 starting outside pole to Darrell Lanigan. The two would race hard into turn number one with Lanigan just barley moving Devin for the race lead keeping Devin in second position. Devin would not let Lanigan out of his sights, however, and would challenge for the lead on several occasions. Even when Devin would get throttle tight nearly letting Randy Weaver by with a handful of laps to go, he regained composure and finished right on the heels of Lanigan's Clint Bowyer owned #15.
As the feature would begin to take shape, Keith Berner from Accu Force Shock Dyno came by the trailer to have a talk with DMR about the set up under the Barry Wright Race Cars Machine. After the lengthy conversation, the team made the call to take another swing at the set up since they were starting eighth in another non points event. The changes would pay off dividends at the nights end.
When the green flag dropped, so did the hammer on the Tommy Pope Construction, Phillips Properties, BWRC #99m. Devin would get up to sixth quickly in the 45 lap feature event and start to pressure for a top five spot. A late race caution would allow Devin just that opportunity as he would use the extreme high line into turn one to rocket off the turn and take fifth away from Tim Dohm's #6 and keep pace with the lead pack.
As the race wore on, Devin would make several attempts to get around Darell Lanigan for 4th and Greg Saterlee for 3rd, but could not get enough traction to make the passes work. When the checkered flag fell, Devin came home with his first top 5 of the season against the best in the business.
The team still has a little bit of work to do, but feel they are going in the right direction. Tonight will be a 50 lap feature event paying not only points, but $10,000 to the winner as well. Stay tuned to Devinmoranracing.com and Facebook for another night of live updates from East Bay Raceway Park as we head to the closing rounds of this years Speedweeks!
Team DMR has a rough night #3 at East Bay Raceway Park
(February, 11th 2016) Devin and Team DMR had a rough outing on Wednesday night during night #3 of Speedweeks for the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series at East Bay Raceway Park.
Devin started off by drawing yet another early pill putting him in Group #1 for Hot Laps as well as Group A for Qualifying. During Hot Laps the team struggled to find good speed and it carried over into the qualifying run as well timing in only ninth quick.
When Heat Race action started, Devin would find himself in Heat Race #1 starting fifth with Jared Landers, Mike Marlar, and local Kyle Bronson. When the green flag came out the front five cars quickly pulled away from the rest of the field and raced closely for the opening few laps. After three laps, however, Devin would begin to slip back loosing the front group and settling for a fifth place finish on spot out of a transfer for the feature event.
Devin would then start on the pole of B-Main #1 and walk away with the win by close to a second over Chad Hollenbeck. The team talked things over after the B and came to the conclusion something was not right with the #99m as the speed was still not where it was during the night before. The team decided to take another big swing at the set up after talking things over with car builder Barry Wright since they would be starting 17th on the grid.
When the green flag flew the car was still not acting like it should be as almost all forward drive was gone from the car. Devin would stay out on the track and fall to nearly the rear of the field on several occasions. He did miss quite a few wrecks during the 35 lap feature event which would help his final running position to 16th at races end.
After the race the team decided to go over every component of the #99m to make sure nothing is bent or broken since the car is lacking forward bite suddenly. We will be live again tonight from East Bay Raceway Park for night #4 which will pay $7,000 to the winner for the 35 lap feature event!
Strong finish for Team DMR on Night #2 at East Bay
(February, 10th 2016) Team DMR continues to get stronger each and every night in the BRWC #99m and Tuesday night proved that with the teams best performance overall during Speedweeks 2016,
The night started off a little slow as Devin would clock in seventh quick in Group A time trials mainly due to a very greasy race track because of a poor pill draw for qualifying.
Timing in seventh meant that Devin would start fifth in his heat race which would consists of heavy hitters Scott Bloomquist and Jonathan Davenport. Devin would waste no time marching to the front as he would get to third quickly and begin to work on Marlar for second. Marlar would then slip up on the fifth lap allowing Devin to get past the #157 and start to run down Bloomquist for the lead. Devin would run out of laps in the end settling for the runner up spot in heat race #1.
When feature time rolled around, the team decided to make some more adjustments to the Tommy Pope Construction, Phillips Properties, Dow Cameron #99 to attempt to get the cars nose to stay on the race track more. The track conditions turned from slick to rubber, so the crew also tightened the car up a little to give more drive off the corners.
When the green flag fell Devin would slip back as far as seventh, but charge back to sixth by the races ninth circuit. This is where Devin would do heavy battle with Eddie Carrier for a top five spot and keep Don O'Neal and Davenport behind him. Davenport, who finished behind Devin in heat #1, would get by Devin on the 19th lap moving Devin back to seventh. With only a handful of laps left, Bloomquist would get into then second place running and team mate Jared Landers sending the #777 machine around in turn one. Devin would miss the spinning Landers and move back into sixth.
When the checkered flag fell, Devin would hold off O'Neal and Dennis Erb Jr. to come home in sixth for the teams best outing of the year so far. After the race, the team knew the tires were giving up and it showed as the right rear was completely worn out nearly down to the cords. Devin said he was just trying to hold on and keep the tire from exploding in the 25 lap feature at the end saying he left some out on the track.
The team is getting ready for night three now at East Bay Raceway Park. Tonights race is a little longer in 35 laps and will also pay $7,000 to the winner. The points races do not start until Friday night so the team is going to try and test a few more things, but are very excited about another day of racing! Remember to follow us on Facebook for the up to date information!
Early race miscue results in 14th place finish for Team DMR
(February, 9th 2016) Team DMR made the tow to East Bay Raceway for night one of six as they continued to follow the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series during Speedweeks 2016.
Devin started off the night with a very good qualifying lap, timing in second quick in Group B only to Jonathan Davenport who was driving Mason Ziegler's #25Z for one night. Devin's second quick effort would land him the pole of heat race #4 with Billy Moyer Jr. and Eddie Carrier Jr.
At the start of heat race #4, Devin was just a little bit late on the gas allowing Billy Moyer Jr. to power past the #99m into turn one, but Devin would lock down the second spot and begin to work on Moyer to regain the lead. Three laps into the heat however, Devin would get throttle tight going into turn one allowing Carrier to slip by moving Devin back to third, which would end up being his finishing spot as well. With Devin being in the fourth heat and finishing third he would start 12th in the feature event.
Since the Feature was not a points race (Races under $10,000 are not points races) Team DMR decided to try changing the car some and see if they could improve the handling of the Barry Wright Race Cars #99m. With some help from Jimmy Owens (BWRC House Car Driver) the team would start the race battling Josh Richards for a spot in the top ten. On lap three however, Devin missed the top grove slightly in turn one and Stevie Francis would make it three wide for the spot giving Devin no where to go, but for a soft spin. No one made contact with the #99m, but he would have to restart at the tail end of the field in 22nd place.
Devin would then begin to work his way back up through the tough field of competition passing cars as quickly as possible and missing a few wrecks in the process of the 25 laps feature event. When the checkered flag fell Devin found himself in the 14th position and pleased with the gains the team made throughout the evening.
Tuesday night the team will be back in action as they look to improve on Monday nights performance in the $5,000 to win non points race. We will be live tonight once again on Facebook, so make sure you like us to follow along all night with updates and pictures of tonights racing action!
Team DMR Takes home a top ten @ Golden Isles!
(February, 8th 2016) The season opener at Golden Isles Speedway in GA was defiantly one that was very strange to say the least. Mother Nature showed here face numerous times during the scheduled three days of racing. Thursday Night was rained out, Friday night went off without a hitch. Saturday saw the LODLMS teams run a day event (Thursday Make Up) which was declared a non points race (Devin finished 16th) due to the poor track conditions.
Then saw the finale set for Saturday evening. Devin would time in tenth in his group qualifying effort. This would start him in yet another loaded heat race with the likes of Jared Landers, Scott Bloomquist and Brandon Sheppard. Devin would roll off fifth and waste no time charging to the front. Devin would slip by pole sitter Ivedent Lloyd Jr. midway and run down Landers clicking off the fastest laps of the night. Devin would settle for second and start seventh for the main event.
Race officials during Saturday were in hurry up mode as mother nature was trying to move rain into the area. The track crew did a phenomenal job trying to get the race in, but after the final B-Main, the rains rolled in forcing the finale to be moved to Sunday for yet another day event.
When the green flag flew on Sunday, Devin would ride in the top ten for the entire race. The car was just a little bit loose as the team did not thing the track would catch rubber as fast as it did, but the racing was tight clean and fun as Devin took home a ninth place finish to end the Golden Isles event.
The team is beyond pumped to head to East Bay Raceway now in Florida as they are starting to figure the new BWRC out at a rapid pace. Stay tuned to devinmoranracing.com or follow us on Facebook for all of the up to date information as racing kicks off tonight for seven straight days of racing!
Devin comes home 12th Night One from Golden Isels Speedway.
(February, 5th 2016) After the long wait, Race Season is finally here and Team DMR has a night with a new race car in the books. Even though it was not a win, it was still a good night of clean racing as Devin brought home a 12th place finish in his debut with a Barry Wright Race Car.
Devin's night started off just like how practice night went, getting better each time they hit the track as he would qualify 10th out of 23 competitors in Group A. This would earn him a 5th place starting spot in Heat #2 with four cars transferring into the feature event.
Devin would show major gains in Heat #2 as he would charge from his starting spot and finish 3rd at the line over a hard charging Darrell Lannigan at the line. Both would transfer, but Devin would earn the 11th place starting starting inside row #6 with Jimmy Owens on the outside.
When the feature event would hit the track, Devin would batter right around the top ten, just missing out by two spots at races end coming home 12th in night #1 at Golden Isles Speedway.
Saturday is going to be busy for Team DMR as Thursday nights rain out will be run as a part of a double header in the morning. For more information on tonights finish as well as tomorrow schedule of events go to www.lucasdirt.com.
LODLMS Postpones Thursday Night due to Weather
(February, 4th 2016) Well mother nature has decided to make everyone wait just one more day to kick off the 2016 Racing season. Lucas Oil officials have decided to cancel tonights scheduled Super Bowl of Dirt opener at Golden Isles due to weather.
Thursday's $7,000 to win LODLMS event will be run on Saturday now and be apart of a day/night double header!
Pit gates will open at 8:00am and the drivers meeting to be held at 10:30am. Hot Laps will begin promptly after the Drivers Meeting at 11:00am!
For more information on Friday racing program including Ticket Pricing and rules, please visit www.lucasdirt.com for more information!
First Official Test with the new BRWC @ Golden Isles!
(February, 3rd 2016) Devin and Team DMR had the first official test away from Ohio tonight as the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series had an open testing session Thursday Night before the racing season starts Thursday. Devin has had some laps in the new BWRC #99m, but not with some of the best drivers in the land and at a track other than home base, Muskingum County Speedway. The team struggled early on, but managed to pick up nearly six tenths of a second from when the started to the end of the night.
The team is learning a lot each time the car hits the track and is looking forward to the first night of racing at Golden Isles. Stay tuned to Facebook as we will bring you live updates throughout the night and the rest of Florida/Georgia Speedweeks 2016!
One final note we would like to pass along. Right before the season started, Team DMR has signed two new sponsors for 2016 to help our efforts. Railroad Restaurant & Saloon in Coshocton, Ohio and Valor Apparel Company located in Zanesville, Ohio! Without our sponsors we would not be able to do what we do each and every night in 2016!
Devin and Team DMR are all loaded up and ready to Roll!
(February 2nd, 2016) Team DMR burned the midnight oil yesterday as the final touches were put on the Barry Wright Race Cars, Dow Cameron Oil and Gas, Tommy Pope Constuction #99m machines. After a quick nap, the team is awake and loading up luggage right now and plans on making the journey South later today.
The first stop up for the team will be Golden Isels Speedway for three nights of racing starting Thursday night. The team will then take Sunday night off before seven straight nights of racing in the sunshine state!
Stay tuned to Devinmoranracing.com & "like" us on Facebook for all the up to date information as we start 2016 off with a new look and new attitude!
Welcome to the new home of of Team DMR!
(January, 6th 2016) Devin and Team DMR have had an interesting off season to say the least. As most of you know, during the end of 2015 Team DMR teamed up with Tommy Pope Construction for financial support which also lead to the debut of Devin in a Bloomquist Race Cars machine during the season finale at EAMS. We are proud to announce that partnership will extend into 2016, but with Barry Wright Race Cars being the teams chassis supplier.
With the news of the new combination also comes a new look for 2016 as we have been hard at word developing a new website to better serve our race fans!
We hope that you all stay tuned and keep checking back as we continue the road south for some Winter Heat in Florida and Georgia in the next few weeks. We are planning on running all of the Lucas Oil Shows all the way to the Lucas Oil stop closer to home at Atomic in April!