Promising night leads in frustration for Team DMR/TTR in MN.
(July, 11th 2017) Devin and Team DMR/TTR went back on the WoO Tour this past weekend as the Craftsman Club headed out west to MN and ND for feature events during a seven day span.
The first stop found the Tour regulars at Deer Creek Speedway for the Gopher 50. Devin had never been to the track, but showed speed right off the rig as he would time in 2nd quick in Group A Qualifying. This would earn Devin a pole starting spot in heat race #2. When the green dropped in the heat Devin would walk away from the competition dominating the heat allowing him to be eligible for the redraw.
After the redraw Devin would line-up 4th on the starting grid. When the green flag dropped he would slowly work his way into the runner up spot and begin stalking race leader Rodney Sanders. As the race reached the 20 lap mark Devin would make his move around the #20 of Sanders and take over the top spot. From that point on it appeared Devin was on his way to another Craftsman Club Feature win until late race cautions bunched the field back up several times. On the next to last restart, Chris Madden would run into the LR quarter of the Rocket XR1 #9 going into the first turn sending Devin around. Devin would be charged with the caution and sent to the rear of the field ruining what could have been.
The team, although disappointed, is still up beat after back to back weeks of bad luck while leading. Last week it was the LODLMS heartbreak at Muskingum and this week at Deer Creek. Next up will be four straight nights of racing on the WoO Tour as the team continues to race out west with three races in MN and one in ND!
Fourth of July weekend brings three nights of racing for Team DMR/TTR
(July, 4th 2017) Team DMR/TTR headed tot he Midwest on the WoO Tour to start the holidays off, but ran into rain two of the three nights unfortunately. When the team finally got some racing in it was I-55 Speedway with the WoO vs. the Hell Tour Summer Nationals.
The team started out behind the 8 ball right away as Devin would jump the cushion in qualifying and end up not making a lap. The #9 Rocket XR1 suffered heavy damage and in true race fashion nearly 15 teams pitched in to help put the machine back on the track for the heat race which Devin would start at the tail. He would work his way into the 4th spot at the line and transfer into the main event.
In the feature Devin would work his way from 16th into 8th with ten laps to go. That is when things got interesting as the front of the field would be involved in a major wreck causing a huge shuffle in the standings. When the green dropped again Devin found himself as high as 5th, but would loose a few spots on the start and end up 8th on the night maintaining his 3rd place in the overall standings.
The team would then make the 10 hour drive to Tyler County Speedway and run for a $7,000 to win special event. Devin would start near the rear of the field in the feature event and charge to the front, but came up a little short by the races end coming home in 5th.
The final stop of the weekend came at the teams home track, Muskingum County Speedway with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series. Devin would start off the night in grand fashion setting quick time overall with a 14.927. He would then back that time up with a dominating performance in the heat race which would allow him to start on the pole of the feature event.
In the feature Devin was the car to beat jumping out to an early lead and dominating over Scott Blomquist and Eddie Carrier Jr. who battled for second the first portion of the race. On lap 24 disaster struck for the Dresden, Ohio native as he would run over a drive shaft on the racetrack causing him to blow out his RR tire. After the tire had blown out, it caused severe damage to the Rocket XR1 and Devin was unable to continue.
Next up for the team will be July 8th as the team heads back to the Midwest for WoO stops in Minnesota and North Dakota. The team has been showing signs of speed, just a little bad luck is all. They are upbeat and looking forward to the heat of summer and getting back in winners circle!
Soggy weekend at Lernerville leads to one big day of racing for Team DMR/TTR
(June, 27th 2017) After coming home from Canada and nearly picking up his second career feature at McKean County, Devin and Team DMR/TTR headed to Lernerville for the annual Firecracker 100 which was to have racing action for three straight days. Mother Nature, on the other hand, had other things in mind as the event was washed out Thursday and Friday moving the event to a two day double feature show on Saturday.
The day portion of the event started out strong for the team as they showed speed out of the gate. Devin was the fastest overall in hotlaps and backed it up with a 10th place qualifying effort. Devin would speed to a runner up finish in the heat race to Chris Madden allowing the team to start 7th on the grid after the redraw.
When the feature took the green Devin was able to move his way forward some getting as high as fifth at one point during the make up event. In the end he would come home 6th as Greg Saterrlee was able to get him at the line. The car was very fast, but the passing came at a premium as the race surface was a little rough from the rains over the past few days.
The teams had little time for rest as WoO officials moved right into the evening portion and the $30,000 to win Firecracker 100. Lernerville officials worked very hard to get the track back in racing condition as the surface smoothed out and good racing action resumed.
Devin would qualify 8th in Group A Qualifying and start 5th in heat two which featured former WoO champion and LODLMS champion Scott Bloomquist, Mike Marlar, and Tyler Erb. When the green dropped in the heat Devin would fall into the 5th place spot and run there for much of the race until the final circuit when he was able to get by Davey Johnson for the fourth and final transfer spot.
When the feature hit the track Devin found himself deep in the field and the track was beginning to take rubber. He would fight and claw his was a few spots forward and end up 12th when the checkered flag fell. Brandon Overton would go on and win the event, but Devin gained enough points to move into the 3rd spot in the season points standings.
Next up for the team is a tough stretch of racing that will cover a good portion of the Midwest in consecutive days. First up will be June 28th with the series stop at Route 66 Raceway in IL. the team will then pack up and head to Terre Haute Speedway in IN on the 30th and speed to I-55 in MO on the 1st of July. All of these races are WoO sanction as the team will head home after to Muskingum County Speedway and the annual July 3rd event with the LODLMS.
Back to back top fives for Team DMR/TTR and a 4th place WoO Standing
(June, 21st 2017) Devin and Team DMR/TTR adventured North of the Boarder to Canada this past weekend for what was to be a two day show on Saturday and Sunday at Brighton Speedway and Cornwall Speedway, but Sunday evening at Cornwall was washed out leaving the team with just a loan event in the WoO Tour stop in Canada. After the Canada swing the team packed up and headed back to the states to McKean County Speedway in PA on Wednesday night.
The first stop found the team in Canada on Saturday for the WoO event at Brighton Speedway. The team struggled at first qualifying tenth and finishing 4th in their heat race. After some thought the team took a swing at the Rocket XR1 #9 while rolling off 9th for the main event. At the drop of the green flag the team knew they stumbled onto something as Devin began to pick up spot after spot on his way to the front. In the late stages Devin would run as high as third, but slip up just a little after a late race re start and bring the #9 home in the fourth spot. The team was pleased with the performance, wrote down good notes, and couldn't wait to get back to the track.
After the Sunday rain-out, the team adventured back into the United States to McKean County Speedway in PA. The team came out of the hauler swinging recording their second quick time of the 2017 season and dominating the heat race. After the re-draw Devin would start 4th in the feature and work his way to the front. With just ten laps to go Devin found himself second behind Max Blair battling for the lead. When the checkered flag fell Devin would come home 2nd as Blair would pick up his first Career WoO Craftsman Club feature win.
Next up for the team is the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway. Racing action kicks off Thursday night and continues thru Saturday.
Strong run at the DREAM turns into disappointing 20th place finish in the end.
(June, 12th 2017) This past Thursday thru Saturday marked the Annual DREAM weekend at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH. Team DMR/TTR has had this race marked on the calendar since the beginning of the year as Devin has shown strong runs in the past few races at the Half Mile Track. The DREAM weekend was split into two separate shows on Thursday and Friday nights with a points system determining the starting spots for heat races on Saturday to transfer into the 100 Lap Feature event.
On Thursday night Devin would time in 18th quick over all which would give him the pole position for a heat race. When the green dropped in the heat race Devin would quickly jump out to a commanding lead and dominated the event winning wire to wire transferring into the $5,000 to win feature event. Devin would start fifth in the feature and would get into 4th early, but a shock malfunction would cause the car to loose traction as the race wore on leading into a 10th place finish.
On Friday Night Devin showed more poise locking in 6th overall in qualifying which would line him up in the 4th spot for the heat race. When the heat race green dropped Devin would quickly get into the third spot and hold it allowing him to transfer to the Feature for the night. When the green dropped in the feature the team tried something on the Rocket XR1 Rocket and it did not work as the #9 slid from 12th to 18th on the final run down.
When Saturday rolled around Devin had enough points to start third in heat race #1 to have a shot at making the DREAM 100 thru his heat. When the green dropped Devin would lock himself in the third spot, but have heavy pressure from Scott Bloomquist. Before the races half way point Bloomquist would get around the #9 leaving Devin one spot shy of the transfer. With just five laps to go a caution would come out allowing Devin to get another shot at the transfer spot. When the green dropped he would succeed in getting around Greg Saterrlee for the final transfer spot.
Devin would start 13th on the grid for 100 laps of racing action. The team made the proper adjustments and got as high as 9th during the feature. The extreme high line was the way to go early on for some including Devin, but on lap 61 the Eldora wall got the best of the car knocking the rear deck out of the car. Devin was forced to retire after that moment and would be credited with 20th on the final rundown.
Overall the team was very happy about the way the weekend went. The team qualified good, made each race, and ran decent as well considering this is the first time Devin has ran a Rocket at Eldora. The team is now making final adjustments in Dresden before they pick up the WoO Tour in Ontario Canada next this Saturday and Sunday June 17th & 18th!
Make sure to stay tuned to devinmoranracing.com and Facebook for all the up to date information!
Devin dominates in first career WoO win along with a 19th to 2nd outing!
(May, 30th 2017) This past memorial day weekend saw Team DMR/TTR stay closer to home for what was to be a three race weekend featuring two events on home turf in Atomic Speedway and Wayne County Speedway. The WoO tour was also to stop at Tyler County Speedway in WV, but that event was canceled before the weekend could get going due to in-climate weather forecasts.
First up on the weekend was on Friday night at Atomic Speedway, a track the team has shown muscle for the past two seasons. The team showed speed out of the box setting quick time overall and dominating his heat by nearly a straightaway. After the much anticipated pill draw Devin found some more luck drawing the #2 pill earning the outside front row starting spot.
When the green flag dropped in the feature so did the hammer on the Rocket XR1 #9 as Devin would jump out to an early lead and begin to dominate the 50 lap race. Each time a caution would come out, Devin would jump back to the top shelf and pull away from the field going on to earn his first career WoO win.
Next up for the team came another home track in Wayne County Speedway. Donnie Moran has had success at this track along with sponsor Keith Berner from Accu Force Shock Dynos, so the team rode the momentum into the event. Devin wouldn't qualify the greatest, but jumped from 6th to 2nd quickly in his heat race before a mechanical issue sent the #9 pit side.
Devin would have to run the last chance showdown and would start deep in the field, but wasted no time getting to the front by the half way mark and dominating the race earning him a 19th starting spot in the feature. When the green dropped in the feature Devin put together one of the greatest charges to the front on the 2017 WoO Tour for any team. He would use the inside and outside lanes along with some timely cautions to drive to the front coming home 2nd when the dust settled. The team wanted win #2, but the performance felt like a victory and also moved the team up one spot to 6th in the WoO points.
Next up for the team is two new tracks for Devin. The team will travel first to Tazwell Speedway on Friday night then Senoia Speedway on Saturday. Stay tuned to Facebook and devinmoranracing.com for all the results as the team starts to hit their stride!
Strong start to the weekend ends in disappointment on the WoO Tour.
(May, 15th 2017) Devin and Team DMR/TTR were scheduled to hit the WoO Tour once again on this past Friday night, but Mother Nature had other plans as the Duck River event in TN was moved to Sunday. This allowed the team to stay home one extra night and compete instead in the King of the Hill Gibby's event at Midway Speedway which paid $5,000 to the winner.
The team unloaded lightning fast setting quick time and dominating the heat race earning the pole for the main event. When the green flag dropped Devin quickly found his way to the lead over Steve Casebolt. Using the top line the entire race, Devin would lead as much as a straightaway several times in the main event. When the checkered flag dropped it was the Rocket XR1 #9 taking home win #3 on the year.
With the team upbeat after the domination of Midway, The team headed south to Smokey Mountain Speedway on Saturday for the WoO sanction event. This was the first time the team had been to the track in TN and it showed as they struggled from the start timing in near the back and just barely making the transfer into the main event finishing 5th in his heat race. When the green flag dropped Devin would line up 18th and make his way up to 13th by races end. Even though the finish didn't show it, the team did learn a lot and had a better feel going into Duck River on Sunday evening.
When the team unloaded at Duck River it was a night and day difference from the previous night. Devin would clock in 6th quick overall and finish 2nd in his heat also making the redraw for the feature. He would draw the #2 pile earning him a front row starting spot along side Brandon Sheppard. When the green dropped the Rocket XR1 machine showed its muscle tucking in behind Sheppard and challenging for the race lead. On lap 13, however, lady luck was not with the #9 as a flat RR tire sent the Devin pit side and to the tail. He would work his way back up to as high as 12th, but would ultimately finish 14th at races end.
The weekend that started off so strong ended in heartbreak for Team TTR/DMR, but they are still upbeat and showing they will never quit even after some bad luck could have stole win #1 on the WoO Tour.
The team will stay home this weekend and run opening night at Muskingum County Speedway on Saturday as the WoO Tour is taking one of its final rare off weeks. We hope to see all of our fans this weekend as we continue the Dirt Ripper Tour 2017!
Two new tracks for Team DMR and a strong outing to end the weekend!
(May 10th 2017) Team DMR/TTR hit the World of Outlaws Craftsman tour again this past weekend with races at Cherokee Speedway and Fayetteville Speedway in the Carolinas over the weekend. Devin had never been to the two tracks so the team knew a learner curve was going to be on the horizon.
The first stop came on Friday night as the team went to Cherokee Speedway in South Carolina. The car unloaded way too tight for Devin's liking and qualifying showed for the #9 Rocket XR1 Chassis machine. The team would clock in near the back of the pack putting them in a deep hole for the rest of the night. In the heat Devin was able to get into a transfer spot to the feature out of the heat race, but would start deep in the field. After some changes the #9 found some speed and ended up 11th on the final running order.
After Cherokee, the team headed north to North Carolina for Fayetteville Speedway looking for some better luck. The team found a little more speed, but were still off during qualifying. Devin would start 6th in the heat race and finish 5th making it to the main event. After starting in the 12th spot Devin would use a few caution flags and some good decision making to get all the way up to 6th when the checkered flag dropped.
Next up for the team is a trip to Tennessee to Duck River Speedway on Friday and Smokey Mountain on Saturday. The two tracks are another first for Devin and the TTR/DMR Rocket XR1, but they are taking good notes and feel the first win is around the corner!
Team DMR/TTR notches back to back top fives on the Lucas Oil Tour!
(April, 24th 2017) Devin and Team DMR/TTR raced twice this past weekend with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series. The first night was the Buckeye 50 make up at Atomic Speedway on Thursday night followed by the first ever trip for the LOLMS to Sharon Speedway.
On Thursday night Devin would get off to a hot start timing in quickest in group B and the 3/8th mile track in southern Ohio. He would back up that performance with a run away heat race #3 win. After the re-draw Devin would line up on the outside front row for the feature event. Don Oneal would get the jump on the start and Devin would fall back into the runner up spot for the first half of the race. The Rocket XR1 would eventually catch Oneal's Club 29 Race Cars machine in lapped traffic, but a caution would stop Devin's charge for the lead. After the re-start, Devin would slip back a spot and loose another shortly after in lapped traffic. In the end it was Darrell Lannigan taking the win over Oneal as Scott Bloomquist was third along with Devin in fourth.
Next up came Sharon Speedway on Friday night. Once again Devin would show speed out of the gate timing in 10th overall and backed that effort up with a third place finish in heat race #1. Devin would line up 7th on the opening grid. Devin would run as high as 3rd at one point during the race, but the surface was very rough and he would loose the handle on the Rocket XR1 #9 in three and four and let Greg Saterlee by. When the race ended it was Josh Richards taking home the win followed by Brandon Sheppard, Saterlee, and Devin.
The team had planned on running on Saturday at Hilltop, but decided to stay home and re-group as the team picks the WoO Tour back up this weekend with races at Lakeside Speedway (KS) Friday and Salina (OK) Highbanks on Saturday.
Devin gets win #2 along with a strong 3rd in a wild Florence Race!
(April, 19th 2017) Team DMR/TTR deiced to run two nights this past weekend instead of just one at Eldora. The team made the trip to Moler Raceway Park for a regular show and then traveled south to Florence Speedway for the Spring Nationals event paying $5,000 to the winner.
On Friday night the team rolled into Moler and dominated from start to finish. Showing speed right out of the trailer, Devin would go on and win heat race #2 which would start the Rocket XR1 machine on the outside front row to Steve Casebolt. When the green flag dropped Devin would take the lead on the high side and never look back leading flag to flag at the races end. Casebolt would come home in second roughly half a straightaway behind.
Next up found the team going to Florence Speedway, which is also turning into one of Devin's favorite tracks as he has numerous strong finishes and even a win last year. The team would time in which the top four qualifiers which would run a Dash for cash for money and a starting spot in the feature event. Devin would place third and start third for the main event.
When the green flag dropped Brandon Overton would get the early lead and Devin would ride around in fourth for the first several laps. Mike Marlar would get on the top shelf and get around Devin for second, but the two would track down race leader Overton in lapped traffic. As the laps ticked away, Devin would get around both Marlar and Overton for the lead, but would also get stuck in lapped traffic allowing Overton to get back around. When the checkered flag fell Overton would take home the win. Marlar second, and Devin third as the three put on a great show for the fans right to the finish.
Next up for the team is Thursday with Atomic Speedway for the Buckeye Spring 50 make up show on the Lucas Oil schedule followed by Sharon Speedway (Friday | Lucas Oil), and Hilltop Speedway (Saturday) for a regular show.
We hope to see all our race fans at the track Thursday!
Schedule change for DMR/TTR sends the Dresden group to KY!
(April, 15th 2017) Devin and Team DMR/TTR were slated to head to Eldora Speedway this Saturday, but instead have made a schedule adjustment for the Rocket XR1 machine.
DMR/TTR announced on social media last night the team would travel to Moler Raceway Park for the season opener on Friday night. The team has decided to attend the event because it is actually on the way to Kentucky as the Dresden, Ohio team will be racing at Florence Speedway on Saturday night for the Spring Nationals event paying $5,000 to the winner!
We hope to see all of our fans this weekend in Ohio and Kentucky!
Devin and Team DMR/TTR pick up first win of the year at Midway!
(April, 11th 2017) Devin and Team DMR/TTR were slated to have an off weekend this past weekend and do some testing at the teams home track Muskingum County Speedway. On Saturday night however, the team decided to make a change of plans, and run the Jim Dunn Qualifier race at Midway Speedway in Crooksville, OH paying $2,000 to win.
When the team unloaded the Rocket XR1, Tye Twarog Racing, DMR #99 off the trailer they showed speed right out of the gate. So much speed they were fastest in Hot Laps, and ended up Fastest overall during qualifying earning the Dresden, OH native an additional $100 for the quickest lap of the day.
When the team headed out for the feature it was apparent Devin had one goal in mind, win the race and show the team is learning what makes the XR1 get around the race track. Devin would do just that after getting around race leader Freddie Carpenter as he would blister the competition winning by nearly half a track. The win collected the team a cool $2,000 and an automatic starting spot for the Jim Dunn Memorial later in the year.
The win also comes at an opportune time as next up for the team is Eldora Speedway. Getting the first win of the year off the checklist heading into Eldora is a huge confidence booster for the team as they are looking forward to seeing what the Rocket can do at "The Big E"!
Team DMR continues to flex muscle with strong weekend at Farmer City!
(April, 4th 2017)Team DMR adventured to Farmer City for the Illini 100 this past weekend which was slated to be a two day event with a regular show on Friday night and the $15,000 to win event on Saturday. Mother nature had different plans however, as the Friday portion was rained out and moved to Sunday.
When racing action hit the track on Saturday night Devin and Team DMR/TTR showed speed right out of the gate qualifying in 3rd quick followed by an absolute domination of heat race #1 over Brandon Sheppard. This would put the team into the redraw spot, but unlike Lone Star, Devin would pull the #8 pill and start outside row #4 in the 75 lap feature.
When the green flag dropped in the feature, Devin would take his time and conserve his racecar during the 75 laps, but without having the luxury of a much need caution flag, he could not get to the front intime after getting into the top five (fourth) with just ten laps to go. Devin would finish in the fourth spot at races end, but was running laps faster than winner Sheppard at races end.
Sunday night the team once again showed speed out of the gate clocking in near the top of the field. During heat race action Devin would take the lead over Brian Shirley, but would lose the lead after slipping up on the track mid way thru the heat race. He would get the runner up position and redraw, but once again would start in row four picking a lower pill.
When the green flag dropped in the 25 lap main event, Devin would run in the top ten early on, but attempted and slipped up the track sending him back to 14th. He would rebound to finish 12th at the races end, even though the team had higher expectations.
The team knows a win is just around the corner as they have an off week this weekend followed by a return to Eldora Speedway on the 15th of April with the WoO taking a week off from racing action. The team plans on taking this week to regroup at the race shop in Dresden, OH and even get some much needed testing in depending on the weather conditions.
Triple header weekend with WoO ends with runner up at Lonestar Speedway!
(March, 27th 2017) Devin and company have been quiet since returning home from Speedweeks. As a matter of fact, the young Dresden, Ohio native has not raced once since speedweeks due to weather conditions in the north. This past weekend that all changed as Team DMR/TTR packed its bags and headed to the central part of the country with WoO Races at Whynot, I-30, and Lonestar Speedway, all firsts for the team.
Whynot started off in grand fashion as the track had lots of traction and the team showed its muscle clocking in quickest overall in the second group of qualifying. The team had high hopes rolling into the heat race as they would start on the pole, but when the green dropped Billy Moyer would get around the #9 Rocket XR1 on the start and Devin would keep slipping back lacking forward traction. He would finish in the transfer spot, but the team had a lot of work to do.
Devin would roll off 14th in the feature and end up finishing 17th on the final rundown. One promising part of the finish was near the end the car was as fast, if not a tick faster then the leaders in the dry slick conditions. The team took notes and felt they had stumbled across something.
Saturday at I-30 would be canceled due to rain, but the team found a local track to go and test for the first time since acquiring the new Rocket Chassis with new team co-owner Tye Twarog. The test was just what the team needed as they felt much betting heading into the Lonestar State for the triple header finale.
Devin would show how much testing can pay off right out of the gate at Lonestar Speedway as the #9 would time in second quick to points leader Brandon Sheppard. This would again start the young man on the pole for the heat only this time he would destroy the field and win by nearly a straightaway. During the re-draw he would draw the pole position and lead the field to green.
Devin would go and dominate the first potion of the race leading the first 26 circuits riding the rim around the race track in Texas. with 14 to go, however, Timothy Culp would slip past as Devin bounced off the cushion coming off turn two. A late race caution would give Devin one more shot at Culp, but he couldn't find a way back around and settled for second.
Even though the team didn't come away with the win, they are very excited about the progress so early on in the season. Next up will be another test as the team heads to Farmer City this weekend in Illinois for a pair of races. Sitting 9th in the WoO points, the Team looks to keep the momentum rolling and find win #1 on the season!
Speedweeks in the rear view for Moran and team DMR/TTR with solid finale.
(February, 27th 2017) Devin and Team DMR/TTR have been gone since the beginning of February this year and have been racing nearly every night with only three rain outs over two states, and four tracks. The team had good showings at Screven Motor Speedway and Eastbay Raceway Park. The team struggled some at Golden Isles and Volusia Speedway Park, but ended on a high note this past Saturday at VSP before heading back to Ohio!
After getting rained out back to back days at VSP along with a fog shortened race Friday night, Devin and Team DMR/TTR set out to finish strong at the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile" to end speedweeks on a high note. The team struggled once again in qualifying, but moved forward enough in the heat to sit on the pole of the B-Main. During the B-Main Devin would turn some of the fastest laps of the night and have nearly a half a track lead on the field until a late race caution allowed Dale McDowell to slip by the Dresden, Ohio native, but he would still start 21st on the grid in the A-Main finale.
During the feature Devin would hug the bottom for the first several circuits before he found his rhythm on the high side. He would then begin to pick cars off left and right storming to the front. A late race caution, along with the right tire combo, allowed Devin to get in further forward as he was able to get into the sixth position with just a handful of laps to go. When the race ended Devin would settled for sixth needing just one more caution to possibly contend for the win.
Overall Speedweeks was successful. The team showed speed and the results were fairly consistent. The team is headed back to Dresden, Ohio and will take a day or two off before heading over to the track to do some extensive testing on the Rocket XR1 chassis. The team is excited for the season as Columbus Speedway (MS) is next on the list at the end of March with the WoO Tour!
Night two in the books at VSP as Team DMR/TTR has WoO on the horizon
(February, 21st 2017) Team DMR/TTR took to Volusia Speedway park for night #2 of the DIRTcar UMP portion of racing action at "The Worlds Fastest Half Mile". The team was looking to build on the previous night as qualifying good was the teams top priority.
During Qualifying, the team laid down the 5th fastest lap in their group which would allow them to start 5th on the grid for the heat race. Only the top 3 cars would transfer to the A-Main event, so track position was key when the green flag dropped. The team made some minor changes to the Rocket XR1 #9 and they worked in the heat as Devin would charge to the transfer spot finishing third at races end.
The team would start 15th on the A-Main starting grid making a few more minor changes to see if they could get the car to move forward. Devin spent the first part of the race staying out of trouble, but would find his groove and begin to move forward as the race progressed. He would run as high as 12th before a late race restart would see him slip back to 16th where he would ultimately finish.
The team still feels they are headed in the right direction as WoO competition begins on Thursday. The team was hoping to get one more practice round in on Wednesday, but mother nature stepped in and canceled the nights racing action.
Devin and Team DMR/TTR have good first outing at Volusia Speedway Park
(February, 20th 2017) Devin has never seen Volusia Speedway Park behind the wheel of a Dirt Late Model. He has seen the track a few times with Team co-owner Donnie Moran behind the wheel, but not as a driver. The team decided it was time to change that on Monday and headed south from Ga. to the "Worlds Fastest Half Mile" in Barberville, FL for the first of six nights of racing.
The team had high hopes heading into the event, but dug a huge hole after qualifying very poorly in the DMR/TTR Rocket XR1. The poor qualifying effort put Devin in the last row for his heat race with only one way to go, forward.
In the heat race Devin would do just that as the team charged to the front on the very fast racetrack. When the checkered flag dropped Devin would be 6th earning him the pole of the B-Main. In the B-Main he would lead the first half of the race before giving up the top spot to fellow Rocket driver Brandon Sheppard and settling for the runner up spot.
In the feature Devin would use the 30 lap main to figure out how to get around the half mile in heavy traffic. When the checkered flag dropped he would be in the 16th spot, on the lead lap, and with just a little body damage.
The Team was pleased with the first night out and knows what to do next as they prepare for night two at VSP on Tuesday night!
Team DMR/TTR has fair night on first WoO event at Screven
(February, 18th 2017) After a good practice night on Thursday, Devin and Team DMR/TTR were locked and loaded to compete in the first stop on the WoO Tour at Screven Motor Speedway for the $8,000 to win opener.
During hot laps Devin showed a lot of speed in the Rocket XR1 #9 as he would clock in fourth overall and carry that speed over in to qualifying as the team would stop the clock with a 14.804 lap around the speedway which was good enough to lock them into the 3rd starting spot in heat race #3.
When the green dropped in the heat Devin was determined to make the low line work around the fast racing surface and would make a bold pass to get around Brandon Sheppard and Jason Covert coming out of turn four on the low line. Devin would slide up the race track and make the initial pass on both drivers, but Covert would hit the wall as Sheppard was able to get back around Devin at the line before the caution came out. When the checkered flag finally fell it was Sheppard taking home the win with Devin in second. Top two cars would redraw for the feature event which gave the team a 7th place starting spot of the feature.
During the feature the team had high hopes of a good solid points night, but struggled early on as the car had lost all of its traction as the track slicked off and became very rubber down. By the races midway point a caution came out and Devin would dive pitside for a chassis adjustment. The adjustment paid off as Devin was able to go from the back of the pack and get back into the 12th place position at races end.
The team has taken some good notes after the first night of racing and has a good grip on what to do next as they prepare to get back inside the top ten and top five on the WoO tour on the final night at Screven Motor Speedway.
Rain cancels night three at Eastbay ... Team decides to head to Screven Early
(February, 16th 2017) After two solid nights on the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series stop at Eastbay Raceway Park, Team DMR/TTR have decided not to stay in Florida for the Thursday night show, but instead head back in the Georgia to Screven Motor Speedway for the WoO opener practice session.
Devin has never been to Screven Motor Speedway, but team co-owner Donnie Moran knows all about the short track in Georgia and has many laps and a lot of knowledge on how to get around the speedway.
Practice for the WoO opener starts at 6:30pm and will go until 10:00pm or slightly later depending on weather and the amount of cars practicing.
Moran charges from 13th to 4th in back to back top five finishes!
(February, 15th 2017) Coming off the first top five of the season for the brand new team of Donnie Moran Racing and Tye Twarog Racing, the pit area was a buzz about the early success the pairing is having. The team itself was very upbeat as well as they rolled into night two ofLucas Oil Dirt Late Model competition eager to improve on the night before.
Devin would qualify fifth fastest in Group A qualifying which would earn him a third place starting spot for the heat race with only the top four transfering into the main eventt. When the green flag dropped on the heat race Devin would quickly jump into the third spot and begin to work on Michael Lake for the runner up spot. The two would do battle for several laps until a cation would fly for Greg Saterlee only a few laps into the heat. When the green flag flew again Devin would get a bad restart and fall back to the fifth spot. When the checkered flag fell, Devin would charge back into fourth getting the final transfer spot into the feature event.
When the green flag dropped in the feature, Devin would start 13th on the grid, but would quickly move through the field picking off cars left and right on his way to the front. By the races midway point he was just outside the top five and would quickly crack the top five settling in fourth with 15 to go. When the race finally came to a close Devin would finish in the fourth spot for his second straight top five finish.
The team is learning with every lap what the new Rocket XR1 likes and dislikes to Devin's driving style. Everyone in the pit area knows something special is forming with Team DMR/TTR and the teams first win could be right around the corner.
The team is setting up for the final two races at Eastbay Wednesday and Thursday before making the trip back north into Georgia for the WoO opener which the team plans on running the full season chasing the title and rookie of the year honors.
Team DMR/TTR rebound at Eastbay for Solid Top 5 on opening night!
(February, 14th 2017) After taking a night off from racing Team DMR/TTR opened up the home stretch of racing on Monday night with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series at Eastbay Raceway Park. The team had tested some Sunday night and felt they had a better grip on the new Rocket XR1 heading into the opening night.
During qualifying Devin immediately showed that testing paid off as he would time in 9th fastest in his group which would put the Dresden, OH native in row number two for heat race #1. When the green flag dropped in the heat Devin would charge to the from getting into the runner up spot by the half way point. Brian Shirley would go onto win the race with Devin coming home in second which would allow him to start in the fifth spot for the feature event.
When the green dropped in the feature Devin would immediately charge to the front going from fifth to second in just a handful of laps. Devin would make a charge at the leader, but slip up a little when Kyle Bronson threw a slider coming out of turn four causing the #9 to fall back into the fourth spot. From there Devin would pick off the positions he lost and get back into the runner up spot behind fellow Rocket driver Brandon Sheppard. As the race wore down, Devin and Sheppard would run very similar laps, but remain a second apart from each other as the two dealt with lapped traffic.
With just a handful of laps remaining one last caution would fly. Devin would make an attempt to sneak around the outside of the Rocket House Car of Sheppard on the start, but would hit the slick part of the track instead giving up his runner up spot to Earl Pearson, Jr.
When the checkered flag dropped, Team DMR/TTR would come home in the third spot behind winner Sheppard and Pearson. The team was ectatic with the results on the night, especially after leader GIS with heartbreak not making the show.
The team is set to compete in night #2 at Eastbay with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series once again. If you would like to watch the race live, you can do so by going over the Lucas Oil TV by CLICKING HERE for more information!
Team DMR/TTR struggles in final race at GIS
(February, 13th 2017) Devin and Team DMR/TTR wrapped up the start of Speedweeks this past Saturday for the final night of racing at the Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA for the Lucas Oil Dirt Car Series Finale paying $12,000 to win before the teams head to the Sunshine state. The team had a solid first outing the night before and had hopes of improving on night two.
During Qualifying the team struggled to find the grip on the tough race track and the stopwatch showed as the team clocked in near the back of Group Qualifying. He would find himself in the last heat race and the last row.
When the green flag fell in the heat race Devin would charge from last to fourth on the opening lap, but a caution would fly putting him back into the last row. On the restart Devin would get another good jump on the field and slip into the fifth spot right behind Corey Conley for fourth. The two would do battle the entire heat race, but Devin would not find his way around the West Virgina native and settle for fifth.
In the B-Main Devin would line up fifth and once again get a good jump on the start and move to fourth putting heavy pressure on Conley once again for third. Both Conley and Moran would put heat on the transfer spot (2nd), but it was to no avail as both drivers would finish outside the spot for the feature event.
Overall the first two nights were a success for Devin and Team DMR/TTR and despite not making the show on Saturday night the team is very upbeat and ready to go racing. Next up is Eastbay Raceway Park with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series. The team plans on running four nights at Eastbay before making the travel into Georgia again for the WoO opener at Screven Motor Speedway.
Moran has solid debut in Rocket XR1 for Tye Twarog Racing!
(February, 11th 2017) Devin Moran and Team DMR/TTR traveled south to Georgia opening up Speedweeks 2017 at "The Super Bowl of Racing" Golden Isles Speedway for the $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series event.
In hot laps the team was just a little bit off, but the track was not the best either. When qualifying took place Devin showed speed timing in 3rd fastest in Group A Qualifying. The 3rd fastest spot on the clock put Devin on the pole of his heat race and would line up along side fellow Rocket driver Jimmy Owens.
During the heat race Devin would get the jump on the Owens leading the races opening lap. On lap two, however, Owens would slip by on the inside in turns three and four and go onto win the heat. Devin would finish in the runner up spot giving him the 11th place starting spot for the feature.
On the start of the race Devin would fall back and ride around in the 13th spot for the first 10 laps of the feature. He would then work his way back into the top ten before the track became very rubber down with little passing as everyone would hug the bottom. As the race neared the end, several drivers would begin to have tire failures from the hard racing surface. Devin would do a great job keeping the car clean and conserved his tires to come home in 9th spot for the teams debut.
Next up with be Golden Isles Speedway once again for the final night of racing in Georgia as the team will leave after the races to Eastbay Raceway Park to run four consecutive nights of racing before the World of Outlaws Tour opens up at Screven Motor Speedway on 2-17-17.
Moran launches new website with Speedweeks on the horizon!
(February, 1st 2017) Devin Moran Racing will have a new look on the web for the 2017 Racing Season as Dustin Carter Designs released the new website earlier today featuring the new joint effort with DMR and Tye Twarog Racing.
Devin will be entering his first career full season as a member of the Craftsman World of Outlawas Late Model Series chasing rookie of the year honors as well as an overall points title.
The WoO season will kick off at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, GA Febuary 17th and 18th as drivers from all over the country kick off the season at the annual event labled "Winter Freeze".
Devin and Team DMR/TTR will start their season off prior to this event as the team will debut with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series at Golden Isles Speedway in Waynesville, GA Febuary 9th thru the 11th. The team will then pack up and head South to Eastbay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL for the 41st Annual Winter Nationals sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series for the first four nights of racing.
The team will then once again pack up and head back north to Screven Motor Speedway for the "Winter Freeze" on WoO opener. Finally the team will then travel back to the Sunshine state one more time to Volusia Speedway Park for the WoO/DIRTcar Gator Nationals to finish speedweeks.
Race fans can check devinmoranracing.com for all of the up to date information or visit our Facebook page as well to stay on top of Devins results for what looks to be an exciting speedweeks and 2017 racing season!
Moran wraps up 2017 Down Under Tour. Finishes 2nd to Francis!
(January, 25th 2017) Just before Christmas Devin adventured "Down Under" once again to pick up the annual USA vs. The Western Australia events. Devin has made the annual trip to kick off the season a few times in his young career, but was hoping for the illusive first victory while racing down under.
The first stop for Devin would be in the Ben Nicastri Racing #3-99 BWRC machine. This would be the first time Devin would race with the Nicastri Team as he was tabbed early on in the year to kick of the "Down Under Tour" just after the first of the year.
Devin did not disappoint either, as he would go three for three in the Nicastri #3-99 winning races at Valvoline Speedway and Goulburn Speedway. Devin and the entire DMR family would like to thank the Nicastri Racing Team for allowing us to be apart of a special week of racing and all their hard work!
Next up began the USA/Australian Challenge as the competition would stiffen up with fellow USA drivers Steve Francis and Florida hot shoe Jason Fitzgerald joining the mix. Devin would also switch rides as the Nicastri Team stayed on the East Coast as Devin went West for the annual mini challenge series. Devin would hop in the Jason Moyle Racing #99 for events at Perth Motorsports Complex, Collie Speedway and Albany Speedway.
Devin would have one of his best USA Tour trips of his career as he would finish second to Steve Francis each night and even charged from 14th to second putting on a show for the fans on one evening. Devin's final stats while down under read 7 starts, 3 wins, 7 top fives (second four times) and 7 top tens. Devin would also like the thank Jason Moyle Racing for allowing him to race top notch equipment and all the hard work the entire team did to get ready for the USA Tour!
Devin and Tristan, who made the trip with his brother this year, are headed back to the states as the 2017 World of Outlaws Tour awaits the Dresden, OH native. Donnie, Wylie, and Tye Twarog have been hard at work getting the Rocket XR1 machines prepped for racing as Speedweeks is closing in!