PELETIER, NC : When the Dillon Spain Motorsports Team comes to race, they project a strong shadow. Team DSM is rolling into this weekend’s race, the INEX Short Track Shootout at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway sponsored by Solid Rock Carriers in Peletier, North Carolina. This will be one of the biggest paying Legend Car races so far this season and will certainly prove to be a very exciting event, as well as serving as a precursor to the INEX Legends Asphalt Championship to be held there in October. Team DSM will be bringing team members; #91 Will Bristle, #18 Emily Day, #21 Eric Courtney, #14 Tucker Jones and #22 Trevor Thacker to the race along with Jason Austin driving the #72 car for this Solid Rock Carriers INEX Shootout.
Team DSM is led by Dillon Spain. Spain is well known Legends Car driver in his own right, but has refocused his efforts by using his vast knowledge and years of experience to develop and support up and coming drivers from rookie racers through very experienced long time wheelers with a current stable of 6 full-time drivers and numerous part-time members.
“These younger drivers are the future of our sport and to see the look on their faces and the excitement in their eyes as the lightbulb goes on throughout the learning process is the biggest rush anyone could ever hope to experience,” said Spain as he expressed his excitement about his current team and alumni drivers.
Will Bristle from Raleigh, North Carolina dominated last year’s Carteret County Speedway big money races and is looking to start his season off right with a win. Bristle is not driving full-time this year, but has been an integral part of Team DSM working with Spain to coach and train the younger drivers and assist in engineering the cars. Bristle is excited about the prospects for the weekend and wants to see what the new FZ09 engine has in it.
Emily Day from Garner, North Carolina is in her second full year of Legend cars and comes from a strong racing family tradition. She has had a little bit of tough start to 2019, but was the 2018 track champion at Southern National Motorsports Park. Day is senior in High School and was on the pole at the last Carteret County race. Day is looking for a strong qualifying run and finish on Saturday.
Tucker Jones from Smithfield, Virginia started racing Legend cars early last year and is looking at his first full year of racing this year. He was the 2018 Rookie of the Year at Langley Speedway. He has had consistency as one of the fastest cars running at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway this year and started in third at his last outing here. Jones is looking to convert that speed into a good finish this weekend. He is a sophomore in high school.
Eric Courtney from Clayton, North Carolina has been racing Legend cars for about four years now and is looking to overcome some personal tragedies and racing setbacks this year, and parlay his historic racing success to a strong finish this weekend. Courtney is a junior in college.
Trevor Thacker from Efland, North Carolina is a true rookie of the sport, with this being his first season of racing any type of car. Thacker has come out of the box swinging and is developing rapidly. We are looking for big things to come from him this year. Thacker is a freshman in high school.
Longtime Legend car driver Jason Austin from Raleigh, North Carolina will be running with the team this weekend at the Solid Rock Carriers INEX Shootout and potentially some other races this year. Austin is a well-known quantity within the Legends community and will be running the twins at Wake County Speedway, where he was the 2018 track champion, on Friday night before coming to Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway.
“We are very optimistic about our chances this weekend, but overall hope that all drivers run safely,” Spain said when asked about the team’s chances this weekend. “All of my drivers all are coming off some extremely strong practices and each driver feels like their cars are well dialed in. This should be an awesome race for the drivers and is destine to not disappoint the spectators. We are looking for a huge turnout in cars and spectators in the stands”
Follow Dillon Spain and Team DSM throughout the weekend and as the season continues to progress. There is a lot of excitement and great things to come from this team this year.
Dillon Spain Motorsports press release