With the 2011 season coming to an end this weekend, Dillon Smith and his crew have a lot to be proud of this year.
Dillon picked up 5 feature wins running a limited schedule and was extremely competitive at every race he showed up too. One of the highlights of the teams annual trip to the IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa was receiving the best appearing car award. This was not only a huge honor for Dillon, but also Bradley Poor and Showtime Signs and Designs out of Abilene, TX for their amazing wrap.
As the season is drawing to a close the team is beginning to focus on the 2012 season. Dillon will once again be driving the same 2011 DMR by BMS that he has had so much success with in the 2011 season.The team will once again be running a limited schedule, running various tracks across Texas and travels to a couple out of state “Big Shows”.
Dillon would like to personally thank all of his dedicated sponsors and crew members for their hard work and dedication that brought so much success.
Check back next week to see how Dillon and team run at the Texas Thunder Speedway Halloween Show.
December 2, 2010 Big Changes for 2011
There are big changes on the horizon for Dillon Smith and team. First of these being the addition of a new team member, Glen Wilson, former IMCA National Champion Crew Chief with Henry Witt Jr, will be in charge of the day to day operations, and also calling the shots at the track. There is no doubt that Mr. Wilson will prove to be a valuable asset right off the bat.
During the off season tear down of the car the team realized something was dramatically wrong. The front clip of the car has been bent beyond repair, and has been this way for the whole season. It was unnoticeable until the car was on the jig for updates. With this news, the team believes that this was a major contributing factor of the ill handling car, and poor performance. This has resulted in the team purchasing a 2011 David Murray Racing by BMS.
With these two major changes for 2011 Dillon Smith and team are looking forward to a successful 2011 season. Check back often for pictures and updates on the building process of the new car.
Have a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
August 28, 2010 Ready For Super Nationals
After a string of strong, promising finishes Dillon Smith and team will take this weekend off from racing as they are going over everything in the car to get it ready for the IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, IA. With over 300 modifieds on tap to be in Boone, the team is looking for a good run and feels like the car is going to be very competitive against the nations top modified drivers. Check back for daily updates from Boone. Modified Qualifying days will start on Wednesday the 8th.
July 20, 2010 Bad Luck Continues
With a Season of what seems like endless bad luck, Dillon Smith and team are still plugging away and trying to put the bad luck behind them and concentrate on the future. This past Saturday Dillon would make the haul to Abilene Speedway only to have the bad luck continue. As he was battling for the lead in the B-Main the rear gear started to lock up and really hurt the performance of the car. He would limp it home to a 3rd place finish. With little time between B-main and A-main the team would be unable to change gears and Dillon was forced to do a "Start and Park" so nothing more got tore up. Dillon plans on making another trip to Abilene this weekend so check back next week and see if he can finally get the monkey off his back!
July 13, 2010 Season Update
After a season of horrible luck Dillon Smith and team finally have things pointed in the right direction. On the last outing Dillon ran a very strong 2nd place having a great battle with Chris Bragg and Keith White for the win only to come up just short at the finish. With a good finish the team looks to carry the momentum and keep producing strong finishes and let the horrible start be a thing of the past and get back to their winning ways. Check back for updates on how Dillon's summer season is going.
April 1, 2010 Trip to Batesville, AR
Dillon Smith made the long haul to Batesville, AR to run the 14th Annual Mid-American Modified Championship. It was scheduled to be a 3 day show, $2000 to win each day, but rain had other plans. Raining out the first night of racing. On the second night of competition Dillon would have to battle mechanical failures in the heat and forced to run the B-main. A 2nd place finish was good enough to have him start 20th in the 40 Lap A feature. As the race started Dillon immediately started his charge to the front. As the race was passed the half way point Dillon found himself inside the top 10. But then he was caught up in a 4 car accident, forcing him to the rear with just body damage. As the green flag waved again he was back on track to the front, but with the track rubbering up it made passing difficult and as the checkered flag flew he had worked his way up to a respectable 12th place finish. Very happy with the car Dillon was looking forward to the next day of racing. But as the team waited to see what mother nature had in store they showed up to the track just in time for the rain showers to halt the third and final night of racing. With a good run under his belt Dillon is looking forward to keeping the Brazos Roofing BMS modified charging to the front as the team is prepared to run a double header of Boyd $1000 to win show, and Abilene's weekly Saturday night show. Thanks for reading and check back weekly for updates on how Dillon Smith and the 03 crew run each week!
November 22, 2009 USMTS Debut
Well Dillon’s USMTS debut was a rough one but gained a lot of valuable experience. In hot laps he would roll a tire off on the first lap gaining zero knowledge of the new track. Dillon would start outside pole next to former USMTS National Champion Tim Donlinger. On the start Dillon would fall in behind Donlinger as the two ran bumper to bumper for the first two laps. He would then try to make a move on the inside of Donlinger allowing a car to get by him on the outside. At the half way point with the top 5 battling hard Dillon, Clyde Dunn, and Jason Hughes would make contact causing him to spin. With a hurt race car there wasn’t much he could salvage and finished the heat race in 6th position. That would put him starting 9th in the B-Main, While charging hard to get the top 5 transfer spot the u joints on the drive shaft broke causing it to come out and ending the night for the 03 team. With the knowledge gained the team is looking forward to racing at Cowtown Speedway this coming weekend to run in the Cowtown Gobbler 90.
April 1, 2008 Asphalt Debut
Dillon made his asphalt racing debut on Saturday, the 28th of March, at Concord Motorsports Park. It was quite an eventful day. It rained early in the morning and they did not get the track dried out until the afternoon which cancelled one practice session. During practice Dillon was only .756 of a second from the leader, which was good for his first time on asphalt. With the rain came cooler temperatures with a high of 47 degrees for the day. The cold temperature did not help Dillon in his qualifying effort and he did not make the race on time. He ran in the non-qualifiers race starting dead last and finished 7th, not bad for his first attempt. They only took the top 4 to the A main. One of the coolest things to go into the scrapbook for his first outing, his spotter for his first ever asphalt race was two time NASCAR Busch Champion Randy LaJoie. We want to thank Randy and Shane Brafford, Dillon’s crew chief, for all the help and coaching they have given Dillon. This was our first opportunity to have an over the wall pit crew. Tim, Jason, Steven and Corey LaJoie's crew are truly first class guys that have really helped us a lot. We had the good fortune to met Larry McReynolds who came to the race to watch his son Brandon race after performing his broadcasting duties for Fox Television. It was a pleasure to meet him. It’s fun to be able to race with Brandon and Corey who are very talented drivers. Both Brandon and Corey qualified on time but unfortunately got caught up in a wreck on a restart and tore up both race cars pretty bad. Dillon continues to improve on asphalt and once he gets more comfortable behind the wheel they better look out! If he is only 3/4 of a second off the leaders time on his first attempt racing on asphalt he doesn't have far to go to be right up there with the leaders.
March 3, 2008 Kennedale Speedway
Saturday night at Kennedale Speedway Park saw Dillon finish 2nd in his heat and redraw 9th for the A main. He hasn't had to good of luck on the redraw so far this year. He started 9th in a feature that was filled with cautions and finished second. Not bad for the first night out at KSP. Sunday's weather would prove to be very uncooperative, Dillon finished 2nd in his heat and finally on the redraw pulled the #3 for a second row inside start in the feature, but Mother Nature brought rain before they could run the A main. With a busy asphalt schedule on the east coast we hope he will be in town for the make-up race because he will not be in Texas enough to keep a point average this season. Next week-end will be an asphalt test at Concord Motorsports Park in preparation for the March 29th UARA-Stars season opener.
February 28, 2008 Abilene Speedway Ice Breaker
The 2008 Ice Breaker showed mixed results. Dillon qualified for the A main all three days, but had trouble the first two A main events. On Friday night in between turn one and turn two a car got sideways and came down the track and sheared the back bumper off the car no major damage but you can't race without a back bumper so his night was over. On Saturday night again in lap 2 coming off turn 4 Dillon rolled the right rear bead lock off, this is a very rare occurance, but his night was over early again. On Sunday he ran third in his heat and started on the pole in his B main. He won the B leading every lap. He started 13th in the A and with a big wreck on the first lap, restarted in 9th after the clean up. Dillon then moved up 3 more places and finished 6th in the race. A very good finish considering the competition and tough track to pass on. So on to Kennedale next week.
February 6, 2008 Dillon to run UARA-Stars Series
It's official Dillon will race the UARA-Stars series with team mate Corey LaJoie the son of 2 time NASCAR Busch Series Champion Randy LaJoie. Heading up and doing double Crew Chief duties will be Shane Brafford a veteran of short track racing on the east coast and native of the Carolinas. We purchased a car to run the series, it was one of the back-up cars for Jeffery Earnhardt who is now a development driver for DEI. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has 2 cars running the series with Richard Boswell, Jr. and Curtis Truex, Jr. driving for him. Also in the field will be Austin Dillon the grandson of Richard Childress. Brandon McReynolds will be driving a car owned by Larry McReynolds. Last years champion Ross Furr will be driving a car for Tim Furr. This is a quite impressive field of young drivers with some very experienced people following the races.
We couldn't be happier teaming up with Randy LaJoie, along with being a two time champion he also is promoting his Safer Racer program to short track drivers across the country. If you have ever been around Randy when he talks about racing safely you know how committed he is to this sport and promoting driver safety his mission.
On Saturday, January 5th, Dillon ran his first asphalt road course race in a cup style car. He ran 5 sessions that day and improved during each session. He qualified 15th out of 25 on his first attempt, and finished 15th in the race. On Sunday the 6th we had not planned to run all day, our flight did not allow us to run the race, but we were able to run up to qualifying. On only his second day on an asphalt road course he qualified 5th for the Sunday race, but we left before the race, it would have been neat to see where he finished, but we are doing this to get seat time and he proved himself well in his first attempt.
December 19, 2007 2008 Season
For 2008 Dillon will race in the GASS series in Phoenix Arizona. This is a four race series at 2 different road courses. The first three races will be at Phoenix International Raceway and the fourth and final race will be at Firebird Raceway south of Phoenix.
Dillon will continue to pursue asphalt testing on the east coast with several possibilities in the works right now. When not racing on asphalt he will be back home in the central Texas area racing on the dirt tracks.
December 17, 2007 IMCA Banquet
The Saturday after Thanksgiving the Smith Family along with
Dillon ’s grandmother Dorothy Martin attended the 2007 IMCA National Banquet in
Lincoln Nebraska .
Dillon received his 2007 IMCA Modified National Rookie of the Year trophy and jacket along with his 2007 IMCA South Central Region Rookie of the Year awards.