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Dylan Thompson’s Plate May be Full, but That Doesn’t Mean His Eye’s not on the Prize
It is not easy to manage your own business and a racing career, but Dylan Thompson is finding the time to do both. While his focus recently has been on Chase Motorsports; the desire to race to win is still there.
“I’m somewhat of a third-generation driver,” Thompson said about growing up watching his granddad race at the Old Keeling and Reidland Speedways.
It was while watching his granddad race that Thompson decided this was something he wanted to try. The one car that caught his eye was the mini-sprints. In fact, his favorite memories of racing can be traced back to the mini-sprints, and he loved watching them race at Southern Illinois Raceway.
Thompson’s dad and little brother have had the biggest influence on his racing career and can often be found helping him in the pits.
“You have to run it like a business… lots of money and time,” Thompson commented on what it takes to have a successful racing career.[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]“I’m somewhat of a third-generation driver,”[/pullquote]
His racing career began in 1998 racing mini-sprints. He also raced Crate Late Models for six-months in 2004 before moving into the Super Late Model division.
His first victory came in 1999 when he won in the mini-sprints. His first Late Model victory was in 2005 at Camden, Tennessee.
“I was 13 or 14 at Camden, running against 25-30- year olds minimum… it was pretty neat to beat those guys,” Thompson recalled this major victory.
His first win at Paducah International Raceway was on July 4, 2009. Other major victories in Thompson’s career include winning a National Race at TK Raceway in 2002 and the 2008 PIR Super Late Model Track Championship.
Thompson remembered winning his first championship as “A pretty good feeling.”
He currently has five Top-10 Feature finishes, four-Top Five Feature finishes, and four Heat wins for the 2010 season.
He raced a very full schedule during the 2009 season which included not only Paducah International Raceway, but also Mt. Vernon, Clarksville, and Tri-City Speedway in St. Louis.
With the time constraints of running his own business, Thompson shared, “I’m just running local now.”
Within in the next five years, Thompson would like to be racing on asphalt. He already has a car that Mark Day built and has raced it at the old Nashville Speedway located at the Tennessee Fairgrounds.
When asked what he thought about racing on asphalt, Thompson responded,” Boring- compared to dirt,” but admits “that’s where it is now if you are looking to make a career of it.”
And make a career of it is exactly what Thompson is looking to do. While he is focusing on business right now, he plans to do a full tour with the Lucas Oil Series sometime in the next 10 years.
This Hard Money, Kentucky, native currently drives the #99 Super Late Model sponsored by Dale Calendar Farms, Chase Motorsports, ridewithchase.com, and Roof Brothers Liquors. When he is not spending 60-hours a week in his shop, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and little brother. His hobbies include four-wheeler riding and going to the lake.
True, Dylan Thompson may have his plate full balancing a business and a racing career, but he still knows how to win. Come to Paducah International Raceway on Friday nights and see him get down to business on the track.
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