McDowell and SMR Scheduled to Start 2018 Campaign at VSP!
(January 12, 2018)
Chickamauga, Georgia standout Dale McDowell announced today that he plans to kick off his version of the 2018 racing season at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida from February 12-17. The six-race 'DIRTcar Nationals' for the Super Late Models will start at the Daytona Beach-area speedplant with a pair of $7,000 to win UMP DIRTcar Series battles, while it will conclude with four straight World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series shootouts - each of which will boast a $10,000 top prize. As of this time, these are the only events that the Shane McDowell Racing (SMR) team will enter during "Speedweeks 2018." You can keep up on the #17m team all year long and view confirmed schedule dates by clicking on! (MRM Racing Photo)

Dale McDowell Survives Rugged EAMS for Second 'National 100' Title!
(November 13, 2017)
The Shane McDowell Racing (SMR) team and driver Dale McDowell wrapped up their 2017 campaign in victorious fashion on Sunday, November 12 in the 43rd edition of the 'National 100' at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama! On the rugged racing surface in preliminary action, Dale finished fifth in Friday's $5,000 to win show that was concluded on Saturday afternoon and later wound up twenty-second on Saturday evening after losing a driveshaft while running in the top five of the $5,000 to win affair. The Chickamauga, Georgia star then rolled off from the outside of the third row in Sunday's 100-lap 'National 100' finale and led the attrition-filled race on two different occasions. Dale held the point from laps 56-67 and 84-100 to score the $20,000 top prize for his second 'National 100' title over Scott Bloomquist, Dennis Erb, Jr., Ross Bailes, and Tim McCreadie! Full results from the long weekend at EAMS can be accessed online at (Robert Holman Photo)

McDowell Debuts New Car; Shows Immediate Speed at Charlotte!
(November 5, 2017)
Dale McDowell and the #17m team loaded up and hit the road on November 2-4 for the 11th Annual 'World Finals' at the state-of-the-art Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned their final two races of the 2017 season at the 4/10-mile speedplant over the weekend and 75 competitors piled into the pit area to vie for the pair of $12,000 top prizes. On Thursday evening in the two rounds of qualifying, Dale wheeled his brand-new Sweet-Bloomquist racecar to the fastest lap in Group B during each of the time trial sessions!

At the Charlotte-area facility on Friday night, Dale won his heat race in preliminary action prior to knocking down a strong fifth place effort in the 50-lap contest to finish behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Dennis Erb, Jr., Mike Marlar, and Jimmy Owens. In Saturday's weekend finale, Dale once again won his loaded heat race before slipping back to seventh in the 50-lapper. Complete results from the ultra-busy 'World Finals,' which was contested in front of standing-room-only crowds, can be located online by clicking on

New Internet Home Launched for Dale McDowell!!!
(October 23, 2017)
Welcome to the brand-new website dedicated to "MacDaddy" Dale McDowell, which is located online at! The new site, which was developed and will be maintained once again by Delph Communications, Inc., provides fans and sponsors an avenue to keep up with the Chickamauga, Georgia star and his #17m Shane McDowell Racing (SMR) team 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. Dale, who was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame this year, has reached victory lane seven times already in 2017 heading into his next scheduled events, which will take place from November 2-4 in the annual 'World Finals' at the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina. Keep up with the #17m team all year long by pointing your web browser to! (Brian McLeod Photo)

McDowell Enters Dirt Track World Championship at PRP...
(October 22, 2017)
Dale McDowell and the SMR team rolled into Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio on October 20-21 for the 37th edition of the 'Dirt Track World Championship,' which was once again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and paid a whopping $100,000 to the victor. On Friday night, Dale finished seventh in his first heat race of the evening and won his second and final prelim. At PRP on Saturday, Dale drove up to battle for a coveted transfer spot in his B-Main before getting squeezed into the backstretch wall on the final circuit, which dropped him to fourth in the consolation race. The Chickamauga, Georgia ace was then an early retiree in the $3,000 to win 'Jim Dunn Memorial' for non-qualifiers to finish seventeenth, which officially kept him out of the 100-lap 'Dirt Track World Championship,' which was eventually won by Josh Richards. Full results from Portsmouth can be accessed online at

Dale McDowell Charges Up Inside of Top Ten in $15k Fall Classic
(October 15, 2017)
The #17m SMR team was back in Super Late Model competition on October 13-14 at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky, as the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series sanctioned the 27th running of the 'Fall Classic.' A strong 34 car field assembled at "Kentucky's Baddest Bullring" and all eyes in attendance were fixated on the hefty $15,000 winner's check. On Friday night during preliminary action, Dale McDowell knocked down the seventh fastest lap in Group A during qualifying before grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his loaded heat race. After starting the 75-lap headliner on Saturday evening from the inside of the seventh row, Dale pitted near the halfway mark in the contest and eventually rallied back up inside of the top ten to salvage a solid seventh place showing. Complete results from Ponderosa Speedway can be accessed online by clicking on

McDowell Grabs Pair of Top Tens in Lucas Oil Stops in Georgia
(October 2, 2017)
Next up for Shane McDowell Racing (SMR) was a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series throwdowns in the Peach State, as both the historic Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia and Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia hosted lucrative races in front of huge crowds over the September 30-October 1 weekend. On Saturday night in the annual 'Dixie Shootout,' which paid $12,000 to the winner, Dale McDowell placed third in his loaded heat race prior to winding up tenth in the final rundown of the 60-lap feature event. In the $10,000 to win 'Rome Showdown' on Sunday evening, Dale once again ran third in heat race action and later advanced up to seventh in the 50-lapper. Full results from both LOLMDS shows can be viewed online at (MRM Racing Photo)

Dale McDowell Solid Throughout Late Model Knoxville Nationals
(September 17, 2017)
The #17m team made their way to Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa from September 14-16 for the 14th edition of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series once again presided over the three-day crown jewel extravaganza, which drew 56 entrants to the Hawkeye State and began with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary shootouts. On Thursday evening, Dale McDowell ran third in his heat race prior to advancing up to seventh in the 25-lap feature event. At Knoxville on Friday night, Dale finished fifth in his loaded heat race, fourth in the B-Main, and eleventh in the 25-lapper.

By virtue of accumulating the sixteenth most single-night points during the prelims, Dale earned the rights for the outside of the eighth row for Saturday's 100-lap grind. During the course of the $40,000 to win grand finale, the Chickamauga, Georgia ace fought valiantly for a top ten showing before eventually winding up fifteenth in the final rundown of the extra-distance affair. Full results from all three shows at the Marion County Fairgrounds speedplant over the weekend can be accessed by clicking on

McDowell Storms to Fourth in $50,000 World 100 at Eldora Speedway!!!
(September 10, 2017)
Dale McDowell and the #17m SMR team made the journey to the hallowed 1/2-mile of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from September 7-9 for the 47th edition of the 'World 100.' The most prestigious event in our sport got underway with a pair of Twin 25 preliminary programs, each of which paid $10,000 to the winner. On Thursday night, Dale was leading his heat race and was involved in a hard wreck with a spinning lapped car, which wiped out his new Sweet-Bloomquist ride and effectively kept him out of the 25-lap main event. At the "Big E" on Friday evening behind the wheel of his back-up machine, Dale placed fourth in his heat race prior to picking off seven competitors during the 25-lapper en route to a steady ninth place effort.

All eyes then turned to the 'World 100' on Saturday at the famed Darke County facility, as the revered globe trophy and a hefty $50,000 top prize were on the line. Dale ran fifth in his loaded heat race and later grabbed the third transfer spot through his B-Main. After rolling off from the inside of the thirteenth row in the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza, the Chickamauga, Georgia star sported one of the fastest racecars on the track. He blitzed past twenty-one competitors during the extra-distance affair to bag an impressive fourth place performance behind only victor Jonathan Davenport, Gregg Satterlee, and Mike Marlar! Complete results from the 'World 100' weekend can be viewed online at

Dale McDowell Unloads New Car; Blasts to Second in Baltes Classic!
(September 4, 2017)
Next up on the racing calendar for the Shane McDowell Racing (SMR) team was a visit to the hallowed high-banks of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sunday evening, September 3 for the 10th edition of the 'Baltes Classic.' The American Late Model Series (ALMS) showdown drew 38 competitors to the 1/2-mile speedplant to vie for the $3,000 winner's check. Dale McDowell - armed with a new Sweet-Bloomquist racecar - stopped the clock sixth quickest overall during the qualifying session prior to finishing third in heat race action. After starting the 30-lap sprint from the outside of the fifth row, Dale was able to blast past eight competitors during the race to garner an impressive runner-up showing behind only victor Billy Moyer! Full results from the 'Baltes Classic' can be viewed by pointing your web browser to



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