Tempers Flare at Myrtle Beach Speedway
Tempers flared between Lee Faulk Racing and Justin Crider’s team following the conclusion of Saturday night’s Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Late Model Stock Car race at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
The incident was fallout from an on-track incident in which Kate Dallenbach, who was racing a Late Model for Lee Faulk Racing, was spun on the initial white flag lap by Roddey Sterling, Jr. Under the caution, according to Justin Crider, Dallenbach made contact with Crider’s car. Following the race, Crider went over to the Lee Faulk Racing team to discuss the incident and things got heated as Lee Faulk repeatedly demanded Crider and his team leave their pit stall.
“Whenever her and the Moon Pie kid (Sterling), they got together off of two, they caused that caution,” Crider remarked. “She hits me under caution right in my door. Tears it up right before the Martinsville test. This is my only car. I went over there calmly to ask her or ask Lee [Faulk] if she knew that it wasn’t my fault. He starts running his mouth, being all fired up for no reason.”
The pit road skirmish was all verbal. Representatives from both teams expressed their displeasure while Lee Faulk demanded the Criders leave their pit area.
“I had a nice conversation with Michael, his son, then [Lee] comes up and smacking my hands around and yelling at me for no reason,” Crider continued. “I don’t have any part in that. Some words were exchanged but Michael came over here a little bit ago and apologized. I’m just waiting for Lee to realize if he was out of line. I feel like Kate needs to explain her side, but it’s just racing.”
Michael Faulk said that the Faulk team asked to talk to Crider about the incident later because the team was already angry about the incident that took place with Sterling.
“So basically, what happened was, Kate got turned around by the 59 with three to go,” Michael Faulk said. “Pretty much ruined our night so, as you can imagine, everybody was pretty pissed off here after the race. Justin came down to voice his displeasure with Kate for getting into him under caution and we just asked, ‘can we talk about this later?’ and basically leave our pit, everybody’s pissed off, nothing good is going to come out of this. They just kept going on and on and on and it got a little bit out of hand but everything’s fine.”
The race was Dallenbach’s first race in the CARS Tour and the incident with Sterling, which set up a green-white-checkered finish, derailed a strong run for the 18-year-old.
“She did great for her first CARS race,” Faulk commented. “We only had limited time here. I thought she did real good. She’s raced with some of the best guys in the country so I’m real proud of how she did.”
The incident with Dallenbach was the latest in a series of unfortunate events for Justin Crider. Crider had a strong start to the season and looked to be a points contender early, but in the last three races, he has been involved in two crashes and been sidelined by mechanical problems. Crider has failed to finish inside the top-10 since his third place finish at Hickory Motor Speedway back in May.
Sterling, who apparently triggered the incident that sent Dallenbach around, was swept up in an accident during the green-white-checkered finish with Jeff Oakley and Haley Moody who was also making her CARS Tour debut.
After Impressive SNMP Run, Dallenbach Focuses on CARS Debut
Kate Dallenbach has emerged as one of the hottest up-and-comers in the Late Model Stock Car scene.
After an impressive performance at Southern National Motorsports Park on Sunday, the third generation driver is now looking ahead her first appearance in the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Late Model Stock Tour when the series heads to Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday night.
Dallenbach, 18, enters that race with a new found state of confidence following a pair of hard fought third place finishes in Sunday’s races at Southern National Motorsports Park.
“We ran Myrtle Beach a few times and I feel pretty good about it,” Dallenbach said. “I guess I’m really just treating it like any other race I guess.”
Dallenbach’s performance on Sunday served as an introductory act in many ways.
Prior to that race, she had never been viewed as a legitimate contender but that she certainly created a new image for herself after joining Lee Pulliam and Bradley McCaskill in a battle for the win.
“It felt really good to be side-by-side with the national champion and being able to keep up so that was fun,” Dallenbach said after Sunday’s race.
She not only showed that she can be competitive, she also showed she will not roll over. Her impressive performance almost came to an end after being on the receiving end of contact from Jonathan Findley. Dallenbach steered out of what should have been a wreck and, in the next corner, leaned on Findley’s car before getting back around.
“I mean, someone’s going to try to spin me around then I’m going to give it back a little bit,” Dallenbach remarked.
Tire management, not speed, will be the key on Saturday night. Myrtle Beach Speedway is known for a rough, abrasive racing surface that abuses tires.
“That’s always the toughest part there especially Myrtle Beach,” Dallenbach explained. “It’s about who’s there at the end and track wise, it’s a pretty rough track like the asphalt is made up, it has a lot of shells in it and wears the tires down faster so that’s going to be a big thing to be aware of to be there at the end of the race.”
Having shown improvement throughout the season, Dallenbach hopes a victory is on the horizon.
“I definitely feel like a win is coming,” Dallenbach commented. “We’ve been getting better and better every weekend so I have a really good feeling that, in the near future, we’re going to get a win.”
Dallenbach Dynasty: Kate Hopes to Join Cup Ranks
Both of Kate Dallenbach’s parents raced in what is now called the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and now the 18-year-old is hoping to follow in their footsteps.
The third generation driver is the daughter of Wally Dallenbach Jr. and Robin Dallenbach. While father and son combinations are common in racing, father-daughter combinations are significantly rarer. As for a father-mother-daughter combination? Kate, 18, is the only driver who has seen both parents race in NASCAR.
“I have not only one parent who can give me advice and help me out, but I have two,” Kate said. “So that kind of gives me two extra perspectives whenever I need a helping hand.”
Despite having a pair of parents with Sprint Cup experience, Kate says she doesn’t feel any additional pressure to excel nor does she feel nervous about failure.
“When I’m driving, I don’t really think about anything other than what I’m doing in that moment. I’m just getting extra advice before I get in the car — the little things.
Kate Dallenbach is the third in a line of siblings to take up racing. Her brothers, Jake and Wyatt, both competed in sports car racing — a discipline Wally enjoyed a great deal of success in. Kate is the first to take up oval racing, racing in both Late Models on dirt and asphalt.
“I’m really proud of her and the progress she has made,” Robin said. “She started racing quarter-midgets when she was eight. I was able to help her a lot with that, my dad and I, because Wally was gone a lot with his racing and his TV stuff. Then she graduated to the Allison Legacy program and ran that in Texas for my dad, Bob McCall.
“We just took the steps. It’s been a lot of fun coaching her and helping her, and I’m really proud of what she’s accomplished so far, and I know there’s a lot more to come.”
Kate feels as though she is knocking on the door of a win and has shown glimpses of greatness racing asphalt Late Models for Michael Faulk.
During a race at Southern National Motorsports Park back in August, Dallenbach led laps and finished third. Prior to that race, she was running second and in contention for a win in a Late Model Stock race at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, North Carolina before mechanical problems sidelined her effort.
Over recent years, women have had a lot more success in oval racing than in previous decades, including the one Robin tried to tackle. Much of that is attributed to an increase in female competitors in the sport, which NASCAR has made an active push to achieve through the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program.
Dallenbach joins names such as Haley Moody, Amber Colvin, Annabeth Barnes and Taylor Nesbitt to have success in asphalt Late Model racing in the Southeast region. Dallenbach doesn’t see herself as another woman in racing but does see herself as a racer.
“The way I look at it, I’m just another driver,” Kate commented. “I guess it doesn’t really matter whether I’m a guy or a girl.”
While women have had a presence in racing for decades, the presence of Danica Patrick has become a source of inspiration for female drivers. Both Robin and Kate look up to the third year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver as a trailblazer.
“I think Danica is great for the sport, and she does a great job,” Robin stated. “Because of that, it does help other young females coming up in the sport.”
It’s a stance her daughter agrees with as well.
“I agree with what she said,” Kate explained. “She is a role model for a lot of young girl drivers.She opened that up. Now little girls, young girls can say, ‘Oh, I want to do that when I get older,’ and they can now.”
Robin, who competed in NASCAR under the name Robin McCall prior to meeting Wally, feels fortunate that women have additional opportunities now. She recalled when she raced in NASCAR in the 1980s which were, in her words, a different time.
“I think that was before my time. Being 18, I think I was the youngest female to ever qualify for a Cup race. It was a lot different back then than now. I’m just glad that the opportunities are there now for women drivers. That’s helped Kate for sure.”
Robin’s racing experience also helps her bond with Kate at the track – but she is still a mother and often feels the motherly instincts throughout the duration of a race
“I know what they’re going through on the track,” Robin remarked. “I know the emotions of it. I do get nervous watching them, all the kids, so that never goes away. I think they all do a really good job.”
Robin feels her daughter has a bright future in the sport. Kate is signed on a development deal with Richard Childress Racing — the NASCAR team that fielded entries for Dale Earnhardt and Kevin Harvick in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“I think the next step is for her to start testing a truck and do some [NASCAR Camping World Truck Series] races. I know she was so excited to sign with RCR — with Richard Childress. We appreciate that opportunity, and we’ll see where that goes. She’d like to stay with them.”
Kate doesn’t just appeal to young women on the track but off the track as well. The Dallenbach family is actively involved in outdoors living so it should be no big surprise that Bass Pro Shops and SHE Outdoor are Kate’s primary sponsors.
“SHE Outdoor advertises only to women,” Kate said. “I think they are one of the only hunting lines that are just women.”
“It’s nice to have a women’s clothing line in the sport of auto racing,” Robin explained. “SHE Outdoor is hunting and fishing apparel for women. Back in my time, they did not have specific clothing for women hunting and fishing and outdoor things, so I had to wear men’s. Now, it’s just great to see these sponsors coming into the sport that have products that are tailored for women.”
Dallenbach gained positive attention with her August 1, 2015 performance at Southern National Motorsports Parrk in North Carolina when she scored a fourth place finish. She backed that impressive effort up with a third place finish in a second race. Now all that remains is for the talented youngster to make that final step — towards Victory Lane and NASCAR national touring.
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RCR Names Kate Dallenbach to Driver Development Program
Richard Childress Racing and Team Dillon Racing have named Kate Dallenbach as one of two female drivers in their development program for the 2015 season. The other driver joining the program is 14 year-old Ahnna Parkhurst.
Dallenbach, 17, is the daughter of Wally, Jr., NASCAR driver-turned-broadcaster, and Robin Dallenbach, a former driver herself with two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Her grandfather, Wally Dallenbach, Sr., was a successful Indy car driver and Chief Steward.
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Daytona Speedway 11/15/14
In his first appearance back in the Trans Am series in over 25 years, Wally Dallenbach picked up where he left off. After starting 7th in his IOA/Bass Pro Chevy camaro, he carved his way to 2nd place before ignition problems slowed his car on the last two laps having to settle for a 3rd place finish.
"It has been a blast this week, getting back in a Trans Am car with Mike Miller Racing. I hope very much I can do this a lot more in 2015." says Dallenbach.
Cameron Lawerence drove his Dodge Challenger to victory for back to back championships. Joining a select club of drivers winning back to back titles in Trans Am such as Mark Donohue, Wally Dallenbach jr, Tommy Kendall, Peter Gregg, Doug Peterson and Tony Ave.