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  1. For immediate release: MFM Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Larry Baggett joins Mike Fortier Motorsports for part-time Sport Mod effort in 2020 Reigning Texas Dirt Truck Truck Series champ to run six races BURNET, Texas (March 4, 2020) — Two veteran race personalities in the Lone Star State are joining forces for a part-time yet surely competitive Sport Mod effort in 2020. A longtime car owner from New England who now calls Texas his home and a North Carolina native are a natural pair. Defending Texas Dirt Truck Series champion Larry Baggett has announced his intentions to wheel the No. 51VT IMCA Sport Mod entry fielded by Mike Fortier Motorsports. The pair will run approximately six races at Cotton Bowl Speedway, I-37 Speedway and at Texana Raceway. “I was beyond excited when Mike reached out to me with this opportunity,” Baggett said. “I am honored to strap into his Sport Mod and will do my best to put it into Victory Lane this season. Mike is one of those guys with years of experience and knowledge. I'll enjoy working with him on the setups. “We'll do whatever we have to do to get his car dialed in. This is going to be a chance for me to grow as a racer and hone my skills further. The guys who drive multiple cars stay sharp, so this won't hurt my truck program at all. I'm gunning to defend my TDTS title, but racing for Mike will be fun.” Fortier is part of the staff at Cotton Bowl this year, working with Mary Ann and H. Naumann on IT-related matters and as a Pit Steward coordinating lineups. Now approaching the age of 69, Fortier has an extensive background in racing in both his native New England and in south Texas. “I'm absolutely thrilled with where I'm at at Cotton Bowl right now, working with Mary Ann at what I feel is the best-run track in Texas,” Fortier said. “Yet my desire to field a car is still there, and now, I have a driver with a stellar reputation and down-home personality. I couldn't be any happier. “Larry is a great fit for this team. He takes care of equipment and really uses his head out on the track. He'll get the most out of the car each time he competes, yet he won't destroy it when things aren't going so well. I'm very fortunate to have his skills behind the wheel, and can't wait to go racing.” Baggett, aka 'Cowboy', 50, of Burnet, Texas, has been involved in racing nearly all of his life. Growing up in his native state of North Carolina, he spent his weekends going to drag races with his sister, Audrey Pope. Larry enjoyed hanging out in the pits and learning the ropes. He bought his own race car in 2016, a Chevy Camaro for the Street Stock class on dirt. He finished a respectable eighth in points for his first year behind the wheel. In 2017, he purchased a Chevy Nova to run in the same class car and finished fourth in final points. Baggett's career highlight was winning the inaugural Texas Dirt Truck Series championship last year in a steady, consistent effort. Fortier grew up in Vermont and started attending races at the age of 8, eventually joining a race team when he was just 19. He became a car owner in 1998 fielding a Late Model in the highly-respected American-Canadian Tour and at the famed Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre. He established a racing business partnership with the Australia-based Just Hafta brand of apparel, with sales proceeds across North America funding the race team. In the late 1990s, Fortier designed and developed a software program known as Race Team Notebook, used by many teams. To keep up with news on race dates and plans, please visit the Mike Fortier Motorsports Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mfm51/.
  2. Aligned Mortgage of Texas partners with Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Jan. 31, 2020) — Officials of the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) are pleased to announce a new partnership with Aligned Mortgage of Texas, based in the series' home base of San Antonio. Aligned Mortgage was founded in 2017 with the goal of bringing alignment to the home loan industry when it comes to serving veterans. The staff at Aligned Mortgage is passionate about ensuring that everyone who has defended our country has the chance to own a piece of it. The company's goal is to provide education, transparency and unparalleled service to our nation’s heroes when it comes time for them to purchase or refinance a home. “This new partnership with Aligned Mortgage is a perfect fit for Military Talent Source, our presenting partner,” series owner George Jones said. “Both companies provide quality services for our military veterans. We're honored to partner with this world class company for our second season.” Aligned Mortgage Military Liaison Anthony Guzman works with Veterans every day. As a U.S. Navy veteran himself and retired Master Chief, his passion for helping them is truly second to none. “We see the Texas Dirt Truck Series as an ideal partner for Aligned Mortgage,” Guzman said. “I know a lot of Veterans follow auto racing, and here in Texas, most of them drive trucks. It makes sense for us to work with the TDTS to reach more Veterans in need of home loans. We're very excited to be involved with this growing series, and are proud to join Military Talent Source as a series partner.” There are a mere 13% of the 23 million Veterans in the United States who have used their VA home loan benefit. By fostering and strengthening educational opportunities, Aligned Mortgage of Texas focuses and strategizes on impacting the remaining 87% of Veterans who have not utilized their VA home loan benefit. Aligned Mortgage is also aggressive in educating and partnering with real estate professionals, builders, title companies, and insurance agents on the VA guidelines to ensure that every person who has worn the cloth of our nation has an opportunity to own a piece of the country. For more information, visit them online at https://www.facebook.com/AlignedMortgageofTexas/ The Texas Dirt Truck Series will kick off its second season on Saturday, March 28, at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas. This year's schedule will see the series visit new venues across the state, from Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls to South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi. To keep up with the latest series news, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/. Media contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Twitter: @PhilWhipple
  3. They really are, Nick. All three have the connections, reach, knowledge and passion we need behind us as we continue to grow. I feel the TDTS is very fortunate to have their support in 2020.
  4. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations RaceOnTexas.com, Revved Up Sports Show new Official Media Partners at Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Jan. 29, 2020) — Officials of the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) have announced two well known and highly respected media outlets with a statewide reach have joined their growing family of marketing partners for the 2020 season. RaceOnTexas.com, a multi-media company that offers high quality Live and Archived video footage from tracks across Texas, and the Austin-based Revved Up Sports Show (RUSS) will become the Official Media Partners of the series. This cross-promotion will help draw new subscribers and listeners for the two media outlets while ensuring steady, statewide media coverage for the TDTS. “We couldn't be more excited about this partnership for our second season,” series founder and owner George Jones said. “I've known those guys for years, and not only do they do a fantastic job at covering our sport, they've built a loyal following around the state. This will help build our fan base.” RaceOnTexas.com owner Chris David has assembled a team of skilled cameramen who capture every lap of the action at short tracks across Texas and even into Louisiana all season long. In 2019, his site also started delivering new content featuring Spotlight feature stories on drivers in all divisions. “We've been watching the Truck series grow in popularity since George first put it together and ran his first race at I-37,” David said. “We've had cameras rolling for several of their races, so I know the excitement they deliver. I'm excited about this deal and value our relationship with the TDTS.” Rodney Rodriguez is the host and founder of the Revved Up Sports Show, heard each week Live from Round Rock, Texas, online and on The Horn radio in Austin. Serving as co-host since the show began is Bobby Chaffee, a veteran of the Texas racing scene. Rodriguez has covered the TDTS from the start, and sees a bright future for the touring series geared toward affordability for race teams. “I've had my eye on this series since it got up and running last year, and even had the pleasure of calling their appearance at Cotton Bowl Speedway on September 28,” Rodriguez said. “I love the concept of affordable trucks, and everybody knows trucks are king here in Texas. They've got it going on this year with new host tracks and supporters. We're thrilled to be a part of their growth in 2020.” In exchange for this valued coverage around the Lone Star State, Texas Dirt Truck Series staff will connect with fans to inform them of the video coverage available on RaceOnTexas.com and the in-depth interviews they can hear each week on the Revved Up Sports Show. Together, these two media outlets do a great job at keeping short track racing on the radar screen among consumers across Texas. The Texas Dirt Truck Series will kick off its second season on Saturday, March 28, at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas. This year's schedule will see the series visit new venues across the state, from Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls to South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi. To keep up with the latest series news, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/. Media Contact: Phil Whipple Cell: 207.689.6630 Twitter: @PhilWhipple
  5. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Officials unveil expanded 2020 event schedule at Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source New Pace Truck/Fan Ride-Along Truck being built SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Jan. 19, 2020) — Officials of the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) have unveiled an eight-race schedule for their second season, with the possibility of three more dates to be added in the coming weeks. The series' second year takes teams to new venues as interest in the trucks begins to grow. For the second consecutive year, the TDTS will have the friendly confines of I-37 Speedway in scenic Pleasanton, Texas, as its home base. The series will contest five points races on the racy 1/4-mile oval run by R&M Promotions, beginning with the season opener on Saturday, March 28. Along with five dates at I-37, the series will make its debut in Wichita Falls on Saturday, June 12, at the famed Monarch Motor Speedway. Shannon and Misty Kelton have worked hard to turn MMS into a thriving, well-organized facility. The series is truly honored to be headed there in 2020. Along with the trip to north Texas, the series will also make its debut out east this year with two trips to 105 Speedway in Cleveland, Texas. Robert Hattenbach and his staff at 105 are known for running a good show on a well-prepared surface, and the TDTS is thrilled to have two races there. “I think our second season is going to be exciting for our teams and Texas race fans,” series owner George Jones said. “We are anxious to take this series to new markets and entertain some new fans. Our new dates at Monarch Motor Speedway and 105 Speedway will allow us to do that.” Three more dates may possibly be added as negotiations are still ongoing with three other tracks. It is hoped the TDTS can return to South Texas Speedway (Corpus Christi) and the famed Cotton Bowl Speedway (Paige) for one race each, along with a new date at Big O Speedway (Ennis) at Jim Moon's fine facility. This series is statewide in nature, not limited to south Texas tracks. Along with the excitement of new races at different tracks, TDTS officials are also pleased to announce the construction of a new Official Pace Truck/Fan Ride-Along truck. This vehicle will look and sound just like our race trucks, yet have a second seat so that one lucky fan per track gets the ride of a lifetime. Winning a ride in the new Ride-Along truck could be a bonus for the 50/50 winner. Larry Baggett, of Burnet, Texas, earned the inaugural TDTS points championship. The North Carolina native and short track ace will return to defend his crown in 2020 with a fresh ride and lots of notes to go on. Chasing him will be talented drivers like Tony Bernal, Russell Rust and Russ Parker, among others. The Texas Dirt Truck Series was created in Oct. of 2018 and will be contesting its second season in 2020. It was formed on the concept of America's love for full-size pickups and passion for short track racing on dirt. Military Talent Source matches veteran talent with career opportunity. The company is a specialized recruitment process outsourcing firm that conducts military recruiting and veteran employment consulting as a full focus. To learn more, go to www.militarytalentsource.com. To keep up with the latest news, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/.
  6. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Twitter: @PhilWhipple (Photo credit: Jay Hallas) Heil dominates season finale at I-37 Speedway for Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source PLEASANTON, Texas (Nov. 18, 2019) — Veteran short track driver John Heil put on another oval racing clinic over the weekend, leading every lap of the 2019 Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) season finale on Saturday night at I-37 Speedway. Heil, of Floresville, earned his third TDTS victory of the season driving the rocket-fast No. 96 entry owned by Rick Pollaro. Heil started on the pole after winning the eight-lap qualifier earlier in the evening. Tony Bernal (La Vernia) finished second in the feature, while Russ Parker (Seguin) filled out the podium in third. After jumping into oval racing straight from the drag strip, Parker made big gains. Cedar Creek native and Cotton Bowl regular Daniel Gaudette crossed the stripe in fourth, while two-time TDTS feature winner Ryan Doyon of LaCoste completed the top five. Only a single caution slowed the pace for a minor spin by Larry Baggett in the early going. Baggett, of Marble Falls, chose to take it easy in the series finale and drove to a casual seventh-place finish to lock up the 2019 TDTS points championship. In nine races, the former Street Stock regular at Cotton Bowl kept his head down and stayed focused on the big prize. “Winning this championship is a very special feeling,” Baggett said. “We've had such a great time competing in this series. It's more like family than anything, but to win races and the inaugural title means the world to us. We can't wait to unload and prepare for 2020. We'll be back for more fun.” Other drivers competing in the season finale include Michael Keylich (sixth) and Russell Rust (eighth), two drivers who supported the TDTS throughout the inaugural season. Saturday's season finale was part of the track's annual Redneck Stress relief program, the track's final event of 2019. Series promoter and director George Jones would like to extend a sincere thank you to TDTS presenting partner Military Talent Source, Ray Doyon and Michael Keylich at I-37, Stevie Whitaker Jr. at South Texas Speedway, Mary Ann Naumann at Cotton Bowl, Rachel & Kenny Densman at Texana Raceway and every team that participated in this inaugural season. Your support made the series thrive. From a humble start in March to a popular and growing extended family by mid November, the Texas Dirt Truck Series went from a concept with merit to a proven entity in 2019. In 2020, Jones will take the series to a few more tracks to reach more race fans. The real fun, it seems, has just begun. Military Talent Source matches veteran talent with career opportunity. The company is a specialized recruitment process outsourcing firm that conducts military recruiting and veteran employment consulting as a full focus. Whether they are working with businesses or organizations to build veteran-friendly hiring solutions or out on the road meeting with separating veterans at transition sites around the country, Military Talent Source is constantly striving to help businesses recruit and retain veteran talent. To learn more about this great company, visit them online at www.militarytalentsource.com. For TDTS news, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/.
  7. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Season finale at I-37 Speedway all that remains for Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Nov. 1, 2019) — After eight races at four different popular short tracks, an inaugural season that brought new faces to new places is just about in the books. From an idea based on a solid concept, to sharp-looking trucks entertaining races fans, it became a reality. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) will wrap up its inaugural season at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas, as part of the track's Redneck Stress Relief 3 program. Spectator gates will open at 3:30 p.m., with racing action getting under way at 6 p.m. sharp. This is the ninth and final event on the 2019 campaign for TDTS race teams. In the season's first eight races, three drivers have two wins each to their credit. Larry Baggett, of Marble Falls (I-37, Mar. 23 and June 29); John Heil, of Floresville (South Texas, June 8 and Cotton Bowl, Sept. 28), and Ryan Doyon (I-37, July 27 and Sept. 7) led the series in feature wins. Texas short track ace Anthony Gordon (Texana Raceway, Aug. 17) and Talon Minten (Cotton Bowl, Oct. 19) complete the list of feature winners in 2019. Gordon also had an amazing season in the Street Stock class, earning 17 wins in Gordon Leland's Alamo Hot Rod Parts/All In Designs Ford. Leading the charge into I-37 is point leader Baggett, who needs only to take the checkered flag on Nov. 9 to claim the points title. A former Street Stock racer at Cotton Bowl, Baggett says he's ready to put a bow on what has been a fun and amazing season in this new touring series. “I'm already loaded up and anxious for our last dance of the year,” Baggett said. “It's been such an exciting, challenging and fun season for us. I really love I-37 Speedway, it's a racy oval. We hit on a good setup last time out. We'll see how it does in Hot Laps, and adjust it if needed. I'm pretty excited.” Doyon will be another one to watch as the series concludes its first season. I-37 is his home track, and he has more laps there than half the drivers in south Texas. His No. 43 Long's Machine/3D Landscaping entry has been fast no matter who is behind the wheel, and Doyon will be a factor to win. “I have plenty of laps at I-37 and will be gunning for my third truck win,” Doyon said. “Yet I know it won't be easy. The competition is pretty tough in the truck series, those guys don't just hand you a position. We'll go over the truck and just try to be prepared. I'm excited to be a part of the finale.” The Texas Dirt Truck Series, presented by Military Talent Source was launched in October of 2018 and is contesting its inaugural campaign in 2019. It was formed on the concept of America's love for full-size pickups and passion for short track racing on dirt. I-37 Speedway is operated by R&M Promotions, owned by Ray Doyon III and Michael Keylich. The two longtime friends and business associates (Doyon in landscaping, Keylich in irrigation) have a passion for auto racing and just completed their third season as promoters at I-37. To keep up with the latest news, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/. (Photo Credit: Sean Folsom)
  8. (Photo credit: Rachel Plant) For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Heil dominates feature at famed Cotton Bowl Speedway for Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source PAIGE, Texas (Sept. 29, 2019) — Veteran short track racer John Heil put on a clinic over the weekend, wheeling the Rick Pollaro owned No. 96 entry to a convincing victory in the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) feature on Saturday at the famed Cotton Bowl Speedway. Heil, of Floresville, started on pole for the 15-lap contest after winning his qualifying heat. Tony Bernal (La Vernia) chased Heil for all he was worth yet settled for second, while Anthony Gordon (San Antonio) filled out the podium in third. Russell Rust (Boerne) and Daniel Gaudette (Cedar Creek) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. This was Heil's second TDTS victory after dominating the show at South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi on Saturday, June 8. Series point leader Larry Baggett had a rough night at Cotton Bowl, despite being the pre-race favorite. The pride of Marble Falls, Texas struggled with handling issues on his No. 3 machine and took a slight hit in the overall point standings. With just two races remaining, the title is within reach. La Coste based racer Ryan Doyon, a two-time feature winner on the Texas Dirt Truck Series this season, also had a rough outing at Cotton Bowl. The rising third-generation driver had to battle back from an early spin to finish eighth in the final rundown. Overall, the long-awaited and highly-anticipated debut of the series at Cotton Bowl was a rousing success. Reaction to the Fan Meet & Greet session was positive, and when track promoter Mary Ann Naumann (MAN Racing Promotions) brought the trucks out with each driver carrying the U.S. Flag during Opening Ceremonies, those Texas race fans gave them a hearty round of applause. Saturday night's show at Cotton Bowl delivered some of the most entertaining heats and features seen throughout a highly-competitive season. Points champions were crowned after some great side-by-side battles (typical at Cotton Bowl) to cap the season. The TDTS teams were honored to join the action as part of a very busy program. Texas Dirt Truck Series owner George Jones would like to thank Cotton Bowl Speedway promoters Mary Ann and H. Naumann for hosting the series, and hope it is the start of a great working relationship for 2020 and beyond. Jones also thanks Matt Leonard of Military Talent Source (MTS) for the valued financial support during this exciting inaugural season. The TDTS is proud to represent you. Next up for TDTS teams is a return trip to Cotton Bowl for Round 8 on Sunday, October 19, followed by the season finale on Nov. 9 at I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas. As this inaugural season draws to a close, Jones also extends a huge thank you to those teams who have stuck with the TDTS in 2019. There is promise for the future, thanks to the solid foundation built this year. To follow the series, go to https://www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/.
  9. For immediate release: Cotton Bowl Speedway PR Contact: Mary Ann Naumann Tel: 512-844-3582 Texas Dirt Truck Series coming to Cotton Bowl on Sept. 28 Baggett leads new series into inaugural visit PAIGE, Texas (Sept. 18, 2019) — A new group of racers are gearing up to compete at Cotton Bowl Speedway later this month, and it's made up of eager drivers in vehicles fans are going to enjoy. The new Texas Dirt Truck Series, presented by Military Talent Source, will be part of the night's program on Saturday, September 28. The trucks will run a 10-lap qualifying heat followed by a 20-lap feature. These eye-catching trucks will be fast at Cotton Bowl, adding their own flavor to the program. “We're very excited to be bringing this new series to our fans at Cotton Bowl,” track promoter Mary Ann Naumann said. “This series is creating quite a buzz across the state; they look like the trucks we all drive and are very racy. They're bringing in some good drivers, I'm confident their visit will be a memorable one.” Leading the charge into Cotton Bowl is series point leader Larry Baggett. The pride of Marble Falls, Texas, has two wins to his credit this season and has run a Street Stock at Cotton Bowl before. Baggett wheels the black No. 3 entry formerly owned by Bobby Sanford. “I'm excited as can be about taking the Trucks to Cotton Bowl,” Baggett said. “I have plenty of experience there and tested my truck there when I first bought it. Mary Ann and H. are just the nicest people, and Cotton Bowl is a world class facility. I feel it's going to be a great race.” Another driver to watch at Cotton Bowl on September 28 is Ryan Doyon. The rising star from La Coste, Texas, has a pair of TDTS feature wins to his credit this year at I-37 Speedway on July 27 and Sept. 7. With loads of experience and tons of talent, Doyon is a threat to win whenever he straps in. Other series drivers to watch at Cotton Bowl include Tony Bernal, of La Vernia; Russell Rust, of Boerne; Russ Parker, of Seguin; and John Heil, of Floresville. Bernal has experience in similar chassis, Rust was a standout in the Dwarf cars, Parker comes from the sport of drag racing yet is starting to get oval racing figured out, and Heil is a veteran racer capable of winning each time he runs. “We've been blessed with a great group of people competing in and supporting this series since we first got rolling,” series founder and president George Jones said. “I couldn't possibly ask for better teams to race with and keep this series moving forward. We can't wait to load up for Cotton Bowl.” The Texas Dirt Truck Series was launched in Oct. of 2018 and is contesting its inaugural campaign in 2019. It was formed on the concept of America's love for full-size pickups and passion for short track racing on dirt. To follow the TDTS online, visit www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/. Cotton Bowl Speedway is operated by MAN Racing Promotions. The track operates every other Saturday night from March through October with a full card of racing. For more info, please go to www.cottonbowlspeedway.com.
  10. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Heil dominates at South Texas Speedway for Texas Dirt Truck Series, Presented by Military Talent Source CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 9, 2019) — There's an old term frequently used in stick-and-ball sports used to describe an athlete with far more experience and skills than his or her rivals in a particular game or series. It's called a “ringer,” and it happens in short track stock car racing, as well. Veteran oval racer John Heil is a fine example, as he put on a clinic for his fellow competitors over the weekend. Heil, of Floresville, Texas, drove Rick Pollaro's No. 96 entry to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday night's 20-lap feature at South Texas Speedway for the Texas Dirt Truck Series. Anthony Gordon, of San Antonio, hustled the Michael Keylich-owned Ford F-150 No. 77 entry to a solid runner-up finish, while point leader Larry Baggett, of Marble Falls, filled out the podium in third. Tony Bernal (La Vernia) and Russell Rust (Boerne) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. “I really have to thank Rick Pollaro for allowing me to drive this truck,” Heil said in Victory Lane. “This was a great time, and that thing was on a rail. It was a blast to race with these guys tonight, and I hope I have a chance to do it again.” With the originally scheduled race for June 8 at Texana Raceway washed away by rain, series owner George Jones got on the phone to find a track willing to add the series to their regular weekly program. South Texas Speedway promoter Steven Whiteaker Jr. stepped up on short notice, and the results were more than satisfactory. “I'm just so proud of the group of people we have supporting this series,” an exhausted Jones said after the program's conclusion. “I appreciate these teams more than they know, and I can't thank Steven enough for allowing us to come race here. I'm delighted with the results, and hope to return.” Notable performances in Round 2 on the 8-race 2019 inaugural schedule include that of Gordon, a talented driver as well as a graphics and vinyl wrap guru. The multi-time Street Stock feature winner already in 2019 jumped into a truck that changed hands twice recently and put it on the podium. Baggett continues to be Mr. Consistency, wheeling the No. 3 machine to a solid second-place finish in the qualifier before his hard-charging third-place run in the feature. His ability to adapt to a new track was clearly visible at South Texas Speedway. “I think John was out there in his own zip code tonight,” Baggett said after the feature. “Our truck was just horrible in Hot Laps, but we changed some tire pressures and moved some weight around a bit and it came right back to life in the qualifier. I'm pleased overall, and am thrilled we could race this weekend. I'm selling my Street Stock this week and going all-in with the trucks. I love them.” Baggett represents an amazing core group of series supporters worthy of mention and thanks, including All In Designs, Russell Gordon, Russ Parker Construction and new presenting sponsor Military Talent Source. The TDTS is gaining traction, thanks to those who believe in the concept. Next up for the Texas Dirt Truck Series, presented by Military Talent Source, is a return to the friendly confines of I-37 Speedway in beautiful Pleasanton, Texas on Saturday, June 29. With the rainy season now past us in south Texas, it's time to apply the sunscreen, hydrate heavily and get set to go racing. It's already starting to heat up. To keep up with the latest series news and results, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647.
  11. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Officials announce partnership with Military Talent Source New presenting sponsor for Texas Dirt Truck Series SAN ANTONIO, Texas (June 8, 2019) — Officials at the new Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) announced on Saturday a new partnership with national recruiting firm Military Talent Source, LLC, headquartered in Maine. Founded by rising entrepreneur Matt Leonard, the company places former service men and women in good careers. This valued new partnership makes Military Talent Source (MTS) the presenting sponsor, fitting given the history of a strong military presence in the San Antonio area. The nation's seventh largest city is home to the famed Lackland Air Force Base and the even busier Randolph Air Force Base. “We're thrilled to have Matt Leonard and Military Talent Source on board for our inaugural season,” TDTS founder and owner George Jones said. “This adds tremendous credibility to our series and is a perfect fit for us, given where we are based. I'm excited to tell our fans about this partnership.” Military Talent Source matches veteran talent with career opportunity. The company is a specialized recruitment process outsourcing firm that conducts military recruiting and veteran employment consulting as a full focus. “I'm excited to be involved with this growing new series,” company founder and chief executive officer Leonard said. “I recently returned from a trip to Austin, in fact, and it looks like I'll have a chance to do some work down in that area. Since San Antonio is such a huge military city, this series is a great fit. “I'm really a marketing guy at heart. I'm currently involved with an active race team here in Maine, and have some local businesses on board the program. I'm utilizing the TDTS to gain exposure for our company while helping to get a series with a lot of fan appeal off the ground and running.” This new partnership was announced as the series gets set to make its debut at South Texas Speedway (replacing the rained-out event at Texana Raceway) in Corpus Christi on Saturday, June 8. Larry Baggett, of Marble Falls, TX, won the series' inaugural event on March 23. Whether they are working with businesses or organizations to build veteran-friendly hiring solutions or out on the road meeting with separating veterans at transition sites around the country, Military Talent Source is constantly striving to help businesses recruit and retain veteran talent. To learn more about this great company, visit them online at www.militarytalentsource.com. “We're fortunate to have Matt, his partner Stephen Milks and their entire company supporting our efforts,” Jones added. “Their support of racing is well known in Maine and is about to be in Texas, as well. I truly appreciate their faith in us. We welcome Military Talent Source to the truck series.” The Texas Dirt Truck Series, presented by Military Talent Source, will run six more races on its eight-race 2019 campaign. After the June 8 event at South Texas Speedway, the series returns to the familiar confines of I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, Texas, on Saturday, June 29. To keep up with race results and the latest news, please go to www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/and follow us on Twitter @TexasDirtTrucks.
  12. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Debut at Texana Raceway next stop for Texas Dirt Truck Series SAN ANTONIO, Texas (May 30, 2019) — After a long break in the action due to poor weather conditions, teams in the new Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) are busy preparing for a trip to Edna, Texas, on Saturday, June 8, for a night of racing at the famed Texana Raceway. Larry Baggett won the series' inaugural race at I-37 Speedway on March 23, and is anxious to get back into the No. 3 entry that carried him to victory. The easy-going driver from Marble Falls, TX, has plenty of experience at places like Cotton Bowl and 281 Speedway, yet hasn't been to Texana. “I've never raced there or even attended a race there as a fan,” Baggett said. “I think that makes me even more eager to go, since I love the challenge of learning a new track. Our truck was fast down at I-37, another place that was new to me. We're ready to take this Chevy to Texana and do our best.” Series owner and founder George Jones took his Parker-Jones Racing Chevy Silverado to Edna last Saturday night to promote the race and generate a little interest. Fans gathered around the truck before racing got under way, and enthusiasm is high as our debut there draws closer. “Our visit to Texana went very well, and I'm glad we made the trip,” Jones said. “Those fans really love their short track action. They have a great little facility there, and I think our truck teams will give them some added value and entertainment. I'm excited to get back there on June 8 to go racing.” Active drag racer and motorcycle racer Russ Parker, of Seguin, TX, wheels the No. 28 Chevrolet for Jones, and says he's ready to get back at it after the long break. “This dirt oval deal is still very new to me, so the more seat time I can get the better off we'll be,” Parker said. “We've been testing when time allows, but there's nothing that compares to racing under the green flag. I know Texana is a very nice track, and I can't wait to roll out onto it on June 8.” Two newcomers are also expected to make the trip to Texana next month. Ray Doyon III and Michael Keylich, the two men behind RM Promotions and I-37 Speedway in Pleasanton, TX, have both purchased trucks for TDTS competition. With multiple race dates at I-37 and exceptional support, Doyon and Keylich are vital to the success of this series. We welcome both to the TDTS pit area and wish them well. Texana Raceway is run by Rachel and Kenny Densman, two individuals with a deep passion for short track racing. They've made steady improvements to their facility, putting the interest of fans and racers at the focal point. It's what racing in Texas needs – more great folks like Rachel and Kenny. The Texas Dirt Truck Series was launched in October of 2018 and is starting to gain traction. New races have just been added at Cotton Bowl for Sept. 28 and Oct. 18. Interest in the Texas Dirt Truck Series has grown to reach outside the greater San Antonio area. With the concept of affordable race trucks (essentially Street Stocks with pickup bodies and Crate 602 engines) on grassroots short tracks alongside weekly racers, curb appeal is high while cost remains low. Fans can also follow the series on social media at www.facebook.com/Texas-Dirt-Truck-Series-1509510632528647/ and on Twitter by searching for @TexasDirtTrucks.
  13. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Return to I-37 Speedway next stop for Texas Dirt Truck Series Baggett leads the charge into Race No. 2 PLEASANTON, Texas (April 9, 2019) — After a successful debut last month, the sights and sounds of full-bodied pickups roaring around the oval are about to return as the Texas Dirt Truck Series (TDTS) contests race No. 2 at I-37 Speedway on Saturday, April 13. Spectator gates open at 4 p.m., while pit gates will open for race teams at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military members, and $6 for children ages 6-12. Qualifying races will get under way at 7 p.m. Leading the charge into I-37 is inaugural race winner Larry Baggett, of Marble Falls. With his strong chassis setup and hard-charging style, Baggett set the tone for 2019 with an impressive run on March 23. He'll be the favorite on Saturday and has a target painted clearly on his No. 3 ride. “They'll all be chasing Larry, but I have a feeling more guys will be in the hunt this time around,” series owner George Jones said. “Larry is a talented driver and hit the setup for trucks at I-37 a little faster than his rivals. You can bet they're chomping at the bit for another crack at the trophy.” Among the other drivers to watch on Saturday is veteran drag racer Russ Parker. The Missouri native who's lived in Texas for over 30 years is new to the dirt oval game, yet is taking the challenge seriously as he pilots the Parker-Jones Racing/Russ Parker Construction Chevrolet in TDTS events. “I'm starting to get a handle on what the truck needs to get through the corners and have the kind of forward drive we need up off them and down the straightaway. We've been testing and learning as we go. I'm more confident this time around and anxious to get this Silverado back on track.” Other drivers to watch on Saturday include Russell Rust, of Boerne, Texas. Rust looked strong in his first outing last month. His M5 Utilities Chevrolet will be geared up for success when he unloads in Pleasanton this coming weekend. The project manager at M5 has dirt track racing in his blood. The Texas Dirt Truck Series was launched in Oct. of 2018 and is contesting its inaugural campaign in 2019. It was formed on the concept of America's love for full-size pickups and passion for short track racing on dirt. I-37 Speedway is operated by R&M Promotions, owned by Ray Doyon III and Michael Keylich. The two longtime friends and business associates (Doyon in landscaping, Keylich in irrigation) have a passion for short track racing and are in their third season as promoters at I-37. Together, Doyon and Keylich, along with general manager George Jones, have turned what was once a closed-down facility into one of the most lively and competitive bullrings in the great state of Texas. Car counts are solid across the board as the 2019 season hits full throttle. For more information, visit the series online home at www.texasdirttrucks.com.
  14. I'm excited to have a chance to document some of the action and highlight the human interest stories within Texas. Thank you, Nick, for the kind words and post. I'll strive to create good content for RaceOnTexas.com readers.
  15. For immediate release: TDTS Public Relations Contact: Phil Whipple Tel: 207.689.6630 Baggett claims inaugural feature victory for Texas Dirt Truck Series Full house witness exciting debut at I-37 PLEASANTON, Texas (March 24, 2019) — Veteran racer Larry Baggett had a few clear goals going in to the inaugural season for the new Texas Dirt Truck Series. He wanted to attack each track with controlled aggression, setting the tone for what he feels can be a championship run this summer. Baggett, of Marble Falls, TX, made a bold statement on Saturday evening, driving to victory in the inaugural feature race at I-37 Speedway. Baggett started outside the front row alongside Tony Bernal (MFM No. 51 Ford) and quickly took command. Despite a stiff late-race charge by Bernal, Baggett had enough speed and handling to hold on for top honors. Bernal gave it his best yet settled for second, while former Dwarf Car standout Russell Rust (No. M5 Chevrolet) filled out the podium in third. Former drag racing standout Russ Parker (Parker-Jones Racing/Chevrolet) finished fourth, while Anthony Gordon (No. 22M/All In Designs) completed the top five. “When we first came out here for hot laps, we were very loose, Baggett said. “We made some changes with the tire pressures and the chassis setup. Those changes took us in the right direction, and it was hooked up pretty good for the feature.” In the world of short track dirt racing, weather and ever-changing track conditions are what provides the big challenges racers face every week. Baggett says the fast, semi-banked oval called I-37 improved as Saturday night's program progressed. “The track was pretty slick when we went out to qualify earlier,” Baggett added. “But by the time we ran the feature, it had gotten a little tacky and our truck loved it. I had the grip I needed and we just kept it out front. It feels so very rewarding and satisfying to have won the first-ever TDTS race.” For Baggett, the last couple of weeks have meant hard work and effort in a full scramble mode. “We had a few issues as we finished this thing off, and were working on it until late last night,” he explained. “We even had a few things to finish off today before we came here, and worked on it right up until we loaded up for the track at noon. All that just makes this win so very, very special.” The new pride of Marble Falls wasn't the only one happy with the outcome on Saturday night. Texas Dirt Truck Series founder George Jones was visibly relieved and even thrilled to have completed the series' inaugural event. While truck count was a little low, the quality of those on hand was high. “I am so pleased we had five guys willing to bust their butts and get trucks ready for this opener,” Jones said. “What we lacked in quantity, we made up for in quality. All five trucks gave it their best shot, and I'm confident more will be here for our second race on April 13. I'm a happy man.” Officials would like to extend a sincere thank you to Ray Doyon III and Michael Keylich, the driving forces behind the incredibly successful turnaround at I-37 Speedway. Being part of your big 'Dirt Kings' event brought us tremendous exposure in front of that capacity crowd. We greatly value our relationship with what many feel is the hottest little dirt track in the entire state of Texas. Next up for the TDTS teams is a return to I-37 Speedway on Saturday, April 13, for Race No. 2 on the 2019 schedule. For more information, please go to www.texasdirttrucks.com.
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