Outlaw Alan McDonald Gears Up For 2021 DMNT Season
Delhi, NY - Attending his first stock car race at the tender age of four way back in 1959, Alan McDonald was initially scared by all the noise and commotion. Still, he wanted to go back to the track, "There was just something about it" as Alan explains.
Race fans the world over of course know it was the "racing bug"
When he was five years old he went to his second race, this one was at the Fonda Speedway located in the Mohawk Valley region of New York State. That day he became a fan of the legendary Bill Wimble and has been going to the races ever since.
The sixty five year old had dabbled in racing bikes and karts but it wasn't until recently that he finally would get behind the wheel of a race car. " I went to a few shows where the vintage cars were racing in '18" explains McDonald " It was shortly there after that I purchased a car and had it painted like my hero's car, red, black and white with the iconic #33. We debuted the car in 2019 and we just loved it"
"The goals for me are pretty straightforward, to pay tribute to Bill Wimble, keep the memories of old time stock car racing alive for t
he younger fans to see and have a lot of fun doing it! I am looking forward to the DMNT season, it's like one big family and I couldn't ask for anything better to do in my retirement"
Alan will be running the entire Tour in 2021. His car is an original 1935 Plymouth, from the 50's era of stock car racing. He will be competing in our Nostalgia division.
Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour Unleashes Unlimited Vintage Division In 2021
North Augusta, On - To quote the old song "Give The People What They Want" This season the DMNT will be once again running the new Unlimited division created in 2020 as a result of the Covid 19 situation.
"With a good portion of the series cars located in Canada, it was split in half in the US where the majority of the races were held. We ended up losing a good chunk of the schedule anyway but we had to bring in cars that were not compliant with our strict rules" explains Director Jeff Ciglich. "And since we wanted to attract cars from all over NY State and Pennsylvania we couldn't really align with one particular Club or Series. We decided since we already had two divisions of tight rules, we didn't need a third. So we just opened it up. I have to admit it's a much easier sell to attract racers now and so far the response has been positive. Our best showing for the class was at Thunder Mountain last year and that race in particular sold the concept to a gentleman from the Brewerton, NY area who will now be putting his big block engine into an old Gremlin style 80's machine"
In addition there are several other cars being built throughout NY State and several teams looking to come over from other series.
"One of the big things for some of these guys is that now they can create something unique and see how it does against somebody else's creation" explained Ciglich. "Big block? 358? Stroker? Gas? Methanol? Carb? Injection? Sprint Car tires? Drag rubber? Use up some old parts on the shelf? There are no rules or restrictions and everybody knows that going in, so we believe this is going to be successful. And if it's too expensive or too fast, then we of course have our 28 page rule book for our Modified and Nostalgia classes"
As of this writing the 2021 schedule is still under construction but there are already 14 shows on the Tour.