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About Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series

The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series is a regional touring series for Dirt Late Model racecars and drivers. Formed as a series in 2016, the tour sanctions Dirt Late Model racing and its drivers in various events, with Dirt Late Model racing being one of the premier divisions of short-track racing in America. The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series sanctions Dirt Late Model events at tracks in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. After being primarily a southeastern United States based tour for most of its existance, the tour has now been split into a Northern and Southern division beginning with the 2021 season.

The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series attracts many of the most talented and professional race drivers and teams throughout the United States and tour provides race fans with an edge-of-your-seat experience that is like no other in any other form of short-track racing, as Dirt Late Models are some fastest full-fendered machines that compete in the dirt track racing arena.

Dirt Late Models are highly technical race cars and they are pieces of racing equipment that features an all-tubular chassis and many of these components are based on normal vehicle components, however, there is nothing stock about Dirt Late Model racing machines. The Dirt Late Models that compete with the Valvoline Iron-Man Racing Series are required to weigh a minimum of 2,350 pounds with the driver and utilize engines that are made up of all high-performance components that will make in excess of 800 horsepower.

The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series has a strict set of rules, regulations, and procedures by which their events are contested and the tour is committed to providing a safe and great racing experience to their customers, those being the race teams, drivers, and race fans..

The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series has in place the necessary infrastructure with an experienced professional staff to provide track owners, promoters, race teams, racers, crew members, race fans, and sponsors an exciting form of entertainment and also provides publicity to the tracks and race teams, along with brand awareness to sponsors and partners associated with the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series.

Staff

Chris Tilley

  • Job Title: President / Race Director
  • Hometown: Somerset, Kentucky
  • Years in Racing: 24 years
  • Favorite Event: World 100 (Eldora Speedway)
  • Favorite Track: Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway
  • Birthdate: May 24, 1985
  • Family: Single, no children.
  • Hobbies: Refereeing High School Basketball

Michael Despain

  • Job Title: Vice President / Public Relations / Series Announcer
  • *Hometown:*Campbellsville, KY
  • Years in Racing: 28 years
  • Favorite Event: Prairie Dirt Classic (Fairbury Speedway)
  • Favorite Track: Fairbury (IL) Speedway
  • Birthdate: August 10, 1970
  • Family: Jenny (Wife); Jake (Son)
  • Hobbies: Racing, Watching the Andy Griffith Show, Spending Time with my Family.

Royce Fout

  • Job Title: Technical Director / Pit Official
  • Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Years in Racing: 35
  • Favorite Event: Dirt Late Model Dream (Eldora Speedway)
  • Favorite Track: Knoxville (IA) Raceway
  • Birthdate: November 17, 1970
  • Family: Angie (Wife), Ashley (Daughter), Zak (Son), Jordan (Son), Mya (Granddaughter), Emma (Granddaughter), Ava (Granddaughter)
  • Hobbies: Family, Fishing, and Grilling

Wayne Maybrier

  • Job Title: Technical Inspector / Pit Official
  • Hometown: Somerset, KY
  • Years in Racing: 15 years
  • Favorite Event: The Eldora Million (Eldora Speedway)
  • Favorite Track: Cleveland (TN) Speedway
  • Birthdate: August 20, 1966
  • Family: Loretta (Wife)
  • Hobbies: Classic Cars & Dirt Track Racing

Tommy Yates

  • Job Title: Pit Official
  • Hometown: Somerset, KY
  • Years in Racing: 11 years working in racing. 40 years around the sport.
  • Favorite Event: World 100 (Eldora Speedway)
  • Favorite Track: Fairbury (IL) Speedway
  • Birthdate: October 12, 1970
  • Family: Tonya (Wife), Audrey (Daughter), Abigail and Olivia (Stepdaughters)
  • Hobbies: Racing and Sports

Series History (2020 & Earlier)

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