A brand-new face who has never raced with the World of Outlaws – Sylvania, Ohio’s Chuck Hummer will be joining the tour with what could be one of the most interesting and unique operations the late model world has ever seen.
Hummer appeared in 25 of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals races in 2018, earning him a 10th-place series points finish. He accomplished this all by himself, zero outside help from any additional crew members of any type, and a CT525 Chevrolet Crate engine – two of which he plans to use full-time next year. Hummer said it was something that worked in his favor, keeping costs down by also using an open trailer and dually truck.
“The Summer Nationals crowd is very tough, very competitive,” Hummer said. “I ran the whole deal and lost just one motor — that was just because the track was super rough. I finished the year with the same body on the racecar, all the same parts. All I lost was two radiators and an engine.”
He’ll have his own business, Service Drive Solutions, on the car, as well as an organization that will headline his entire operation. Little Blessings Veteran and Community Outreach, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans get back into their communities through activity-based programs, will be on the side of Hummer’s car in 2019, as well as on his pit crew. In fact, that’s all his pit crew will be, each night. A different group of veterans in each city the series stops at will come out to the track and make up Hummer’s pit crew.
“I’m hoping to prove, just like I did on the Summer Nationals tour, that you can go out there with a $15,000 race car and a $12,000 motor and be competitive against the team that has an unlimited budget and a $90,000 race car,” Hummer said.
Making his debut with the series this year and back again for a full-time run next year is Cade Dillard, of Robeline, La. Dillard raced just twice with the Outlaws in 2018, a 13th and an 11th in back-to-back nights at Whynot Motorsports Park. Beginning his career in 2005, Dillard raced several years with the United States Modified Touring Series. However, his ventures in the late model didn’t begin until this past season, starting the year out in Arizona at the Wild West Shootout.
Dillard will sport Razor Edge Graphics, Hypercoil Springs, S&S Fishing & Rentals, Joel’s Auto Sales, Bryan Cook Trucks, Nichols Stores and Awolt Hot Oil Service on the side of the car next season, with an MB Custom chassis, built by close friends Jimmy and Chris Mars. Mars and his associates have been instrumental in the No. 97’s success, Dillard said.
“Jimmy Mars has been a huge factor in my program, he’s helped me a ton over the years since we’ve been running this Modified,” Dillard said. “He’s been a real big help in my transition to a Late Model. I lean on him and ask his opinion a lot, he said [a national tour] would suit us a lot better. He thinks we’d have a real good shot at it.”
Throughout 2018, Dillard also made appearances on both the MLRA and Louisiana Late Model Racing Series, with wins at the Sammy Nolen, Chatham and Thunder Valley Speedways, and a win with the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series at Timberline Speedway in Texas. This year, Dillard’s ready to venture out a bit more, saying the attractive tour schedule is part of the reason why he decided to tackle the World of Outlaws tour.
“I ran with [the World of Outlaws] a few times and I’ve always liked how they ran things,” Dillard said. “When I did come in there and race with them, they were always real nice and treated me good. To me, that means a lot. I don’t know many people and not many people know me, so coming in there where you feel welcome, it makes you feel good about your choice.”
Virginian Kyle Hardy and the Viper Motorsports team recently announced their plans to join the Outlaw roster and run for Rookie of the Year, following a runner-up finish in Ultimate Super Late Model Series points this past season for the Pennsylvania-based team.
Hardy, along with car owners Shawn and Lisa Martin, will pair with Barry Wright Race Cars as a support system for their operation, just months after Chris Madden vacated his house car spot with the South Carolina-based race shop.
“We just thought a change would be good,” Hardy said. “We’ll be able to get more help, feedback and more hands-on help from those guys. I’ll be able to call them whenever I can; it should be a good deal working with those guys.”
Since his Outlaw debut in 2013, Hardy has appeared on 16 different occasions with his best finish coming in 2015 at Potomac Speedway in August; a third-place showing for the No. 99 team. LB Express, Pancho’s Race Products, Chiarelli Paving and Sable Construction will again back the No. 99 and the team is looking forward to accomplishing their goals from Volusia to Charlotte.
“We’d like to run in the top-five in points,” Hardy said. “At least, win a race or get close to one.”