CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty-year-old Devin Dodson will make his ARCA Menards Series debut during Thursday night’s General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Dodson, from Bishopville, Md., will drive the No. 35 Toyota for Vizion Motorsports at the 1.5-mile quad-oval as he makes his first start in the series.
“I’m looking forward to joining Jenn and all the folks with Vizion Motorsports for my first start at Charlotte with the ARCA Menards Series,” said Dodson. “We’ve talked about doing some other races, but for now, Charlotte is the only one we have for sure on our schedule. It’s one I’m really excited about, though. I know it’s going to a big challenge, but it’s one I’m looking forward to tackling.
“Going into Charlotte, I really do feel confident in the team and the car. It’s going to be the biggest track I’ve raced on, but I’m excited for the high speeds and the intensity that will come with that,” Dodson continued. “I can’t thank everyone involved enough for making this happen and hope we can give them all a great showing as I get my foot in the door with ARCA.”
Dodson made five NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts last season with Jefferson Pitts Racing, split between the East and West divisions. He earned three top-10 finishes in those appearances, including a career-best sixth in the first Twin 100 in Tucson, Ariz., with the West.
Team owner Jenn Brown noted she’s looking forward to helping Dodson develop his skills as he advances up the racing ladder and into the national spotlight for the first time.
“We’re excited to have Devin join us for this weekend’s General Tire 150,” said Brown. “He tested with us at Charlotte not too long ago, and he definitely has the skillset and the natural feel for the car that it takes to be successful. His feedback is already impressive for his age and we’re hoping for a successful outing with him on Thursday night under the lights.”
Dodson noted that his goals for his ARCA debut are straightforward: gain knowledge and finish.
“We don’t want to do anything too crazy; my goal is to finish on the lead lap and take this journey in baby steps,” Dodson noted. “I want to get through the race – race hard – but learn a lot and get prepared for the future.
“If we can do that and challenge for a top-15 spot, I’ll feel really good about where we’re at.”