This weekend was fantastic! It was the final race of the year at Atlanta Motor Speedway on the road course. We went into the race knowing that I had already locked up the championship, so most of the pressure was off. The will to win, however, was still there. We were fastest over all in practice, which gave me a bit of confidence going into the race. There was a heat race (instead of qualifying), and a feature race. I drew to start 3rd in the heat race. I passed the car on the outside front row going into turn one. He stayed pretty close to my rear bumper for the rest of the race. Still trying to hold him off, I made a pass for the lead. I held the lead and won the heat race. The video here is from the heat race which was short and intense.
In the feature, I held the lead throughout the race. The cars were running side by side behind me, so I was able to pull away. I ended up winning the race by two seconds.
I had to jump on out of my sweaty racing suit, and into a real suit to go to the awards banquet that night. In the banquet, I was awarded my 12th championship, accompanied by the “President’s Award” presented by Mr. Ed Clark, President of Atlanta Motor Speedway. I am very humbled by this award. I never saw it coming, and it’s truly an honor to receive it.
This year has been very amazing and a great experience. To be able to receive the help to get two K&N races with Logan Zimmerman Racing, and a chance to race at the infamous Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, has really amazed me. I am looking forward to seeing what comes my way in 2018 with a lot of hard work ahead. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my career including the Go Fund Me donors, Turtle Wax, The Gorsline Company, Tupelo Honey Cafe, Case•it, Simcraft, Craig Stanton keeping me fit, those having me drive their race cars on track, and many many others. I could not be writing this race report without you.
Ken Ragan presents "Pro Legends Championship" Ed Clark presents "President's Award"
Video- Atlanta Motor Speedway Legends heat race December 2, 2017- short & sweet
Video- "Thank you"
Last weekend went great! Buckling down the second K&N race of the year, we were up in Watkins Glen all weekend. I had so much fun with my dad as one of my spotters. It was a great learning experience and an unforgettable weekend. Learning how to boogie a stock car around a road course was very fun. It was a one day show with the K&N race on Friday, Xfinity on Saturday, and Monster Energy Cup on Sunday.
I am very excited to announce our plans and partners for the NASCAR K&N race at Watkins Glen only a couple of weeks from now. We run with during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend. August 4.We have some fantastic partners with us that I am incredibly proud to represent. Below you will find a formal press release that says it all. Keep watching for more updates as we get closer.
For Immediate release:
Dylan Murry Ready to Take Next Step in K&N Pro Series East
Turtle Wax to Sponsor Rising Driver at Watkins Glen Race
CUMMING, Ga. (July XX, 2017) – After opening a number of eyes in his first K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway last April, 16-year-old Dylan Murry will now tackle the always challenging Watkins Glen International road course on Friday, August 4, in the Bully Hill Vineyards 100.
Murry, who finished sixth at Greenville Pickens Speedway, will be carrying a new sponsor – Turtle Wax – on his Rette Jones Racing Ford Fusion when he takes to “The Glen” for his second series start.
“I’m excited to get up to Watkins Glen,” said Murry, who is the son of champion road racer David Murry. “I can’t thank Turtle Wax enough for coming on board as a sponsor. Case It, Simcraft, Tupelo Honey and Bokampers also have been a tremendous help in getting this race together for us. Without them, this would not be possible.”
In his K&N Pro Series East debut, Murry qualified 16th, but ended up the top finishing rookie. He picked up the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award, Coca-Cola Move of the Race award and the Brembo Brake Through Challenge award.
Because of his impressive performance at Greenville Pickens Speedway, Brett Bodine, head of NASCAR’s Driver Development Committee, gave him the green flag to race at Watkins Glen.
“The next two weeks can’t go fast enough for me,” said the Cumming, Ga. resident. “For sure, it’s going to be another challenge, but I feel like I’m quite prepared. My dad has certainly been around Watkins Glen a number of times during his driving career so he can provide some terrific coaching.”
In 1995, driving for ARCA series veteran Mark Thompson, David Murry qualified for the then NASCAR Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen.
“Watkins Glen is a high speed, technical road course,” said David Murry. “But, I have all the confidence in the world that Dylan will be competitive and perform well.”
We changed my logo to the one above so look for that in the future. I hope you like it.
A couple of weeks ago, NASCAR asked if I would participate in the Circle K Speed Street autograph session during the Charlotte Coca-Cola 600. I ended up sitting in-between Ernie Irvin and Jeffery Earnhardt, pretty inspiring. There were two sessions that I was signing in.
After that, I started the Thursday Thunder Legends racing season last Thursday. We tested on Wednesday and raced on Thursday. This race didn’t send us the best of luck, but it was still great experience. We had some troubles with set up and qualified 8th out of 15 cars. A couple of laps into the race, we were running side by side and one of the old racing incidents occurred. I got turned around and the toe got knocked out a bit and didn't have the finish we hoped. I guess sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield. That night, I was the bug, but hopefully the next race I won’t be the bug, or windshield and just miss everything.
We are working on the K&N race at Watkins in August. Once we have firmed up the program I will let you know. I am really looking forward to getting back in a K&N car again.
Monday we are going to Charlotte to visit and then on to Richmond, VA for a meeting before going to VIR for DMTD and PCA on Monday. Look for some posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Happy Fathers Day everyone!
Here is an article that NASCAR K&N series sponsor has written and posted on their website. Direct link is https://www.knfilters.com/news/news.aspx?id=7014
Beyond just the shape of the track, there are even more challenges for the driver. The two straights are virtually flat and the turns are banked at only five degrees. In addition, the turns have been freshly repaved while the straights are covered in decades-old asphalt. So just as the driver starts to transition to power, the grip of the track surface changes greatly.
This background is provided so that you can better appreciate the feat of this young teenager from Georgia, who raced in his very first K&N Pro Series East race at Greenville Pickens Speedway this month, in only his fifth race in a car.
Sixteen-year-old Dylan Murry is like many young drivers who come out of a racing family. His father David was a championship road racer and now operates a track day and coaching business. Dylan caught the racing bug not from his dad’s insistence or encouragement, but from watching kart races and pressuring dad to allow him to start racing. “I wanted to make sure it was his passion and not mine,” dad, David, added emphatically.
A quick aside: While Dylan’s racing has received some support from Tooth Life, Gliimpse, and The Gorsline Company, it's come mostly from his friends, fans, and other supporters through a GoFundMe campaign.
The only experience he’d had of the South Carolina track was a few laps in a street car. If the layout wasn’t intimidating enough (based on a clay horse track carved out in 1940), it’s also the second oldest NASCAR track still operating and where the legends of Richard Petty and David Pearson have at least some of their roots.
In the first practice session, Dylan was not surprisingly near the bottom of the order – 18th out of 19 cars. In qualifying Dylan moved up to 16th. Not what he’d been hoping for, but the race would take over an hour and Dylan knew he could learn more about the car, the other drivers, and the track as the race wore on.
With each lap of the race, Dylan began to find his pace. He learned that you lost speed late braking into the turns as the cars are actually coasting at the apex, and that power has to be applied judiciously as you transfer off the fresh asphalt of the turn and onto to aged surface of the straights. “In the last 25 laps I felt I had a good handle on the track,” Dylan would comment after the race.
For his performance, Dylan was awarded the Sunoco Rookie of the Race, Coca-Cola Move of the Race, and the Brembo Brake Through Challenge. The only award he didn’t receive was a first place trophy.
Because of his impressive performance at Greenville Pickens, Brett Bodine, head of NASCAR's Driver Approval Committee, has given Dylan the green light to race at not only Watkins Glen, but all tracks in the series, including the three other fastest tracks: Bristol, Dover, and New Hampshire.
So make sure to look out for this young man in the K&N Pro Series East race at Watkins Glen, and perhaps a few other races this year, depending upon the support he receives through his GoFundMe campaign.
Last weekend was a great weekend for us winning the Legends race at Crisp Motorsports Park . They had a 10 minute practice. We were 4th in practice, and decided to check the rear toe after because the car was very loose. It turned out that the rear tires were toed out 1/8” after the last race when I hit the wall on the last lap. The housing is bent, so we couldn’t do anything at the track. After making some changes, 5 lap qualifying was next. The car was still loose and I qualified 4th. Before the race, we changed the cross weight a little. The car ended up being balanced perfect and picked up 3rd place on the start. Throughout the race, the top four or five cars were switching positions every lap. They had a wreck with a few laps to go and had to clean up oil around the track. I restarted the race in first place. It was a green white checkered, so all I had to do was maintain my lead. Going into turn three with 2 laps to go, second place tried to do a bump and run, but wasn’t enough to get around me. After taking the white flag, I got a great run coming out of turn two and extended my lead to win the race! Legendsofga.com.
NASCAR also just announced that I won the "Coca-Cola Move of the Race Award", "Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award", and the "Brembo Brake Through Challenge Award" for the K&N race at Greenville. I could not believe that I won 3 out of 4 awards in my first race! We have also been notified by NASCAR that I am approved to race at Watkins Glen and all other tracks in K&N. Thanks Rette Jones Racing and LZR for making my first K&N race a great one!
I have been going back and forth to The Mitty and my dad’s track days at Road Atlanta. I had a lot of fun hanging out with my co-drivers at Spa and everyone and got a chance to drive a Datsun 510 and a Porsche 968. Both were very cool cars. I had a blast driving them.
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At Spa, they had practice, qualifying , and the race . My first lap around the track, I had nothing but a huge smile on my face, as the first corner I took was Eau Rouge. The scenery was beautiful too. There is no other track in the world that compares to Spa. Just a very unique track in the thick forests of Belgium. I couldn’t thank Mr. John Coyle, Dean De Santis, and Damon De Santis enough for this once in a lifetime opportunity. After my first lap it was time to get serious.
, the whole team qualified. I got a good lap and qualified 19th out of 86 cars and over 300 different drivers. I started the race . They had to delay the start a while because the track was so foggy in a couple of the turns. I have always heard of rumors saying it’s always raining on half the track and thought it was a bit of an exaggeration. Well, it turned out to be true. At the start of the race, we would run the dry line on half of the race, and the wet line on the other half. The race was 8 hours, so it dried up by the next time I went out. In my first stint, I worked my way up to second before I had to come in for a driver change. All of the other drivers were great and made the entire experience so much better. The last time I went out, I was coming up on a lapped car and tried to pass him on the inside. Another car tried to go inside me making it 3 wide, me in the middle. I don’t think the car we were passing saw me in his mirrors and came down on me. We touched wheels and we went off the track. Because this happened 10 minutes before the race was over, the corner workers wouldn’t let me go out to finish the race. All in all, I had so much fun at that track and my teammates were so much fun to be around.
Now on to the K&N race at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. There was a 3 hour practice session. That was my first time in a K&N car and learned so much about heavy cars with lots of power. , we had another 1.5 hour practice and used that to my advantage as well. We were having some brake issues that day and had to change the front brake pads. In qualifying, I qualified 15th out of 19 cars. If I would have picked up a tenth, I would have been inside the top ten. The race was 150 laps with one pit stop at lap 75. The first 75 laps had lots of cautions. Most of them were right in front of me and I had to constantly keep an eye out. On one of the wrecks the car that spun rolled back into me. It popped the left front tire and damaged the body a little, but we were able to change tires and go back out. The last 75 laps was almost caution free until the last five laps. The race restarted with a green/white/checkered. I picked up a couple of positions and ended up finishing P6 on the lead lap. I was the highest finishing rookie in that race. I never could have believed that we were able to run in that race, nevertheless finish in 6th! I’m very happy with our finish and wish we could do more races.
Without the help of all of the donors through Go Fund Me, this race never could have been possible. It means so much to me and now we are hoping to continue onto Watkins Glen for the K&N race there. Thank you to everyone that donated. I am blown away by how much we raised. I remember telling my dad “I really don’t think this Go Fund Me idea will work. That’s a lot of money for one race.” Well look who was wrong. I still can’t believe it!
Schedule for the event:
April 7 Friday
April 8 Saturday
2:00pm-3:30pm final practice
4:15pm Group Qualifying
6:00pm Driver Autograph Session (On Track)
7:00pm Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet "150" (150 lap race)
We would love to have you come support us at the race. Grandstand tickets are $25. THANK YOU!
2016 Pro Series Oval/Road Course Series Championship presented by Ed Clark - President & GM Atlanta Motor Speedway
2016 "David Ragan Sporstman of the Year" award presented by Ken Ragan - Director Legends of Georgia AMS