Happy Holiday, Probably Because it’s Over

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Whew! That’s the feeling at Late Model Digest after the issue which covers the Independence Day period has been completed. (All things considered, we’re doing better than Michael Ostdiek was before he climbed out of this ARCA Midwest Tour car at Rockford; this photo also appears on the Contents page.) Anyway, subscribers have the links in their email boxes now.

Whether you’re a driver, crew member, official, sponsor or fan, we hope your racing season is going well. We know it’s going well for the roughly 20 race winners and a handful of other racers whom we contacted to put together the most recent issue, dated July 12. This list includes Preston Peltier, who won the Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway in Washington, and Peyton Sellers, who triumphed in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway in Virginia. The issue has stories from events in 16 different states plus profiles of racers from a few more locations.

We will have some big things brewing at LMD starting around Labor Day. First we have to recover, so to speak, from the last big holiday. 

Thank you for your support of LMD!

Still Striving for Our Independence … From Paper and the USPS

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     This photo shows one of the tasks we’ve performed in the last few weeks, since the switch to a digital format for Late Model Digest. Actually, if you’ve seen one or more of the three issues on your computer, mobile device or other screen, you probably haven’t seen one of these letters, because we already had your email address. But there were more than 200 subscribers for whom we had no email address or phone number, so we had to use the ol’ postal service one more time to reach out to them.
      So far, among those with email access, the response for the new format of LMD has been positive. A few still have had trouble opening the digital files and we’ve attempted to help them. For some we’ve had to send the links separately from the mass emailing to subscribers, but that has been no problem. We hope you’re enjoying the new format, which is more timely and now in full color.
       The latest issue, which was completed June 28, told tales of three last-lap passes for victories in major events: Reid Lanpher against Eddie MacDonald in the New England Short Track Showdown, Dalton Zehr against Mike Lichtfeld in the Dick Trickle 99 at Wisconsin Dells, and Augie Grill against John Bolen in the latest Pro Late Model race at Montgomery. We also had a tale of brotherly love at South Bend, Ind., a track’s grand reopening at Roseville, Calif., a returning engine builder powering a standout multi-car team from Virginia, and a winning streak ending in the newly-renamed Gripp Energy Limited Late Model Series. The issue also contained two female first-time winners, three pages of outlaw-bodied Late Model stories and four full pages from tracks in Wisconsin (five if you count Georgia teenager Chandler Smith’s breakthrough ARCA victory at Madison).
      We will be in and out of the office through mid-August. If you call the LMD office (706-677-1017) and no one answers or returns your call within a few hours, then please email jimcarsonLMD@gmail.com or contact us through our Facebook page.
     Thank you for your support. Enjoy your time at the racetrack!

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A New Era of LMD

Since 1989, Late Model Digest has been the source for recaps of pavement Late Model racing across the United States and into Canada, plus features which won’t be found anywhere else. For 29 years the format of LMD has been as a bi-weekly newspaper, with the motto “the newspaper that thinks it’s a magazine.”

Times change in media as well as motorsports. For several reasons, primarily the slow and/or undependable mail delivery in many areas, Late Model Digest relaunched in June as an online magazine. It still has the same structure as the LMD you recognize, but now it’s available through a link which arrives in the email boxes of subscribers and supporters. One click leads to a full issue, and a few more clicks can allow you to flip through the pages and zoom closer to make the stories more readable. You can also print desired pages. And at last, every photo and advertisement will be in full color!

Existing subscribers will have their subscriptions extended by approximately 25 percent for staying with us through this transition. New subscribers can take advantage of a promotional rate, where the normal annual rate of $30 now can get you 30 issues, which covers about 15 months.

The premier online issue, which was completed May 31, is free to everyone. Just copy and paste this link into your web browser: http://online.pubhtml5.com/fpdm/hkzf/

It features coverage and features from the second annual Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway, plus insights from Kalamazoo Speedway twin special-event winner Jeff Ganus, Coastal 200 dominator Ben Ashline, California racer and social media expert Matt Goodwin, Florida big-name brother Brian Dorer, Northwest second-generation driver Jan Evans and more.

In the next few weeks we’ll include galleries from our excellent group of contributing photographers, preview some upcoming special events, and add to this site one of LMD’s longtime popular features, the Scoreboard presented by AP Racing and Essex Parts Services.

We hope you enjoy – and believe you will enjoy – the new online era of Late Model Digest!