State champion: Dilbeck wins Legends Pro title

By Anthony Rhoads

Henry County High School student Chris Dilbeck dominated the Legends Division at Lanier National Speedway this season and he capped it off by winning the points championship.

Dilbeck won seven of 15 races and 14 top-fives on his way to winning the track championship. Dilbeck also won the 2003 Legends Pro Division State championship.

"It's just awesome," he said. "We've won championships at every level we're been at but it's the best year we've had yet."

This season, Dilbeck also finished second in points at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder summer racing series.

Dilbeck was quick to give credit to Doug Stevens and Andy James for a successful run at Lanier and Atlanta this year. Stevens owns and operates Advanced Technology Motorsports and James is a mechanic specializing in Legends cars.

Stevens, a Forest Park High School graduate, is also making his way up the ranks and has raced on the American Speed Association, ARCA and Hooters ProCup

"Andy James did a great job," Dilbeck said. "He had an awesome Lanier set-up for the car this year. Nobody touched us the rest of the year. It's all Andy and Doug. Doug's my quarter-mile guy (for Atlanta) and Andy's my three-eighths guy (at Lanier). We had some awesome motors by Doug this year."

Dilbeck also received some accolades Saturday in Atlanta Motor Speedway's 2003 Thursday Thunder Banquet. He won the President's Award from AMS president and general manager Ed Clark.

"Ed Clark has been a big help and I've learned a lot from Ed," Dilbeck said.

Next year, Dilbeck plans to race at Thursday Thunder again and some races at Lowe's Motor Speedway's Summer Shootout Series. He hopes to race late models at Lanier, depending on sponsorships.

Dilbeck won the 1999 Bandolero Georgia Dirt Track Championship and in 2001, he won the Georgia State Championship in the Bandolero Young Guns Division.