Dilbeck tests at Daytona

By Anthony Rhoads

Chris Dilbeck got to live out a dream over the weekend.

Dilbeck, a 2004 Henry County High School graduate, turned some laps Sunday during an ARCA testing session at Daytona International Speedway.

"It's hard to describe to it," Dilbeck said. "It was crazy. It is big and looks like it would take a car a long time to go around but it's quick."

Dilbeck didn't get to go full throttle during testing but still managed to go about 175 mph at 3/4 throttle. Dilbeck had never drove at Daytona and only got cleared to test Sunday.

"It turned out pretty good," he said. "I learned a lot. It was neat. It was awesome."

Dilbeck wasn't the only local driver testing. Former Eagle's Landing High School student David Ragan tested and posted the third-fastest time at 182.5 mph.

"I spotted for David when he was testing and then David spotted for me," Dilbeck said.

Both Dilbeck and Ragan cut their racing teeth at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder summer racing series.

Ragan, the son of former NASCAR Winston Cup driver Ken Ragan, raced at Thursday Thunder from 1998-2000, winning the Semi-Pro championship in 2000.

Ragan has competed in some ARCA and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races. He made his Busch Series debut in the 2004 season finale at Miami-Homestead.

Dilbeck started racing at Thursday Thunder in 1999 and in 2004, he won the Pro Division championship.

Dilbeck then signed an ARCA deal with Bobby Jones Racing.

Dilbeck plans on testing at Lanier National Speedway in the next few weeks.

From Staff Reports

Local rifle teams excel

The Luella High School rifle team won the sporter division of the Gary Anderson Inviational held recently at Ft. Benning.

Henry County finished second and Eagle's Landing finished fourth.

Woodward Academy won the precistion category with Eagle's Landing in fourth, Henry County in fifth and Luella in sixth.

Henry County placed first in the sporter junior varsity division.