By Anthony Rhoads
As an aspiring race-car driver, Hampton's Chris Dilbeck knows the importance of getting publicity and he is certainly getting plenty of practice at it as he is slated to appear on two television shows.
Dilbeck, a 2004 Henry County High School graduate, is appearing on The Jane Pauley Show in an episode which will be airing today at 3 p.m. on NBC.
Dilbeck flew to New York City last week for a taping of the show.
On the show, Dilbeck talks about how he is trying to get a sponsor and he also talks about his recent 31-pound weight loss, which was documented on the Discovery Health Channel's National Body Challenge.
The National Body Challenge show will be aired Jan. 26 at 10 p.m.
"I enjoyed it; Jane was really nice," Dilbeck said. "She asked me about about losing weight and the Body Challenge, but also a lot about racing, and how my mom deals with it ? stuff like that."
On the National Body Challenge, Discovery Health Channel film crews chronicled Dilbeck's weight loss.
Being on that show has helped Dilbeck in many ways including getting him in better shape, learning how to deal with television crews and giving him exposure so that he can attract sponsors for his racing career.
"I learned a lot," Dilbeck said of his experience with the National Body Challenge. "You've got to know how to handle the camera and how to act in front of the camera. It's definitely been a good experience for me."
Dilbeck has been racing since 1999 when he started racing in Thursday Thunder, Atlanta Motor Speedway's summer racing series.
Dilbeck started in the Bandolero Young Guns Division and eventually worked his way to the Pro Division in 2003.
In 2003, Dilbeck won the Pro Division season championship at Lanier Speedway and in 2004, he won the Pro Division title at Thursday Thunder.
Dilbeck, a freshman at West Georgia, recently signed an ARCA contract with Bobby Jones Racing and has been running test sessions at several tracks including Daytona International Speedway.
Dilbeck is also expected to be featured on local Fox television morning show Good Day Atlanta, and popular Q100 morning radio's "The Bert Show."
He will then finish off the week at North Point Mall Saturday, when the National Body Challenge participants will have their first weigh-in.
"I've been working out pretty good," Dilbeck said of the National Body Challenge. "It's a good program to inspire viewers to get in shape and stay healthy."