By Anthony Rhoads
Since he began racing in 1999, Chris Dilbeck has sped to many wins and has earned many honors in the world of motorsports but lately you can add the term 'media star' to his long list of accomplishments.
This year, Dilbeck was featured on the Discovery Health Channel program 'National Body Challenge' and made an appearance on the 'Jane Pauley Show.'
While Dilbeck is working on getting his name out there on the airwaves, the 2004 Henry County High School graduate and current University of West Georgia student is still focused on his main priority - racing.
Dilbeck has emerged as one of the top stars at Thursday Thunder, Atlanta Motor Speedway's summer racing series.
Last season, Dilbeck reached the pinnacle of success at Thursday Thunder. He won five races on his way to winning a points championship in the Pro Division.
"I'm excited about it," Dilbeck said. "If I don't win more than five races, I'll be disappointed."
As successful as he was last year, Dilbeck said he should be even more competitive as he lost about 30 pounds in the National Body Challenge program.
"It helps a lot in endurance," Dilbeck said. "That was one of the reasons to lose weight was endurance; I'm not getting so tired so easily after races."
Dilbeck plans on racing a full schedule at Thursday Thunder and making sporadic visits to such tracks as Sunny South, Orlando, Cordele, Concord and Lanier.
He also has his sights on a late model career and that dream is right around the corner as he is working with friend and fellow competitor John Wes Townley and crew chief Wayne Hansard. The Brothers Race Team is looking to make its debut in mid-to-late July or early August.
Hansard is a former crew chief for current NASCAR Busch Series competitor and former Legends driver Reed Sorenson.
"I'm real excited about this year with the late model," Dilbeck said. "Hopefully, we'll get to start racing."
In addition to getting help from Stevens with Legends racing, Dilbeck has also enlisted the help of Ronnie Sanders, a long-time short-track driver in Georgia.
"He's just incredible," Dilbeck said.
While Dilbeck has been getting assistance from a lot of guys, he gives much credit to Stevens for helping him get his Legends career into high gear.
"Me and Doug will put our heads together and come up with something," Dilbeck said. "If it wasn't for (Stevens), I don't think I'll ever win a race. It's been a big help."