Cade Dillard has been a busy man this year. Opportunity keeps knocking and he keeps answering.
In his second full season of competition with the United States Modified Touring Series, Dillard announced today that he will join forces with Shane Sprinkle of S&S Fishing & Rental to compete for the 2016 USMTS National Championship with a full-time schedule.
“I could never thank Shane and Shelly Sprinkle enough for having the faith in me to give me the opportunity to go out and race with the best and be able to do so with resources I need to win races,” Dillard said. “Shane is a great guy and I look forward to forming a long-term relationship with him and his team. He has become a big influence on my program and I’m very optimistic that Shane and myself will have great success together.”
Last season, the S&S Fishing and Rental name appeared over the USMTS Southern Region, but in 2015 the company expanded its partnership with the USMTS as the presenting sponsor of the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.
In 2014, Dillard captured the USMTS Rookie of the Year title and notched his career-first USMTS win in November during the USMTS Winter Nationals at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, La. He won his first USMTS Casey’s Cup points race earlier this season at the Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa, while driving the LG21 house car for Texan Chris Brown-a ten-time USMTS main event winner himself.
“First and foremost, I have to thank Chris Brown and his entire family and crew-including his crew chief, Donnie Pederson, Chris’s dad, Mark, and his brother, Matt-for everything they have done for my racing career,” said Dillard. “They took me in and treated me like family. I couldn’t have been more blessed to have the opportunity to have a mentor like Chris. Words can’t not describe the appreciation I have for him to take the time and teach me the things he’s taught me. He’s a class act guy on and off the track.
“This was just an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Chris is a very close friend of mine, and I know that will not change.”
Brown, who has been enjoying success this season as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series rookie points leader, echoed Dillard’s sentiments.
“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Cade Dillard for all his help and the hard work he has put into LG21 Race Cars,” Brown said. “He has done an excellent job carrying the flag for LG21, and I couldn’t be prouder to have someone like Cade associated with my business. He’s a first-class individual and will most definitely be missed.
“With that being said,” Brown added. “I am extremely excited for the opportunity that he has been presented. It couldn’t have happened to a better person and racecar driver.”
Dillard is one of three USMTS competitors that comprise the Casey’s Crew during this year’s Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental, chasing the USMTS National Championship with sponsorship from Snickers-the Official Candy Bar of the USMTS.
The 24-year-old from of Robeline, La., started his racing career in 2005 at the Sabine (La.) Motor Speedway where he won the rookie title and track championship that year. In less than 10 years since, he has more than 100 career feature wins, including eight in 2009 driving an asphalt late model.
Some of his highlight-reel wins include the $5,000-to-win Deuces Wild, Spooky 50, Fall Southern Showdown, Doris Dowden Memorial and last year’s Dirt Track World Championship at the Texas Motor Speedway.
In more “Thriller” news, Dillard will be driving a Hughes Racing Chassis for the remainder of the season while he is in between teams and cars.
“I’ve never driven a Hughes car, so I am really excited to try it,” Dillard exclaimed. “Again, I have to give special thanks to Jason Hughes for providing me a car to finish out the rest of the USMTS Hunt. Jason is another class act guy, as well as his crew, and he builds top-notch racecars. I have enjoyed the week I’ve got to spend at his shop and look forward to finishing out the year in a Hughes Racing Chassis.
“About four years ago I didn’t think it would be possible for me to travel outside the State of Louisiana to race. To have the opportunities to go out and do what I do and the people I’ve had the chance to work with that have taken the time to mentor me has all been a huge blessing that I’m extremely thankful for.”
Opportunity doesn’t always knock, but Dillard is a walking, talking, breathing example that nice guys don’t always finish last.
ABOUT CADE DILLARD RACING
Cade Dillard drives the No. 97 LG21 Race Cars chassis powered by Geddes Racing Engines. Crew members include Dakota Wyatt, Tyler Roark, Will Gunter and Greg Dillard. The team’s sponsors include Lonestar Hydro & Maintenance, Fox’s Pizza, Zymbom Energy Drink, Nichols Home Decor, Chris Brown Racing and LG21 Racecars, NAPA Auto Parts, Performance Graphix, Scotty Carnline Electric, W.A.R. Shocks, Geddes Racing Engines, Hypercoil Springs, Moran Trucking and Nitroquest Media, with special thanks to his mom and dad, the Gunter family and the Comeaux family. To learn more check out www.cadedillard.com.
ABOUT S&S FISHING & RENTAL
Established in 2011, S&S Fishing and Rental, Inc., employees have over 100 combined years experience in the downhole fishing and rental market for the oil and gas industry. Their primary goals are to provide exceptional service, quality equipment and to maintain a safe work environment. Their field supervisors and operations support staff helps reduce down time and cost to customers. S&S Fishing & Rental, Inc., is headquartered in Andrews, Texas. For more information visit www.ssfishingrental.com online or call 432-524-2122.
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