The 2014 Late Model Lucas Oils Development Series has been won by Dean King.
He was Top Points scorer for eligible drivers in three of the 6 meetings conducted and had a consistent haul of points in other meetings. Dean ended the series as a clear leader with 675 points. Next placed was Steve Bond on 434 points followed by Lance Ferguson with 370 points. Of the other drivers eligible for trophies the outstanding performer was Brent Vosbergen who also topped the points tally at three meetings. Brent was unable to capitalize on his success as he missed a number of rounds whilst crewing for his father Craig in the USA.
Ken McPherson also amassed a lot of points in a very consistent run but was ineligible for trophies as he has previously won the series.
Since its inauguration in 2010 the series has continued to attract new blood to Late Model racing and has also provided the opportunity for more experienced drivers to improve their skills.
This year 27 drivers took part over the six rounds of the series that were run. Unfortunately four rounds were cancelled due to poor weather.
Dean’s success is a great example of the benefit of being involved in the Late Model Development Series. He sat out last year after his first attempt at Late Model racing in 2012. During this time he bought a new black front Rocket and recharged his batteries. “The first year was a mixed year and a bit trying” said Dean
Dean is now happy to be back in the seat even though it is a struggle doing it out of his own pocket without sponsors. This season he has shown he can be fast and has demonstrated a never give up attitude.
Dean is supported in his racing by his father Allen and son Bradley who do all the work on the car at home and then crew at the track. “It would be pretty hard without them. Not really possible to go racing without them. I appreciate everything they do.”
Having used the Development Series to try a few different things Dean is looking forward to the upcoming Prodirt Series “We have used the Development Series to improve my driving techniques and to get up to pace with the Pro boys. It is all about learning. The plan is to do most Prodirt rounds, finances permitting, and achieve a top 10 finish. I know it will be hard with the quality of cars in the field.” said Dean
By Ray Hale for LMRWA