Dale McDowell to be sidelined due to health issues

Dale McDowell

On the heels of a $7,500 win on Saturday night in the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series feature at Smoky Mountain Speedway the Shane McDowell Racing team confirmed on Sunday by way of their Twitter account(@smcdowellracing) that driver Dale McDowell has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. As a result, the 55-year-old driver from Chickamauga, Georgia will be sidelined from all racing activities for no less than six weeks.

According the Twitter announcement, doctors have given an optimistic prognosis believing the cancer is confined within the prostate with surgery to remove the afflicted area being the only treatment needed. That surgery is scheduled to take place on Monday morning.

McDowell is a member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame and is a former winner of such prestigious events as the World 100, the Dirt Late Model Dream, the USA Nationals, the Topless 100 and the National 100. In 2021, he earned the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals championship as well as five feature victories.


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