Devin Moran will be making his final start for Dunn-Benson Motorsports this weekend at the Dirt Track World Championship following a brief one-year run with that team. While the wins did not come as was hoped for when the pairing was announced during the last off-season, there have been bright spots for the North Carolina-based team and their young Dresden, Ohio driver. With only one race remaining on the schedule, Moran currently sits sixth in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series standings after piling up 29 top-10 finishes on that tour.
Entering this past weekend where LOLMDS races were planned for Dixie Speedway and Rome Speedway in Georgia, the 2017 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Rookie of the Year had never raced on either track. Ultimately, Moran came home a solid 7th in the feature at Dixie while the race at Rome was eventually rained out. And despite the eventual parting of ways with his current team, the driver’s focus remains on the task at hand for this weekend in Portsmouth, Ohio.
“We’re just going to take these last three races one at a time,” Moran told InsideDirtRacing.com prior to the racing action at Dixie Speedway. “I have never been here at Dixie or Rome so it will be a little different experience for myself but we’re going to try to get this Dunn-Benson Rocket up front and hopefully have three solid runs and finish out the year strong.”
Moran admits that he and his team were hoping for more success in 2019. An unsanctioned win in West Plains, Missouri proved to be the only checkered flag of the campaign. Still, there is a chance to make a good season great by collecting $100,000 from the DTWC on Saturday night.
“We were definitely hoping for more,” Moran declared. “Every time we go on the race track you want to win and we’ve only been able to do that once. But we’ve got to keep working as hard as we can and try to salvage as great of a year as we can.”
With only one race to go in his stint with Dunn-Benson Motorsports, what does Moran plan to do next season?
“Nothing has been determined yet,” the 25-year-old driver said. “I’m really focused on this Dunn-Benson Motorsports ride and I want to finish it out strong. Once I get that done, I’ll figure out the rest of my situation for 2020.”
Whatever Moran’s plans for next year entail, they will almost certainly involve his family. The son of the ‘Million Dollar Man’ Donnie Moran is rarely seen at the track without other members of his clan nearby. Particularly, brother Wylie plays a major role in the preparation and maintenance of the driver’s car. And that is something Devin hopes will continue for at least a little while longer.
“I’ve told Wylie in the past that I don’t want him to do this forever,” Moran pointed out. “This isn’t a career that I want him to follow. He can do this while he’s young and have fun. I expect him to be on the road with me for a couple more years so I’m excited about that but we’re going to just take it one year at a time for now. We’re going to finish this year out strong and then focus on next year.”