At the end of the 2022 season it was announced that Devin Moran would take the wheel of the Double Down Motorsports ride following the departure of Hudson O’Neal from the Roger Sellers-owned operation. On Thursday night, the new pairing found immediate success as ‘The Mailman’ took the No. 99 Longhorn Chassis machine to victory lane on the opening night of the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Late Model Series season in the Sunshine Nationals at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park.
The first person to greet Moran in victory lane was his excited car owner following a thrilling race that saw the Dresden, Ohio native take the lead from two-time and defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion Tim McCreadie on the 20th circuit in the 25-lap affair that paid $8,000-to-win.
Moran has had success at Volusia in the past having won the Gator Nationals championship in 2021 and 2022.
McCreadie looked to have the feature race in hand until Moran chased him down and made the winning pass as the two cars worked through slower traffic.
“I was just way too tight to run that very top and Timmy was really good up there,” Moran explained to DirtVision.com following the race. “I just changed my line up and I figured out how to carry as much speed as I could. The new dirt they’ve got on this track is kind of like the rest of Florida now where you can’t really steer and you’ve got to be on the gas and you’ve got to be sideways. I don’t know, I just run really good at these kinds of tracks. I’m out of breath, we were working really hard there and that was fun.”
The 28-year-old driver acknowledged the contribution of his new car owner.
“Roger Sellers has been telling me to run the top all weekend and I’ve kind of been avoiding it,” Moran stated. “There at the end I was doing what I could to run that. I just want to thank Roger.”
After leaving Tye Twarog Racing last year, the Moran crew has been busy preparing their new ride for the upcoming season.
“My crew has worked their tails off for the last month because it’s just been such a rush trying to get everything done,” he pointed out. “These Longhorn Chassis are the best in the business right now. Every time we go down there they’re super cool whether they’re building bodies or welding the frames or anything else. All of those guys do a great job.”
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