Cory Dumpart’s fourth consecutive IMCA Sunoco Late Model national championship was one of several highlights on and off the track for the driver. (Photo by Tyler Hagen)
NEWMAN GROVE, Neb. — Cory Dumpert comes into the 2022 season looking to add to his IMCA Sunoco Late Model legacy.
He did just that, becoming the first driver from Nebraska to win a late model IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals main event powered by Casey’s before racing to the division’s modern era record of four consecutive national championships.
“Everything we’ve done this season has been pretty special. It was a lot of hard work,” said the driver from Newman Grove. Dumpert is the fourth different driver to win Super Nationals and national championships in the same season.
“We want to win the fourth national title but we know how difficult it is. We want to make as many points as possible without getting too wrapped up in it, then see where we are a month or so before the season ends,” he continued. “And there was a lot of emotion in winning the Super Nationals, especially doing so from a ‘B’ feature and starting at 11.”
Dumpert won 17 weekly events this season, including the Off Road Speedway and Nebraska State crowns.
He won eight of nine starts from early June to mid-July, returned to the top of the national point standings and finished his latest championship with wins in his last three home state starts.
Dumpert and fiancée Lindsey Roan bought a house in Newman Grove earlier this year so the season saw him run out of the unfinished garage, with fewer tools on hand and with dad and crew chief that Cary would come from afar to help.
“It was a trying year but we made it work,” he said. “I can’t give Lindsey enough credit. He did a lot of body, maintenance and tire work during the week. He did everything I could ask for and more on the track, too. It means a lot to both of us to be the first in the modern era to win four straight national championships and we will try to do it again next year. We’ll hit the ground running.”
He will also be in the running for another Super Nationals championship, hoping to repeat his magical run at Boone Speedway.
“I am in tears. I can’t believe we did it,” he admitted. “Just the whole experience in victory lane, with all the people with cameras, is a lot to take in 10 minutes.”
And Lindsey already knew she was the best in Boone.
“I was sitting in the car before the race when Lindsey came up and asked me how he was going to get down the infield after I won,” Dumpert said. “He felt this was going to be my year and he was right. One of the coolest things that happened this year was he ran my car in a powder puff race on one of the nights I won at Albion.
“He won by running laps that were only one second to one and a half seconds off the late model times that night.
“Give him a few more nights and I might lose my job.”
Dumpert now has 65 wins in his late model IMCA career.