MOORESVILLE, NC :: Kate Dallenbach’s rookie year in Late Model Stock Car racing has certainly been a learning year but she has taken it in stride.  Now, Dallenbach is looking ahead to finishing out the season and getting more seat time next year.

“We’ve had some rough luck lately and not really the best luck but I’m having fun and learning a lot,” Dallenbach said.  “Hopefully I can apply what I’m learning in to next year.  I think we’ll start traveling more next year.  Hopefully we can finish strong the rest of the season.”

Dallenbach’s most recent race, which was run on August 2nd at Hickory Motor Speedway,  showcased some of the rough luck she has encountered throughout the season.

“I didn’t qualify well but we got the car better for the race and then started toward the back.  Moving up, on a restart, the car in front of me, we got in to each other.  After that, my car was towed out a couple inches.  It wasn’t handling well.  We hoped for another caution but after we got in to each other, we didn’t get one though.  Bad luck.”

Kate’s father, Wally, spoke briefly about Kate’s racing season during an interview with pertaining to driver safety and rule changes.

“I think it’s going well,” he said.  “All this stuff is just seat time.  The more seat time, the better.  I’m hoping we can increase her schedule next year and keep her in the seat twice as much.  She’s racing for good people, Richard Childress Racing in dirt and Lee Faulk Racing in Late Models.  They believe in her and are working with her and not taking the money and running.  That’s half the battle.  I think it’s going well.”

Kate, who has been racing at Hickory and at Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina, says she plans on entering the Fall Brawl at Hickory in October and, possibly, the Myrtle Beach 400 in November.

Kate Dallenbach will be making an appearance and signing autographs at the grand opening of Bass Pro Shops in Bristol, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 20th.