Gregg Satterlee is on tour with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2017
Gregg Satterlee made the jump to the national dirt late model tour this season. It’s the first time in his career he’s run for national points.
At the start of the 2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season I spoke to Gregg Satterlee about his new venture. Now, we are toward the end of the season. What are his thoughts?
How has it gone?
“It’s been good. It’s definitely been a good experience for my career, going forward,” Gregg Satterlee stated to RacingNews.co from his hauler at the track.
“Doing a lot of stuff, racing against these guys. You don’t acquire this racing, even at a regional level. It just makes you way more confident and comfortable with your racing program.”
“We’ve been racing pretty well here, the last month or so. We’ve had some up and downs. It makes us a better team and definitely makes me a better driver.”
“It’s been a lot of fun. A lot of long nights on the road. A lot of being away from home but I’ve enjoyed it, so far.”
I walked on the track surface to take photos of the starting grid at Macon Speedway. As I walked by the #22 machine, I saw Gregg Satterlee sleeping. He was resting in his car ahead of the green flag.
This was in July, the non-stop month of dirt racing. It was at the tail end of a 3 week road trip for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Living in PA, Satterlee likely only returned home for a handful of days throughout the whole July, if any at all honestly.
I can sleep in that racecar better than I do in my bed sometimes.
“I can sleep in that racecar better than I do in my bed sometimes,” Satterlee confirms.
The national dirt late model tour is a demanding beast. Is Gregg Satterlee going to do it again in 2018?
“I really don’t know. We’ve just briefly discussed it. I’m really just trying to focus on finishing off this year, strong. I definitely want to try to win that ‘Rookie of the Year’ deal. I know that’s going to be a good battle right until Portsmouth. There’s definitely a chance we may end up doing it next year.”
“We’ll re-group this winter. Take a look at our team and our guys that are working for us, see if we can do it next year. We definitely may.”
Races that stand out?
Gregg Satterlee is in a tight battle for the Rookie of The Year award. He’s fighting with Hudson O’Neal for that crown. Right now, Satterlee trails Hudson O’Neal by 65 points.
Does Satterlee have any races circled between now and the end of the year?
“Pittsburgh. It’s an hour and a half from my house,” Satterlee talks about the upcoming race in the North East.
“Somehow I’ve always managed to run pretty well there. Pittsburgh’s kind of a unique place. I think having a little bit of experience there, helps a lot. Just like any place. But, I’ve raced there quite a bit and had a lot of success there. I’ve been able to win a lot of regional shows there.”
Gregg Satterlee had a top 3 car there in the previous two years. Last year, he started toward the tail, climbed to 5th, then wrecked.
“We have our cars better right now, than we’ve ever had them. Hopefully when we go to Pittsburgh, we have our act together. Hopefully we get a little bit of luck. I’d love to win that race.”
This weekend, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series heads to Pittsburg’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. The 29th Annual Pittsburgh 100 lapper pays $20,000 to the winner.
Author: Shane Walters