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Beginning his career in 2005, Cade Dillard raced several years on the USMTS tour, a veteran behind the wheel of his Modified. However, his ventures in the Late Model didn’t come to the forefront until 2019, starting the year out in Arizona at the Wild West Shootout where he picked up one of the biggest wins of his Late Model career.

Throughout 2018, Thriller also made appearances on both the MLRA and Louisiana Late Model Racing Series, with wins at the Sammy Nolen, Chatham and Thunder Valley Speedways, and a win with the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series the Timberline Speedway in Texas.

Making his debut with the Series in 2019, the Louisianan raced just twice with the Outlaws in 2018 – a 13th and an 11th in back-to-back nights at the Whynot Motorsports Park. Having never seen 90% of the tracks on the schedule in his rookie year, Dillard improved immensely over the course of his first national touring season and wrapped up a solid 7th-place finish in the final points standings.

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Engine Builder – Clements Racing Engines

Sponsors – S&S Fishing & Rental, Joel’s Auto Sales, MVT Trucking, Johnsville Company, Jody’s Oilfield Service

Nickname – Thriller

Crew Members – Ryder Cantillo – rubber engineer; Donnie Pederson – crew chief

Favorite Track – Ark-La-Tex Speedway. It’s a local track for me, lots of big wins there.

Would you rather race on a slick or tacky track? – Slick

Who is/was the driver you look(ed) up to the most? – Jimmy Mars

Most memorable racing moment, good or bad? – Winning a Wild West Shootout race at Arizona Speedway in 2019.

What’s the most enjoyable part of racing? – I get to see a lot of the country, parking it in Victory Lane!

Favorite restaurant to stop at while on the road? – Steak & Shake

Do you have a favorite fan experience, and what was it? – Winning the 2010 Fall Southern Showdown at Sabine Motor Speedway with my grandma there before she passed away, who was my biggest fan.

What’s one thing you can’t live without while on the road? – My crew guys!

What’s the last movie you watched and what did you think of it? – My wife and I recently watched Yellowstone. A very good TV series!

If you had a theme song, what would it be? – I’m Gonna Be Somebody by Travis Tritt

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