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Chris Dilbeck adding short track flavor to the Indy 500 paddock

Matt Weaver | STS

If you look hard enough, you’ll find the most recent CARS Tour Super Late Model winner roaming Gasoline Alley at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Chris Dilbeck is the sales manager for Performance Friction Brakes — better known in the short track world as simply ‘PFC.’ Dilbeck moonlights as a Late Model driver whenever his busy schedules allows and prefaced his month of May at Indianapolis with a CARS Tour victory at Hickory Motor Speedway on May 5.

In fact, the triumph was his second victory in as many weeks as he won a Pro Late Model race at Watermelon Capital Speedway on April 28.

And just like that, Dilbeck is back on the clock, roaming the paddock each day this week to take care of clients with PFC serving as the spec brake of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“It’s going to be a busy month,” Dilbeck told Short Track Scene after his victory at Hickory. “We’ve got to turn right back around because PFC will be a part of the Louis Schwitzer Award presentation at the speedway.”

As a result, Dilbeck isn’t quite sure when he will race next and savors moments like Hickory when he captured his first career CARS victory.

“I don’t look at it like we’re proud to beat the other guys on the track, because I don’t race a lot or whatever,” Dilbeck said. “Those guys are customers. I am proud, but only because winning is what lets me turn around when I get some free time and keep racing. Winning goes a long way to making the ends meet.

“It’s also good marketing for our product to get it in Victory Lane, no matter which one of us gets it done.”

In the meanwhile, Dilbeck will also savor the opportunity to work in the paddock during the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

“It’s special,” Dilbeck said. “It’s a really cool place. It kind of reminds me of Late Model racing in some ways. The people there, the community. These guys are racers just like what you saw at Hickory. They just go a lot faster for a living.”

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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