Matt Dooley Racing
Matt Dooley Racing : Profile
Matt Dooley Racing Fayetteville, Georgia
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Driver:  Matt Dooley 

Car Type:  Dirt Late Model & ARCA

Car Number:  #18

Matt Dooley Bio:

Hometown:  Brooks, GA
Car Owner:  Matt Dooley Racing - Scott Dooley 
Education:  Graduated with honors from a Christian Academy High School, plans to further education at local Technical College
Work:  Machinist at Scott's Auto Machine  & Parts Company, Inc.
Hobbies:  Other than racing, Matt loves fishing, baseball, Atlanta Braves, Georgia Bulldogs, and restoring his late Grandpa Joe's antique tractors.
Racing Nickname:   "Magic Matt Dooley"
The nickname was given to Matt during his Bandolero racing days at the young age of 9 around 2005 by announcer Ted Austad (Atlanta Motor Speedway Event Manager) and it seemed to follow him when he moved up to dirt late models.    
Total Years Racing Late Model:  10 years - From 2009-2018
Total Years Racing: 14 years - From 2005-2018
Total Dirt Late Model Feature Career Wins - 26
Racing History:
  • 2018 - at the age of 21, Matt begins his 10th year racing a dirt late model in both the Steel Head Late Model Class and the Super Late Model Class in his #18 Rocket Chassis.  Matt has started the season off  with his first win on March 17 at West Georgia Speedway in the Shamrock Classic.  Dooley also made his ARCA Racing debut on the banks of  Salem, IN and looks forward to doing more ARCA racing this year.  He plans to continue his dirt racing when not racing ARCA.
  • 2017 - at the age of 20, Matt begins his 9th year racing a dirt late model in both the Steel Head Late Model Class and the Super Late Model Class in his #18 Rocket Chassis.  Matt has started the season off  with 2 wins in April.
  • 2016 - at the age of 19, Matt begins his 8th year racing a dirt late model.  Matt is racing full time in the Super Late Model Class but will also be racing his Steel Head Late Model.  He has gone with Rocket chassis this year and plans to get more seat time in the Super class and hopes for some successful finishes.  Matt won 1 Steel Head Late Model race and won the 2016 Senoia Raceway Steel Head Late Model "Fall Brawl Series" Championship.
  • 2015 - Matt Dooley's 7th year racing on dirt.  He raced the NeSmith CT525 in 23 Super races and his Steel Head late model in 8 races with 3 feature wins. Matt raced the Lucas Oil race at Rome Speedway in Rome, GA, and the Nationals at East Alabama Motor Speedway.         
  •  2014 - Matt's 6th year racing a dirt late model.  Matt raced the Limited Late Model (or Sportsman Steel Head Late Model) class and raced some Super races.  Dooley  purchased a Capital Racecar chassis in 2014.  Matt had 2 wins in the Limited Late Model(Steel Head).  Matt raced the Lucas Oil races at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA and Rome Speedway in Rome, GA, and the Nationals at East Alabama Motor Speedway. 
  • 2013 - Age 16/17 - Matt's 5th year racing a dirt late model.  Matt raced the Limited Late Model(or Sportsman) class and raced some in the Super Late Model class.  Matt has won 5 Limited Late Model races in 2013. 
  • 2012 - Age 15/16 - Matt's 4th year racing a dirt late model.  This year Matt raced the Limited Late Model (or Sportsman) class.  Matt also raced in 6 Super Late Model Races.  Matt won 3 Limited Late Model races at the age of 16.  Matt won his first Limited Late Model (Steel Head) race 1 month after turning 16 years old.  Highlight of the year was winning back-to-back feature races in the Limited Late Model division during the Lucas Oil Weekend at Dixie and Rome Speedway Oct. 6 & Oct. 7, 2012 at the age of 16.
  • 2011 - Age 14/15 - Matt's 7th year of his early racing career and 3rd year racing Crate Late Model on dirt.  Matt moved up into the Limited Late Model (or Sportsman Class) in August 2011.  Matt Dooley won his first Crate Late Model Race just a couple of weeks after turning 15 at Dixie Speedway.  Dooley won a total of 4 Crate Late Model races in 2011.
  • 2010 - Age 13/14 - Second year racing Crate Late Model and some Limited Late Model (or Sportsman Class).
  • 2009 - Started racing this year at age 12 turning 13 years old - Rookie Year racing Crate Late Model on dirt tracks around the Southeast - First late model race at the age of 12 - 5th place finish.
  • 2007-2008 - Raced Slingshots on dirt tracks around the Southeast.
  • 2005-2008 - Raced Bandoleros on asphalt tracks around the Southeast.

Future Racing Goals: 

Race in both Lucas Oil and World of Outlaws Late Model Dirt Car Series (while keeping an open mind to other racing opportunites if they should become available).


About Matt:

Matt Dooley is a young man who has always had a passion for racing.  Growing up just minutes from Atlanta Motor Speedway and  less than an hour or so away from the best dirt tracks around the South allowed Matt to become involved in racing at a very young  age.  He is already into the 9th year of his early late model racing career.  In 2005, he began racing Bandoleros  on asphalt tracks around the Southeast.  In 2007, Matt decided to take on a new challenge and began racing a dirt car called a Slingshot  on dirt tracks around the South.  After enjoying success racing these cars on both dirt and asphalt, Matt felt he was ready for an even bigger challenge – a dirt late model.

Matt  is a first generation racer who is fortunate enough to be born into a family that does everything they can to  support his  dream of racing.    His father, Scott Dooley, owns and operates an automotive machine shop where engines have been  built for racers across the Southeast for over 37 years.  At the machine shop, Matt is exposed to engine building, as well as all forms of racing and racers.   He has been blessed to have many people that have helped him learn along the way.  Also, Matt has distant relatives on both sides of his family that have raced for generations around the Southeast at both dirt and asphalt tracks.                                                                                                                                     
As a first generation racer starting from nothing,  Matt has had many challenges starting his racing career.  His drive and ambition to succeed as a racer  and his "never give up attitude" proves he has the heart of a true racer.  He has made racing his life.  He bought his first used dirt late model in 2008 and began practicing.  He began competing in 2009 in a GM 604 Crate Late Model at the age of 13.  After having success in Crate, he moved up into the Limited Late Model Class (Steel Head), followed by a NeSmith CT525 Super Series, and a Super Late Model in 2016.   Currently, Matt is  racing in both the Super Late Model class and the  Steel Head Late Model class.

If you happen to be at a dirt track around the Southeast, look for this up and coming young driver named Matt Dooley racing his #18 Dirt Late Model.  Also, look for Matt Dooley to be racing some ARCA races in 2018.


Dirt Late Model Tracks Raced At (20 Total):
Dixie Speedway - Woodstock, GA 
Rome Inernational Speedway - Rome, GA 
Talladega Short Track – Eastaboga, AL
East Alabama Speedway - Phenix  City, AL
Penton Raceway  - Penton, AL
West Georgia Speedway – Whitesburg, GA
New Senoia Raceway - Senoia, GA
Green Valley Speedway - Glencoe, AL
Lavonia Speedway - Lavonia, GA
Cochran Speedway - Cochran, GA
Boyd's Speedway - Ringgold, GA
Swainsboro Speedway - Swainsboro, GA
Needmore Speedway - Norman Park, GA
Magnolia Speedway - Columbus, MS
Screven Motor Speedway - Sylvania, GA
Ft. Payne Speedway - Ft. Payne, AL
Toccoa Speedway - Toccoa, GA
411 MotorSpeedway - Seymour, TN
North Georgia Speedway - Chatsworth, GA 
Dublin 441 Speedway - Dublin, GA


Matt Dooley Racing


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