SET FOR NHMS
MODIFIED DEBUT THIS WEEKEND
fifteen years of on the track racing experience
elsewhere, and many more than that watching cars
circle the New Hampshire Motor Speedway from the
grandstand and pit area, Steve Dickey is set to
realize a dream of racing at the "Magic Mile" this
weekend on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour thanks to
some very generous sponsors.
"I've been watching as a spectator at nearly every
Loudon Modified race for a long time, but never
thinking that I would actually be out there at some
point," Dickey stated. "I've been on pit crews but
never on the track."
This is a classic case of an under funded driver
getting an opportunity. Dickey, at the age of 30 has
been racing for fifteen years, mostly at the Star,
Lee and Hudson Speedways in New Hampshire. He has
also competed at New Smyrna, Florida and at Beech
Ridge in Maine among other tracks.
Dickey has driven in Late Model, Strickly Stock,
Hobby Stock and Small Block Supermodified race cars.
Last year he began racing a Modified regularly,
winning two weeks ago at Star in nearby Epping, N.H.
The car being used at NHMS will be a different one,
numbered 19. It will carry a full array of sponsors
that Dickey is very grateful for.
With primary sponsorship help from Sterlingwear of
Boston, a manufacturer of quality outerwear, with
stores in East Boston, Braintree, Mass., and in
Nashua, N.H., Dickey is about to realize this
Old School Choppers, with Custom Bikes and apparel
made in Manchester, N.H., and Harold Estey Lumber of
Londonderry, N.H., have also played a major role in
this venture for Dickey, who is the owner of Danger
Designs of Londonderry, N.H. Many area race cars
carry his painting design work on their cars.
"I got approved by NASCAR, my sponsor bought a car
that has been run this year on the NASCAR Whelen
Southern Modified Tour, and here we are- going to
Loudon," Dickey explained. "The goal is to finish
the race and gain experience.
"The halfway break NASCAR added has played a role in
this too. We don't have to hire anybody to make pit
stops. We don't have to go buy thousand dollar air
guns and all of that stuff. Because of the break, we
can do this easier on a limited budget. That is what
(Race Director) Chad Little emphasized to me right
from the beginning."
With the help of ACT Tour standout Joey Polewarczyk
Jr., who is supplying the race hauler, and Bob
Wilcox, Dickey will be part of what most consider to
be the biggest show of the season for the Modifieds,
this weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He
is no longer just a fan in the stands.
Source: Kevin Rice / Steve Dickey Racing