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   The Chrome Horn - NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour




With 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 unlikely opportunity.

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
Posted: July 10, 2012

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