Weedsport, NY — February 25, 2008 – By Tom Skibinski, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast PR Director
Returning to a position that he helped create three years earlier, veteran tech inspector Bob Dini has been reappointed Director of Technical Operations for DIRTcar Racing NorthEast and will once again head the weekly inspection team as well as the traveling show for all major Super DIRTcar Series events.
A respected race car mechanic throughout his life, Dini made an informal return to his familiar pitside perch during the recent Alltel DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park and is now anxiously awaiting the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series in March.
“I expect everything to be as near the same as when I was involved before,” said Dini, who began serving with DIRTcar Racing in 1980 before attending full-time to his own business endeavors last season. Devoting the past six decades to the sport of auto racing, he held a similar position at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y. and the upcoming campaign marks his 28th on the DIRTcar circuit.
“It felt good to be back for the Florida trip, I was well received by all the teams. Even better, there were very few minor things that needed to be changed on the cars. Really, I couldn’t ask for a better return. It was probably one of the best ever and I’m looking forward to another smooth transition when the season opens back up north,” noted Dini, who will have his Garmin GPS settings dialed in to navigate around the 24-track DIRTcar Racing NorthEast circuit this season.
Dini will officially begin his trackside duties at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway for the Advance Auto Parts Series opener on March 22 and continue to follow the Mr. DIRTcar Big-Block Modified, 358-Modified, Sportsman, Pro Stock and Street Stock tours as they take center stage during the summer months.
“I want to get everybody back on track with what we do in every facet and develop an understanding between our racers and officials. We’re not the enemy, we want to work with and not against. Our goal is to be firm yet fair and being consistent with the rules, maintaining an even playing field will take care of that,” added West Nyack, N.Y. resident Dini, himself a former midget, stock car and Sports Car Club of America pilot. He captured the 1962-63 Outdoor TQ Midget Championships driving against the likes of Mario Andretti at the famed Pine Brook (NJ) Speedway and teamed with Indy driver Sam Posey to win the 12 Hours race steering a Ferrari Dino at Sebring (FL) Int’l Raceway in 1968.
“We’re happy to have Bob back on board as his experience will be an asset to our entire inspection team,” said Cory Reed, DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Director of Competition & Track Sanctioning, also recognizing the contributions of key New York members Scott Fremouw (Central Region), Rich Lemieux (West), George Johnson (East) and Lloyd Larmon (North), as well as traveling technician Jim Malloy.
“Bob will be putting more focus on attending weekly events and offering spot checks at every track sometime during the season. He’ll have the benefit of using all of our regional tech inspectors as points of reference, so each will deal directly with Bob on a regular basis with any issues of concern. This is probably the best team we’ve ever assembled in the Northeast and 2008 should be another banner season,” Reed figured.
To view the most current tour schedules, please visit the www.superdirtcarseries.com for the Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series and www.dirtcar.com for Mr. DIRTcar Championship Series in 358-Modified, Sportsman Modified, UMP Pro Stock and UMP Street Stock divisions.
Bob Dini can be reached in his office at 845/358-5049 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, contact the DIRTcar Racing NorthEast Office (315/834-6606) during normal business hours.
The Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds is brought to fans across the Northeast by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Advance Auto Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire and Sunoco Race Fuels. Promotional partners include AMB i.t., Rite Aid Corporation and the University of Northwestern Ohio and the contingency sponsors are Bert Transmission, Bicknell Racing Products, Bilstein Shocks, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Crane Cams, Integra Shocks, MSD Ignitions, Motorsports Safety Systems, Penske Shocks and Wrisco Industries.