When I called Chuck Steuer to talk about his son Dillon’s 2019 plans he wasn’t sure exactly where the year would land them. The Big block dirt Modified has a motor that needs repair, the 358 dirt Modified could be readied and so could the tour Modified that they have raced at Riverhead and other tracks. The only common thread with all of the cars was the much needed sponsorship.
That is almost hard to believe as it will be 2 years this season since Dillon shocked the racing world and took down the 1st annual Islip 300, the first 300 lap race in the history at Riverhead Raceway.
Last season Dillon spent most of his weekends racing on the Dirt tracks in the Northeast, tracks like Lebanon Valley Speedway Orange County Fair Speedway and Bridgeport Speedway.
The team had planned to defend his Islip 300 title in 2018 but after their season was set the date of the 300 was changed and other commitments kept him from defending his crown.
To show you how quickly things can change in racing since I spoke to Dillon’s dad Chuck Steuer over the weekend tire sponsorship for the entire 5 nights of Tour Modified racing at New Smyrna Speedway has come together.
Dillon was officially entered today and tonight they were working the Tour Modified to get it ready for the trip south in less than 3 weeks. They will not be ready for the practice night but they will be there on Monday the 11th for the 35 lap feature and run all 5 nights for Tour Modifieds on the schedule.
When I asked about other sponsorship for the week the answer was they could always use more. It is a very expensive 5 nights and a team like Dillon’s that does not have a huge budget scrapes together the money to race and uses miles and points as best they can to cover hotels and the like. They hope for a good enough finish night one to pay for fuel on night two with the same the rest of the week.
The rest of the 2019 season Chuck is still up in the air, as many racers do Dillon needs more sponsorship to really decide which direction they will go. They would like to return and run Riverhead full time but a full time sponsor needs to be secured to do that.
If you are looking to get on board with a young, talented and upcoming driver Dillon and the team would welcome the opportunity to talk about putting your name on his race car.
The World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway February 8th -16th. For more information go to the New Smyrna Speedway Web Site http://www.newsmyrnaspeedway.org