20 Questions with Dave Dion


1. How long have you been involved in Motorsports?

2003 will be my 39th year as a driver and I was a fan for 10 years before that.

2. What is your earliest memory in motorsports?

After moving to Hudson, NH at age 6 I used to sit on the lawn on Sundays to watch the race cars heading to the Hudson Speedway. Three years later I saw my first race there and have been hooked for life.

3.Do you see motorsports gaining in poplularity or will it start to decline as people get bored with it?

 I can still see some growth in popularity but much of it will be only in the premier series'. Creating the very loyal new fans like from my era will be difficult unless the short tracks respond more to the fans complaints. New short track TV exposure will introduce more people to our sport but the individual tracks will need a family atmosphere to keep them coming back.

4. What is the best race you have ever seen live?

 Rickie Evans beating Geoff Bodine at Martinsville on the last lap in the 80s. Both cars wrecking heading to the checkered flag!

5. Do you think NASCAR running Winston Cup races has an effect on the attendence of local short tracks across the USA?
Winston Cup races don't effect the real short track fans but the casual fan is easily drawn away.

6. If you were in charge of NASCAR but could only make one change, what change would that be?

Require or convince all the top level drivers ( and team members) to return to their roots at the local tracks to help create more fans. Ricky Craven ( from New England ) seems to be the only driver willing to give back to the area that helped make him successful.

7. What advice would you give to a young driver looking to get into racing?

Be very careful how you climb the racing ladder of succuss becuase you may have to come down that same ladder. Also see answer to #6.

8. How did you get involved in motorsports? 

I started as a fan, worked for a cut down race team for two years then built my own car in 1964. It's all I ever wanted to do after seeing my first race in 1954.

9. In your honest opinion... whats the best race track in the world? What is the worst?

On the National Level I think Darlington offers the most excitement. On the local level Thunder Road in Barre, VT has the most to offer the race fan and most rewarding for a driver.

I can't name a worst track, it wouldn't be fair to the loyal fans that support it.

10. Do you think the internet has helped people get information about racing or do you think it is just a vast wasteland of sites full of rumors and lies?

I am not a big fan of many site on the internet ( due to their cowardly comments and lack of honesty) but the Net does provide a great service.

11. You can have dinner with anyone in motorsports ( living or dead) , who would you chose? Why?

Troy Brown from the New England Patriots, even before the Patriots won the Super Bowl he was my hero. He always plays at 100%, is grateful for what he has, is humble, exciting, courageous and one of the greatest role models of any sport. I hope and pray he never changes. 

12.What is your opinion on "bending" the rules and working in that grey area of a rulebook? What about out and out cheating and disregard for the rules?

They should ease up on the bending penalties and really nail the out right cheaters.

13. Its the last lap of a dream race.... who are the drivers and at what track would you like to see them battle it out?

Refer to the answer to question #4.

14. What is the one thing you wish more fans would know about motorsports? How could they possibly learn that one thing?

How many sacrifices racing families make just to compete, regardless of success. IN depth coverage of the entire teams to get to know the people that make it happen.

15. How do you think racing has managed to keep a somewhat wholesome imagine while other major sports have what seems to be endless scandals involving drugs, crime, etc?

I think racing people work so hard and give up so much to gain any success that their pride and principles keep the pretty honest. As racing people we are very aware of the children we influence.

16. What could be done in racing to get it more diverse as far as minority involvement?

Treating people as your equal is the best way to win them over and to build a friendship. Many people that don't like or understand the enjoyment of racing just need the right introduction. I think our sport should work harder to convince all people that they are welcome and appreciated and let them feel good about their accomplishments.

17. What do you think about Imported car manufactors getting into major league auto racing in the USA?

I may be way off but no foreign cars in NASCAR, period!

18. Your choice.... one ticket to a big league NASCAR race or a seasons pass to your favorite local short track... which would you chose and why?

Short tracks are just much more exciting and what you see is what you get not a bunch of lip service.

19.Where do you see yourself in 5 years as far as motorsports goes?

I'll probably be playing on my Dyno with some weird engine combinations. I 'd like to still drive some short tracks just for the fun of it.

20. When you want a break from the world of motorsports, what are some of the things you like to do?

Going to Foxwoods for the day in the middle of the week is a great get a way. Watching football on TV or ging to a game is great. Snowmobiling in the winter with the grandchildren is something I look forward to. Eating out with good friends and family never gets old. Watching too much TV ( comedies) has always been on of my vices.