BDI RACING ADDS MORE DRIVERS AND A SUPER LATE MODEL FOR 2007
SPEED’s Bob Dillner Fielding Entries for Zach Stroupe, Nick Stroupe & More
Each and every week on SPEED, television broadcaster Bob Dillner reports the big news from the NASCAR garage. He tells the fans the inside scoop from the biggest teams in the sport like Hendrick, Childress and Roush. In 2007, Dillner will share some of the perspective those names have, only on a smaller scale.
Bob Dillner, shown here interviewing Tony Stewart, will get to spend time at plenty of tracks of varying sizes this year.
In 2006, Dillner started a new venture, which is his own short-track racing equivalent to those big-time NASCAR teams. While continuing his weekly television duties, Dillner formed BDI Racing to help further the career of North Carolina youngster Zach Stroupe, as well as provide a team for his daughter Meghan.
The first year for BDI Racing was a successful one. Zach Stroupe won the Pro Challenge Carolinas Regional Championship and finished second in the Aaron’s Pro Challenge National Points, as well as being named the series Rookie of the Year. The Iron Station, NC driver also had several victories in the Legends Car circuit. At the same time, Bob’s own daughter scored her first Bandolero victory in 2006.
In 2007, BDI Racing is expanding its efforts by building a Super Late Model and adding another driver to its team. 11-year-old Nick Stroupe, who is Zach’s brother, will pilot the 51-Pro Challenge machine in several events on the Pro Challenge Carolinas region as well as compete in select Legends Car and Bandolero events.
“We are really excited to have both Zach and Nick with BDI Racing; both kids are really talented,” said Dillner, who is heading back down to Daytona, FL in January to cover NASCAR Nextel Cup testing for SPEED. “We have sponsored Nick in the past, but we wanted to bring everything under the same banner. As much as we are a racing team, we are a family too.”
Now 14, Zach Stroupe will return to the seat of several BDI Racing machines in 2007, including a Super Late Model. Stroupe will also continue to chase victories in the Aaron’s Pro Challenge Series on a part-time basis, beginning with the Pro Challenge season opening events (the Winter Nationals at Orlando Speedworld on Feb. 9 & 10 and New Smyrna Speedway on Feb. 11 & 12) in Florida. Stroupe will also continue to compete in the Legends Car events when his schedule allows.
“We can’t wait for Zach to get behind the wheel of our Super Late Model,” added Dillner. “We are currently putting all the pieces of the puzzle together; from which car and engine we are going to select, to what series’ we will compete in. We are exploring all options and will have some exciting announcements. We are also entertaining any and all possibilities for marketing partners.
“I know Zach will do a great job. He’s a great kid with a great feel for a racecar. But, we’re going to take it slow. We plan on doing a lot of testing before we ever enter an event. Our plan is to race in approximately six to eight
races in '07 and then pick a series to compete in for '08.”
11-year-old Nick Stroupe, who is lighting up the Bandolero ranks in the Carolinas right now, will make the step up from to the Pro Challenge ranks. The younger Stroupe will compete in the Carolinas Region in Dillner’s #51 machine.
“It will sound like I’m repeating myself, but we’re going to take things one step at a time with all of our programs next year and that includes with Nick,” explained Dillner. “He is a ‘wheel-man’ at his age already, but we’ll do a bunch of testing here too and primarly run in the Carolinas this year. I am excited about Nick getting behind the wheel of our Pro Challenge car because I know he’ll do well. And we plan on him running a couple of Legends Car events as soon as he is old enough as well.”
Dillner’s 13-year-old daughter Meghan is a third generation racer. Both her grandfather (Bob Sr. – Figure-8s and drag racing) and her father (many different racing divisions) paved the way for Meghan. This will be the third season for the New York native behind the wheel of the #51 Bandolero. She will compete in the Young Guns division at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord Motorsport Park and the Atlanta Motor Speedway primarily in 2007.
BDI Racing will also field two cars in the Redneck Racing Series and one in the Lowe’s Motor Speedway CRASHCar division this year. Bob himself will be among a host of drivers who will drive those street-stock style racecars.
And if most of these drivers were not young enough, Bob’s five-year-old son, Blaise, will begin racing with the Quarter Midget Association this year.
“If you’re counting, that’s nine-racecars. Most people would call me nuts, but I enjoy it,” Dillner said. “I love short track racing and
I love seeing kids like Zach and Nick work their way through the ranks. Plus any dad loves watching his own kids compete, although I do get some butterflies sometimes. On the other hand, the Redneck Street-Stock cars are just a plain ol’ adrenaline rush. We have some great sponsors, but we’re always looking for more. And I have some great partners and friends that help make all of this possible. It’s going to be a great year.”
Zach Stroupe will make the move up to a BDI Super Late Models in 2007.
Nick Stroupe will ease into the Pro Challenge Series.