HORSEHEADS, NY — If you walk through the pit area at Woodhull Raceway, you’ll come across a pretty eclectic group of racers. There’s a great mix of veterans, rising stars and drivers just starting to make a name for themselves.
But if you walk all the way through the pit area, almost to the highest point of Woodhull’s property, you’ll find one of the nicest guys at the track. Dave Richmond is the gentle giant of the pits, usually shys away from the microphone at first but always agrees to give reporters a sound bite on his racing season. But when he speaks about racing, the passion for the sport is quite evident as this man loves being a weekend warrior driving racecars on dirt.
Richmond didn’t start out in the full size dirt cars though, he got his start in go karts on dirt tracks much smaller in size than the third-mile track at “New York’s Toughest Bullring”. Prior to jumping into his Front Wheel Drive four cylinder machine in 2016, Richmond piloted a go kart for eight years. But growing up down the road from the Van Pelt family and having a father who was into racing Modifieds and Street Stocks- it was only a matter of time before Richmond would make the move up.
The big cars weren’t on his radar initially, but a couple of starts in a Birdsall-owned Front Wheel Drive in 2015 was just what Richmond needed to get the itch to move up. Richmond entered his rookie season at Woodhull with tempered expectations and a brand new racecar that looked almost too nice to even take out on the track.
Richmond finished up with one emotional victory on the season, enroute to Rookie of the Year honors in his class.
Richmond spoke about his experience recently on Turn 5 Live:
About the Writer
Steven Ovens is the Northeast Dirt Correspondent for Race Chaser Online and the creator and host of the Turn 5 Live dirt track racing radio show, airing at 7:30 p.m. Eastern every Tuesday on the Performance Motorsports Network.
Ovens has spent his lifetime in the sport of dirt track racing, growing up in the garages of the Kerrick and Ovens families. He spent 11 years behind the wheel between go-karts and 4 Cylinder Mini Stocks which brings a unique perspective to his dirt track editorials.
The 30-year-old has a career in the growing health care business world, and is also entering his second season as the full-time announcer and media director for Woodhull Raceway in Woodhull, N.Y.
In addition, Ovens was formerly the announcer and media director for Outlaw Speedway (formerly Black Rock Speedway) in Dundee, N.Y., serving in that capacity in both 2015 and 2016.
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