HORSEHEADS, NY — Racing is an incredibly expensive hobby or career when you get to the upper echelons of the sport. Vince Vitale has been around the sport for a long time and has seen the pricing get out of control to field a competitive team.
2017 will see Vitale take on a new racing journey as he will venture into 360 Sprint Cars with a renewed sense of purpose. Long gone are the days of chasing points and putting pressure on his race team to win races to prove they belong.
A switch from Big Block Modifieds to Sprint Cars also refocuses Vitale to go back to the days when racing was fun for his family and his team. Vitale will travel to shows within a reasonable distance of the Central New York shop and essentially pick their own schedule.
But with the switch to the 360’s, Vitale also looks back on what could be in the dirt modified world. Vitale sees Small Block Modifieds as a needed step in the progression of Crate Sportsman Modified drivers to eventually become Big Block Modified stars.
With Big Blocks looking at $50,000 just to be in the ballpark for an engine, could the W-16 engine and spec Small Blocks be what helps transition drivers and save dirt modified racing as a whole? Vitale was asked about this concept and his reasons for the switch to sprint cars recently on Turn 5 Live on the Performance Motorsports Network.
Listen in as Steven Ovens interviews Vince Vitale
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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