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Champion Drag Racer Steve Dillman Still Racing After 48 Years
Champion drag racer Steve Dillman has been racing since he was 17 years old
Steve Dillman, champion drag racer and founder of Dillman Motorsports, has been racing since he was 17 years old. "I started out street racing in the 60's with Bob Glidden. When Indianapolis Raceway Park (O'Reilly Raceway Park) opened up, that was my first time at a race track. Since then, I have had race cars in almost every NHRA sportsman class," says Dillman. After racing for Stout's Racing for around 10 years, Dillman founded Dillman Motorsports, Inc. in 2002 and has been racing under that title ever since. "My wife, Frosty, is my crew chief and my entire family, children, siblings, even extended family, is involved in drag racing."
Steve Dillman continues to come up with innovative ideas in racing.
During his 48 years of racing, Dillman has earned many titles, including the Moroso Five Day over-all points Champion and Five Day Event Winner, Mid-Michigan Big Money Champion, Bowling Green Ten-Tuck Winner, Track Champion at IRP, as well as several NHRA titles, including SuperComp Divisional Winner at IRP, Jegs Sports Nationals Super Street Runner-up at Columbus, and Super-Pro Finals Runner up at IRP.
Dillman says his relationship with K&N started in 2006. "After installing a K&N air filter, my car actually ran one and a half miles per hour faster. I feel that the performance of K&N air and oil filters is superior and the individuals at K&N are always professional and very supportive."
Dillman Motorsports was even instrumental in helping K&N become the official oil filter of Steve Schmidt Competition Engines. "I retired from the Indianapolis Fire Department after a 38 year career. I now work part-time in outside sales and as tech advisor for Steve Schmidt Competition Engines. Given my sponsorship by K&N and my position with Schmidt, it made sense for me to connect two companies that I believe rank at the top of the list in motorsports. Schmidt is the only builder who guarantees his race engines for one year. It is important that his engines are outfitted with the best possible filters to accommodate his guarantee. Who better to do that than K&N?" says Dillman.
With so much already accomplished in the racing industry, Dillman shows no signs of stopping and continues to come up with innovative ideas. "I am putting together a deal with Steve Schmidt to build a new engine for the 2010 season. I hope to debut it in Atlanta in April, 2010," says Dillman. For now, he will continue racing his 1967 Chevy II in Super Street and Super Pro, doing just what he loves best. "The people I have met in drag racing, the relationships I have cultivated with my sponsors, my wonderful friends from Racers for Christ, as well as my family, sustain me."
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K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world's leader in performance filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports from off-road and powersports to drag racing, stock cars and road racing. For more information about K&N Filters, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 213-4182 for a dealer near you, (800) 858-3333 for technical service/questions, (951) 826-4001 Fax, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.knfilters.com.
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