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"Dynamite" Dave Dion
 

Hometown: Hudson, NH
DOB: 11/30/43
Began racing: 1964, Norwood Arena (Norwood, MA)
Retired: n/a
Nickname: "Dynamite"
 
Best known for: Racing orange Fords with his family team whenever and where ever there is a race to be run
 
Career Highlights: Began career at Hudson (NH) Speedway; Multiple track championships, hundreds of feature wins; has won every major New England event, including Milk Bowl (1975) and Oxford 250 (1975, '85, '92); has won at NHIS and Dover Downs; won 1976 Northern NASCAR championship; Oxford Open Series champion, 1977-78; ran limited NASCAR WInston Cup Grand National (now Nextel Cup) schedule from 1978-1982; won 1996 Busch Grand National North (now Busch East Series) championhsip; published autobiography Life Wide Open (with Dave Moody) in 2005

Series Championships
  • 1976 Northern NASCAR Championship
  • 1977 Oxford Open Series
  • 1978 Oxford Open Series
  • 1989 ACT Coors Tour American Champion
  • 1996 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series

Track Championships
  • 1972 Norwood (MA) Arena Late Model Sportsman
  • 1975 Thunder Road (VT) Late Model Sportsman
  • 1975 Catamount Stadium (VT) Late Model Sportsman
  • 1977 Thunder Road (VT) Late Model Sportsman
  • 1982 Thompson (CT) Speedway (NASCAR North Molson Tour events)
  • 1982 Dover Downs (DE) Int'l Speedway (NASCAR North Molson Tour events)
  • 1982 Waterford (CT) Speedbowl (NASCAR North Molson Tour events)
  • 1983 Waterford (CT) Speedbowl (NASCAR North Stroh's Tour events)
  • 1989 Thunder Road (VT) Pro Stock (ACT Coors Tour events)
  • 1990 Thunder Road (VT) Pro Stock (ACT Coors Tour events)
  • 1991 Thunder Road (VT) Pro Stock (ACT Coors Tour events)

Major Event Victories

  • 20 NASCAR North/ACT Tour victories
  • 13 NASCAR Busch East Series victories
  • 16 Oxford Open Series victories
  • Bicentennial 200 - Thunder Road (1976, 1989, 1991)
  • Labor Day Classic - Thunder Road (1974, 2001)
  • Late Model Championship 200 - Dover Downs Int'l Speedway (1982)
  • Memorial Day Classic - Thunder Road (1975-78, 1982, 1989-92)
  • New England 300 - Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (1990)
  • Oxford 250 - Oxford Plains Speedway (1975, 1985, 1992)
  • Showdown of Champions - Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (1989-90)
  • Spring Green - Catamount Stadium (1976)
  • Thunder 100 - Thunder Road (1983)
  • United States Cellular 100 - New Hampshire Int'l Speedway (1997)
  • Vermont Governor's Cup - Thunder Road (1976, 1989)
  • Vermont Milk Bowl - Thunder Road (1975)
  • Winston 100 - Thunder Road (1976)

Special Honors

  • NASCAR Busch East Series Most Popular Driver - 1999
  • NASCAR Busch East Series Busch Pole Award Champion - 1997, 2004

DISCLAIMER: Many of the photos on this website have been used without prior permission, and for that, we're sorry.  For the ones we did ask to use, thanks a ton!  Proper credit is due every photographer, but since tagging every single shot would take a really long time, and we've forgotten a lot of who took what, let's just thank everyone who has "helped" out now: Alan Ward, Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com, Gene Gagne/OutsideGroove.com, Leif Tillotson, Brian McCullough (RACEGOD), the late David Heath, Dave Brown, Cindy Weed, John Sullivan, Norm Marx, Bethany Bell, vintagemodifieds.com, the late Bob Doyle, Ron Pittsley, David Paris, Jim DuPont, Tom Herzig, and myriad others.  A huge thanks goes out to contributors Andy Boright, the late Cho Lee, and Christian "Ti Gaz" Genest, all treasurers of racing history.  You're all awesome and very much appreciated!!!
 
--- Website updated and maintained in memory of Cho Lee ---