Tyler Dippel cut his teeth in racing by stomping on the gas pedal of a Big-Block Modified in the state of New York. Since then, he’s moved on to asphalt Super Late Models and now races full-time on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit in heavy stock cars. But on May 24-25, Dippel will race something a lot smaller than he’s accustomed to when he straps into an Outlaw Kart during the Speed51 Open at Millbridge Speedway.
Dippel, of Wallkill, New York, has entered the $5,151-to-win race in an entry prepared by car owner Jimmy Smith.
“Jimmy Smith offered me the chance to run his car,” Dippel told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “The people who helped me get my K&N car, they’re really good friends, and we were kind of just talking and it got put together.”
The Speed51 Open will serve as just the second time Dippel has ever raced an Outlaw Kart. His only other start came at Millbridge Speedway back on March 23 when he finished sixth.
“It was good,” said the 16-year-old of his first start. “We won our heat and then they inverted us. Someone wrecked in the feature and caused a big pile up the first lap.”
One thing that Dippel learned in his first Outlaw Kart start was how important it is for a driver to be smooth behind the wheel. That can usually be said for any type of race car, but he said it’s even more important while racing Outlaw Karts around the tight 1/6-mile dirt oval.
“You just really need to be smooth with those things because those things have no suspension so they’re really, really rough,” explained Dippel. “I just figured out that the smoother I kept the car the faster it was.”
Dippel, who scored his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win earlier this year at Mobile International Speedway (AL), believes that the track conditions will be a determining factor in how well he does. He’s accustomed to racing on tracks in upstate New York that are dry and slick, and if that’s the case at Millbridge Speedway in May he believes he’ll be very competitive.
“I expect it to be really fun and really, really competitive. I’m just going there to have fun and race with all those guys. I think it will be fun. I hope the track gets dry and slick. The dryer and slicker the better for me because I like really dry and really slick. I think with those karts and what I came from, dry and slick is what I’m used to.”
While Dippel’s main goal at the Speed51 Open is to have fun, he’s certainly not showing up to finish second. A stout field of racers from multiple disciplines of racing are expected to enter the event, and he knows that a strong showing in the race would go a long ways.
“That would be huge to beat some big names. You get a lot of recognition when you beat a big name so that would definitely be a cool thing to do if I could come out on top of those guys. That would give me a lot of recognition.”
Racing kicks off at the Speed51 Open on Tuesday, May 24 with open practice and qualifying for the Open Division. Support classes including the Beginner Box Stocks, Box Stocks and Intermediate Class will run group qualifying and features only that night. Speed51.com will carry a live PPV video stream of these events.
Following the conclusion of the on-track action there will be an after-party featuring a live band.
Wednesday night’s schedule includes only the Open Division for the Outlaw Karts. Heat races are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be lined up based upon Tuesday night’s time trial results. The top-four finishers in each heat race will be inverted with the winner going to the dash, second going to the A-Main and third on back going to the B, C and D Mains.
The Dash will be eight laps and the drivers will line up based upon the “revenge draw,” which allows drivers to draw for starting position and then assign that positon to another driver.
Following the Dash, B-Main, C-Main and D-Main features, the field will be set and the Outlaw Kart racers will buckle in to battle for the $5,151 top prize.
More information about the live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51 TV, as well as the event itself, will be announced soon.
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-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51