Bob Dillner: Father, Husband, Believer & Racer
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Bob Dillner may be a 17-year veteran of motorsports broadcasting, but his passion for auto racing, in addition to just about every other sport, goes back to his upbringing on Long Island, New York. In the years between his first race as a spectator with his family and today, Dillner has become one of the most reputable motorsports broadcasters. But his time in the garage and on the road covering NASCAR's highest levels only tells part of Dillner's story.
Dillner’s career in motorsports was born out of a passion for the action at his local racetracks in Long Island and New England. The enjoyment of sitting in the grandstands with his family led him to want to get even closer to the racers and stories in the pit area, so he started writing feature stories and race recaps as a teenager – even before he was old enough to get into the tracks’ pit areas - for reputable Northeastern motorsports trade Paper, “Area Auto Racing News.” His print work received many accolades, but it was just the start of his career in the racing media.
In the early and mid-1990’s, Dillner turned his passion for auto racing into a television career that continues today. He founded “Long Island Trackside,” a weekly racing news magazine show that featured racing at Riverhead Raceway in New York and more tracks throughout the northeast. “Long Island Trackside” was one of the most popular programs on Long Island’s News 12 network and allowed Dillner even more time both in front of and behind the camera outside of the racing realm.
While working in New York, Dillner was able to spread his journalistic wings, covering noted news stories as the Amy Fisher/Joey Buttafuoco proceedings, in-depth coverage of New York senators on Capitol Hill, the Long Island Railroad massacre, the New York Yankees’ World Series victories in the early 1990’s, the U.S. Open Golf Championship and more. Dillner covered the New York sports scene, including the Giants and Jets in the National Football League, Yankees and Mets in the Major League Baseball, Knicks and Nets in the National Basketball Association and the Islanders, Devils and Rangers in the National Hockey League. Dillner was nominated for an Emmy award for his work on Long Island, as well.
His work on television in New York earned Dillner an opportunity of a lifetime and an opportunity that has shaped his present and future in the racing media. He began covering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1997, as well as the Indy Racing League, NHRA and other forms of motorsports. In fact, in 2000, he was tapped to be the face of the American Speed Association on TNN, a role that blossomed into Dillner’s position as a leading NASCAR reporter on SPEED and FOX Sports.
Dillner’s passion for short track racing that began as a youngster and continued in his days with the ASA National Tour on TNN. That, in addition to the increasing popularity of the Internet, led Dillner to found Speed51.com in 2001. 51 filled a void for short track racing news throughout the country at that time and continues to be the leading asphalt short track news source to this day.
When not in the garage at Daytona or in the booth at Loudon, Dillner can often be found working with numerous charities that are near and dear to his heart. He is actively involved with organizations such as Speedway Children's Charities, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Drive for Autism, Motor Racing Outreach, Stand Up To Cancer and the JEGS Foundation.
He is also a regular participant on several racing shows across America, including Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Performance Racing Network, Motor Racing Network and NASCAR Home Tracks Radio.
While his professional passion has always been in motorsports, Dillner’s family life and his faith are paramount in his daily life. Dillner cherishes time spent both at the track and away from it with his wife Angie and four children in their North Carolina home or wherever their travels may bring them.
- See the Grand Canyon
- Visit Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming
- Attend the Winter X Games
- Go to the Caribbean with my wife
- Race in the Snowball Derby
- Attend the Chili Bowl and Super DIRT Week
- Visit Yosemite
- Visit all Major League ballparks
- Visit as many lighthouses as possible
- See a Notre Dame home football game
- Go to the Super Bowl, espeically if the Pats are in it!
- Be the play-by-play announcer for the Daytona 500 or any NFL, NBA, NHL or NCAA basketball game
- Take the kids to see Niagra Falls
- Hike through the Redwoods
- Hot air balloon ride in Napa Valley
- Attend a Formula 1 race (only major racing division I haven't seen live)
- Drive on the Salt Flats in a really fast car
- Attend a UNC vs. Duke basketball game
- Throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park