It’s every racers dream to race at Daytona. Few have the opportunity to live out their dream, but those that do grace the high-banks of Daytona International Speedway say it’s a thrill of a lifetime.
This February, while short track racers from all across the county have their dream come true, so does SPEED broadcaster Bob Dillner. He is slated to call the action during the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model race for the UNOH Battle at the Beach at Daytona International Speedway on Monday, February 18th for SPEED.
“Anyone who knows me understands how much I love short track racing,” explained Dillner, who is a veteran NASCAR broadcaster for SPEED & FOX Sports. “So when the network approached me to be the play-by-play commentator for this race it was a dream come true.
“The Late Model competitors that are coming from all around the country are some of the toughest in the business. It will be a pleasure to ‘call’ the race to showcase all of their talents.”
Alongside of Dillner will be former NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler, who will serve as color-commentator for the event. Ray Dunlap will provide additional information from pit road.
This is the second time in Dillner’s career that he will be in the booth for a television event at Daytona. In 2004, Dillner called the ARCA Racing Series event on the two-and-a-half mile superspeedway.
“That race was unreal,” Dillner stated. “It was a duel to the finish, but I remember my partner in the booth, Ken Schrader, had to leave early because he was racing in the Bud Shootout which followed the ARCA race. I called the final 30-laps of the race by myself. I’m excited to have Hermie Sadler for the duration of this one.
“All joking aside, this four-tenths of a mile track is so different than the superspeedway, especially with its pointed corners. It will provide plenty of bumping and banging and Hermie and I will be able to talk about it all for all the folks that can’t make it.”
Dillner will also serve as pit reporter on the broadcast for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and K&N Pro Series events on Tuesday from Daytona on SPEED.
Monday’s UNOH Battle at the Beach for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series will begin at 7pm on SPEED. Tuesday’s double-header of NASCAR short track racing also begins at 7pm.