jobs in racing included: crew member, car owner, driver, and cheerleader
for his son’s team. Dick’s grandfather was vice president
of Heidelberg Raceway and took Dick to the track every Thursday night.
he built his first race car and ran the entire season in the Claiming
Division. He was crowned Late Model Rookie of the Year for 1967 in
the Pittsburgh Racing Association.
creation of the Mini-Stock Division captured Dick’s attention
and he finished second in points in their only season. Curry won multiple
events in that division at the Memorial Stadium in Daytona Beach,
Virginia Raceway (State Championship), Marion Center Speedway (won
eight out of ten), Canfield Speedway (three wins in a row), Islip
Speedway, North Hills Raceway and Lincoln Speedway where he finished
third in points in the NASCAR Mini-stock division in 1972. The car
was nicknamed “Mighty Mouse”.
Some of the other
speedways where he competed were Blanket Hill, Carlisle, Challenger,
Greater Pittsburgh, Green Valley, Hummingbird, Hagerstown, Heidelberg,
Islip, Jennerstown, Latrobe, Lernerville, Mansfield, Pittsburgh, Richmond
VA, Saluda VA, South Park and St. Clairsville. At several of these
tracks he competed in the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Senior Series.
He enjoys attending
NASCAR races and traveling around the country in his RV with his family.
His most memorable moment in racing was winning the 1973 World Series
of Mini Stocks Championship in Florida. The most embarrassing moment
came in 1971 after winning the grand finale at Daytona Memorial Stadium
only to be disqualified. He can relate to some of the NASCAR teams
today that are having issues with the rules.
refer to him as “Mr. NASCAR”. The nickname is appropriate
because he knows more about that form of racing than anyone in the
Tri-State area. In the mid-70s he started following the NASCAR circuit
and in 1987 Dick joined the Rappin’ and Racin’ crew as
the NASCAR reporter.
He wrote the
auto racing column in the Pittsburgh Press for two years. Besides
Daytona he covers the races at Michigan, Bristol, Richmond, Dover,
Atlanta, Phoenix, Martinsville, Lowe’s, and Darlington and continues
with reports on all series progress. 2007 was Curry’s 20th year
covering all the NASCAR events and the ARCA/Remax Series.
Curry was the
regular co-host on all the broadcasts of Rappin’ on Racin’
that were done for sixteen years from the STP Building in the pits
at Daytona International Speedway. Larry McReynold's first ever radio
interview was with Curry when Larry was the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt,
Sr. McReynolds told Curry that he was interested in getting into broadcasting
when he retired from being a crew chief and would like to be on the
Dick Curry was
hired by Ketchum Advertising in Pittsburgh to work with their clients
and do training sessions and mock interviews. We worked with Hut Strickland,
Jimmy Spencer, Doug Richert, and Buckshot Jones.
to auto racing through his media experiences have become a very important
part of local racing history.
Curry heard from
a driver that ran in the mini stocks at a speedway in Ohio that Curry
would clean house. Dick went to the track; set fast time, won the
heat and won the feature. When he showed up the next week he heard
them call his class and pulled the car to the line up area. There
was nobody else there so he thought he misheard the announcement.
Then the promoter came over and told him that the other drivers refused
to run with him so he was paying Dick the winner's purse and permanently
eliminating the class.
a race on the 1/2 mile dirt at Virginia Raceway in Saluda, Virginia
the yellow came out and he passed his brother's car which was on fire.
His brother jumped out of the car and waved to Dick to tell him he
was okay. After the race, his brother said, "I got out of there
real fast so I could let you know I was okay." Dick said "I
was LEADING the race....you didn't think I was going to STOP, did
2007 Hall of Fame Inductee Dick Curry and PCTC President Bob McWilliams
2007 Hall of Fame Inductees Frank Perpetua, Carl Murdick, Ted Wise
(daughter), Dave Pegher, and Dick Curry
PCTC Board Member Don Gamble and Hall of Fame Inductee Dick Curry