CHERRY HILL, NJ
Cherry Hill, NJ native and Big Block Modified competitor Ricky DiEva is looking forward to a full schedule assault with the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series in 2019. The twenty-two-year-old versatile wheelman is looking to split his time behind the wheel of his #85 Body Shop by DiEva Big Block Modified – which he regularly runs at Bridgeport Speedway – and his identically lettered and sponsored #85 Racesaver Sprint Car this season, putting focus on running the full 2019 MASS schedule.
“I am looking forward to going to Grandview Speedway this year with my Sprint Car,” DiEva stated. “I have always loved watching the 410 Sprint Cars run on the high banks that track has, so I’m really excited to be able to try it out for myself!”
Beginning at a young age racing Motocross, and then Quarter Midgets at ATCO Speedway starting at the age of nine, DiEva moved up to racing Micro Sprints in the Junior division hosted by Airport Speedway by the time he was eleven years old. After reaching the right age to advance into the regular 270cc Micro Sprint Division, DiEva began racing weekly at Bridgeport Speedway on the quarter mile speedway where he acquired one win and then after moving into the 600cc division, where he would see victory lane again, this time at Airport Speedway.
“When I turned fifteen, my dad and I thought that it was time to move into a full-sized car, so we purchased a Crate Modified that we ran in Delaware until I was approved to run in New Jersey at the age of sixteen,” DiEva recalled. “Then when I turned nineteen, we took the leap and got a Big Block Modified and have been running them ever since”.
In 2018, Ricky purchased a Mach 1 chassis Sprint Car and a Racesaver 305 engine that has been looked over by series sponsor Bitner Automotive. He competed in just two shows last year, once at his home track of Bridgeport Speedway and once more at New Egypt Speedway.
“I’ve known Eddie Wagner since my Micro Sprint racing days, so he helped me get together a car without having to spend a lot of money, which was appealing to me”, DiEva said. “I’m excited to able to race with my friends, as MASS has a great friendly atmosphere where everyone can race hard while having a great time together. My dad and I are definitely looking forward to running a full season this year, while also still competing at Bridgeport in the Big Block on off weeks and weeks when the Sprints are at Bridgeport so that I can do double duty”.
Ricky is looking forward to kicking off his Sprint Car season on April 13th, when MASS begins their third running season at New Egypt Speedway.
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