It was a top-ten season for one of the ARCA Menards Series more interesting characters, Dick Doheny. Not only does Doheny strap in and drive one of the Fast Track High Performance Racing cars, he’s also a crew chief, mechanic, truck driver, and grandfather. In short, Doheny can – and sometimes does – do it all.
Doheny helps prepare the three Fast Track racecars, including the No. 10 Exteme Kleener Ford that Tommy Vigh, Jr. drives and serves as crew chief for the No. 11 Toyota that was shared by a handful of drivers throughout the season. Doheny also drives the No. 1 Chevrolet, one which carried him to ninth in the final championship standings.
Doheny’s ascent to race team employee and driver has a unique twist. On a trip to North Carolina from his home in Ballston Spa, New York, Doheny visited team owner Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track High Performance Driving School at Rockingham Speedway. After going through the school, Hillenburg was so impressed he convinced Doheny to stay and become a part of his race team.
With his duties as crew chief, Doheny wasn’t able to start every race. He started sixteen of the twenty races on the schedule, and although sometimes he wasn’t able to complete the full distance, as he was needed to call the shots on another car, he did have plans to run to the finish on a handful of occasions. But when he was able to go out and compete, he acquitted himself well.
Doheny’s best finish of the season was a twelfth-place run on the dirt mile at Springfield. He steadily worked his way up front 19th on the starting grid, stayed out of trouble and put the car on the trailer in one piece. That was also the weekend that Doheny welcomed his second grand child into the world, turning a good weekend at the track into a great one for his family.
ARCA’s 67th season will come to a close when Christian Eckes will officially be crowned the 36th ARCA Menards Series champion on Saturday, December 14 at the Championship Banquet held at the Indiana State Convention Center, held annually in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. Tickets to the black tie gala, which are also available to the general public, are on sale now.