ANDERSON, S.C. – Godfather Motorsports will field a second Super Late Model in a 10-race schedule of events this season for teenager Tyler Dippel of Wallkill, N.Y., and veteran Glenn Sullivan of Westbury, N.Y.
Dippel began his racing career on motorcycles, but switched to four-wheeled competition after an unplanned trip over the handlebars left him with a broken collarbone. At age eight, he transitioned to Slingshot race cars – scaled-down versions of a Dirt Modified racer powered by a 50-horsepower engine running on methanol fuel – and began winning races almost immediately. In only his third year of competition, he claimed the 2010 National Slingshot Junior Championship, winning five times in eight starts on tracks from upstate New York to southern Pennsylvania. Late in the season, Dippel competed in the Senior Slingshot Class against experienced adult drivers, winning two of his three starts over fields of 20 to 25 cars.
In 2011, Dippel began competing in the Sportsman Class, driving 500 HP cars at speeds of up to 120 mph on dirt tracks around the northeast. He once again proved to be a quick study, winning in only his fifth career Sportsman start, finishing second in Empire Region championship points and earning Rookie of the Year honors while competing on a wide variety of tracks from New Hampshire to southern Pennsylvania. Since then, he has remained a top competitor in the Small Block Modified ranks, competing at the Middletown, Accord and Lebanon Valley Speedways in his native New York. His resume currently includes more than 20 main event wins, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and attaining National Honor Society status.