I've always loved racing as a kid; growing up I grew up watching some of the greats in NASCAR: Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty. I even got to see a NASCAR race in person back in November 2007 (I was at the Checker Auto Parts 500 in Phoenix). So when I discovered that someone from El Paso got to race IN NASCAR, I immediately was interested in learning more...

Jamie Dick is a proud El Paso native & a former NASCAR driver.

Jamie Dick was born in El Paso, February 5th, 1989 & would move to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He would begin his racing career at the age of 9 years old, racing go karts & would rack up several accomplishments during his career before joining the national NASCAR ranks:

  • He would compete in the INEX Legends Series, where he would become the Southern New Mexico Speedway Rookie of the Year between 2000-2001.
  • He would race Super Late Models & win Sandia Motor Speedway Rookie of the Year 2002-2003.
  • From 2004-2009, he would compete in the
    Spears SRL Southwest Tour
    United States Late Model Association
    North State Challenge Series &
    the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. 30 starts, 9 top 10s & 5 top 5s.

Afterwards he would begin his NASCAR career in 2007 at the age of 18, where he joined the K&N Pro Series. He only raced 5 races in 07, but the next year he would race the full season for the Viva Motorsports team (owned by his father Jimmy Dick); scoring 3 top 10 finishes. Jamie would improve in 2009, scoring 1 top 5, 4 top 10 finishes & ending up getting 10th place in the points standing. He would race only once in 2010 (focusing on his Truck career) In total, he would have 30 starts, 8 top 10s & 1 top 5 in the K&N Pro Series.

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In the same year, Jamie would begin his career in the Camping World Truck Series & would race part-time seasons between 2009-2013, driving the 02 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet Silverado (He would drive the numbers 86, 07 & 08). In total he would have 13 starts with an average start of 27.1 & average finish of 23.4.

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That wouldn't be the end of his career; Jamie would complete in the Nationwide Series between 2011-2015. During his time he would race a part-time season with the Viva Motorsports team, driving a few numbers: 23, 02, 52. But the one he drove the most was the black 55 Chevy Camaro.

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Jamie would have only 3 starts in 2011 but the next year, he would have 14 starts, 17 starts in 2013 & 21 starts in 2014. During his time he would compete against some of the biggest names in NASCAR like Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski & Dale Earnhardt Jr, sometimes leading the pack.

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During his career, he was able to partake in many off-track events, including an event with The NASCAR Foundation, where he talked about the importance of education & its relation to his career as a race car driver & businessman.

Buzz even got to meet Jamie & see him race back in 2014 for the Nationwide O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 race at the Texas Motor Speedway (he would finish 28th).

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Jamie's final NASCAR season was in 2015. It would be a short season due to medical reasons. He would return to racing a two months later even after having a scary wreck during practice in Iowa. In the end though, Jamie would only have 5 starts in 2015.

So where is Jamie now? He's still works for the Viva Auto Group (in El Paso & Albuquerque) & recently appeared on the Viva Style Podcast with Estela Casas back in January.

There WERE other people from El Paso have gone into racing like Van May & Christy Georges, the fastest woman in a Nascar (she went 208 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats). But Jamie is the one who made it into the big leagues. I hope more El Pasoans will be inspired to get into racing & hopefully make it into the big leagues like Jamie did back over a decade ago.

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