For Cory Dykhoff, Life is Good Behind the Wheel
For Cory Dykhoff, there’s nothing better than being behind the wheel of a race car.
“There’s nothing like it in the world,” Dykhoff said. “The adrenaline rush on the track, you can’t replace it. It’s really enjoyable.”
The 30-year-old from Perham has been in a Wissota Street Stock since 2013 and has two career feature wins, including his first career win at I-94 Sure Step Speedway on Aug. 2, 2019. He got interested in racing after his dad, Kevin, was racing enduros when he was younger.
“Dad did the enduros when we were young. We picked up pure stocks and we did it with Ron Johnson in Brainerd. He really helped us get going,” Dykhoff said.
Kevin Dykhoff remains a big part of Cory’s racing.
“I still operate out of Dad’s shop. Without him, this doesn’t go,” Dykhoff said. “He’s retired now so he likes to tinker with it throughout the week.”
Dykhoff’s 2021 season came to a halt on May 28, 2021 when a big multi-car crash in turn two at I-94 Sure Step Speedway left his #3C machine with heavy damage.
“A lot of stuff happened in front of me, and I just had no where to go,” Dykhoff said. “Quite a few of us got beat up that night.”
That, coupled with a personal injury later in the summer, kept his racing to just a few nights in 2021. He started putting together a new 2020 Kurshinsky chassis he had in the shop in order to get ready for 2022.
This season, he has four top fives in seven starts in that car.
“For a brand new car, I’m very pleasantly surprised,” Dykhoff said. “Nothing seems out of whack; the set up is good. I tried to copy the other car. A couple tweaks here and there I think we’ll be there real soon.”
Cory’s younger brother, Kyle, drives the #11 Wissota Street Stock and is the national point leader, and the two enjoy racing against each other.
“It’s a good time,” Dykhoff said.
After the bad luck of 2021 and some issues earlier in the year, Dykhoff is hoping to leave those misfortunes in the past.
“I’m trying to find some luck,” Dykhoff said. “That’s all I can ask for.”
Wissota Street Stock #3C
Residence: Perham, Minn.