Storck Making Name for Himself Driving Familiar 57 Machine
The last name, number and color scheme are awfully familiar to western Minnesota dirt-racing fans.
Morris, Minn., driver Dave Storck won 14 track championships in his illustrious modified career, and was inducted into the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame in 2012. Through a career that spanned three decades, the No. 57 was one of the most successful and respected drivers in the region.
Dave Storck has been retired for several years— but his 23-year-old son, Corey is keeping the number 57 and last name alive. And making a name for himself.
“Everyone that talks to me asks me where Dave is…if it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be in racing,” Corey Storck said. “His experience is what helped us start off — ‘Dad what do we have to do to the car, the car can’t turn. Well, let’s try this.” Then the car comes around.”
There is still a Storck in the A modifieds, by the way — Corey’s uncle and Dave’s brother, Mike, is still racing his No. 75 car. Mike turned 60 in 2018.
Corey Storck is in his sixth year in the Wissota Midwest Modified class. He already has a track championship under his belt, in 2017 at Fiesta City Speedway in Montevideo. He was the runner-up — by four points — that year at Viking Speedway in Alexandria. In 2018, Storck had two wins and finished second four times.
“We have learned a lot over the past six years,” said Storck, who works for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. “The first couple of years, it was mostly the car wasn’t bad, it was just the driver. Now at least when the car is bad at least the driver can at least somehow keep it up.”
This season, he has three top five finishes already — including runner-up honors at I-94 Speedway on May 31 and at Viking Speedway on May 26.
Corey Storck said he may chase the Viking Speedway track championship that he narrowly missed in 2017 this year. He currently trails point leader Brock Gronwold by 44 points in the standings at Viking. Friday nights he plans on racing at either Fiesta City Speedway or I-94 Speedway.
He likes how competitive the Wissota Midwest Modified class is.
“The speed and the competition of the cars — you have to be spot on in order to win, especially with your set up,” Storck said. “Everybody is so competitive now.”
Residence: Morris, Minn.
Division: Wissota Midwest Modified #57
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