Dr. Dick Berggren will officially retire after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Dover, Delaware this weekend. Dr. Berggren of FOX, announced last week that this would be it for him after 40 years of being involved in racing.
Before he became known as Dr. Dick Berggren, he was just a normal kid with less than perfect grades and struggling between an education and racing. He once showed up to his college campus with his racecar and trailer still attached to his truck.
Berggren started his racing career in 1967, racing everything from SuperModifieds, Stock Cars and Sprint Cars all the way thru 1981. After an accident that could have claimed hundreds of lives, Dick focused on his announcing and writing abilities. After receiving his Doctorate in 1970 for Psychology from Turf University, Dr. Berggren became a professor at Emmaunel College for 9 years. Soon thereafter, also began writing for Stock Car Magazine. A career that lasted 22 years before leaving to create his own paper in 1999, Speedway Illustrated.
Dr. Dick Berggren first started announcing for MRN, where he was privileged to announce the 1979 Daytona 500. He quickly moved to broadcasting in 1981, becoming a pit road announcer for ESPN.
Berggren has worked for several broadcasting companies including CBS, TNN, TBS and currently FOX.
One of his many achievements included being voted “Writer of the Year “, in 1999 by The National Motorsports Press Association.
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