Dennis Vandermeersch

Hometown: Springfield

Age: 57

Family: Wife, P.J.; Sons Tyler (wife Kasey), Travis (wife Rachel) and Blake Vandermeersch; Daughter, Kaeley Little; Grandchildren Ariya and Axtyn Vandermeersch

Day job: Retired Springfield fireman

Car Model and Number: Sportsman Chevy 25 

Nickname: Flying Fireman, Hot Rod 

How did your racing career start? Introduced to racing by Tony Clinton and Jack Booth in 1983.

Racing history & accomplishments? 5-time Springfield Mile winner, multiple track championships and over 300 feature wins.

Racing idol: Dale Earnhardt Sr. He proudly represented his sport, told it like it was and was an awesome race car driver.

Who’s your biggest fan? My wife 

Can’t miss TV show: Swamp People, Chicago Fire and all Cubs games

Favorite movie: Tombstone

Any hobbies in addition to racing? Fishing, working on cars, carpentry, bowling, traveling

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