Opinion: MY 60th INDIANAPOLIS 500 MILE RACE

The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was contested on May 27, 2018 and dating back to May 30, 1959, it was my 60th straight race. This year’s event was witnessed by approximately 300,000 people (The Speedway never releases attendance figures). By contrast, the attendance for the 1959 Indianapolis 500, my first race, was approximately 180,000. Every Indianapolis 500 is special, but what made my 60th 500 mile race so special was that my friends and family put together a special video to honor my 60 years of attending the race. Many…

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Has An Indy 500 Car Owner Ever Won Both The ‘500 And The Kentucky Derby?

The 144th Running of the Kentucky Derby was run this past weekend and was won by Justify the pre-race favorite. He was ridden by veteran jockey Mike Smith and trained by veteran trainer Bob Baffert. That brings up the trivia question. Has an Indianapolis 500 winning race car owner also owned a Kentucky Derby winning race horse? The answer is yes. A wealthy oil man named Howard Keck was the car owner of the winning 1953 and 1954 Indianapolis 500 race car driven by Bill Vukovich. He and his wife Elizabeth…

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MY DAY AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Any day spent at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or IMS, is special and Monday April 30, 2018 was a special day. Winter finally ended a few days earlier and Monday was a spectacular spring day. Even more spectacular was that race cars finally took to the track, much to the delight of the many spectators that congregated on the turn two spectator mounds. It meant that I was finally able to return to the center of the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For me, like every other race fan that…

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Short Track Racing

During the week end of March 24 and 25, 2018 Martinsville Virginia Speedway hosted the NASCAR truck an cup series. Unfortunately, the Martinsville area was hit with a snow storm and both series had to be run on Monday March 26th. It was the first short track race of the year and many comments were made during the TV broadcast about short track racing. In the TV commentators booth Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon commented many times about their past short track experience and how that helped their respective careers.…

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Martinsville Clocks and Hot Dogs

The Martinsville Virginia Speedway has been on the NASCAR schedule since NASCAR’s early days. One of the speedway’s oldest traditions has been to award the race winner a grandfather clock since 1964. Another tradition that pre-dates the grandfather clock is the famous Martinsville Jesse Jones famous hot dog. Track founder Henry Clay Earles began awarding a Ridgeway grandfather clock, to the winner, when they were manufactured three miles down the road from the speedway. The tradition continues to today and is one of the more coveted trophies among NASCAR race…

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HOW I OBTAINED TICKETS FOR THE 1996 DAYTONA 500

I received a phone call from a friend asking if I knew anyone who wanted to sell race tickets to the 1996 Daytona 500. He knew that I had attended the “Firecracker 400” held in July at Daytona since 1985 and he thought I might know someone who had tickets for the Daytona 500. It seems the person that he and another friend sat with in previous Daytona 500’s had failed to renew their tickets. Back then the race was pretty much sold out and tickets were not easy to…

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My 1st Daytona 500 – 1996 Edition

The 60th Running of the Daytona 500 will be run this Sunday, February 18, 2018. I remember attending my first Daytona 500 in person in February 1996, which also happened to fall on February 18. It all started with a phone call from a friend, who was looking for tickets to the 1996 Daytona 500. He knew I had attended “The Firecracker 400” in July at Daytona since 1985 and wondered if I knew anyone who had tickets for sale for him and a friend. I told him I would start looking.…

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Frustrating End Of The 2017 Season For Ron Capps

Leaving Gateway a little over a month ago, Ron Capps was feeling like he was on his way to the 2017 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship. Capps, just defeated Jonnie Lindberg for his series leading eighth “wally” of the season, as he held a commanding lead in the points. But, everything fell apart since. The next race in Dallas, Capps fell to his main rival for the season championship Robert Hight in the finals. Then, at Las Vegas, Capps had a mechanical malfunction and fell to…

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Bo Butner Earns 1st Career Pro Stock Championship Sunday In Pomona

In two of the top three Nitro divisions of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series circuit, we saw first time champions. Brittany Force (Top Fuel) and now Bo Butner (Pro Stock) were crowned the 2017 champions in their respective divisions on Sunday afternoon in Pomona. As far as Butner goes, he entered this season with as many wins in NHRA as me and you. So, how does a driver with zero career wins entering the season end up crowned the champion in the season finale?

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Banner Day/Year For John Force Racing, Brittany Force Takes Home Top Fuel Crown, Robert Hight Funny Car Champ

What a year it was for the entire John Force Racing organization. On Sunday in Pomona, they took home the hardware in two divisions of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series. First off, John Force’s daughter Brittany Force secured her first career championship in the Auto Club NHRA Finals. Force, watched as Steve Torrence was defeated by Antron Brown in the second round of Sunday’s action. That race was the one preceding Force’s matchup with Richie Crampton. When she saw Torrence get eliminated, she knew then that all she…

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