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More Knoxville

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Yes, more Knoxville. Only two of the top ten WoO late model drivers were in Knoxville this weekend, Brandon Sheppard and Tyler Erb. Sheppard can race with anyone, anywhere, and Erb can wreck anytime, anywhere, but where were the rest of the WoO regulars. The series remains a national tour-it does travel across much of America-but a baseball comparison would be that the Lucas Oil series is Major League and the WoO is AAA.

As at Eldora for the World 100 and at FALS for the Prairie Dirt Classic, there was a large contingent of local drivers at Knoxville. I hate to admit it, being far less than a fan of the brothers, but Chad and Chris Simpson are really the only Iowa drivers that can seriously compete with national caliber drivers. Chad was 26th and Chris was 11th in Saturday’s feature.

Saturday’s rain made for a blazing fast track. It also made for lots of tire trouble. Rain or no rain, if the feature is to remain 100 laps, I think that in addition to a fuel stop on lap 51, that the stop can include changes that can be done in 10 minutes, such as tires. If this rule had been in effect, the outcome of the race would have been different. Yeah, I am saying this as a Jonathan Davenport fan, and the opposite argument is such a rule penalizes drivers who have not been as hard on their equipment.

Davenport has had a profitable three weeks, earning $25,000 at the Hillbilly 100, $50,000 at the World 100, and collecting 2nd place money of $20,000 at Knoxville. Of course with the nearly obscene cost of running nationally, weekends like those are needed. More on Davenport later.

In an interview last weekend, veteran Steve Francis hinted at retirement, suggesting that technology had taken the fun out of racing for him. Matt and I had talked about Francis on the drive over, not realizing he was considering retirement, and wondering just what he might do after his driving career was over. Francis just turned 50, and for those not in sports, that is a long way from retirement. With the cost of racing I wonder how much money the Hall of Famer has been able to save over the years.

Maybe it was because I was riding the elevator this weekend with lots of “old” people, but it seemed like the number of old people at the race far outnumbered the young people. Matt had an interesting idea about how to engage the very young. What driver might appeal to the very young like Mike Duvall did with his Flintstone Flyer? How about Superman, Jonathan Davenport? Matt bought Henry a Jonathan Davenport Superman t-shirt, his first dirt racing t-shirt, and Davenport has a way about him that I kids would love if they got close to him. Think of M & M’s sponsoring Davenport and kids visiting his trailer after a race getting a small bag of the candy treat.

If you want to involve teens more, Hudson O’Neal would be a perfect spokesman. His demeanor is that of a typical 17 year old, but he is an incredibly talented driver and for someone that young is quite polished when interviewed. He would be a great spokesperson for some company. What do teens love? Other than their phone? Or maybe he could have some smart phone for a sponsor.

At the NSCHoF program on Friday, the young O’Neal was asked about going NASCAR racing. Anymore talent is not enough. You have to show them the money, bringing big sponsorship dollars with you. That is a shame because there are plenty of young dirt car drivers with just as much-even more-talent than drivers on any of the top NASCAR circuits.

As far as young talent in dirt late model racing, I am less concerned about the future than I was several years ago. Brandon Sheppard in the Rocket house car has been amazing this year. Though I am not a big fan, Bobby Pierce has won a number of crown jewel events in little over a year. Devin Moran has won some races, and as I said, Hudson O’Neal is very talented. There are others too. Hopefully there will still be a sport for them to showcase their talents ten years from now.

I had not said much about Mike Marlar winning back to back Knoxville Nationals 100 lap races, but that really is a fete. Good equipment well prepared, talent, and luck is often not enough to accomplish what Marlar did, so two thumbs up to the driver from Tennessee.

Knoxville might be the last race I attend this season, though there are still plenty of races to watch on the computer. I guess Beatrice this weekend is a possibility, but I can watch it at home on Speed Shift TV. The Fall Brawl or Cornhusker Classic at I-80 are still to be run, but neither really grabs my attention. Matt has discussed going to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City in October for World of Outlaw sprint cars. Ouch. Maybe. Or go to Kansas Speedway for NASCAR practice during the day and then to Lakeside. We’ll see.

Anyway if Knoxville was my last race of the season, it was very enjoyable. And next year maybe I will try one of the $10 ribeye steak sandwiches one of the midway vendors has for sale.

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Superman Conquers The World, Is Knoxville Next?

September 10, 2017 Leave a comment

A little over a week ago, Clark Kent aka Jonathan Davenport found a phone booth and donned his Superman outfit for the first time in 2017. Davenport won the Hillbilly 100 at Tyler County Speedway in West Virginia, giving him a big boost in momentum entering World 100 prelims.

Davenport finished 2nd in a Thursday feature and 8th in his Friday feature, giving him enough points to start on the pole for his Saturday qualifying heat. He won his heat and started the World 100 on the inside of row 2, just behind pole sitter Hudson O’Neal.

The Blairsville, Georgia driver stormed past the young O’Neal and led lap1. And lap 2, and lap 3, and lap 4. And led every other lap too, becoming the first driver to lead all 100 laps of dirt late model racing’s most iconic event since Dan Schliepper did in 2003. It was Davenport’s second World 100 victory in three years.

Odds and ends:

-Pole sitter Hudson O’Neal is just 17. He did not qualify for the Saturday night main event last season, so this was his World 100 debut. I am certain there will be many more in his future. For those of you going to Knoxville this week-me too-Hudson and his dad Don will be mainstays of the Friday morning program at the Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

-Not having many World 100’s in his future is Hall of Famer Billy Moyer. The Batesville, Arkansas driver hinted this would be his last World 100, but he is supposed to be retired but he has run 56 nights already this year and will be at Knoxville starting Thursday, so maybe there is a glimmer of hope Mr. Smooth will be back at Eldora next season. Moyer has 8 wins this season, so he still can find the way to Victory Lane. Oh, Moyer finished 8th last night ahead of name drivers like Sheppard, McCreadie, Pearson, Owens, O’Neal-father and son, Pierce, Bloomquist, Clanton, and Richards.

-I am not a big fan, but have to admit that Darrell Lanigan had a great week at Eldora. Lanigan won both of his preliminary features and finished 5th in the World 100. Those finishes were worth $28,750 dollars.

-The 50/50 winner amounts at Eldora are staggering. Saturday night’s raffle drawing winner took home over $35,000. That is not a typo. Of the drivers, only Davenport left Ohio with a bigger check.

-If I heard correctly, Saturday’s attendance was the biggest ever for the World 100. I realize that many weekly dirt tracks struggle-I tend to blame promoter for that, but most of the crown jewel events see plenty of butts in the grandstands.

-Scott Bloomquist did not have a typical Bloomquist week at Eldora. Not being allowed to time trial on Thursday was just the start of a “not good” three days for the Zero car. While Bloomquist often has an off-night at the track, he normally bounces back. He did not in 2017. His feature finishes were 12th-8th-24th. Still, guess who will be among the favorites at Knoxville this week. Yeah, Bloomquist.

-There were 10 Rocket chassis in the feature, and Davenport, Gregg Satterlee, and Mike Marlar, the top three finishers, all drove Rockets. Other chassis makes in the feature: 5-Longhorn, 2- Sweet Bloomquist, 1-Pierce, 4-Club 29, 1-Swartz, 3-Moyer Victory, 2-Black Diamond, 1-MB Customs, and 1-Capital.

-17 states were represented in the feature, including 5 Illinois drivers.

-Among the drivers not making Saturday’s feature were Steve Francis, Steve Casebolt, Mason Ziegler, Eddie Carrier Jr., Billy Moyer Jr., Brian Shirley, and Shannon Babb.

This week is the Knoxville Late Model Nationals, one of the big three events Matt and I attend-the others are The Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway and The Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Illinois.

Knoxville means good conversation on the drive over and back, breakfasts at Hy-Vee, lunch at Pizza Hut with Tony and Lee, and visits to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and to Slideways Karting. It means sitting in row 20 (my left knee is already complaining) behind the flag stand. This year I’ll even be wearing a race t-shirt, one I bought at FALS in July, and that is definitely a first.

If you can’t make it to central Iowa this week, Thursday and Friday prelims will be shown on www.DirtonDirt.com. A 2-day subscriber package costs $42.99, while single nights run $24.99. Saturday’s feature race night will be shown on Lucas Oil Racing TV. It is available to yearly subscribers only. Yes, a year’s subscription costs $99.99 but the number of live late model and sprint car events makes it easily worthwhile.

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It’s Eldora. 3 Guesses Who Was The Big News In Thursday World 100 Prelims

September 8, 2017 Leave a comment

The B-I-G news from night one of the World 100 weekend? It wasn’t that Mike Marlar set fast time. It wasn’t that race leader Dale McDowell was wrecked by a lapped car during the second heat. It wasn’t that Josh Richards was back at Eldora and won a heat race. No, it wasn’t that Darrell Lanigan and Brandon Overton both won heats and their respective feature races. And it wasn’t that some lucky fan took home $10,721 as his portion of the 50-50 drawing, which was $721 more than each of the feature winners received.

It is Eldora. It was controversial. Yes, the big news involved Scott Bloomquist. The Tennessee driver did not go through tech in time to draw a qualifying pill and was not allowed to time trial-meaning he received no time trial points and had to start 11th and last in his heat. The Zero car finished 7th in heat 4, meaning Bloomquist was forced to run a consolation race, which he won, garnering a 22nd starting spot in the feature.

It being Eldora that was not enough controversy for Bloomquist. The Zero had moved from 22nd to 11th when it tangled with the car of past WoO champion Shane Clanton. Literally tangled, as the right front of Clanton’s car was hung up on the left rear of Bloomquist’s car, sending both to the rear of the feature. Clanton came back to finish 9th, while Bloomquist ended up 12th.

Other than hot laps, the World 100 format is drivers receive points every time they are on the track-time trials, heat races, consolations, and features. Accumulated points will determine the starting grid in Saturday’s heat races, which will determine the 20 starting positions in the 100 lap feature. Provisionals go to the two drivers with the most points who do not qualify through Saturday heats or consolations.

So, that was about 300 words saying that Bloomquist dug himself a hole by not going through tech in a timely fashion Thursday night. It is Eldora, it is Bloomquist who thrives on controversy, so I am not ready to pick anyone else as a favorite in the 47th running of the World 100.

Hopefully I said “Bloomquist” enough to please his biggest Nebraska fan. And add Lanigan and Overton to the list of potential $50,000 winner’s tomorrow night. Both were fast and both looked strong.

Hot laps started at 5:00 p.m. Central time, and it took an hour to complete warm-ups. Time trials took a little over an hour. 10 heats, 4 consolations, and 2 features followed, with the last checkered flag flying well after 10:00 p.m. Fortunately TROTD Speedway had plenty of pizza and Diet Coke on hand, and the track’s restroom was just steps away from my reserved seat. And I didn’t need a coat or blanket either.

Two thumbs up for the www.DirtonDirt.com coverage. Prerace driver interviews was a good way to start the evening. Dustin Jarrett and James Essex did a good job from the booth-better than the NASCAR boobs do. An up to the minute listing of driver times and position during time trials was night. Live scoring during all the races was good. Interviews with heat race winners and the top three finishers in each feature was a nice touch. And multiple camera shots added to the production quality. On track action was good, coverage was good, and I am not complaining about the cost, even though the track makes us pay just a nickel less than what fans in the stands pay.

Yes, I will be watching again tonight. Sorry Ivan, Eldora on PPV is more attractive than live where you are going to be.

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Who Will Hoist The Globe On Saturday Night?

September 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Did everyone see the new Scott Bloomquist hauler and trailer? Matt sent me a link:

https://racingnews.co/2017/09/05/scott-bloomquist-hauler-debut/

When I saw it, I was reminded of some demonic truck from an old horror film. I suppose that given it is Bloomquist that thought is fitting.

I envy my friend Steve “Belleville 100” Basch. Tomorrow Steve will be heading to the Mecca of Dirt Late Model racing, Eldora Speedway for the sport’s Super Bowl, the World 100.

There is a great video on www.DirtonDirt.com today. This type of video is something Michael Rigsby is totally adept at. On track action and interviews with drivers who have come so close to winning the big one at Eldora, only to have their dream shattered. Really good stuff.

And if you don’t subscribe to www.DirtonDirt.com, why don’t you? If you are reading this and not named Palmer or Tracy, you are a Late Model fan. And if you enjoy Late Model racing as much as I do, well, DOD is like a Bible.

DOD also has an article giving driver odds for the World 100. Yes, Scott Bloomquist is the favorite. Who else could be? Only a Batesville, Arkansas driver named Moyer has had the Eldora success Bloomquist has had and while a win by the 21 would be the feel good story of 2017 racing, I just don’t see it happening. I would like to see Moyer make the race and even get a top ten finish, but that is asking a lot of a 60-something “retired” driver.

Oh yeah, I was talking about Bloomquist. DOD has him at even money, and love or hate the driver from Tennessee that is where he should be. If anyone says he would be surprised to see the Zero car in Victory Lane on Saturday, he just hasn’t been paying attention.

Other drivers I think have a decent shot at winning this iconic clash: Bobby Pierce, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Sheppard, Don O’Neal, and yes, Superman Jonathan Davenport.

Pierce is so incredibly talented it seems almost unfair. I am not a big fan of the young Illinois driver, but Matt tells me that has more to do with his dad than with Bobby. Maybe so. I would prefer someone else take home the globe on Saturday, but probably would not shed tears if it was Pierce. I didn’t when he won the 2016 World 100. Back to back World 100 wins is the dirt equivalent of back to back Daytona 500 wins. Could happen, but as Three Dog Night sang “it ain’t easy.”

Tim McCreadie has already won two $50,000 + events this season, and has been as hot as any other driver in the past couple months. To say a T-Mac win would be popular with fans is quite an understatement. Me? OK. I am one who would love to see the New Yorker climb out of his car, pound on its roof, wave the checkered flag, and thank all the fans for yet another $50,000 win this season.

Brandon Sheppard? How can you ever count out the Rocket house car? I remember Sheppard starting dead last in the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway and passing something like 30 cars to finish 2nd to McCreadie. The next week he plowed through the field at Fairbury American Legion Speedway to win the Prairie Dirt Classic. He has a ton of WoO wins this season. He has only three World 100 starts and no top five finishes in this event, but again, he is driving the Rocket house car.

Now if an Illinois driver is going to make it to Victory Lane on Saturday night, I would rather it NOT be Pierce or Sheppard. I write a Dirt Late Model article on Dennis Erb Jr., so of course I would like him to do well. And Eldora owes Shannon Babb. Babb finished the 2005 World 100 first, but was DQ’ed for weighing 10 pounds light.

Don O’Neal also has a $50,000 dollar win to his credit this season, the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin. O’Neal has 14 career World 100 starts, and has finished in the top ten on eight occasions. I like O’Neal-his cranky and doesn’t take much crap from anyone. I do want a McCreadie win, but an O’Neal victory would be almost as good.

This has not been a great season for Jonathan Davenport, but he is coming off a win in the Hillbilly 100, and does have a World victory too, in 2015. Still, if Superman flies to an Eldora win on Saturday, count it as an upset.

So, who is my pick to win Saturday night at the legendary half-mile track? I will go with Bloomquist. And yes, I do know my picks are usually jinxed.

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A “Global” Event Plus Knoxville And More

September 4, 2017 Leave a comment

It is officially World 100 week. If you can’t journey to Rossburg, Ohio for dirt Late Model racing’s premier event, you can watch all three days on www.DirtonDirt.com. Michael and the DOD gang do a great job with every PPV, but save the best for Eldora.  Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. Central time Thursday-Saturday. There are no 3-day packages. Thursday and Friday PPV’s cost $23.95, while Saturday’s show is $39.95. Prices are dictated by the track.

The DOD production is top notch, with multiple cameras and announcers, interviews, instant replays, and live scoring. I am just a little biased, but I enjoy DOD’s race coverage more than I do NASCAR coverage by FOX and NBC. Yes, the cost is a little more than we usually pay for race PPV’s, but it is worth it.

With the World 100 on tap, the Knoxville Late Model Nationals are just around the corner. DOD will cover the first two nights of this crown jewel event, while Lucas Oil Racing TV will provide Saturday night coverage. The Prairie Dirt Classic remains my favorite event, but Knoxville is a close second.

I enjoy the travel to Central Iowa, always good conversation with my son Matt. And we do talk about things other than racing and my grandson Henry. Cinnamon bears for me on the way over are a must. Yeah, I do know I am 66-actually the last day of Knoxville I will be 67-but the candy is just one more item on our Knoxville check list. Visiting the Sprint Car Hall of Fame is a good use of our time, but not sure if there will be a Friday morning program or not this year-come on Lee Ackerman, get it done. Being creatures of habit, we will visit the same eating establishments for breakfast and lunch, and of course at least much of one afternoon will be spent at Slideways Karting. Matt has a really sore shoulder and may have surgery on it later in the fall, so I don’t think he will be climbing in a go-kart this year. Maybe he can play miniature golf with me.

It has been announced that Saturday’s feature will be just 80 laps instead of 100. I have mixed feelings on this. If the race had been just 80 laps a few years ago, we would not have had the all-time feel good moment of Brian Birkhofer winning his swan song race. On the other hand, I have watched some real last 20 lap stinkers at Knoxville. So, since Birky already has his big win for all of us to remember, I have to say 80 laps instead of 100 is a good thing.

Something I do wish the governing Marion County Fair Board would have installed at the track for the safety of all old people like me is aisle rails. I am having knee replacement surgery in early November, and climbing all the steps to our row 20-something seats is not fun and quite honestly the fear of falling is present in my mind each step I climb. There is no good reason why these rails have not been put in. While I am at it, I would say the same thing to the Fairbury American Legion about the back stretch grandstands at FALS-put is aisle rails.

I watched time trials and heat races of USAC and CRA Sprint Cars and Midgets from Calistoga Speedway in the northern Napa Valley of California. Years ago Jane and I visited Calistoga-the town, not the track-when I had a financial management conference at the Silverado in Napa. The area is beautiful, and the track looks well prepared too.

Jonathan Davenport won a big race after a long drought-his last previous Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory was September 3, 2016. Davenport took the checkered flags at the Hillbilly 100, held at Tyler County Speedway in West Virginia, NOT in Nemaha County, Nebraska. Davenport received a $25,000 check for his efforts. Next year the winner’s share of this major event will be a whopping $50,000.

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P.S. For what they are worth-nothing-I will make my World 100 predictions tomorrow.

 

 

You’re Right Louis Armstrong-What A Wonderful World (100) It Is

September 7, 2016 1 comment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnbLRCIJKbE

According to my friend Steve Basch, I am not up to World 100 social life. Too old, too boring, etc. OK. I won’t make the trip to Rossburg, Ohio then. I will stay home and watch all the activities on www.DirtonDirt.com PPV’s. Thursday and Friday prelims are $23.95 each, while Saturday’s grand finale runs $39.95. Astute observers will note this is just one shiny nickel cheaper than general admission tickets at the track. Why? Well, because the track dictates the price and apparently Tony Stewart does not have enough money already.

Coverage begins each day at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, 4:30 p.m. in this part of the country. In addition to pre-race activities, coverage includes multiple cameras, instant replays, driver interviews, and live scoring. Reporters include James Essex, Ben Shelton, and Dustin Jarrett. I have purchased Eldora packages in the past, and yes, they are worth the price of admission.

With Scott Bloomquist suspended by the World 100 sanctioning body-and also suing the track for millions, who will be the favorite to capture the 46th running of dirt late model racing’s biggest event? My heart is saying Billy Moyer in what might be his final appearance at the Eldora high banks. That would be the story of the year, and I am sure that most of the 20,000 or so fans on hand would be agreeable to seeing the 21 car in victory lane on Saturday.

Hey, Moyer finished 2nd to Jonathan Davenport in this year’s Silver Dollar Nationals, so it isn’t like him winning his 7th globe trophy is that far-fetched. Still, there are other younger drivers with a better shot at claiming a win and the $49,000 check that goes with it. Top of that list would have to be Josh Richards. He has had a record breaking WoO season (yes, I agree the WoO is not as tough as the Lucas Oil series), and like every other driver would love to add World 100 winner to his resume.

Jonathan Davenport may be more Clark Kent than Superman this year, but no way could he repeat a season like he had in 2015. However, Davenport won two Lucas Oil races over the Labor Day weekend, and has won both the Dream and the World 100, so he knows his way around the track.

Dennis Erb Jr. won this year’s Dream and that car has been sitting in Erb’s shop waiting for the World 100. He has had a decent season, even without winning dirt late model’s richest race, actually he has always been a tough competitor, but since his 2015 switch to a Black Diamond chassis, he has been even tougher. And I am partial to drivers I have written articles about.

Young guns like Brandon Sheppard and Bobby Pierce would not be surprise winners. Veteran Dale McDowell does well at the southwest Ohio speedrome. Other long-time racers like Don O’Neal, Darrell Lanigan, and Earl Pearson Jr. could be factors.

So, who will be the best in the World? I so want it to be Moyer, and if not the Batesville, Arkansas Hall of Famer, then Davenport. That comes from my heart. My head says it will be Richards gaining his first Eldora win.

I will be watching starting tomorrow night, and as I said before, even though the PPV is a little pricey, it is money well spent.

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Collecting Memories At The Track

November 11, 2015 2 comments

Following is the second in a series of articles on racing memorabilia by my friend Steve Basch, aka Race Guru, aka Guru. When it comes to dirt, Steve has been there, done that-from the Chili Bowl in Tulsa to the World 100 at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway. When it comes to racing, he knows what he is talking about, especially collecting. From Steve:

 

September brings my two favorite races, the World 100 and the Knoxville Late Model Nationals. I made my annual trip to both again this year, met new friends, saw great races, and added new items to my ever growing racing collection.

 

During the World 100 Eldora is an amazing place. You can turn your 3 day race tickets in and for $5 get a wrist band for the weekend. The band allows you to not have to worry about getting passes in and out during the races and also serves as your pit pass. I know not all tracks have a tunnel or the facility that Eldora has, but being able to freely come and go to the pits before and during the races is just another reason I enjoy the place.

 

This year I wandered too far from camp on Friday and was wet and cold all day long. Friday’s show cancelled due to rain, and two complete shows ran on Saturday. The event also had an autograph session scheduled for Saturday, a welcome addition to an already great weekend.

 

When I’m at the big races I don’t always make the autograph session but I always seem to have things with me to be signed if I do. At Eldora I purchased a new Bobby Pierce World 100 die cast. The Bobby Pierce car was a special paint scheme for the race and was limited to only 350 pieces. My friends also buy die cast cars and we were able to get $5.00 off each car using the bundling technique. With Bobby’s talent, a fifty-five dollar car with the limited quantity seemed like a good investment-if not it will always remind me of the run he had to finish second in the race behind Jonathan Davenport.

 

We have stayed in the nearby town of Greenville the last few years during the World, but have befriended a couple from Pittsburgh. He is a great cook and we pitch in for food and tailgate just outside the track. During the rain delay we were looking at a Pittsburgher 100 program they had picked up at the race, and I was able to buy it $10 dollars. It has pictures of the top ten cars in Lucas points and I thought it would be really nice signed.

 

I haven’t missed any of the Knoxville Late Models Nationals. O.K. I may have missed a D feature standing out by my car drinking beer, but I have been to all of them. The weather and races this year were fantastic, and we are set to return next year. One of our traditional activities is the auction held on Saturday afternoon. I rarely buy anything, but I enjoy seeing the race memorabilia and the crazy prices thing sell for. This year an autographed helmet sold for $900 and a door from this years (blue) Bloomquist car sold for $1150.00. My buddy purchased a signed piece of the deck lid of Bobby Pierce’s Eldora truck for $100.

 

I did add another piece to my die cast collection, Jonathan Davenport’s merchandise manager caught me looking at the trailer and showed me a special Davenport die cast celebrating his amazing season. I was told it was 1 of just 12 and priced at $150.00. I watched Jonathan win the World 100, and I was very impressed with his interview on Friday at the museum. He won Thursday’s preliminary and he was looking go for the Knoxville title also. It didn’t quite work out as I hoped, as he went up in smoke during the feature Saturday, but the car is signed and proudly displayed in my case.

 

I managed to hit the autograph session at Knoxville. I had to get my Pittsburgher program signed, along with a Bloomquist die cast, a recently purchased 1995 Short Track Magazine with Bloomquist and the #18 Late Model on the cover, and a few old Billy Moyer driver cards that I had found. I also picked up driver cards from Jason Feger and a few others that were being handed out. I spent about an hour waiting in line but had a good time talking with Scott McBride who was getting stuff signed for his son.

 

As I sit at my desk looking at the walls of my basement I have over 130 postcards and programs displayed. I have several hundred more in binders and a large file box full of race programs. I am not of sure the value of these programs, but each piece takes me back to the race, the driver, and the family and friends I was with during the event.

 

My dad passed away few years ago, He is where my love for this sport began. My favorite piece I have ever collected at a dirt track was a 2002 World 100 Brian Birkhofer champion poster. I think I paid $5 and had Brian sign it at a track somewhere. At dad’s first World 100 he had picked Birkofer to win and Birky’s slide job coming out of turn four was one of the greatest moments I have ever had at a race. Every time I look at the picture I relive the moment, and think of all the great times dad and I had at the races.

 

In my last article I mentioned my dad had worked on race cars when I was young.  The Nebraska Hall of Famer Bob Parker drove the #61 in the Late 70’s at Sunset, Nebraska City and Harlan. I remember when I was young they always sold pictures of the cars under the grandstands, but if I ever purchased one it was destroyed years ago. If anyone knows of where those old pictures are or any old track programs from any of those tracks that mentions Bob Parker and the #61 Late Model I would be interested in purchasing them Please contact with information or any collectible questions through the blog.

TROTD: Matt has visited Guru’s “man cave” and was amazed at all the racing memorabilia he owns. Whether or not his collection is a good investment really isn’t important. As you can tell from reading Steve’s article, the memories generated by the pieces in his collection are priceless.

 

As he mentioned above, if you have any collecting questions, or know of where Steve can find any Bob Parker memorabilia, I can give you Steve’s email address.

 

Thank you Steve for a great post, and thanks to all my readers for stopping by.