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What a winter, he said, and suddenly its almost over.
Were leaving for the GATORNATIONALS in Gainesville in just a couple of days.
Gardner was flat out when he noticed a child had somehow wandered onto the track. Many railbirds believed that the suddenness of Gardners reaction to seeing the youngster in front of him may have been related to an incident at Californias Legion Ascot Speedway eight years earlier.
Gardner slammed the wall there and a fence board broke loose, killing a 12-year-old boy. Last weekend the Permatex Follow A Dream funny car was on display right next to the Coastal 181 booth at Frank Marattas Auto and Cycle Show in West Springfield, MA.
From #991 - Geoff Bodine ran a Pinto-bodied modified in 1981.
But he decided to go in a different direction in time for the Thompson 300 in early September, and put a Cavalier body on his #99 White Tornado. The new body-style stuck, and by 1983 Cavaliers were everywhere. For many years, modifieds had been built from junkyard parts and ingenuity, but almost overnight they turned into store-bought race cars.
(Coastal 181 Photo) #994 - The Isle of Man TT really has to be the most dangerous motorsports event in the world.
It is the two-wheel version of the kind of savagery seen in the Indy roadster era, magnified several times.
Bushley, part of one of Maines most respected racing families, later updated to a sprint car but died in July 1974 when he crashed heavily into that same concrete wall.
In 2010 he had a horrendous crash, literally launching him down the mountain. Though Cummins had to fight mightily to overcome depression and to heal his thoroughly broken body, there was little question for anyone that he would be back. From #993 - Around the turn into the 1960s, a buoyant early supermodified wave flowed over the Northwest at facilities such as Portland (Oregon) Speedway.
Quite a few competitors used the division as a stepping stone to national competition, Len Sutton, Art Pollard, Bob Gregg, and Les Anderson among them.
The track had gone to open competition in its top division, and the field was mixed.
In the famous Snap 6, an Edmunds sprint car, was Jim Martel, a highly regarded veteran from Massachusetts, who continued on to a stellar career.Now the biggest difference from one car to another was the paint job.