Wednesday, December 30, 2015

REMEMBERING THE GLORY DAYS OF USAC SPRINT CARS

All photographs by the author 

For a New Year's update, please see the bottom of this post

On Thursday December 10 2015,  the first night of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Indianapolis, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum led by Bob Baker and Tom Schmeh hosted an event at former USAC racer ‘Red’ Bledsoe’s nostalgia-filled race shop. The evening hosted by Pat Sullivan and Brad Dickison, honored the USAC (United States Auto Club) sprint car racers of the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s.  

The evening was magical, as Pat and Brad did a terrific job of calling up personalities up front from the audience then drew out some of the best “bench racing” stories ever heard. The stories flowed both from those on the "hot seat" and those in the audience. Each personality got about 15-20 minutes in the spotlight before another set of personalities took their turn sharing memories. 

The evening's hosts. Pat Sullivan, left and Brad Dickison right

Famed sprint car mechanics/car owners 
Steve 'the Big Bopper' Stapp, left and Galen Fox right 



Norman "Bubby" Jones 


Chuck Gurney "the Rim Rider"



USAC Triple Crown winner Duane "Pancho" Carter


"Racy" Bruce Field



This was the team to beat in USAC sprint cars from 1986 through 1988
Driver Steve Butler, left and chief mechanic Phil Poor with his ever-present notoebook



 USAC's  vice president of communications Dick "DJ" Jordan
Dick has been with USAC since 1968 and attending races since the 50's



Legendary racing photographer John Mahoney



 A pair of great racers- Danny Smith left and Shane Carson right



Jerry Weeks, left and current USAC director of Silver Crown division 
(and former Silver Crown racer) "Indy" Andy Hillenburg 



Left to right - Greg Staub,  Kenneth Nichols, and Kevin Thomas 

Many thanks to "Red" Bledsoe, Pat Sullivan, Brad Dickison, Bob Baker and Tom Schmeh for putting on such a terrific event.    




AN UPDATE - GREG STAAB and HIS GIRLFRIEND PENNY WERE INJURED IN A NEW YEARS EVE FIRE THAT DESTROYED GREG'S HOME. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP  - Mail a check made out to Gregory Staab to

Hoosier Tire Midwest

4155 N CR 1000 Suite A

Brownsburg, IN 46112

Or 

Indy Race Parts

361 Gasoline Alley; Suite A

Indianapolis IN 46222



1 comment:

  1. That was a great night of laid back, relaxing bench racing. So glad I was there to see and hear it. Thanks for taking the time to do a nice write up.

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