« on: October 22, 2010, 02:21:45 PM »
... but not forgotten. The Topeka Shawnee County Fairgrounds. Marshall Teague made a few stops there, Opperman, Ray Lee Goodwin, The Weld tribe, Kenny and "Tiger" Bob Williams, and the list goes on. I wish I hadn't lost all those photos I took or bought there. They and my collection of Speed Sport News all destroyed in an old barn by neglect!
In Stock Cars there were Jim Still, Gerry Harrison and visits by the IMCA great Ernie Derre (Sp?) and the IMCA Stock Car Tour. I tresured an issue of Stock Car Racing that showed Harrison's #98 Mustang (Cougar?) slogging thru the mud somewhere to an IMCA win. I heard him say "I just ran the rears at about 10 pounds and put a skinny Sprint Car tire on the left front until the mud finally packed down some".
The racing was always good with the Super Modifieds, (Early Sprints without wings and bolt on cages). I think it was one of the Welds who showed up with his midget and ran around 'Checking it out'. They let him start it at the back of the feature. "What's that little 4 banger bug going to do? Race against the carburator cars?" He lapped the field in about 4 laps then pulled in! And they were starting at least 25 cars that night!
The smell of alcohol, casterol, oil and maybe a little 'Pop', (Nitro) mixxing with the popcorn and hot peanuts. The cars "WapWapWap"ing as they pushed off mixxed with the calls or "POPcorn, PEAnuts, ICE cold drinks!" and the announcer calling the field. "Gentleman Gene Gennetti on the pole, Ray Lee Goodwin pacing next to him...". Now where is that crazy looking Delorean?