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Volume 20, Number 4 The Great Escape It on a Friday afternoon.No, I’m not at the bar, tilting back beverages in honor of completing another hectic and highly stressful week of work.
Regarding the lowly USAC figure, are Indiana and Ohio car owners just not fond of Eldora and its additional safety regulations, USAC’s entry fee, running against the big dogs, or the added costs of staying overnight in a hotel?In my early years of attendance, I observed real men like Sheldon Kinser, Jack Hewitt, Rich Vogler, Larry Rice, Steve Butler, Steve Kinser, Doug Wolfgang, Sammy Swindell, Jac Haudenschild, Rick Hood, Kenny Jacobs, and Kevin Huntley run the wall with perfection.So bold and yet so precise, I couldn’t help but be in awe, as they were all worshipped and still serve as my own benchmarks for badassery.Since 1978, the World of Outlaws have held a similar number of events at the Big E, counting 167 “A” features.When adding preliminary events, one could calculate that the number of World of Outlaws events exceed that of USAC.Despite the dampness, Thomas’s 15.318 was still a long way from the 2006 record of Jerry Coons, Jr. Third in the qualifying line, Cole Duncan’s Fisher powered Maxim (Neumeister 12N) was the best of the Wo O bunch at 12.879, fairly close but still shy of Craig Dollansky’s 16-year-old record (12.707 seconds). After Landon Simon and Michael Fischesser encountered issues, only 22 of the 24 USAC entries took time.
Being such a died-in-the-wool Eldora/USAC supporter, that’s a massively disappointing car count, even with Gas City and Bloomington offering competition for cars.
Getting back to my frenetic Friday afternoon, my grand plan was to meet up with Chesterland, Ohio’s Tom Percy, who graciously offered a sleeping spot in his camper for two evenings.
Spending the better part of two days away from reality, I had two goals in mind: 1) to relax and 2) have a freaking good time!
Joining Tom on this trip would be two first-time Eldora attendees and overall nice guys: Trevor Valentine and Doug Kililea. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Jim Hurtubise, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser, Gary Bettenhausen, and Pancho Carter chose to risk life and limb sharpening their skills on these treacherous banks.
So difficult to express to Trevor and Doug just how significant Eldora Speedway is to the overall landscape of automobile racing, one need only to observe its list of alumni to grasp just how hallowed these grounds are. To this day, it’s is still one of the prime places to prove that you own the bravery and talent required to reach the next level.
Either way, Eldora was tailor-made for sprint cars, whether you prefer them with or without aerodynamic aids.