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2 Kickass Hiiltop Shows Followed By Tragedy
 by Bob on Monday, Jul 13th
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DFC Racing The past 2 shows at Hilltop have been beyond awesome. The July 2nd King Of The Hill event packed the pits and the grandstands with the best in the area. 39 Super Late Models would take to the track to chase that $5000 winners check. Nearly the same number of Modifieds rolled into the pits to chase a $1000 payout to their winner and both divisions put on one hell of a show. That young fella from West Virgina, Tyler Carpenter would be crowned "King Of The Hill" by putting on a clinic on smooooooth clean racing the entire 40 laps. Congrats young man on a well deserved win!

This weekend we'd see 2 drivers pick up their very first feature wins and both races were action packed right up to the checkers. In the Late Models Vic Hottinger has been quietly sneaking to the front in recent weeks, and this week he would have quite a challenge. Mike Lonas and Corey Conley would battle door to door for the lead for the first half of the race. Just as soon as they finally settled into single file with Lonas leading, Hottinger put himself between the two seasoned veterans. It was as if he could smell that sweet smell of his first win as he set sail for the top spot. Lonas gave him a good clean battle but just couldn't retake the lead. Hats off to entire Hottinger team for proving they can run with the best around.

In the Street Stocks the 45 car of Bob Chilcote has been thrilling the crowd with his left front tire in the air most of the way around Hilltop. Saturday night he might have overworked the left front a little too much with those hard landings. Through the final laps that wheel was barely attached to the car and pointing everywhere but straight but lucky for Bob he rarely uses that wheel any way. He pointed the rest of the car where he needed it to go to pick up his very first feature win in wild fashion.

The recent action on "The Hill" was plenty to keep our spirits high at least until next week, but this morning we all got some devastating news. One of the most important pieces of the puzzle that has made Hilltop Speedway what it is today lost her life this morning in a tragic accident. Tracey Wardell not only played a huge role in reviving the track when it was struggling, she did it while always wearing that infectious smile. The entire Wardell family have always made folks like me feel like family just because that's the kind of great people they are. I suppose that's why the news hit me so damn hard. Those who know me know that I'm never left speechless, but I was today. Lucky for us the rest of the Wardell family are also known for their own infectious smiles and I just know we'll see them prove it in due time. Until then, please keep them in your prayers and PLEASE visit this webpage to help if you can. This great family will truly appreciate any help they can get in this time of need.

Daugherty Goes Up In Smoke, Moore Melts Down
 by Bob on Tuesday, Jun 9th
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I'm always anxious for the $1000 to win Street Stock show at Hilltop as most of you know. This weekend would be very interesting with a few teams finally showing that they could at least run with undefeated Mike Lonas in recent weeks. Lonas is probably best known for his domination at Lakeville Speedway in his Late Model, and while he's had reasonable success with the Late Model at Hilltop, he's been untouchable so far this season in his Street Stock. Things have tightened up a bit the past couple of weeks towards the front of the pack, and with Bob Daugherty setting fast time last week before the rains came, it looked like the man that took all the big money last year would do it again. Daugherty lost his new engine just 3 weeks into the 2015 season so while it was being rebuilt he dropped in "old faithful" that was in the car last season when Bob was on a money grabbin' rampage at both Hilltop and WCS. That little motor has since won every time he's made the trip to 250 Speedway and qualified at the top of the field last week. On Friday night, just one night before this big show his new motor was back in the garage and Bob told me it was a damn tough decision to pull "old faithful" to drop the new one back in. That decision didn't look too bad early on Saturday night as he once again set fast time. Starting last in the dash, I wondered just how hard he'd work the car to get to the front, but this veteran was up on the wheel and in it to win it. When the checkers flew he was second and tripping over the leader. Before the feature Bob was still wondering if the engine swap was the right thing to do as he wasn't happy with the oil pressure he had in the dash. Only time would tell, he said. At the drop of the green in the feature we saw the return of "Bottom Feeder Bob" as he pulled out front and dove to the very bottom groove. He's earned that nickname over the years by picking up many wins while brushing the infield tires through the turns. A few laps into the race it looked like he'd do it again as he started to pull away from the pack. Then the magic smoke started spewing from the exhaust and that fresh motor let loose all over the track. Daugherty would watch the rest of the feature from the infield while kicking himself in the ass for taking "old faithful" out of the car. After the feature he was still able to smile but I'm pretty sure he'll be changing to another engine builder this week. More than likely returning to the shop that built "old faithful".

As devastating as the night turned out to be for Daugherty, it was typical to see him handle it with class and even kind words for his competition. That was a great example of how a real racer deals with problems. Unfortunately we would see an example of how not to handle set backs in the Late Model feature. The first 8 laps or so we saw Charlie Duncan and Kyle Moore side by side for the lead using every inch of the track. They would get together in turns 1 & 2 with Moore going around and being charged with the caution. In my professional opinion, the correct call was made as Moore basically drove across the nose of Duncan's car at just the point where Charlie had nowhere else to go. At any rate, shit happens and no driver will always like all the calls made at any track. What's important is how those drivers handle the situations, especially those drivers that should certainly know that they have the equipment and laps left to get back to the front. Most seasoned drivers would lick their wounds, go to the tail as instructed, and then drive the wheels off the car to get back to where they belong at the front of the pack. Instead of doing that, Moore chose to throw a tantrum that would make a spoiled 3 year old kid at a carnival look like an angel. Parking his car in order to hold up the show was bad enough, but beating the hell out of his car and throwing a hissy-fit in front of everybody only made himself look like an ass. It took a tow truck and his own brother to convince him to head to the trailer, finally allowing the show to go on. I haven't seen such ugliness since the old days at Lakeville Speedway before things got cleaned up there. I trust that Hilltop will make sure we don't see this type of thing from Moore or anybody else in the future. The racing action there is too damn good to allow such bullshit!

Fast Freddie Thrills Hilltop Crowd All Night
 by Bob on Monday, May 11th
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When a feature winner tells the crowd that he'll see them again in a few minutes for another interview, some may think that driver is a little "cocky". Anybody that has ever talked to Fast Freddie Carpenter knows better though. You'd be very hard pressed to find a more down to earth and respectful driver anywhere. This guy just loves doing what he does, and it helps that he's damn good at it too. The entire Carpenter gang are always a pleasure to have in the pits and they're damn sure there to put on a great show on the track. Freddie won the feature last week while putting on a clinic on how to drive hard but clean while door to door with Corey Conley for much of the race. This week would seem like a continuation of that same race. Carpenter slowly and patiently worked his way to the front only to find himself door to door with Conley once again. After trying to find enough room to complete the pass on the bottom for a few laps, Freddie decided to try the high side. It didn't take long to see that was the smart move as Conley was unable to hold him off with all that momentum from the top groove. Seeing these guys and many others run 2 and 3 wide for many laps without contact is exactly what makes Hilltop the place to be on Saturday night.

Now back to that interview. This Saturday night Fast Freddie would do double duty by climbing into the R88 Modlite owned by Larry Reed. It was obvious early that this veteran driver can wheel anything on dirt when he ran away with the heat race win. The Modlite feature was lined up next after the Late Model feature so he barely got to catch his breath before jumping into his borrowed ride where he'd start on the front row. The opening laps provided a pretty good battle for the lead but once Carpenter found his rhythm he was gone. I swear I could see his grin through the helmet as he came off turn 4 to take the checkers! All I could think was it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. It's more than a little refreshing to see a very talented and successful driver doing what he does for the right reasons. He honestly seems to race for the love of the sport more than he does for the success and reputation. I sure hope to see more drivers notice this and follow his lead.

You don't want to miss the "King Of The Hill" show at Hilltop this coming Saturday night May 16th, as we'll see if anybody in the area is up to the challenge of ending Carpenter's winning streak. There's bound to be plenty of top notch teams taking a shot at that $5000 to win. Hell, maybe that Carpenter kid will show up and knock Daddy off his throne. ;-) SEE YA THERE!

Warmer Weather Brings HOTTER Action At Hilltop
 by Bob on Sunday, Apr 12th
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The temps might have only been a little better but it was enough to bring some of the best competitors in the area to Hilltop on Saturday night. Last week there was a short but strong field of Late Models on hand. This week the count grew to 22 cars including Moran, Conley, Drown, Markham, Hornikle, Duncan and the rest of the strong field we've come to expect on "The Hill". This field would surely put on a great show as well as show us how last weeks winner, Moore would stack up against them. Heat races and the Dash were interesting enough, but the Feature would prove why Hilltop has become known for keeping the crowd on it's feet. The night would end early for Hornikle and Markham as they got together in turn 2 and both headed for the trailer. That left Drown, Moran, Conley, and Moore to battle for the front spot, and that's exactly what they did. Moran and Drown would swap the lead at each end of the track for many laps while the battles behind them were really heating up. Moore would spin himself during one of those battles and would have to prove he could once again come from the tail to the front but this time through a full field of strong cars. I'll be damned if he didn't do just that while the leaders were putting on one hell of a show of their own. Once Drown and Moran got into lapped traffic, they took turns using the lapped cars to their own advantage. More than once they avoided contact and even disaster dealing with the traffic but the result was damn good clean racing to the checkers. At the flag it was Moran picking up the win but the little fella had to work for it right to the stripe. Conley would take 3rd while probably hearing the footsteps of that damn Moore kid sneaking up behind him. ;-)

The Modifieds would have a similar Feature battle as Loney and Duston went at it lap after lap. These guys put on a great show of their own as the rest of the field seemed to be fighting for 3rd. Rory Reed qualified second this week and looked very strong early before getting pinched off going into turn 3 and choosing to spin himself out rather than moving the other car out of his way. Reed would smoothly work his way back through the field to bring home a top 5 and a complete race car unlike last week.

The Street Stock Feature was at least a little more entertaining this week with Daugherty giving Lonas more of a challenge, but Lonas would once again pick up a fairly easy looking win. Gee, do ya really think the big advantage is all horsepower here? This class has really gotten out of hand over the years and it's probably too late to fix it. I guess we should all get used to seeing rear steer and left front tires in the air in this division. Sorry, but I know I'm not the only one that has lost most of my interest in this division.

A division that sure as hell seems to have plenty of interest this year is the Mini Stocks. In recent years the car counts have slowly dropped off but this year that has really turned around. Both nights of action so far at Hilltop required a B-Main for this class. A whopping 33 of these things showed up this week and while some fans may not like to watch them, I think it's a very good sign for local racing to see a class actually grow. The other growing class this season is the Modlites and this division brings plenty of wild action of it's own. These cars used to only get a couple nights on the schedule in recent years but the excitement has grown a bit since being added to the nightly schedule. You won't want to miss a single night of the 2015 season at Hilltop for sure! Just be sure to bring the family and friends to share the experience. It will give you plenty to talk about all week long until the next night of action.

Hilltop Gets Opening Night In The Books
 by Bob on Sunday, Apr 5th
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It took a couple extra weeks to finally kick off the 2015 season at Hilltop, but it was worth the wait. Mother Nature has done her best to remind us of her long ugly winter, but Hilltop reminded us why we can't wait for winter to be over. With the cold weather still hanging around this weekend, and the early date on the calendar, car counts were down in the top divisions. However, the counts in the support classes was impressive, and the crowd in the stands was very impressive. I talked to many folks that said they probably wouldn't be there this week due to the cold weather, but they just couldn't stay away when race day came around. Hats off the the hearty Hilltop supporters that braved the weather to fill the stands on another cold opening night.

Some drivers don't have their rides ready yet but showed up to take in the show. And guys like Rory Reed showed up in a borrowed car just to get his season started. Unfortunately his feature ended early just when it was getting to look pretty damn good for him. Just when he decided to try the high side where that car was born to run, somebody decided to park up there as Rory was on his way to 2nd place. A broken spindle would end his night early but ya just know he'll be back for more next week.

The standout of the evening had to be Kyle Moore in his new Kryptonite Chassis Late Model. We've watched this young fella drive the wheels (and body panels) off his Street Stock in recent years with no shortage of excitement on any given night. There's absolutely no doubt this guy has what it takes to run balls to the wall and wide freakin' open around any track he tries. He's always had great equipment, and this year is certainly no different. Those Kryptonite cars have proven to be untouchable in the right hands. Last night Kyle showed his strength and his weakness in the same race. Setting fast time by nearly 1/2 second over non other than Corey Conley was very impressive. It was almost as impressive as his pass for the lead in the feature that left Conley looking like his car stalled. That's the point where many seasoned drivers would start to pace themselves a bit to save their equipment, knowing they had the field covered. Self control is what Moore has been lacking as long as I've watched him, and it's cost him plenty of wins and body panels over the years. Damn it man, when ya drive away to nearly a 1/2 lap lead, it's time to tone it down just a bit instead of taking yourself out by destroying the right rear tire and quarter panel. Sure it was awesome to run away from one of the best in the area and all, but on a regular night with a full field of cars it would have cost ya a kickass win. The short field allowed him to pit for a tire and come from the tail in no time to take the win anyway, but that was a rare opportunity. If this crazy bastard ever figures out that self control thing it will be a very tough season for the strong field of Late Models at Hilltop. Either way it's gonna be VERY entertaining to watch.

We've Just Lost A Dirt Racing Legend
 by Bob on Monday, Mar 23rd
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Anybody that has been around racing at all knows the name Eal Baltes quite well. Sure many know him as the owner of Eldora Speedway for what seemed like forever. But this man did much more than own and operate a race track. He created it from scratch and then went on to spend decades of hard work and tons of his own money promoting it in ways that no other track owners have dared to do. To say he was successful in his quest to make his track the king of all dirt tracks, would be a huge understatement. Eldora Speedway and Earl Baltes both went on to become legendary over the years and he never let up on his dedication to the racers, the fans, and the sport he loved so much. Hats off to ya Earl and may you rest in peace knowing that you've not only created the most famous dirt track in the world, but also made racing what it is today. You will truly missed but NEVER forgotten!

Please Help This Family If You Can
 by Bob on Wednesday, Mar 4th
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An act of heroism†quickly turned into a terrible tragedy and†has taken†the life of a former local†racer. Roger Rush Jr. was a member of the Rush Racing family that often dominated the Mini Stock division at Lakeville Speedway. This 44 year old father of 9 didn't hesitate for even a second to help a woman that he saw get hit by a car on an icy road. Another driver stopped to help also and Roger moved her to a safer place and even gave her his reflective coat for her safety. Seconds later another car slid into the accident scene and Roger was trapped under that car, killing him. The complete story can be read by clicking here. The family is in great need of our support right now and have set up a web based opportunity for getting that help. PLEASE visit this webpage to help if you can. The family will truly appreciate any help they can get in this time of need. This man lost his life while saving the lives of 2 people he didn't even know. That's just the guy he was. It's not often that you get to honor a true hero, but here's your chance.

Hilltop Speedway Announces 2015 Schedule
 by Bob on Sunday, Feb 15th
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Once again the gang at Hilltop Speedway seems to be itching to kick off the racing season whether Mother Nature is ready or not. With the nasty way our winter has been going, racing on March 14th seems to be some wild dream. However, I've learned in recent years that if Buck says we're racing, he'll do absolutely anything and everything to make it happen. I know I'm not the only one that's more than a little eager to get back to "The Hill" for that kickass side by side action this place was built upon. After another long and ugly winter, those racing fumes and coney dogs are gonna taste GREAT. Check out the schedule below and plan to take in every great show they have to offer. See ya there!!

March 14 Opening Night Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

March 21 Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

March 28 Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

April 4 Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

April 11 Regular Racing Event

April 18 Finish Line Auto Body Modifieds $1,000 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event

April 25 Regular Racing Event

May 2 Holmes Tire Late Models $1,500 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

May 9 Regular Racing Event

May 16 Modlites $400 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event

May 23 Regular Racing Event Plus Driver Autograph Night

May 30 Regular Racing Event

June 6 Holmes Pest Control Street Stocks $1,000 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event

June 13 Regular Racing Event Excluding Bugs R Gone Trucks

June 20 Finish Line Auto Body Modifieds $1,000 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event

June 27 Mid-Season Championship

July 3 & 4 TBA

July 11 Holmes Tire Late Models $1,500 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event

July 18 Winning Edge Auto Body Mini Stocks $400 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

July 25 Bugs R Gone Truck Invitational $400 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event Plus Fan Appreciation Night

August 1 Regular Racing Event

August 8 Regular Racing Event Plus Kids Night

August 15 Season Championships

September 18th and 19th 7th Annual Weekend on the Hill Ė Holmes Tire Late Model Invitational, Finish Line Auto Body Modifieds, Homes Pest Control Street Stocks, Bugs R Gone Trucks, Winning Edge Auto Body Mini Stocks, Modlites, JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges.† More details will follow.

This is a tentative schedule.† Dates may be changed or added. Watch website for up to date information about Hilltop Speedway at www.hilltopspeedway.org.†

Regular Racing Event Includes: Late Models sponsored by Holmes Tire, Modifieds sponsored by Finish Line Auto Body, Street Stocks sponsored by Holmes Pest Control, Mini Stocks sponsored by Winning Edge Auto Body, Trucks sponsored by Bugs R Gone, Modlites, and Mini Wedges sponsored by JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction

Regular Racing Events Start Times: Pit Gates Open at 3:00 p.m. cost $30.00 General Admission at 4:00 p.m. cost $10.00 Kids 12 and under free

Spring Hours: Hot laps 5:00 p.m. racing at 6:30 p.m. ††††††††† Summer Hours: Hot laps 6:00 p.m. racing at 7:30 p.m.

This Sure Sounds Familiar.....
 by Bob on Thursday, Jan 15th
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DFC Racing I found this message while checking out the website of another of my all time favorite race tracks, Dragway 42. I couldn't help feeling like I've written/spoken many of these same lines before. The bottom line is that no matter what type of racing you enjoy, it's up to everybody involved(racers, fans, and media) to support the local tracks to keep this sport alive for ourselves and future generations. Dragway 42 was my favorite home back in my drag racing days and I still enjoy making the trip whenever I can. Over the years this place has changed hands a few times, just like our local dirt tracks have. And just like the history of ownership at those dirt tracks, some were better than others at making the track not only survive but thrive. The most recent ownership has taken on the largest project of any track I've ever seen, which lead to delaying opening back up. Of course that lead to online bashing by those "keyboard cowboys" as I call them, and that just pisses me off. Damn folks, take a look at the project they took on all in the name of bringing this historic track not only back to life, but to the top of the heap. The entire property is being completely reshaped and the facility rebuilt from the ground up. This will clearly take time and plenty of money to complete, and hats off to them for stepping up to do it. Those of you reading this may not be into racing in a straight line for seconds at a time, but ALL tracks in our area will need our support to survive. I am eagerly awaiting opening day at the new Dragway 42, whenever that turns out to be. I'll be sure to invite all of you as soon as General Manager Joe Gambino makes the announcement. Please read the message below and and remember it the next time you see those pesky "keyboard cowboys" bashing any track online or elsewhere.

You Canít Race Without a Race Track

by Scott Gardner Ė President, International Hot Rod Association

There are two distinct trends happening with race tracks and racers these days. Generally race tracks, as a percentage, are closing at an alarming rate and a small but vocal group of racers are sometimes adding fuel to the fire of that trend. Having been a track operator for nearly twenty years, I have struggled with operations, finances and decisions. Being a track operator is not for the faint of heart.

Race tracks close for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is financial. Simply put, the profit margin in race track operations is razor thin. It takes a wise operator to figure out the path to profitability and that path varies dramatically from facility to facility. In some markets, specialty events like heads-up classes, brand events, etc., work well. In other markets, itís appealing to the street enthusiasts to bring their cars to the race track that makes the difference. Yet for others, who are lucky enough to be in bigger markets, itís the major spectator event that is the path to success. However, many track operators struggle to find that niche.

The risk versus the reward of running a race track is often upside down. Long hours with big financial commitments makes high stakes gambling in Vegas look like childís play. I would guess the divorce rate of track operators is high. The stress, long hours, risk, and in most cases, low rewards are often more than a person can take or would even want to attempt. To put this into the racer prospective Ö a racer who spends 50K annually to race is doing so for the love and enjoyment. For the track operator, who loses 50K, there is often no credible value against that loss.

Then enters the small but vocal group of racers (with bystanders who join in with them) that voice their often uninformed positions via social media on how bad they believe their local track is operated. Perceived poor track conditions, lighting, parking, concessions, procedures, etc. are all discussed, while never realizing their attitude and words are very destructive and can ultimately lead to the demise of their home track. While it is human nature to complain and it is understandable people have frustrations, it makes little sense to publically lambast a business without ever reaching out to discuss the issues with the management. If I go to a restaurant and have a bad experience, I will reach out to a manager and hopefully get my issues resolved. If not, I might choose to go elsewhere but wonít spend countless hours tearing down the business on social media and then return there to eat the next day. That cycle makes no sense.

As a Track Operator I would sometimes see race cars or teams with issues. This could be bad tires, the car being lined up crooked, etc. Do you think I run to racers and tell them they donít know what theyíre doing? Or get on social media and talk about how unwise they are? Not a chance. So, why are some racers so openly critical of how a track is operated? I believe it comes from really not understanding the challenges of operating a race track. Rather than taking energy to tear down the local operator/track, why not develop a reasonable dialogue legitimately addressing the concerns? Most track operators are willing to listen to sensible suggestions.

Thankfully, for the most part, this vocal group is often not taken seriously by the majority of racers and fans who understand the challenges of operating a business. My hope is that those who choose to tear down their local operators donít ever succeed with what appears to be their goal of tracks closing. Whether the negative local few know it or not, that is what they are doing Ė closing tracks. We need to keep our track operatorís enthusiast and motivated, not beaten and disheartened.

Until next time, I will see you at the racesÖ

Very Interesting End To 2014 Season
 by Bob on Wednesday, Oct 22nd
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There was certainly no shortage of excitement and drama as this racing season came to an end. Hilltop finished up in a huge way with their "Weekend On The Hill" event. The place was absolutely packed on both nights and the level of competition was taken to a whole new level on Saturday night in the Late Model division. When guys like Markham, Duncan, Lee, and Gentry are simply cars in the field that finished a lap or more down, it tells you that this was one hell of a show. This feature went caution free for the entire 35 laps and that allowed Fast Freddy Carpenter to "put a real ass whoopin' on them boys" as Dave Ledford put it. Folks, Carpenter has raced here often but during this feature he really put on a clinic for all others including Devon Moran on how to get around Hilltop while using every inch of the track surface while not touching another car. DAMN, that was something to see! Sadly we lost Dave Ledford not long after this show, but at least he was treated to one of the very best races I've ever seen and he truly enjoyed it.

On the asphalt side of things the drama really went into high gear as Mike Miller was looking to close out the season and possibly his career with yet another track championship. Leading the points for most of the season, it sure looked like that kind of year for him but the final weeks brought plenty of challenges. Engine failures would eat up nearly all of his points lead by championship night which was a double points night. A very controversial decision by the folks at Midvale would keep Mike from qualifying and from there it was clear that he wouldn't be allowed to win the championship no matter what he pulled off the rest of the night. For the second year in a row Miller would have a championship yanked out of his hands in the final race of the season. Last year it was at Barberton Speedway that the championship was stolen during the final feature event. At least he got even by winning their big show at the end of the year and took home all the cash after that heart breaker.

At least one Miller closed out the 2014 season on a very high note. Did you dirt folks ever wonder what ever happened to the fella that won the very first Late Model Season Championship at Wayne County Speedway way back in 1966? Well that fella is none other than Mike Miller's father, now known as Pappy Miller. This guy has one of those racing histories that most racers can only dream of, and raised a family of drivers with similar records. Pappy kicked off his racing career in 1952 at the Akron Rubber Bowl in a Hudson Hornet. He raced both asphalt and dirt before unofficially hanging up his helmet in 1990. Mostly known to drive Mopars this Miller also picked up several track championships and held many track records including WCS and Barberton in 1966. Most people find it hard to believe but the night before winning that first Late Model Season Championship at WCS, he also pick up the track championship at Barberton Speedway with the very same car. Going from that 1/4 mile asphalt bullring on one night, and onto WCS the next night to pull off that stunt should tell you a little something about the level of talent in this driver! How many drivers could pull that off nowadays? During Pappy's career he raced at roughly 14 different tracks, often running 2 tracks each week. More than once he had 20 or more wins in one season, and finished up with nearly 200 feature wins along with many special events. So,,,, what the hell ever happened to Pappy Miller you may ask. Well on September 13th he was invited to race in the staff race at Midvale Speedway and the old fella jumped at the chance. This wasn't your typical staff race as this time all of the cars were identical retired sheriff cruisers so it would be up to the drivers instead of the cars to make a difference. Other staff members may have raced in their past too, but none of the others were Millers. Pappy didn't seem to lose anything over the years as he showed those youngsters how to get around Midvale while picking up the win. Way to go "Old Timer"! When I got the chance to introduce Pappy to my granddaughter recently I explained that this very man in front of her had not only won the first track championship at WCS in 1966, but he had also just won another race just weeks ago. At first she thought "crazy old grampa" was pulling her leg, but once she was convinced it was true, you could really see the wheels in her head turning. She thought that was " the coolest racing story she's ever heard" and "now she's met a real racing legend". Grampa agrees without a doubt!

Now watch & learn youngsters. Pappy has his helmet dusted off and he's ready to give some lessons! ;-)



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