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'GREAT DANE' TO JOIN WORLD OF OUTLAWS ??!!
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Posted on May 18, 2006 at 00:21:50 AM by jay reese

Got your attention, huh?

The highlight of the Test-n-tune session Wednesday night, for those of you that did your thing and left, was witnessing one of southern Oregon's greatest legends of racing burn some hot laps in in the Zeitler Bros. sprint car! Indeed capturing my attention every second of the ride.

After countless feature wins as one of the west coasts most prolific Late Model drivers in the 1980's, and numerous track titles in several divisions, Medford's Dane Smith did something tonight he may have realized he should have done years ago.

The Great Dane planted himself inside Zeitler's hot ride, and burned off a few hot laps as though he was born in the damn thing! What a sight to see. Dane tested the track at a tolerable pace the first few circles, and then pretty much jumped on it, and held the saame line every lap looking as smooth as a Heart surgeon. He looked as though he belonged.

Could Kinser, and Swindell have company someday?

Funny thing is...some I talked with immediately afterward had NO idea it was Dane Smith in the bright yellow 2Z sprinter!

Better yet, he liked it, and had a HUGE smile on his face when he wheeled in to the pits after his 10-minute exhibition along with Billy Nutter on the track.

"I thought the damn front wheels were going to lift off the ground the whole time" said the former #5M Late Model celebrity. Smith added...."I thought I would just take it easy at first, then I said to myself, what the hell. And, I stepped on it"

Like a kid with a new toy, it may have rejuvinated Smith's passion for a sport that many times passes legends by. And, it was awesome to see the Zeitler bros. offer him the ride of a lifetime.

Im just sorry, it has taken nearly a lifetime to see what Medford's greatest racer could really do sitting on top of winged warrior machine. And, Im sorry for those of you that did not see this historical ride.

In the words of the musical group Little Texas..."What might have been...we have taken separate roads."
Wish Dane would have turned right years ago, rather than left, and who knows...we might have seen him challenge sprint car world's best.



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Sweet deal Michelle..I have not seen him in years..Is he gonna try a race or just be content to know he could do it?



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Well, in one of the posts on Ken Irvings message board, he said he wouldn't get a sprint car-but Bill was extremely impressed with how Dane handled the car. He even stated that he wished Dane had tried one sooner!

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Michelle,

  I announced the Bud I-5 Dirt Late Model race at Southern Oregon Speedway this past Saturday night and thought you would like to know that Dane Smith drove one of the Hackney Racing Late Models in the Bud I-5 50 lapper on Saturday night. The car broke on lap 27 of the 50 laps. He also set a new Late Model track record, although he didn't know it at the time. He timed at 14.650 but was beat by a 14.506. The guy who beat him was later disqualified by a tire rule violation, which cost him the $1500 win AND the new track record. I have known Dane since he was the President of the Rogue Valley Racing A'ssn. and the racing was at the Posse Grounds. At the time, Medford had some of the best Dirt Stock car drivers in the West including Markey James, Pete Cartwright, Don Hood, Bruce Rayburn, Harold Hardesty and I could go on and on. Sort of sounds like "Back in the day", Ha!

 

Nice run Dane!!!

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I watched Dane Smith race when I was growing up in Medford. He was one of the best I've ever watched... and I've seen alot. I will never forget seeing Dane at Skagit in the late 80's. He spun on the backstretch, did a complete 360* and only lost 1 or 2 spots at full speed. Incredible! The days at the old Medford track were the BEST! Tom Wyatt, Dan Menne, Don Harper, Ken Scales, my dad Harlan Koens, Rabbit Rayburn, the "Animal" Rick Huntsley (I think that is his name) and many others that made it hard to forget.

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Hey Wade,

  We have never met but your Dad and my son Gary Bennett raced in the PRA Late Models back in the 80's at the Douglas County Fairgrounds track. I also announced down there for a couple of seasons. Glad to know someone from "back in the day"!

 

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I lived in Medford before moving to Roseburg as a kid.  We used to have a lot of fun at the old Medford Raceway.  Here's a picture that you might be interested in.

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Here's another...

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Those are some nice pics "jason440".

Thanks for the article Michele. That sounds like a good deal.

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I'll have to post a picture of Bill's last Late Model/Posse car before he got into the Sprint Car-if I figure it out on how to do it-LOL! Not a lot of people know that Bill drove late models (He was the Medford Track Champ in 1988), but a lot of people think that he really found his niche with the sprints. Dane Smith was one of the best drivers at Medford, bar none.

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Cool pics Jason440. Those really take me back.... thanks!

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How about that? I got it to work!



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The only Driver I see missing that ran with Posse is Dave Shinn. Thoughs pictures bring back a lot of Memorys. The Loggers Cup at Cottage Grove 100 laps. The Frog pond off turn 1.

I talked to Robert Hand,and watch him race a Mod Saturday at Lebanon. A guy that was helping Roberts Son Breadon. Was a pit Guy For Glenn (the Wizard) Osbourne.

I remember other drivers Rick Zuvich, Mavin and Dale Smith, Arron Miller, Jay Bugbee, Gene Powell, Mark Gilham He ran a lot at Lebanon.

Drivers out of California Jim Tyron, Lee Olibis, Etc...

The Picture of Bill is at Cottage Grove. In the old days with no back straight bill boards. And yes I remember the car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS Oh by the way I was born in the Grove.


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Some other names from back in the day-
John Arnsberg
Tom Glover
Mike Linder
Steve DeJong (son of a famous midget driver in CA)
Reggie Ayres
Roger Lorenzini



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  Thanks for all the great pictures, brings back lots of good memories of the good old days.
 

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wow you guys does that bring back memories.i was born and raised in the grove and i grew up going to that track.my family has had 3 generations run on that track and my kids are well on thier way(racing quarter midgets right know)to making it 4 generations some day. my dad owned goshen auto wreckers  for a long time so i got to talk with alot of drivers growing up.

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Glad that you guys all seem to like all the old stuff. I am busy during the regular season but I spend my winters researching Oregon auto racing. I have loads of stuff in my files that goes back as far as 1949. Some of the tracks are, both tracks at Lebanon, Eugene Speedway, Salem Speedway, Albany, Dallas, both tracks at Roseburg, Siletz, Posse Grounds, Cottage Grove and probably some that I have forgotten. I think that I may still have some race results from Coos Bay and Klamath Falls.

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Old announcer...................I'm sure you remember Kenny wheaton?  He is my son's racing mentor/crew chief now.........he's at Madras speedway every race,  sharing his knowledge to Chance Flamin' Haman's Late Model.  Out of respect for Kenny,  Chance's car  has the #34 on it...............   I just Love sitting around before and after the races hearing the stories from back in the day ........especially the ones from when Kenny drove the Highwaller:cool: 



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Chances Mom,

Yes I do remember Ken and his wife Jo. They raced at Willamette and almost all the tracks we traveled to "back in the old days". I especially remember Kenny driving the "Highwallers Special". This was the car that was built and fully maintained by the Highwallers Car Club inside the walls at the Oregon State Prison. I was one of the guys that helped the club get started and still have a plaque they gave me.

Kenny also raced on the pavement, "Back in the day" when he raced with my son Gary and daughter-in-law Shelly at Eugene and Roseburg.

Kenny and Jo are First class racing people in every sense of the word. I can't think of any people who could be more qualified to teach your son about our sport, than the Wheatons.

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I couldn't agree more about them being first class and qualified!  They are such a big part of our family.........Kenny and Jo refer to Chance as their son.   Now that has raised a few eyebrows:D

Kenny is just thrilled to be in the pits helping the kid.   No matter what happens he stays cool and calm and always knows what to do and gits-r-done:D  But I will tell you that Chance wouldn't be as far as he is with the LM if it weren't for Kenny!!

Keep your eyes open for the black #34 Late Model with blue flames!  We along with the Wheatons,  will definately be at Medford in September for the I-5 Bud cup and if we can break away,  we might just show up at Willamette before season's end!

You may remember my son..........last couple of years he drove a black Mini Truck,  the #86 with flames.  He's been to Medford and Willamette  



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Yes Chances Mom,

I met your son in the pits at Medford. He is a nice young man and I could tell by talking to him that he was firmly "Hooked" on racing. I too, was one of those youngsters when I built my first car in the winter of 1956. Now "THAT was back in the day." Ha! Good luck to your whole group and I'm looing forward to seeing your team at Willamette or Medford.

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I love this thread..more,more..please!    

Harold Hardesty...now there is a name I have not heard in years!

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Harold Hardesty is still living in Ashland Oregon-made the paper when his shop burned down and I think burned one of his old racecars up too-I'll research it.

Does anyone remember Ben Neel? He just passed away last friday.

I never met him, but Bill had-said he was tough as nails but a really good racer.



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lets not forget about a guy who was always a threat to win when ever he showed up, mark howard.

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As I read the names from back in the day,  I mention them to Kenny Wheaton.   He always  has a brief and funny story to tell about each and every name!  I'm shocked that his memory is so good:shock:  j/k

I  find reading this thread very enjoyable to say the least!  Thanks to all who have contributed;).......keep 'em coming!  This thread is testament that none will be forgotten.

And Thanks to old announcer for the nice compliments about Chance!  You hit the nail on the head when you say he's hooked!   He talks the talk and walks the walk  24-7!   You may check his progress by visiting  http://www.madrasspeedway.com     With a veteran like Kenny Wheaton in his corner, his rookie success is no surprise.  No mistaking...........I'm a very proud Mom:):)

 



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Harold Hardesty, what a great driver. One of my favorite Hardesty memories was many years ago at Willamette Speedway before it had the outer wall. Hardesty was driving the #75 Chevelle convertible owned by Bert Beck. They had arrived early for a Sunday afternoon race and Harold took Beck's car out to get a feel of the track. First time into turn one He never lifted, he threw the car into a full broadslide, went over the bank and reappeared coming on to the backstretch. I remarked to the car owner that the throttle must have stuck. Next lap, same thing, over the bank and back on. The third time by he managed to keep the car on the top groove of the turn and turned a very quick lap. Then the car owner told me that this was something that Harold did every time they went to a track he had never driven on. The first lap he never lifted, the second lap, he came off the throttle just a little bit. When he found the entry speed that allowed him to make the turn without going over the outside of the turn. THAT WAS THE SPEED HE WAS LOOKING FOR! The throttle was fine.

Benny Neal, what a great sense of humor. He was a lot like Ken Schrader is today. You never knew whether he was serious or was just messing with you. I wasn't there, but once heard a story about Benny going off the track at the Posse Grounds and crashing into a barn that had a mule in it. I always looked forward to Benny coming to Willamette. As the track announcer, I always went through the pits before the races, just to talk to the drivers. Bennys pit was one of my favorite stops.

Mark Howard.....I could write a book about him. When he was killed last summer it was like losing a family member. Mark grew up at the race tracks in Cottage Grove and came to Willamette when he decided that he was experienced enough go go up against all of the veterans who gathered there to see who was the best of the best. In 1985 and 1986 he not only raced against the best, he was the best! A two time track champion, winning the most main events in a season and setting a win record that has never been broken. He amassed the largest amount of championship points in a single season under the same points system that is still be used today. That record may never be broken. He was a mechanical wizard who was talented enough to be hired by Dave Marcus on the Winston Cup circuit. He worked his butt off and opened the Pro Auto Racing shop in Eugene. All the while, he was always there to help anyone, whether it be a veteran racer or a kid building his first race car. These are only a few of the accomplishments of a great racer. R.I.P. Mark Howard.

 

 

 

 

 

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Now guys-I gleaned these stories from one of the Medford message boards-it's gonna be long, but a small tribute to Ben Neal and others who raced before us!

If anyone had stories like this on Fred Brownfield-send it to me!


One of the real "Legends" of the Rogue Valley racing has passed away.
Ben Passed on Friday evening.
He had been in bad health for some time, but wasn't really disabled.
I spoke with Ben a couple of months ago and he told me that his Heart (Which was as big as all outdoors) was failing. Doctors had told him that he could have surgery, but that there was a 50% chance of him becoming disabled form the surgery or not coming out of it at all.
Ben chose to lead the rest of his life as he wanted to. He told me that he was going to enjoy what time he had left and not be in and out of hospitals.
He lived his life the way he wanted to and ended under his own rules.
To those of us that drove at the old Posse grounds speedway, we all remember him very well. Tough as nails, but always there if somebody needed him in an emergency.
Most of the guys in my age bracket , Dane, Skinner, Rayburn Sr, Scott Holt, John Wyncoop, Rick Hunsley, myself, even Markey to a degree we were all "Taken to School" at one time or another by Ben. Some of you 35 year olds had your (Time-out's) with him also, Jim Walker Jr, Dave Duste Jr, and Scott Lenz all raced against Ben in the very beginning of their racing.

Ben was a heck of a racer in the days when cars were built in sheds out of wrecking yards. Many times he would win Both the Feature A-main, then go out in some junker he'd put together in a week and kick our butts in the old street stocks.
I considered Ben a real friend even though he and I had some real battles in the street stocks.
Always a gentleman in front of the ladies, but man he could put the fear in a young driver when needed.
One story I remember really well because it was so funny.
We had a racer back in the 70's that had a really foul mouth. At one point he was into F this and F that and Ben (who had catlike reflexes) reached out and grabbed a handful of the guys chest hair and lifted. Well this guy was up one his tiptoes and squealing
Ben was just as calm as could be and Said "Now I told you that that kind of talk isn't gonna happen, Do you understand me?
I hope this letter will start a string of memories stirring of a really great guy.
Many stories about this guy that have gotten bigger with time, but a lot of truth in most of them.
Scott, how about the time Ben chased down and caught a deer at the rest area coming back from a Yreka race?
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I never raced against him but do have a memory of him getting a jolt by another racer and I was in the pits when they returned the tension was high he calmly parked his car tossed his helmet in the car walked slowly over to this individual held his finger strait out at him and said "boy-you and me started off wrong, if this continues which it wont, the consequences may be hazardous to your health" he turned and walked away. This individual sat in his car for quite some time and finally got out (he looked like he was going to puke) He went to Bens pits and from my vantage point watched a calm talk and then a shake. This person went on to become one of the best racers we have watched.
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Benny Neal was old school for sure, a really nice guy off the track but tough as nails on it. His white #20 was always clean and ready to race. My memory isn't great (old age thing) but two things I remember were the night Ben wrecked his claimer and I believe it flipped and he fell out of his car and landed on the track. He walked away from it!!!!!!! Another incident happened the first year I raced (1971). There used to be a horse barn down off of turn one and I think it was Benny that ended up parked in one of the stalls. There was hay everywhere and a couple of horses looking at Ben wondering I am sure where in the hell he came from. One other thing I remember was after the races everyone would go to Kims or the Far East to drink and eat. I think it was Scott Holt but I'm not positive that Ben was sitting with when all of a sudden Ben poured hot coffee in Scotts shirt pocket. Alcohol does strange things to normal people!!!!!!!! Rest in peace Ben.
P.S. We also lost a great engine builder and man recently, his name was Wally Cannon. He built my first professionally built engine back in the mid 70's. Wally built all of Harold Hardesty's engines when he was dominating the west coast. For you people who don't know Harold he was a master on dirt, probably as good as anyone that I have ever seen, and Wally was as good an engine builder as there was!!
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Speaking of Harold Hardesty... Around thirty years ago I was living in Santa Barbara and went to the Saturday night races in Santa Maria. Harold Hardesty came down from Medford for a big race, probably a 100 lapper, but don't remember for sure. I seem to remember he was driving a brown '64 or '65 Chevelle. Early on in the feature he had a flat and lost two laps. He came back from that deficit and won the race. I can remember thinking all the way home "who the heck was that?
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Man, I remember Ben going out the window well. I had a great view of it because it happened right in front of me. It was in a street stock race in around 1975. Ben had an old 55 ford that had the drivers’ window cut down,
He and another car were going for the win at the checkered flag. (I was in third about 10 car lengths back)
They got into each other just before the flag stand and Ben started to barrel roll. About the 2nd or 3rd roll I saw what I thought was his hood go way up in the air,
it turned out that it was Ben. His belts had broken and he got pitched out, I slid to a stop and he landed right beside my car. He looked up and started to crawl then curled up into a ball. I still don't know how he didn't get hit. There were another 20 cars behind us all going for the checkered flag.
Ben never did remember anything after the roll until they put him in the ambulance.
Now, remember about us saying that he was "Tough as nails"? The very next week, he came out to the track, He was solid black down one side from bruising, His crew had a folding chair and they lifted him into his super stock Camaro to time in and lifted him out afterwards. This sounds like something out of a movie, but the records will back me up, "Ben set fast time of the night that night".
He didn't fair too well in the A main but he did stick it out and finished if I remember correctly.
The run through the barn story is true also. They said that the horse whose stall Ben ended up in had to me moved to another location because it would go nuts whenever the racecars made noise after that.
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OK, here we go down memory lane. I first met Ben when I started going to the races with Scott - and that was 36 years ago! Scott and Ben were real good buddies and we spent a lot of time together. "Back then" we raced three times a weekend - Yreka on Friday, Medford on Sat. and K Falls on Sunday. We hauled to the races together, Ben and Scott raced together and we partied together. Every night, on the way home from Yreka, we would stop at the Klamath River rest area to unwind and partake in a few beverages. Every Friday night, as we pulled off the freeway to go the rest area, there was a group of deer practically standing in the off-ramp. One night Ben was slowing to a stop, threw open his door and yelled to June to grab the wheel! Ben leaped from his hauler and hauled ass down the center stripe hot in pursuit of a big old doe. All the while June is steering the truck to avoid both Ben and the deer! He ran that doe down, tackled her, held her still, then released her. I just can't imagine what was going through that doe's mind!! True story!! There are just so many good memories of those days - Ben had some Native American ancestry and he decided his little Norwegian buddy Scott should become "blood brothers". So, at a Championship banquet abound 1972, Ben used a plastic knife and "carved" into both his and Scott's arm and they held their arms together in true Hollywood movie style, thus becoming blood brothers - for life. And yes, Dane, that was Scott that Ben poured a full carafe of hot coffee down his firesuit. Ben thought it was ice water! Second and third degree burns. Several times over the last few months, Ben would come into my work to see me. He would always tell me to say "hi" to his Norwegian friend from the Crazy Indian. We will miss you Ben. We know you are at peace in the happy hunting grounds.
Cathy Holt (Michelle’s note-she was a heck of a driver when they had powder puffs-which they hardly do anymore! Rick Hunsleys wife Linda was very good too! )
 
Ron,
Man I got to thinking and you're right. Back in the mid seventies when we were all running the old $123 claimer cars, you and a bunch of the guys from Stevens Datsun ran them. When I think about it I believe that Ben kinda "Whipped your butt on the track" too.
Back then Ben had the only pipe bender in town (Yes I said Pipe and not tubing) Seems like he built about half the roll cages at the speedway back then.
Duste sr

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Thank you Michelle.

The stories about Benny Neal are priceless.

I have a Racing Wheels article written by Mrs. Fuzzy Fitzsimmons who was the Medford track reporter. The date is May 27, 1967. I will repeat parts of the story just as it was printed.

  Thrills and spills were in store for the racing fans at the Rogue Valley Speedway Saturday night. Harold Hardesty won the A-main after his car was badly damaged in the fourth heat race. Harold Hinton left the track, Hardesty flew over Hinton and then rolled 4 times. Hinton went to the back of the pack, Hardesty went to the pits. (Although the story described all the heat races, all that was said about the Mains was in the Summary.) 

A-Dash-Harold Hinton * B-Dash-Don Hood*

1st Heat-1 Bob McDougal, 2 Wayne Ditsworth, 3 Bill Tucker*

2nd Heat-1Gary Skaggs, 2 Bud Hamrick, 3 Markey James*

3rd Heat-1 Joe Sullivan, 2 Ben Neel, 3 Vern Cole*

4th Heat-1-George Graves, 2 Irvan Ford, 3Harold Hinton*

B-Main- 1 Don Hood, 2 McDougal, 3 Bill Kemper, 4 Ditsworth, 5 Hamrick.

A-Main-1 Harold Hardesty, 2 Neel, 3 Hinton, 4 Gordon Bradford, 5 Ed Tanferani, 6 Verl Cole, Graves                               

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WOW! Thankyou for that post Michelle..priceless memories of days past..:)



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I don't live in the Pacific Northwest anymore, but I practically grew up with racing at the old Medford Raceway.  I just did a google search and am surprised that I couldn't find hardly anything about those days.  This thread on this forum is the only thing I could find.

My dad was a good friend of Dane's.  One of my first and fondest memories of life on earth was the time when Dane let me sit in the driver's seat of his 86-car when it was parked at Mr. Smith's.  I must have been in the first grade then.  I went to see dozens of races just about every year, between 1975 and 1984.

In the 70's my family lived across the street from Claude Benson (#77) ... so I was a huge fan of his too, back then.

My favorite racing year at the old track must have been 1982.  I think that was the year ... Don Harper and Dane had very fast cars then.  It was quite a rivalry.  Other favorite drivers for me then were Bruce Rayburn and Jeff Skinner.  Those four raced each other in a heat race that year.  Oh, man, I loved it.  I have pictures of all this stuff somewhere.  but I've misplaced them.  I've even got an R-car hat and an R-car bumpersticker laying around here somewhere.

Does anyone remember the pink #4 cadillac?  That guy was quite good too, I seem to remember.

If anyone can please post more pictures from these old days, and of these drivers, I would be most appreciative.  Or please email them to me: enalnitram - at- hotmail.com

I'm creating skins of these cars in DTR2 (http://www.atari.com/us/games/dirt_track_racing/pc).

Thanks,

Marty Lane, Jr.




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the pink car was Rick Singler

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The photos of the old Medford Raceway brings back lots of memories.

In the early 80's had an old Caddie station wagon ( A.K.A. ambulance) that was ran as a demo derby car there. Also a wedge car with a 12 foot tall clear plexyglass air dam on the right side, which was stupid as when it hit the wall on the front streach it shattered. did not last very long. Got to fighting fire and no time to race anymore but was in the stands as much as possible.

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Here's a link to a bunch of other Medford Raceway pics that I have on Yahoo.

http://new.photos.yahoo.com/jbobmonroe/

 

 

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jason440 wrote: Here's a link to a bunch of other Medford Raceway pics that I have on Yahoo.

http://new.photos.yahoo.com/jbobmonroe/

 

 

Thanks Jason!  I've been scanning the net hoping to find photos of the "good ol' days" for a long time.  Hangin' out at the track back then are some of my favorite memories as a kid.  My best friend at the time (he's still a good friend) was the son of the assistant flagman, Walt Prince.  He’s in the first photo holding the flag behind Hunsley.  The Harper vs. Smith days were the best.  However, when Rayburn, Hunsley, and the Menne Bros were in town, it was anybodies race.  I always rooted for Reggie and Rick as sentimental favorites.  I always liked the ‘Bandit’ nick name. 

Thanks again!!

 

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Glad you liked the photos.  The old track was also one of my favorite places as a kid and I guess it's probably impossible to relive those days again.  We lived within a couple of miles from the track on Haven street and we'd go to all of the races.

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Wow, I found a thread somewhere talking about my home track from the time I was 8 years old till I moved away in 1986. I lived at the old Medford Raceway and seeing this thread really made me smile.

One of my best friends growing up was Dane's son Tom Smith. Dane was a superstar to me then and still is today. The very first race I went to at the Medford Raceway he won the Super Stock feature in the 64 chevelle number 86. He's still racing dirt late models today.

Here's some photos I have of that neat little racetrack....

 From 1984, this is Dane in the 5 and Ken Scales in the 10 (Dane's car from the previous season).

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Here's Dane from 1978 or so in the Howe chassis Camaro built by Don Harper's crew at Rogue Racing Enterprises. These cars were very strong at the time. In the background is current Southern Oregon Speedway promoter John Skinner in Dane's old Camaro. This was the season opener and John won his first Late Model feature that day.

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How about a shot of the Rabbit, Bruce Rayburn from 1984. Bruce won a lot of races in this car. In the background I recognize Randy Hvall in the red 37 who is still racing asphalt late models in Oregon and NorCal today. Not sure about the other two cars.

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