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1986-95…the family years

 

1986 – 8 tracks

 

 

Martinsville Speedway is one of my favorite NASCAR tracks.  I've been there several times.  This photo was taken at a 2002 event.

Martinsville Speedway is one of my favorite NASCAR tracks. I’ve been there several times. This photo was taken at a 2002 event.

 

157 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville Virginia United States April 26, 1986 PO
158 311 Speedway Madison North Carolina United States April 26, 1986 DO
159 Columbus Motor Speedway Columbus Ohio United States June 10, 1986 PO
160 Riverside Speedway Cottage Grove Oregon United States June 28, 1986 DO
161 Oxford Plains Speedway Oxford Maine United States July 13, 1986 PO
162 Northwest Speedway Stateline Idaho United States July 26, 1986 PO
163 Warsaw Speedway Warsaw Indiana United States September 5, 1986 DO
164 Ventura Raceway Ventura California United States November 21, 1986 DO

 

 

1987 – 7 tracks

 

1987 Ford Custom Van.  We hoped to do some trackchasing travel in our van but distances were just too great to cover by the highway.

1987 Ford Custom Van. We hoped to do some trackchasing travel in our van but distances were just too great to cover by the highway.

 

College roommate Stan Logan frequently joined the family and me on racing trips in Northern California.

College roommate Stan Logan frequently joined the family and me on racing trips in Northern California.

 

165 Oklahoma City Fair Speedway Oklahoma City Oklahoma United States March 22, 1987 DO
166 Crossville Raceway Crossville Tennessee United States March 25, 1987 DO

 

We were the guests of American Airlines at the Long Beach Grand Prix.  They offered a contest to their guests.  Who could pick the winner's average speed?

We were the guests of American Airlines at the Long Beach Grand Prix. They offered a contest to their guests. Who could pick the winner’s average speed?

 

We won the contest!  First prize was airfare and a week's hotel in Zurich, Switzerland.

We won the contest! First prize was airfare and a week’s hotel in Zurich, Switzerland.

 

I've won several prizes while attending races.  This was the best ever by a factor of many.

I’ve won several prizes while attending races. This was the best ever by a factor of many.

 

167 Long Beach Grand Prix Long Beach California United States April 5, 1987 STREET-RC
168 I-55 Raceways Pevely Missouri United States April 22, 1987 DO

 

If you go to Amsterdam's Red Light district like we did you might not want to take this type of photo.

If you go to Amsterdam’s Red Light district like we did you might not want to take this type of photo.

 

169 Vermilion County Speedway Danville Illinois United States June 7, 1987 DO
170 Attala Speedway Kosciusko Mississippi United States July 25, 1987 DO
171 Metrolina Speedway Charlotte North Carolina United States October 3, 1987 DO

 

I was a Darrell Dake fan!

I was a Darrell Dake fan!

 

 

 

1988 – 6 tracks

  

I'm a fan and not a race driver.  However I have attended race car driving schools and driven in about 10 races.

I’m a fan and not a race driver. However I have attended race car driving schools and driven in about 10 races.

 

172 Eagle Raceway Eagle Nebraska United States June 25, 1988 DO
173 Colorado National Speedway Erie Colorado United States July 2, 1988 DO
174 Cayuga County Fair Speedway Weedsport New York United States July 21, 1988 DO
175 Claremont International Raceway Claremont New Hampshire United States September 3, 1988 PO
176 Bakersfield Speedway Oildale California United States October 8, 1988 DO
177 Colorado River County Fairgrounds Blythe California United States November 13, 1988 PO

 

 

1989 – 2 tracks

  

In 1989 we moved to the seaside community of San Clemente, California
In 1989 we moved to the seaside community of San Clemente, California

 

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178 Hawkeye Downs Speedway Cedar Rapids Iowa United States June 6, 1989 OUTER-PO
179 Madera Speedway Madera California United States June 24, 1989 PO
180 Parramatta City Raceway Granville New South Wales Australia November 17, 1989 DO

 

 

1990 -2 tracks

 

In 1990 I added just two new tracks to my list....but my family and I traveled the world.
                     In 1990 I added just two new tracks to my list….but my family and I traveled the world.

 

181 Charlotte Motor Speedway Harrisburg North Carolina United States May 27, 1990 OUTER-PO
182 Friendship Speedway Elkin North Carolina United States May 29, 1990 DO

 

 

1991 – 15 tracks

 

We've never shorted ourselves when it came time to taking vacations.
We’ve never shorted ourselves when it came time to taking vacations. 

 

183 Jax Raceways Jacksonville Florida United States February 8, 1991 DO
184 Thunderbowl Speedway Valdosta Georgia United States February 9, 1991 DO
185 Lake City Speedway Lake City Florida United States February 10, 1991 DO
186 Putnam County Raceway Satsuma Florida United States February 12, 1991 DO
187 Rose Bowl Pasadena California United States March 13, 1991 DO
188 Delta Speedway Stockton California United States May 17, 1991 DO
This was my office building in 1991.  Can you see me peeking out from the 11th floor?

This was my office building in 1991. Can you see me peeking out from the 11th floor?

This gig paid my trackchasing bills!

This gig paid my trackchasing bills!

189 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway Indiana United States May 26, 1991 PO
190 Petaluma Speedway Petaluma California United States June 8, 1991 DO
191 Plaza Park Raceway Visalia California United States June 14, 1991 DO
192 Calistoga Speedway Calistoga California United States July 6, 1991 DO
193 Penn National Speedway Grantville Pennsylvania United States July 14, 1991 DO
194 Central Jersey Speedway New Egypt New Jersey United States July 17, 1991 PO
195 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania United States August 2, 1991 DO
Racers do a lot better with big name sponsors.

Racers do a lot better with big name sponsors.

196 Richmond International Raceway Richmond Virginia United States September 6, 1991 PO
197 Lake Perris Speedway Perris California United States October 11, 1991 DO
Bobby Unser was the grand marshall on this day at Willow Springs.

Bobby Unser was the grand marshall on this day at Willow Springs.

198 Willow Springs Raceway Rosamond California United States October 27, 1991 PRC


1992 – 17 tracks
At the beginning of 1992 I was busy coaching son Jim's (#8) basketball team.
At the beginning of 1992 I was busy coaching son Jim’s (#8) basketball team.

 

199 Darlington International Speedway Darlington South Carolina United States March 28, 1992 PO
200 Sumter Rebel Speedway Sumter South Carolina United States March 28, 1992 DO

  

Daughter Kristy - Age 15.  As the kids grew up I had a little more time for trackchasing.

Daughter Kristy – Age 15. As the kids grew up I had a little more time for trackchasing.

 

201 Kil-Kare Speedway Xenia Ohio United States June 5, 1992 OUTER-PO
202 Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth Ohio United States June 6, 1992 DO
203 Thirty-Four Raceways Burlington Iowa United States July 8, 1992 DO
204 Lee County Speedway Donnellson Iowa United States July 9, 1992 DO
205 Autodrome Rive Sud Ste-Philippe Quebec Canada July 11, 1992 DO
206 Sanair Super Speedway Ste-Pie Quebec Canada July 12, 1992 PO
207 Autodrome Granby Granby Quebec Canada July 13, 1992 DO
208 Portland Speedway Portland Oregon United States July 17, 1992 PO
209 River City Speedway St. Helens Oregon United States July 18, 1992 DO
210 Carlsbad Raceway Carlsbad California United States July 30, 1992 DO
211 Victorville Grandstand Arena Victorville California United States July 31, 1992 DO
212 Bureau County Raceway Princeton Illinois United States August 21, 1992 DO
213 LaSalle Speedway LaSalle Illinois United States August 22, 1992 DO
214 Concord Motor Speedway Concord North Carolina United States October 3, 1992 PO
215 Thunderbowl Speedway Tulare California United States October 17, 1992 DO

 

In the early 90s I hung out with Dick Clark whenever I could.

In the early 90s I hung out with Dick Clark whenever I could.

 

 

1993 – 19 tracks

 

216 Citrus County Speedway Inverness Florida United States February 6, 1993 PO
217 Charlotte County Speedway Punta Gorda Florida United States February 8, 1993 PO
218 Antioch Speedway Antioch California United States April 30, 1993 DO
219 Stockton 99 Speedway Stockton California United States May 1, 1993 PO
220 Attica Raceway Park Attica Ohio United States May 21, 1993 DO
221 K-C Raceway Chillicothe Ohio United States May 22, 1993 DO
222 Big Diamond Raceway Minersville Pennsylvania United States May 28, 1993 DO
223 Silver Spring Speedway Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania United States May 29, 1993 DO
224 Twin Cities Speedway Marysville California United States July 1, 1993 DO
225 Orange County Fairgrounds Costa Mesa California United States July 10, 1993 DO
226 Pocono International Raceway Long Pond Pennsylvania United States July 18, 1993 PO
227 Super Eight Speedway Jasper Alabama United States July 23, 1993 PO
228 Fairgrounds Raceway Birmingham Alabama United States July 24, 1993 PO

 

My stepfather got me this program when he went to Talladega in 1972.  I didn't make it there until 1993!

My stepfather got me this program when he went to Talladega in 1972. I didn’t make it there until 1993!

 

Checkout the race lineup from that day.

Checkout the race lineup from that day.

 

229 Talladega Superspeedway Talladega Alabama United States July 25, 1993 PO
230 Independence Motor Speedway Independence Iowa United States August 10, 1993 DO
231 Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway Dubuque Iowa United States August 12, 1993 DO
232 Bloomfield Speedway Bloomfield Iowa United States August 20, 1993 DO
233 South Bend Motor Speedway South Bend Indiana United States August 27, 1993 PO
234 Indianapolis Speedrome Indianapolis Indiana United States September 10, 1993 PO

 

 

1994 – 11 tracks

 

235 Tucson Raceway Park Tucson Arizona United States April 30, 1994 PO
236 Limaland Speedway Lima Ohio United States June 3, 1994 DO
237 Duke City Raceway Albuquerque New Mexico United States June 25, 1994 DO
238 Willamette Speedway Lebanon Oregon United States July 8, 1994 DO

 

My brother Mark and I treated my stepfather Bill to a Father's Day trip to the Belleville Nationals.  It was a hot one.

My brother Mark and I treated my stepfather Bill to a Father’s Day trip to the Belleville Nationals. It was a hot one.

 

239 Belleville High Banks Belleville Kansas United States August 4, 1994 DO
240 Penn Can Speedway Susquehanna Pennsylvania United States August 12, 1994 DO
241 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen New York United States August 14, 1994 PRC

 

My uncle Ernie Gilkerson raced at Macon back in the 50s and 60s.

My uncle Ernie Gilkerson raced at Macon back in the 50s and 60s.

 

242 Macon Speedway Macon Illinois United States August 19, 1994 DO
243 Quincy Raceway Quincy Illinois United States August 20, 1994 DO
244 Fayette County Raceway Brownstown Illinois United States September 2, 1994 DO
245 I.M.I. Raceway Pearsonville California United States November 27, 1994 DO



With our youngest son Jim turning 16 everyone was driving.  Could my full-time trackchasing status be far off?

With our youngest son Jim turning 16 everyone was driving. Could my full-time trackchasing status be far off?


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1995 -22 tracks

 

246 Tulsa Expo Park Tulsa Oklahoma United States January 12, 1995 DO
247 Volusia County Speedway West Barberville Florida United States February 10, 1995 OUTER-DO
248 Columbia Motorsports Park Lake City Florida United States February 12, 1995 PO
249 Sunrise Valley Raceway Adelanto California United States April 22, 1995 DO
250 Columbus Speedway Columbus Mississippi United States May 12, 1995 DO
251 Moulton Raceway Moulton Alabama United States May 13, 1995 DO
252 Chickasaw Speedway Okolona Mississippi United States May 14, 1995 DO
253 Spanaway Speedway Tacoma Washington United States May 19, 1995 PO
254 Wenatchee Valley Raceway East Wenatchee Washington United States May 20, 1995 PO

 

Our family has also stayed pretty active.  This was our family bike ride down Haleakola in Maui.

Our family has also stayed pretty active. This was our family bike ride down Haleakola in Maui.

 

255 Sacramento Raceway Park Sacramento California United States June 16, 1995 DO
256 Ernie Purssell Memorial Speedway Grass Valley California United States June 17, 1995 DO
257 Barona Speedway Ramona California United States July 1, 1995 DO
258 Rocky Hill Speedway Porterville California United States July 8, 1995 DO
259 Deming Speedway Bellingham Washington United States July 14, 1995 DO
260 Glen Helen Speedway San Bernardino California United States July 15, 1995 DO
261 Union County Speedway Liberty Indiana United States July 21, 1995 DO
262 Twin City Raceway Kenai Alaska United States August 5, 1995 DO
263 Iowa State Fair Speedway Des Moines Iowa United States August 19, 1995 DO

 

On a track chasing trip to New York my Stepfather Bill and I showed up at the Carrier Dome for a football game featuring Syracuse and Minnesota.

On a trackchasing trip to New York my Stepfather Bill and I showed up at the Carrier Dome for a football game featuring Syracuse and Minnesota.

 

I've been to my share of little dirt bullrings like this one at the Paradise Speedway (NY).  I like them all...at least once.

I’ve been to my share of little dirt bullrings like this one at the Paradise Speedway (NY). I like them all…at least once.

 

264 Paradise Speedway Phelps New York United States September 23, 1995 DO
265 Rolling Wheels Raceway Park Elbridge New York United States September 24, 1995 DO
266 Cal Expo Sacramento California United States October 7, 1995 DO
267 Kern County Raceway Rosamond California United States November 26, 1995 PO

 


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