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1996-2000…the end of racechasing

 

1996 – 29 tracks

 

Daughter Kristy at UCLA Dad's day

Daughter Kristy at UCLA Dad’s day

 

268 USA International Speedway Lakeland Florida United States February 11, 1996 PO
269 St. Augustine Speedway St. Augustine Florida United States February 13, 1996 DO
270 Tri-City Speedway Granite City Illinois United States May 11, 1996 OUTER-DO
271 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt Indiana United States May 12, 1996 DO
272 Altamont Raceway Park Tracy California United States May 19, 1996 OUTER-PO
273 South Sound Speedway Tenino Washington United States May 24, 1996 PO
274 Mount Lawn Speedway New Castle Indiana United States June 9, 1996 PO
275 Perris Auto Speedway Perris California United States July 4, 1996 OUTER-DO
276 Silver State Raceway Carson City Nevada United States July 13, 1996 PO
277 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville New York United States July 19, 1996 DO
278 Fulton Speedway Fulton New York United States July 20, 1996 DO
279 Evans Mills International Speedway Evans Mills New York United States July 21, 1996 PO
280 Cayuga Speedway Nelles Corners Ontario Canada July 31, 1996 PO
281 Muskogee Motor Speedway Muskogee Oklahoma United States August 2, 1996 DO
282 Creek County Speedway Sapulpa Oklahoma United States August 3, 1996 DO
283 Monett Speedway Monett Missouri United States August 4, 1996 DO
284 Capital City Speedway Helena Montana United States August 6, 1996 DO
285 Hub of the Valley Belgrade Montana United States August 7, 1996 DO
286 Electric City Speedway Great Falls Montana United States August 8, 1996 DO
287 Bridge County Raceway Lethbridge Alberta Canada August 9, 1996 DO
288 Raceway Park Kalispell Montana United States August 10, 1996 PO
289 Lemoore Midget Raceway Lemoore California United States August 17, 1996 DO
290 Flat Rock Speedway Flat Rock Michigan United States September 8, 1996 PO
291 R&R Speedway Zanesville Ohio United States September 8, 1996 DO
292 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas Nevada United States September 15, 1996 OUTER-PO
293 Hialeah Speedway Hialeah Florida United States September 21, 1996 PO
294 Windy Hollow Speedway Owensboro Kentucky United States October 4, 1996 DO
295 Hawkeye Raceway Blue Grass Iowa United States October 6, 1996 DO
296 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas Nevada United States November 6, 1996 DO

 

I've been traveling since I started in business at the age of 23.  This trip brought the kids and me to New York City for some Christmas time sightseeing.

I’ve been traveling since I started in business at the age of 23. This trip brought the kids and me to New York City for some Christmas time sightseeing.

 

The family visits Kristy in Australia while she was a student at the University of Sydney.

The family visits Kristy in Australia while she was a student at the University of Sydney.

 

 

1997 – 27 tracks

 

297 Orlando Speedworld Speedway Bithlo Florida United States February 28, 1997 PO
298 Waycross Motor Speedway Waycross Georgia United States March 1, 1997 DO
299 Louisa County Speedway Columbus Junction Iowa United States April 18, 1997 DO
300 Brownstown Speedway Brownstown Indiana United States April 19, 1997 DO
301 Clay City Raceway Clay City Kentucky United States April 20, 1997 DO
302 Ukiah Speedway Ukiah California United States May 1, 1997 PO
303 Orland Fairgrounds Raceway Orland California United States May 31, 1997 DO
304 Cycleland Speedway Nelson California United States June 1, 1997 DO

 

It's always good when a track is well signposted.

It’s always good when a track is well signposted.

 

305 Skyline Speedway Stewart Ohio United States June 6, 1997 DO
306 Toledo Speedway Toledo Ohio United States June 8, 1997 OUTER-PO
Now with our youngest Jim graduating from high school and off to UCLA the trackchasing roads seemed a bit more wide open.

Now with our youngest Jim (left) graduating from high school and off to follow brother J.J. (right) to UCLA the trackchasing roads seemed a bit more wide open.


 

The event I attended in September, 1997 wasn't even listed on the track's schedule board.

The event I attended in September, 1997 wasn’t even listed on the track’s schedule board.

 

321 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington Ohio United States September 6, 1997 PRC
322 Flag City Motorsports Park Findlay Ohio United States September 7, 1997 DO
323 Red Hill Raceway Sumner Illinois United States October 5, 1997 DO

 

 

1998 – 35 tracks

 

I opened the 1998 season in a place called Lake Okeechobee.

I opened the 1998 season in a place called Lake Okeechobee.

 

324 Thundercross Motorsports Park Okeechobee Florida United States February 8, 1998 DO
325 Batesville Speedway Locust Grove Arkansas United States March 20, 1998 DO
326 Yuma Speedway Park Yuma Arizona United States April 18, 1998 DO

 

This is definitely one of the racier tracks in the Upper Midwest.

This is definitely one of the racier tracks in the Upper Midwest.

 

327 Hartford Speedway Hartford South Dakota United States May 28, 1998 DO
328 Murray County Raceway Slayton Minnesota United States May 29, 1998 DO
329 Lake County Speedway Madison South Dakota United States May 30, 1998 DO

 

This is a typical Minnesota fairgrounds set-up for spectating.

This is a typical Minnesota fairgrounds set-up for spectating.

 

330 Worthington Speedway Worthington Minnesota United States May 31, 1998 DO

 

Ponderosa Speedway raced on Friday nights.  I have long since run out of most Friday night trackchasing opportunities.

Ponderosa Speedway raced on Friday nights. I have long since run out of most Friday night trackchasing opportunities.

 

331 Ponderosa Speedway Junction City Kentucky United States June 5, 1998 DO

 

How many people have been to Loogootee, Indiana?  I have!  It's the Martin County Speedway.

How many people have been to Loogootee, Indiana? I have! It’s the Martin County Speedway.

 

332 Martin County Speedway Loogootee Indiana United States June 7, 1998 DO
333 Louisville Motor Speedway Louisville Kentucky United States June 7, 1998 OUTER-PO

 

During many of my trackchasing trips I go "racechasing".  I love to roam the Eldora pit area during one of their big stock car shows.

During many of my trackchasing trips I go “racechasing”. I love to roam the Eldora pit area during one of their big stock car shows.

 

334 Susquehanna Speedway Newberrytown Pennsylvania United States June 17, 1998 DO
335 Bridgeport Speedway Bridgeport New Jersey United States June 18, 1998 DO
336 Linda’s Speedway Jonestown Pennsylvania United States June 19, 1998 DO
337 Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway Schaefferstown Pennsylvania United States June 20, 1998 DO

 

Some tracks are just special....Angell Park Speedway is special.

Some tracks are just special….Angell Park Speedway is special.

 

Angell Park can fill these grandstands too.

Angell Park can fill these grandstands too.

 

338 Angell Park Speedway Sun Prairie Wisconsin United States June 21, 1998 DO
339 Lakeport Speedway Lakeport California United States June 27, 1998 DO
340 Sears Point Raceway Sonoma California United States June 28, 1998 PRC
341 Brockville Ontario Speedway Brockville Ontario Canada July 15, 1998 DO
342 Can-Am International Speedway LaFargeville New York United States July 16, 1998 DO

 

You'll rarely see me at a track not wearing shorts.  I like the D.I.R.T. modified racing offered in the East.

You’ll rarely see me at a track not wearing shorts. I like the D.I.R.T. modified racing offered in the East.

 

343 Brewerton Speedway Brewerton New York United States July 17, 1998 PO
344 Glad Rag Raceway Porter Corners New York United States July 19, 1998 DO
345 Utica-Rome Speedway Vernon New York United States July 19, 1998 OUTER-DO
346 Crawford County Speedway Denison Iowa United States July 22, 1998 DO
347 Greenbelt Speedway Eldora Iowa United States July 23, 1998 DO
348 Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville Illinois United States August 6, 1998 DO
349 Chateau Speedway Lansing Minnesota United States August 14, 1998 DO
350 Benton County Raceway Vinton Iowa United States August 16, 1998 DO

 

The World of Outlaws don't pull their rigs into Wyoming that often but they did on this Tuesday night in August, 1998.

The World of Outlaws don’t pull their rigs into Wyoming that often but they did on this Tuesday night in August, 1998.

 

 

1999 – 47 tracks

  

359 Edison International Field Anaheim California United States January 30, 1999 TEMPORARY-DRC

 

Carol and I have always tried to get away a few times each year like we did on this Panama Canal cruise.

Carol and I have always tried to get away a few times each year like we did on this Panama Canal cruise.

 

I still have not seen any racing in the country of Panama.  I guess just crossing through the Panama Canal will have to do for now.

I still have not seen any racing in the country of Panama. I guess just crossing through the Panama Canal will have to do for now.

 

360 Auburndale Speedway Auburndale Florida United States March 27, 1999 PO
361 Desoto Speedway Bradenton Florida United States March 28, 1999 PO
362 Sugar Creek Raceway Blue Ridge Georgia United States April 30, 1999 DO
363 Lanier National Speedway Gainesville Georgia United States May 1, 1999 PO
364 Peach State Speedway Jefferson Georgia United States May 1, 1999 PO
365 Road Atlanta Braselton Georgia United States May 2, 1999 PRC
366 Oregon Trail Speedway Gering Nebraska United States May 7, 1999 PO
367 I-76 Speedway Fort Morgan Colorado United States May 8, 1999 DO
368 Irwindale Speedway Irwindale California United States May 15, 1999 OUTER-PO
369 Tipton Speedway Tipton Iowa United States May 28, 1999 DO
370 Gateway International Raceway Madison Illinois United States May 29, 1999 DO
371 Mount Vernon Speedway Mount Vernon Illinois United States May 29, 1999 DO
372 Seymour Tri-Oval Speedway Seymour Wisconsin United States May 30, 1999 DO
373 Lake Geneva Raceway Lake Geneva Wisconsin United States May 31, 1999 PO
374 Butler County Raceway Allison Iowa United States June 2, 1999 DO
375 Temecula Speedway Temecula California United States June 5, 1999 DO
376 Gas City I-69 Speedway Gas City Indiana United States June 11, 1999 DO
377 Mansfield Motorsports Speedway Mansfield Ohio United States June 13, 1999 PO
378 Northampton International Raceway Northampton England United Kingdom June 26, 1999 PO
379 Hednesford Hills Raceway Hednesford England United Kingdom June 27, 1999 PO
380 Skegness Shaleway Orby England United Kingdom June 30, 1999 DO
381 Coventry International Motor Speedway Coventry England United Kingdom July 3, 1999 DO
382 Frogtown International Speedway Hogansburg New York United States July 10, 1999 DO

 

My brother Mark joined me at the Shannonville Road Course.

My brother Mark joined me at the Shannonville Road Course.

 

383 Shannonville Motorsport Park Belleville Ontario Canada July 10, 1999 PRC
384 Cornwall Motor Speedway Cornwall Ontario Canada July 11, 1999 DO
385 Autodrome Drummond Drummondville Quebec Canada July 12, 1999 DO
386 Stoddard Valley OHVA Barstow California United States July 17, 1999 TEMPORARY-DRC
387 Irwindale Speedway Irwindale California United States August 6, 1999 INNER-PO
388 Borger’s Speedway Saylorsburg Pennsylvania United States August 10, 1999 DO
389 Fairgrounds at Kutztown Kutztown Pennsylvania United States August 11, 1999 DO
390 Hamlin Speedway Hamlin Pennsylvania United States August 13, 1999 DO
391 Lime Rock Park Lime Rock Connecticut United States August 14, 1999 PO
392 Lime Rock Park Lime Rock Connecticut United States August 14, 1999 PRC

 

At this point in 1999 all of the five family cars sported a similar paint scheme.

At this point in 1999 all of the five family cars sported a similar paint scheme.

 

393 Whip City Speedway Westfield Massachusetts United States August 14, 1999 INNER-DO
394 Whip City Speedway Westfield Massachusetts United States August 14, 1999 OUTER-PO
395 Waterford Speedbowl Waterford Connecticut United States August 15, 1999 PO
396 Southern Oregon Speedway Medford Oregon United States August 25, 1999 DO
397 Boone Speedway Boone Iowa United States September 9, 1999 DO
398 Chicago Motor Speedway Cicero Illinois United States September 12, 1999 PO
399 Sunnyview Speedzone Oshkosh Wisconsin United States September 12, 1999 DO
400 Barren County Speedway Glasgow Kentucky United States October 1, 1999 DO
401 Richmond Raceway Richmond Kentucky United States October 2, 1999 DO

 

This was a huge late model event down in a very rustic part of Kentucky at a track that didn't last long.

This was a huge late model event down in a very rustic part of Kentucky at a track that didn’t last long.

 

402 Thunder Ridge Auxier Kentucky United States October 3, 1999 DO
403 Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Calvert City Kentucky United States October 29, 1999 DO
404 Poinsett County Speedway Harrisburg Arkansas United States October 30, 1999 DO
405 Memphis Motorsports Park Millington Tennessee United States October 31, 1999 PO

 

Living in San Clemente we get some pretty nice sunsets.

Living in San Clemente we get some pretty nice winter sunsets.

 

 

 

2000 – 61 tracks

 

I start most trackchasing seasons in warm weather climates.

I start most trackchasing seasons in warm weather climates.

 

406 Canyon Raceway Adobe Arizona United States January 15, 2000 DO
407 California Speedway Fontana California United States February 13, 2000 PRC
408 Chowchilla Speedway Chowchilla California United States February 25, 2000 DO
409 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth Texas United States March 30, 2000 ADJACENT-DO

 

You might expect a competitor like this to show up at a place called Outlaw Speedway.

You might expect a competitor like this to show up at a place called Outlaw Speedway.

 

410 Outlaw Speedway Grand Prairie Texas United States March 31, 2000 DO
411 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth Texas United States April 1, 2000 OUTER-PO
412 Mohave Valley Raceway Bullhead City Arizona United States April 8, 2000 DO

 

The Mesquite Raceway was a short-lived effort right on the border of Nevada and Arizona.

The Mesquite Raceway was a short-lived effort right on the border of Nevada and Arizona.

 

413 Mesquite Raceway Littlefield Arizona United States April 22, 2000 DO

 

Check out the snow-covered mountains in the background.

Check out the snow-covered mountains in the background.

 

414 Pahrump Valley Speedway Pahrump Nevada United States April 22, 2000 DO

 

My first visit to the Ohsweken Speedway was in 2000.  This was the site of my first ever trackchasing interview.  I returned in 2013.  They run a great program here.

My first visit to the Ohsweken Speedway was in 2000. This was the site of my first ever trackchasing interview. I returned in 2013. They run a great program here.

 

415 Ohsweken Speedway Ohsweken Ontario Canada May 5, 2000 OUTER-DO
416 Varney Speedway Varney Ontario Canada May 6, 2000 PO
417 Gasport International Speedway Port Colborne Ontario Canada May 7, 2000 DO

 

Super mods are popular in this part of the country.

Super mods are popular in this part of the country.

 

418 Silsbee Speedway Silsbee Texas United States May 12, 2000 DO
419 Texas Thunder Speedway Alvin Texas United States May 13, 2000 DO
420 Casper Speedway Casper Wyoming United States May 19, 2000 DO
421 Big County Speedway Cheyenne Wyoming United States May 20, 2000 PO
422 Speedway USA Bolivar Missouri United States May 25, 2000 PO
423 Humboldt Speedway Humboldt Kansas United States May 26, 2000 DO
424 Lebanon I-44 Speedway Lebanon Missouri United States May 27, 2000 PO
425 State Fair Motor Speedway Sedalia Missouri United States May 28, 2000 DO
426 Auto City Speedway Clio Michigan United States June 8, 2000 OUTER-PO
427 Spartan Speedway Lansing Michigan United States June 9, 2000 PO

 

I was up to what was then called Michigan Speedway for the IROC races.

I was up to what was then called Michigan Speedway for the IROC races.

 

428 Michigan Speedway Brooklyn Michigan United States June 10, 2000 PO
429 Mottville Speedway Mottville Michigan United States June 11, 2000 PO
430 Central Washington State Fairgrounds Speedway Yakima Washington United States June 23, 2000 DO
431 Yakima Speedway Yakima Washington United States June 23, 2000 PO

 

This was one of the prettiest and most rural locations I had ever visited.

This was one of the prettiest and most rural locations I had ever visited.

 

432 Eagle Track Raceway Republic Washington United States June 24, 2000 DO
433 Tri-City Raceway West Richland Washington United States June 24, 2000 PO
434 Portland International Raceway Portland Oregon United States June 25, 2000 PRC
435 Winona County Speedway St. Charles Minnesota United States July 5, 2000 DO
436 K.R.A. Speedway Willmar Minnesota United States July 6, 2000 DO
437 Fiesta City Speedway Montevideo Minnesota United States July 7, 2000 DO
438 Grove Creek Raceway Grove City Minnesota United States July 8, 2000 DO
439 I-94 Speedway Sauk Centre Minnesota United States July 9, 2000 PO
440 Raceway Park Shakopee Minnesota United States July 9, 2000 PO
441 LA Street Race Los Angeles California United States July 16, 2000 STREET-RC
442 Potomac Speedway Budds Creek Maryland United States July 21, 2000 PO
443 Flemington Speedway Flemington New Jersey United States July 22, 2000 PO
444 Pocono Mountain Speedway St. Johns Pennsylvania United States July 23, 2000 PO
445 Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove Pennsylvania United States July 23, 2000 OUTER-DO
446 Ipswich Stadium Ipswich England United Kingdom July 29, 2000 PO

 

This was a special track.  I drove my first ever race at Hilltop.  I was even awarded a ribbon for my efforts.

This was a special track. I drove my first ever race at Hilltop. I was even awarded a ribbon for my efforts.

 

447 Hilltop Raceway Tirley England United Kingdom July 30, 2000 DO
448 Swindon Abbey Stadium Swindon England United Kingdom July 30, 2000 DO
449 Onchan Raceway Onchan Isle of Mann United Kingdom July 31, 2000 PO
450 St Columb St Columb England United Kingdom August 2, 2000 PO
451 Great Yarmouth Stadium Yarmouth England United Kingdom August 3, 2000 PO
452 Cowdenbeath Racewall Cowdenbeath Scotland United Kingdom August 5, 2000 PO
453 Barford Raceway Durham England United Kingdom August 6, 2000 PO
454 Roosecote Raceway Barrow-in-Furness England United Kingdom August 12, 2000 PO
455 King’s Lynn Stadium King’s Lynn England United Kingdom August 13, 2000 DO
456 Swaffham Stadium Swaffham England United Kingdom August 13, 2000 PO
457 Sugar Creek Motor Speedway Union South Carolina United States August 24, 2000 DO
458 Ace Speedway Altamahaw North Carolina United States August 25, 2000 PO
459 Orange County Speedway Rougemont North Carolina United States August 26, 2000 PO
460 Fairmont Raceway Fairmont Minnesota United States September 8, 2000 DO
461 Sunset Speedway Omaha Nebraska United States September 10, 2000 DO
462 I-80 Speedway Greenwood Nebraska United States September 21, 2000 DO
463 I-70 Speedway Odessa Missouri United States September 22, 2000 PO
464 Grundy Center Fairgrounds Grundy Center Iowa United States September 23, 2000 DF8
465 Greene County Speedway Jefferson Iowa United States September 24, 2000 DO
466 Greene County Speedway Jefferson Iowa United States September 24, 2000 DF8

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