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Past Trackchasing Champs

From the travels and adventures of the “World’s #1 Trackchaser”

 

 

 

HighlightsPast Trackchasing Champs

Trackchasing is a very competitive hobby!

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Yes, trackchasing is a competitive hobby.  Trackchasers will go nearly to the end of the world and spend their cat’s milk money just to add one more track.  Most trackchasers will not even consider returning to a faraway track after they have counted it just once.  Trackchasing is a “one and done” hobby for the most part.

 


Few trackchasers can ever say they saw more tracks in a given year than their fellow competitors.  The results listed here come from the most reliable sources available.  Some trackchasers over time have submitted their track lists without a specific date when that track was visited.  In those cases the tracks do not count in the annual results.  Tracks without date count in lifetime totals just not in annual totals.

 

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In the early days of trackchasing most trackchasers did not submit their track lists with a date included when the track was first visited.  This is why you will see some “champions” with very low track totals.  Up through the 80s only a few trackchasers thought to include dates with their track submissions.  In reality, only a few people were even “competing” for the championship in those early years because of the date issue.

 


From about 2000 forward just about every trackchaser was sending in a date with the track submission.  Therefore for the last dozen years or so nearly every trackchaser was competing for the championship.  As you can see it normally takes 100 tracks or more to be a trackchasing champ nowadays.

 

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2016 – Randy Lewis – San Clemente, California – 106

2015 – Randy Lewis – San Clemente, California – 134

2014 – Randy Lewis – San Clemente, California – 130
2013 – Randy Lewis – San Clemente, California – 109
2012 – Mike Knappenberger – Reading, Pennsylvania – 102

2011 – Randy Lewis – San Clemente, California – 113

2010 – Randy Lewis – San Clemente, California – 95

2009 – Bing Metz – Tatamy, Pennsylvania – 174

2008 – Mike Knappenberger – Reading, Pennsylvania – 167

2007 – Randy Lewis – San Clemente, California – 160 

2006 – Randy Lewis – San Clemente, California – 147

2005 – Randy Lewis – San Clemente, California – 182

2004 – Randy Lewis – San Clemente, California – 127

2003 – Ed Esser – Madison, Wisconsin – 114

2002 – Andy Sivi – Clairton, Pennsylvania – 83

2001 – Andy Sivi – Clairton, Pennsylvania – 101

2000 – Andy Sivi – Clairton, Pennsylvania – 100

1999 – Gordon Killian – Reading, Pennsylvania – 55

1998 – Jack Erdmann – DePere, Wisconsin – 63

1997 – Will White – Quakertown, Pennsylvania – 60

1996 – Mark Kelly – Milton Keynes, England – 64

1995 – Jack Erdmann – DePere, Wisconsin – 63

1994 – Jack Erdmann – DePere, Wisconsin – 54

1993 – Jack Erdmann – DePere, Wisconsin – 52

1992 – Guy Smith – Effort, Pennsylvania – 36

1991 – Jack Erdmann – DePere, Wisconsin – 45

1990 – Andy Sivi – Clairton, Pennsylvania – 94

1989 – Guy Smith – Effort, Pennsylvania – 40

1988 – Andy Sivi – Clairton, Pennsylvania – 44

1987 – Guy Smith – Effort, Pennsylvania – 41

1986 – Guy Smith – Effort, Pennsylvania – 31

1985 – P.J. Hollebrand – Webster, New York – 23

1984 – Guy Smith – Effort, Pennsylvania – 24

1983 – Don McAuley – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – 27

1982 – Andy Sivi – Clairton, Pennsylvania – 25

1981 – Don McAuley – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – 23

1980- Guy Smith – Effort, Pennsylvania – 42

1979 – P.J. Hollebrand – Webster, New York/Don McAuley – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – 9

1978 – Andy Sivi – Clairton, Pennsylvania – 13

1977 – P.J. Hollebrand – Webster, New York – 21

1976 – P.J. Hollebrand – Webster, New York – 18

1975 – P.J. Hollebrand – Webster, New York – 40

1974 – P.J. Hollebrand – Webster, New York – 56

1973 – P.J. Hollebrand – Webster, New York – 44

1972 – P.J. Hollebrand – Webster, New York – 24

1971 – Jody Scheckter – Somewhere in Africa – 15

1970 – Gary Jacob – Turlock, California – 8

1969 – Allan Brown – Comstock Park, Michigan – 12

 

 


Comments

  1. I imagine Randy I hold the record for race track visits for someone confined to a wheelchair. I started going to the races in 1968. I did not really begin going to many tracks until 1976. I like to attend new tracks too…but like to see old friends and drivers I can talk with and meet. I have been to 89 tracks in the USA and 3 in Canada. I admire your dedication but some of the tracks you and Guy consider race tracks are far from professional. Do you have a number for permanent facilities?

    I’m not sure if you plan on attending the St. Petersburg Grand Prix for the INDY cars. I did not see that in your list. Here, like my former home in Connecticut you could add 6 tracks in no time…and if you like a Baseball game too. Let me know…

    Stay safe and the very best of success in 2015.

    Sincerely,

    Rick Raducha

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