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Post by Mother of Invention on Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:21 am

I'm curious to hear, who are some of the local drivers or drivers from your area that you look up too or watched/heard about growing up?

I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Back before I was born, Central VA was a hotbed for racing, probably second best hotbed of racing behind Western North Carolina. We have a wonderful track called Southside, and back in the day you'd have Local heroes such as Tommy Ellis or the Flying 11 of Ray Hendrick (No relation to Rick), and Sonny Hutchens in the Zervekas 01 tearing it up. Those drivers weren't just Famous in Central Va, they were feared all across the south, especially that Flying 11. In the 80s you had Wayne Patterson dominating the scene along with Eddie Johnson and Roy Hendrick (Ray's kid). Then in the 90s you had the Grubb brothers, Brandon Butler, and some kid named Denny Hamlin, but he didn't amount to much.

Who are some of the local legends and rising stars from your area?
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Post by BBoy on Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:53 am

Can't say much about Rhode Island except for Mike Stefanik, however in North Carolina there's so many I can't count. In North Carolina, I was a huge fan of a driver named Travis Sharpe. He was a great driver in Late Models at Concord Motorsports Park (now Concord Speedway), however I haven't heard anything about him since he got into a car accident around '07 that put him in the ICU. At Bowman-Gray Stadium, you got the Myers brothers (Burt and Jason), Junior Miller, and Tim Brown. You either love these guys, or you hate them. You can't like both Miller and Myers, and you can't like both Brown and Myers.
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Post by f1fan12 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:35 am

In Cleveland, no one cares about local racing. The nearest track is either Sandusky Speedway, which is a good 55 minute drive or Nelsons Ledges which is father than that, There is some decrpit junk pit somewhere in Lorain county Ohio, which is closer than both tracks, but I don't think anyone races on it anymore.
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Post by bartman97 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:00 am

The closest V8 supercars driver from me is Steven Johnson. He was born in Brisbane. Will Power was born and went to school at Toowoomba, the opposite way from my hometown to Brisbane. Ashley Walsh, the guy was going to get a wildcard spot into the Bathurst 1000 this year but didn't end up doing it, is the only notable driver that's in my hometown.
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Post by teamwhiper on Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:16 am

In Singapore....no one really races.I know one person races in Porsche Supercup,a few in Formula BMW Asia.In neighbpuring Malaysia,I can at least support Fauriz Fauzy currently in GP2.I am also a fan of.....Alex Yoong.
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Re: Local heroes

Post by PKligBKFan on Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:40 am

I guess J.R. Fitzpatrick for me.
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Post by Tanrar on Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:58 am

The only two local racing heroes we have in OKC are Lance Norick or Tyler Walker. Take your pick.
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Post by RealRacer4 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:15 am

The big names I know of, growing up on the racing asphalt at Wall Stadium were the Blewett brothers (Johnny III, and Jimmy). Both were notorious modified drivers. I remember seeing pictures of Johnny Blewett back in the day run a few NASCAR Truck Series races but didn't too well. Jimmy's son, Jimmy IV, started racing quarter midgets while I was still racing them, on the same year his dad died, unfortunately, while racing his own brother for the lead at one race at Thompson. As for the drag racing side, an NHRA Pro Motorcycle racer named Eddie Kraywic (if that's how you spell his lat name) went to my high school long before I went there myself and has a couple of championship titles under his belt, including 2011. I don't know him well but I got to meet him once during the Summer Nationals at Englishtown and seemed like a nice guy. I think that's pretty much it with my personal local heroes.

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Post by Alta on Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:07 pm

From Altamont: The Phillpot brother's of Ryan and Justin were sucessful at Altamont from the Mini Trucks to Late Models. They both race in the Nascar West Series and have attempted the Toyota showdown a few times. Eric Holmes as well raced at Altamont in Late Model division and also race in the Nascar West Series

Big names: J.R. Hildebrand lives in Sausalito which is about 25-30 miles away from me, Townsend Bell lives in San Fransisco which is about 20 miles away.
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Post by navycook75 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:12 pm

My hometown heroes are David Reutimann (Zephyr Hills, Florida) and Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, Florida) granted they didn't do nothing special last year, I still like them.
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Re: Local heroes

Post by Jason Hamilton on Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:52 pm

I'm not sure, South Australia really sucks
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Re: Local heroes

Post by Guest on Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:55 pm

Literally no one from Pittsburgh I know of.

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Post by pepsibottle1 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:05 pm

Ricky Rudd grew up just down the road in Chesapeake and Bootie Barker graduated from ODU with a degree in mechanical engineering (same school and program I'm hoping to get into.) Elton Sawyer pretty much dominated the local racing scene in the 80's and he too was raised in Chesapeake. But what's really neat is that one of my top idols, Joe Weatherly, was born and raised here in Norfolk! I actually live within walking distance of his burial site; his headstone is shaped in the form of Riverside Speedway, where he was to tragically lose his life. I visit in times where I need motivation.
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Re: Local heroes

Post by crl on Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:14 pm

Born, raised and still live in Nashville. Obviously names like Sterling Marlin (and his late father, Coo Coo), Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Hamilton Sr. and Jr., Casey Atwood (though his Cup career blew to pieces), Chad Chaffin, Jeff Green and Mike Alexander, who dabbled in Cup from time-to-time, come to mind.

Then there are some names on the local level who dabbled in the Busch Series every now and again. Andy Kirby and Mark Day (who is so unpopular, he once got beaten up in-between two haulers in the Fairgrounds Speedway infield) are two of those.

Then, almost exclusively on the local level, we have Joe Buford, his legendary father Flookie, and Deborah Renshaw, whose name is sadly known for the most awful of reasons.

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Re: Local heroes

Post by AntmanB on Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:44 pm

The Labontes and AJ Foyt are the major ones from texas.
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Post by Chives2112 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:58 pm

As Antman said, there are the Labontes and the Foyts here in Texas. There's nobody prominent in my area, maybe that's because we live in the middle of nowhere and the only track we have is a dirt track near Waco. But here's a list of other racers who were born or lived in Texas.

-H.B. Bailey
-Colin Braun
-James Buescher
-Brad Coleman
-Bobby Hillin, Jr.
-Greg Ray
-Robert Richardson, Jr.
-Johnny Rutherford
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Post by racingfreak1999 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:38 am

Only ones I can think of from Long Island are Steve Park and Andy Lally.
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Post by navycook75 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:34 am

pepsibottle1 wrote:Ricky Rudd grew up just down the road in Chesapeake and Bootie Barker graduated from ODU with a degree in mechanical engineering (same school and program I'm hoping to get into.) Elton Sawyer pretty much dominated the local racing scene in the 80's and he too was raised in Chesapeake. But what's really neat is that one of my top idols, Joe Weatherly, was born and raised here in Norfolk! I actually live within walking distance of his burial site; his headstone is shaped in the form of Riverside Speedway, where he was to tragically lose his life. I visit in times where I need motivation.
I need to go there before I leave....
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Re: Local heroes

Post by Rykia on Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:16 am

Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, David Stremme, Jeff Gordon, Tony Raines, etc...
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Post by JMac525 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:01 am

Well, there are many from the Indianapolis area...
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Post by Rykia on Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:42 am

JMac525 wrote:Well, there are many from the Indianapolis area...

Yeah, there are lol
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Post by F1V1 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:01 pm

I suppose I can't really think of any NASCAR guys from the Alberta area off the top of my head. There wasn't a whole lot of racing around where I was born. As for Michigan, I've witnessed Johnny Benson on short tracks and he's a monster.
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Re: Local heroes

Post by flyingturns89 on Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:51 am

BBoy wrote:At Bowman-Gray Stadium, you got the Myers brothers (Burt and Jason), Junior Miller, and Tim Brown. You either love these guys, or you hate them. You can't like both Miller and Myers, and you can't like both Brown and Myers.

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About 50 years, a dirt racer from my hometown named Bobby Marshman made a few attempts at the Indy 500.

1961: Started dead last, finished seventh, on the lead lap. Was made Co-Rookie Of The Year with Parnelli Jones. Drove Car #31.

1962: Started third, finished fifth. Drove Car #54.

1963: Started seventh, finished 16th, four laps down, out due to rear end problems. Drove Car #5.

1964: Started second, finished 25th, out after an oil plug problems took him out after 39 laps. Drove Car #51.

He also ran the 1964 Daytona 500 for Holman-Moody and car #06, as a teammate to Fireball Roberts, Larry Frank, and Fred Lorenzen. Started 16th, went out after 17 laps from overheating. Managed to beat Fireball Roberts and Wendell Scott, among others, and finished 35th of 46 in his '64 Ford.

Sadly, that was it for Marshman. In early December, while taking part in a tire test in Phoenix, Marshman suffered a crash which killed him.
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Post by PYLrulz on Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:38 am

The only thing I got is that Bobby Gerhart lives up the road from Lancaster (from Lebanon). That's about it here
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Re: Local heroes

Post by tommykl on Sun Jan 22, 2012 3:07 am

Bertrand Baguette
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Re: Local heroes

Post by Chives2112 on Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:57 am

tommykl wrote:Bertrand Baguette
I wish he would run more.
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Post by RACECAR on Sun Jan 22, 2012 2:06 pm

As far as I can remember, The Labontes, Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall are the only ones I really know of.
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Re: Local heroes

Post by Cynon on Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:42 pm

Fred Lorenzen, Bobby Dotter and the Bettenhausens are from the Chicago area.

Danica Patrick is from Roscoe, IL, which is about halfway from Chicago to Rockford.

That's about it really.

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Post by Syzygy on Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:24 pm

Cynon wrote:Fred Lorenzen, Bobby Dotter and the Bettenhausens are from the Chicago area.

Danica Patrick is from Roscoe, IL, which is about halfway from Chicago to Rockford.

That's about it really.

You forgot about Brent Sherman :3

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Post by Ceej on Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:25 pm

Brent Sherman is a legend.
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Post by f1fan12 on Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:47 pm

The Rahals
Rodger Penske
Chip Ganassi

Thats pretty much it.
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Post by pepsibottle1 on Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:41 pm

Ceej wrote:Brent Sherman is a legend.
You can't deny his performance in Bristol back in 2006
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Post by Cynon on Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:10 am

Yeah, I forgot about Brent Sherman and all his heroic fail that saw him be the first driver that I can think of to invoke NASCAR's "Cause Five Cautions And You're Done" rule... Embarassed

...then there was his... "attempt" to qualify for Chicagoland that year... and I use the word "attempt" loosely... because I seem to recall Sherman being terribad... and then his foray into Indy Lights...

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Post by Sparkz47 on Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:05 pm

Cynon wrote:Yeah, I forgot about Brent Sherman and all his heroic fail that saw him be the first driver that I can think of to invoke NASCAR's "Cause Five Cautions And You're Done" rule... Embarassed

That's a rule? Where the hell was that when Brian Vickers was derping the herp at Martinsville?
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