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From #992 - This Fuel Altered car, the Winged Express, ran an impressive 7.29 at 207.00mph at the 1968 Pomona NHRA Winternationals.
But in the same event two years later, driver Wild Willie Borsch must have seemed stunningly impressive to photographer Bob Mc Clurg.
However, they caught a rut, and the flipping began. Meanwhile Marquis rode it out with the car, which ended up right on top of him.
He was assumed dead, but was taken to the hospital, where, remarkably, he was revived and found unbroken. From #996 - He seldom pops up in a racing conversation so many decades later, but many old clips refer to Chet Gardner as one of the greatest sprint car drivers ever.
From #991 - Geoff Bodine ran a Pinto-bodied modified in 1981.
In any case, just as lines formed at the ticket booths, a huge fire swept through the garages.
Leading was Bob Bushley, a local driver from North Windham, ME, in kind of a funky, home-built machine.
Bushley, part of one of Maines most respected racing families, later updated to a sprint car but died in July 1974 when he crashed heavily into that same concrete wall.
What a winter, he said, and suddenly its almost over.
Were leaving for the GATORNATIONALS in Gainesville in just a couple of days.Gardner was flat out when he noticed a child had somehow wandered onto the track. Many railbirds believed that the suddenness of Gardners reaction to seeing the youngster in front of him may have been related to an incident at Californias Legion Ascot Speedway eight years earlier.