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Top Row Jim

Top Row Jim

Member Since 14 Jan 2008
Offline Last Active Dec 19 2014 06:48 PM

In Topic: 1977

09 October 2014 - 05:09 PM

Quite honestly, I don't know if you are correct or not.. I asked this question not knowing the answer. This is something I am curious about and could not find anything in the programs and books I have. I was guessing some one on this site would have the answer. Since no one else even took a shot at it I say have a cigar and enjoy it. Thanks, Jim

In Topic: Randy Roberts

20 August 2014 - 05:52 PM

Sorry Mickey 12, it was not Fritz although Fritz was married to Randy's sister. His father in law was Sam Sauer. Jim

In Topic: "Daum dominates Belleville Night One"

08 August 2014 - 08:52 PM

I left out the Arizona Midgets who brought great cars and drivers like Mark Passerelli, J.J. Yeley, Billy Boat, and Richard Griffin. Only a hand full of midgets still reside in Arizona currently. Terry Goodwin has not driven at Belleville for the last two years, but I know he loves the track and town as he graduated from Belleville High School.

And of course probably the best midget group in earlier years was the Badger group and I guess someone like my friend John Huss would have to comment on their situation. I don't feel qualified to speak for Badger or actually for any of the afore mentioned groups except RMMRA. And even some of their members may see it differently than I do. Jim

In Topic: "Daum dominates Belleville Night One"

08 August 2014 - 05:55 PM

OK, here is my take on your question. RMMRA (which I am a member of but not a driver or owner, just a wannabe) only has about 15 cars registered. We only race 10 shows this year so our drivers don't get much seat time. Some of our cars are on shoe string budgets. We run on mostly quarter and fifth mile tracks and a three eights once in a while. If one of our cars went to Belleville there is a good chance for an engine to blow up trying to keep up with the USAC cars & drivers not to mention the almost five eights track around the guard rail. Then that would be the end of the season for that car because of financial reasons. Our guys race for fun and that would ruin the season for them. Two of our cars did race at Beloit Kansas on Tueday night before Belleville. Bob Harr and Keith Rauch ( in Cappy Mason's car). They finished 10th and 11th and were the last two cars running at the finish. In the old days RMMRA could compete with any group in the country. Ed Jackson won the first Belleville Nationals and Mike Gregg also won a few years later. Randy Roberts and Dave Strickland Jr. were winners in the heat races and preliminary nights several times. But that was then and this is now.

Power I is now in control of Angle park in Wisconcin and I understand they were offered to run Belleville a few years back. They too prefer to run smaller tracks although many of their cars are the quality that could run Belleville and they get plenty of seat time to stay sharp as drivers.

BCRA in Northern California also has a smaller car count than in the past. They too had some of the real good cars and drivers in the history of Belleville. Robby Flock, Sleepy Tripp, Bob Davison, Jay Drake, Jason Jonkman, Tommy White, and on and on. Again that was then this is now. Jim Bredenberg

In Topic: “ Trio holds high hopes for Belleville”

24 July 2014 - 05:20 PM

I'm ready for Belleville!!!! Zach Daum appears to me to be a steady take what you can get and don't be crazy sort of racer. Pickens is more of a pedal to the metal and watch me go type racer. I think Windom falls somewhere in between them. These guys along with Bell, Abreau and Thorson should put on a good show. The last few years I have predicted the winner would be Caleb Armstrong. So far I have been 100% wrong. He has looked good there other than the wild ride on the guard rail!! Any way I don't boo anyone that can drive an openwheel car and will be happy for whomever wins. Jim Bredenberg