Tom Myers 8/2/2019 – It’s been a month or more since my last race. After Speedweek here in Ohio, the All Stars took off on trips to Illinois, PA, (with the exception of the Lou Blaney race at Sharon) New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Meanwhile, my family and I went on vacation the first week in July. The Doty race was rained out, but that’s a weeknight race anyway and I can’t stay up too late and be worth anything at work the following day. The WoO guys then went to Eldora for the Kings Royal…..but I never have gone to that race. I don’t know why but we never have bothered with the Royal. I think a local show or maybe an OVSCA race at Wayne County got rained out as well, so, it’s been slim picking for me until last evening.
Pops and I decided to head west and take in the Rick Ferkel Classic at Waynesfield, paying $5,000 to win and $400 to start for the FAST sprint car series followers. I was excited because Rick was one of my racing heroes, right there alongside A.J. Foyt and Jan Opperman. I think it is a great thing to honor Rick and his contributions to the sport we love so much. When we arrived, Rick was signing autographs and getting pictures taken by the ticket booth at the spectator entrance. Later Rick could be seen roaming the pits talking with the race teams and it looked like he was enjoying himself. During the break between the heat races and the B main, they brought Rick and his family down in front of the grandstands for an interview. The questions were great except Rick’s voice doesn’t project and I couldn’t hear his answers over the PA system. Rick was asked if he had any regrets about his career and also what his most memorable win was. I think I heard Brian Liskai mention Jan Opperman as someone Rick was happy to beat once in his racing career. I can’t be sure. Someone knows what was said and maybe we can read about it somewhere in the next day or so….I hope.
So the weather was sunny, slightly breezy and not too hot, not too cold. It was perfect weather. The track was tacky and a little rough and as the evening got underway, the track presented some challenges for the 32 FAST cars who were on hand. Notable racers in attendance were Danny Smith, Buddy Kofoid, Cale Conley, Cap Henry, Lee Jacobs, Cole Duncan, D.J. Foos and non-winger Justin Grant, who was driving the Fast Signs 6 car Joey Saldana has been driving recently.