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Nashville, Racers Reunion Inaugural Event

July 18, 2008 Nashville Music City Speedway

 

Geoff Bodines car

When NASCAR started to loose some of its shine promoters were looking for a way to attrack those older racing fans who were leaving the sport. The love for the early heros of the sport was stronger than ever. There was a lot of interest in creating an “old racers event”. This would bring past heros out of retirement to race old race cars dressed as their most memorable liveries.

Dave Marcis 2 (Small) (2)

The first such attempt was held at the historic Nashville Music City Speedway at the Nashville Fairgrounds. They were unable to recreate the old NASCAR race cars for the entrants but they were able to “borrow” some respectable race cars from local reacers for the senior heros to drive.

It was a warm summer night under the lights with some notable NASCAR veterans at the wheel. Practice, qualifying, racing, main event, autographs, and hanging out after the race in the pit; it was all there. It was three hours of the best fun an old racer and race fan could have. Who was there? Check this list out:

Driver
Car Number
Car Owner
Geoff Bodine
02
Mike Crow
Jack Ingram
2
John Leeland
D. K. Ulrich
9
David Sokol, Jr.
Randy Lajoie
17
Tim Haggard
Harry Gant
25
Wayne White
Joe Ruttman
40
Jeff Ladd
Dave Marcis
43
Steve Knight
Lake Speed
48
Howard Tucker
Larry Pollard
55
Duane King
Charles Glotzbach
62
Terry Jinnette
Sterling Marlin
66
Eddie Taylor

55 Chevy (Small)It was terrific fun but did come with some obvious limitations! The cars were not equal and the driver were also not the fast kids they used to be. However, at least for one night, in July 2008 at the Nashville Music Speedway the old days were back. Unfortunatley, the stars were never able to align correctly and the racing Gods failed to create a racing series. There was at least one more attempt, I believe it was at Charrolet Speedway. It was not pretty. The track was too fast, and there was an incident. Charlie Glotzbach and another driver were badly injured. Reality was clearly made aware to all that this was not a safe or wise thing to do. 

As the old saying goes, “you can’t go home again.” As much as we might like to see our old heros on the track in their most famous race cars it just is not safe or wise.

David Marcis (Small)
David Marcis and Jack Ingram

The evening lasted three hours or more and included practice, qualifying, an autograph session, the race and an

After the race fans and drivers gathered on the front stretch for an autograph session. We got to talk with Joe Ruttman who used to live just a few blocks from us in Upland, CA; we also talked with Charlie Glotzbach about the old days when he drove the awesome winged Dodge Daytona.

Larry Pollard (Small)
Larry Polard

All of the drivers were very receptive and congenial. They would rather be racing but they still knew how much the fans wanted to see them and they tolerated us.

There were not a lot of drivers at the track in Nashville. Just 11 made the race but they all had spirit, history, talent and personality and they were loved by every fan in the stands.

The video here contains a little of qualifying, racing and awards. One of the highlights of the evening is when Geoff Bodine in the 02 Monte Carlo is trying to pass Sterling Marlin in the 66 Monte Carlo. Geoff finally passes Sterling and goes on for the win. The door to door racing, lap after lap, on a short track is what it used to be like.

Charlie Glotzbach (Small) (2)
Charlie Glotzback

What was the best part of the night? There was no part better than the others but we really enjoyed going onto the track after the race and mixing with the drivers and touching the cars. It was just like a regular Friday night race but the stars were out and it was a full moon. Long live the racers!

 

Geoff wins 2 (Small)
Jeoff Bodine

 

This is a 55 Chevy show car that was at the event.

Click above to view Nashville Racers’ Reunion Highlights.

 

Jack Ingram (Small)

Jack Ingram

Joe Ruttman (Small)

Joe Ruttman

Lake Speed (Small)

Lake Speed

Randy Lajoie

Randy Lajoie

Geoff Bodine

Geoff Bodine

Harry Gant (Small)

Harry Gant

Sterling Marlin (Small)

Sterling Marlin

Sterling Marlin 3 (Small)

Sterling is sitting on the wall next to his car waiting to start the race.

Randy Lajoie 2 (Small)

Randy Lajoie’s car.

Dave Marcis 2 (Small) (2)

Dave Marcis was in a Richard Petty look alike car.

D K Ulrich (Small)

D. K. Ulrich car.

Jack Ingram (Small)

Jack Ingram’s car for the night.

Joe Ruttman (Small)

Joe Ruttman’s ride.

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Charles Glotzbach (Small)

Charlie Glotzbach’s car. No MOPAR!

Fri Night pits (Small)

Everyone in the pits working and sharing, never see that in NASCAR today.

Larry Pollard (Small)

Larry Pollard car, looks like an old Wrangler car!

Harry Gant (Small)

Harry Gant without a 33 on the side. 

Geoff Bodines car

Geoff’s car after the race on the front stretch.

Charles Glotzbach and Katrina

Katrina and Charlie Glotzbach

Larry Pollard

Larry Pollard by his ride.

DK Ulrich

DK and his ride for the night.

Geoff Bodine's car

Geoff’s winning ride.

Randy Lajoie's car

Randy Lajoie car.

helmet autograph

Katrina and I took this helmet to the autograph session and got every driver and every car owner at the Inagural Racers Reunion to sign it! This went into our trophy case and is proudly displayed to this day!

Thank you drivers and owners.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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