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Speed71
December 07, 2018 at 01:00:05 PM
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Might be old news to some but I just read an article by Brent Seelman who is the Must See Racing Series Race Director, in Flat Out magazine, where he said that the afternoon Rich qualified his car 25th at Pocono, a car that was to run 7 Cup races that year with plans to run for Cup rookie of the year the following year.  Vogler told Seelman and the crew to watch the Salem sprint car race on ESPN tonight and you'll see something at the end of the race in victory lane (he hoped) that will surprise everyone.  He then flew his plane to the Salem race where sadly he lost his life in a sprint car accident.  Vogler had told the cup crew he was to announce his retirement from open wheel racing and move fulltime to Nascar.  Seelman's stepfather Ray DeWitt was the owner of the new Cup team. The Cup crew and his wife were the only ones who knew of his plans to retire from sprint car/midget/Indy car racing.  Seelman has been involved in racing for many years in one capacity or another.  


Go young guns!


glhayden
December 07, 2018 at 04:04:43 PM
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28 years later and still a hole in my heart. He was a good one, certainly would have accomplished much more had he lived out more years.



StanM
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December 08, 2018 at 10:15:12 AM
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Posted By: Speed71 on December 07 2018 at 01:00:05 PM

Might be old news to some but I just read an article by Brent Seelman who is the Must See Racing Series Race Director, in Flat Out magazine, where he said that the afternoon Rich qualified his car 25th at Pocono, a car that was to run 7 Cup races that year with plans to run for Cup rookie of the year the following year.  Vogler told Seelman and the crew to watch the Salem sprint car race on ESPN tonight and you'll see something at the end of the race in victory lane (he hoped) that will surprise everyone.  He then flew his plane to the Salem race where sadly he lost his life in a sprint car accident.  Vogler had told the cup crew he was to announce his retirement from open wheel racing and move fulltime to Nascar.  Seelman's stepfather Ray DeWitt was the owner of the new Cup team. The Cup crew and his wife were the only ones who knew of his plans to retire from sprint car/midget/Indy car racing.  Seelman has been involved in racing for many years in one capacity or another.  



I remember that he was supposed to run a Cup car that weekend.  Watched that last race on ESPN back when they covered short track racing.  I'll never forget that crash scene and the reaction of the first person that approached the car to check on him.


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December 08, 2018 at 10:45:25 AM
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Posted By: StanM on December 08 2018 at 10:15:12 AM

I remember that he was supposed to run a Cup car that weekend.  Watched that last race on ESPN back when they covered short track racing.  I'll never forget that crash scene and the reaction of the first person that approached the car to check on him.



Watching the way he quickly turned away and then tried to keep people away was the moment of certainty for me. We'd seen it before.


Half the lies they tell about me aren't true. 



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