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The_Herrmannator
September 24, 2009 at 10:23:46 AM
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This message was edited on September 24, 2009 at 10:46:45 AM by The_Herrmannator

I was just informed that 2008 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Inductee Earl Wagner passed away this morning. Arrangements are pending and I'll post them when I hear.

RIP Earl, from everybody at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum




BigGMan
September 24, 2009 at 11:40:01 AM
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Thanks for letting us know. Earl was my favorite driver as a young boy back in the 50's. I must have been in third or fourth grade when my dad started taking us to the races at Knoxville. I don't remember many other names, but I was always cheering for Earl.



pitguy14
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September 24, 2009 at 11:55:24 AM
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Click here for the full story:

http://www.kniakrls.com/2009/09/earl-wagner-legendary-sprint-car-driver-dies/#more-6824




pitguy14
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September 24, 2009 at 11:56:56 AM
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Sorry, COPY this link. Computer not cooperating!

http://www.kniakrls.com/2009/09/earl-wagner-legendary-sprint-car-driver-dies/#more-6824



The_Herrmannator
September 24, 2009 at 11:57:49 AM
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http://www.kniakrls.com/2009/09/earl-wagner-legendary-sprint-car-driver-dies/#more-6824



ImageWorks
September 24, 2009 at 06:01:25 PM
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We lost one of the greatest Sprint Car Drivers of all times today. He was a legendary figure to many of us and will never ever be forgotten by those who knew him. R.I.P. Earl and may the comfort of God be with your family and friends.


Serving the Motorsports Industry since 1975!


Dave 21X
September 25, 2009 at 07:34:55 AM
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So sad to hear of the passing of a true legend in the sport we love. Earl was absolutely one of the greatest ever! I remember the night at Knoxville when Earl was suffering from a broken pelvis and was wheeled out to his car in a wheelchair & then lifted into it & buckled in. He not only drove that night, he WON the main event in what must have been terrible pain! Now that is what I call BALLS!!!

I was honored to know Earl personally & will forever treasure that friendship. Rest In Peace Earl & my condolences to his family & friends.



dmantx
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September 25, 2009 at 09:20:17 AM
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Earl was truly an ambassador to the sport. Memories of him riding the rim around the old Sioux Empire Fairgrounds are ones I'll never forget. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Thanks for the memories Earl, you will not be forgotten.



jah42
September 25, 2009 at 09:57:31 AM
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One helluva of a racer and a great man. Still have visions of the Hank Smith 5 up on the cushion.

 

Jim Harris




EASports
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September 25, 2009 at 10:40:35 AM
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I'm not old enough to remember him racing, but anyone who is even the least bit of a Knoxville historian knows he was a legend. I remember him most from his days as the pit steward showing the first set of hot laps his chalkboard with the message "EZ SLIK" written on it.


Eric Arnold
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The_Herrmannator
September 25, 2009 at 01:32:35 PM
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This message was edited on September 25, 2009 at 01:33:30 PM by The_Herrmannator

A visitation for Earl will be held Sunday from 3-6pm at the Pleasantville High School and services will be held Monday at 10:30a.m. in the Pleasantville High School gym.


http://www.bertrandfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/display.php?id=233



Lefty Wilbury
September 26, 2009 at 01:55:04 PM
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I wasn't old enough to watch Earl during his career but I was working in the pits during the first Masters Classic and got to see him wheeling Mackie Hiembaugh's car, I think. Earl was always slow going and easy talking in the pits and it was great to see him tearing up the cushion and on the gas. He put on a hell of a show. I think he was about 3rd when the fence in 3&4 got him. Looked like he could give the regulars a run for thier money. RIP Earl.




adl10
September 26, 2009 at 10:50:04 PM
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RIP Earl





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