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nebraskadirt
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October 03, 2012 at 06:37:32 PM
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Remember when Steve Kent drove the #5 in the late 80's in the NARC series. Later Jimmy Sills and Chuck Miller drove that same car, too?

I have an old black and white photo of it, but I am looking for more information. Was the car blue and red? Gold numbers? Who owned that car and where were they from? Also, anyone remember what chassis it was?


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laudarevsonhunt
October 03, 2012 at 08:26:28 PM
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blue car

orange numbers

gambler chassis

danell-dehart owners



Twenty8
October 03, 2012 at 08:58:43 PM
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From Fresno, CA ?




CRA91
October 03, 2012 at 10:06:00 PM
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From Fresno, CA ?



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Ca Sprintcar fan
October 03, 2012 at 10:37:07 PM
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The Danell-Dehart Gambler was my favorite car out west. I was sad to see them sell everything off in 92. I still have a hood and Gambler nosepiece with Gambler stamped in it with the 5 painted on it. The hood has Danell & Dehart painted on it, but the Dehart is a D with a pink heart for the name.


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sidewayz
October 04, 2012 at 01:49:11 AM
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This car was a sick car. My first memory of Ronnie Day was one night at Baylands when Steve Kent was driving the car, and Ronnie Day took some practice laps behind the wheel that night of this car. They said over the PA system that Ronnie had been working out with weights tied around the helmet.




muddy waters
October 04, 2012 at 10:50:10 AM
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This message was edited on October 04, 2012 at 10:50:41 AM by muddy waters

Steve Kent 1987 Dirt Cup



nebraskadirt
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October 04, 2012 at 03:36:43 PM
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That is amazing!! Thanks guys. I knew I came to right the place with that question.


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the better they feel." - Hoyett Hodnett

Dhowe11164
October 04, 2012 at 04:00:04 PM
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Posted By: sidewayz on October 04 2012 at 01:49:11 AM

This car was a sick car. My first memory of Ronnie Day was one night at Baylands when Steve Kent was driving the car, and Ronnie Day took some practice laps behind the wheel that night of this car. They said over the PA system that Ronnie had been working out with weights tied around the helmet.



Pretty sure that was Ronnie's one of the first times back in a car after he broke his neck.


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This message was edited on October 05, 2012 at 09:44:53 AM by PetalumaPits
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Posted By: Dhowe11164 on October 04 2012 at 04:00:04 PM
Pretty sure that was Ronnie's one of the first times back in a car after he broke his neck.


Affirmative. He broke it in '86. TONS of money came into sprint car racing from the Central Valley around that time into sprint car racing. Klein's Truck Stop, Danell/Dehart, Selma Shell, Trigueiro Bros., who can forget Simone Farms, Broc Robertson This was before Roth and Tarlton and part if the reason 410 racing was so huge in that era. You had pretty much an open checkbook, and hired guns to drive them as opposed to today's bought rides and privateers driving their own stuff. Just ain't enough money to to throw around in todays racing and the drivers in those cars were a who's who of National caliber. Just a great era....Ron ( still chasing sprint cars after all these years and will be at Ocean tonight.)

Ca Sprintcar fan
October 05, 2012 at 10:16:47 AM
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This message was edited on October 05, 2012 at 02:24:57 PM by Ca Sprintcar fan

Does anyone have any photos of the blue Don Chapin 12 or 13(I remember both numbers) Ronnie Day drove in 86-87.


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Grove
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This message was edited on October 05, 2012 at 02:46:15 PM by Grove
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Posted By: Ca Sprintcar fan on October 05 2012 at 10:16:47 AM

Does anyone have any photos of the blue Don Chapin 12 or 13(I remember both numbers) Ronnie Day drove in 86-87.



Ronnie, in Don Chapin's 12 car is on the first Volume of my "Wheelies, Flips, & Foto Finishes" series. It was Nov '87 GP Classic at Baylands. Coming thru turn 3&4, he was running the top, about to lap Washington's John Younquist's 56 running the bottom. Youngquist gassed it in t-4 and the front end jumped up, fell to the right, and tagged Ronnie on the LF. Ronnie was headed straight at the front stretch wall.

At the last second he was able to pitch it sideways and went broadside into the wall. His helmet hit the concrete. On the Volume 2 "WF&FF" Ronnie was in the bolt on halo apparatus, in an interview, with George Hague up in the booth at Baylands.

Then a little later on the video is the incident you talked about Ronnie hot lapping the Dannel-Dehart 5 in late '88. He came out the pit gate with the front end high in a wheelie and put together 2-3 great laps and he was back!

In one of the ironies in racing - Ronnie's 2nd win of his career was the Baylands '87 Summer Classic, in a near foto-finish with . . . . you guessed it, #5 Steve Kent!

'87 was not a good year. Early in the year Tim Green was badly burned hot lapping a super modified at Madera.

Jimmy Sills got into Tim's 14 All-Weld ride and won a bunch of races including the Dirt Cup.

We lost Dave Bradway Jr in June at the Dirt Cup, then Ronnie's accident at Baylands, and Brad Doty was paralyzed back east as well.




Ca Sprintcar fan
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Ronnie, in Don Chapin's 12 car is on the first Volume of my "Wheelies, Flips, & Foto Finishes" series. It was Nov '87 GP Classic at Baylands. Coming thru turn 3&4, he was running the top, about to lap Washington's John Younquist's 56 running the bottom. Youngquist gassed it in t-4 and the front end jumped up, fell to the right, and tagged Ronnie on the LF. Ronnie was headed straight at the front stretch wall.

At the last second he was able to pitch it sideways and went broadside into the wall. His helmet hit the concrete. On the Volume 2 "WF&FF" Ronnie was in the bolt on halo apparatus, in an interview, with George Hague up in the booth at Baylands.

Then a little later on the video is the incident you talked about Ronnie hot lapping the Dannel-Dehart 5 in late '88. He came out the pit gate with the front end high in a wheelie and put together 2-3 great laps and he was back!

In one of the ironies in racing - Ronnie's 2nd win of his career was the Baylands '87 Summer Classic, in a near foto-finish with . . . . you guessed it, #5 Steve Kent!

'87 was not a good year. Early in the year Tim Green was badly burned hot lapping a super modified at Madera.

Jimmy Sills got into Tim's 14 All-Weld ride and won a bunch of races including the Dirt Cup.

We lost Dave Bradway Jr in June at the Dirt Cup, then Ronnie's accident at Baylands, and Brad Doty was paralyzed back east as well.



Do you know where I can get copies of Wheelies flips and photo finishes?


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Grove
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October 05, 2012 at 02:45:00 PM
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This message was edited on October 05, 2012 at 04:09:27 PM by Grove
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Posted By: Ca Sprintcar fan on October 05 2012 at 02:35:46 PM

Do you know where I can get copies of Wheelies flips and photo finishes?



Just go to PayPal. Enter my e-mail address [email protected] and enter which editions you are interested in. We made a 2 hr west coast sprintcar season recap every year from '87 thru 2006; action at about a dozen or so tracks included.

--Wheelies, Flips, & Foto Finishes--Vol One "85-'86-'87 thru 20th Edition in 2006.

The parts I mentioned of Ronnie's crash (vol one) and the interview and comeback (on vol two). On paypal just type in which ones you want and use your credit card.



laudarevsonhunt
October 05, 2012 at 03:56:35 PM
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Tonight at Ocean Ronnie's #22 will be drvien by Tim Green's son Nick. Doty was hurt in 1988.




Ca Sprintcar fan
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Just go to PayPal. Enter my e-mail address [email protected] and enter which editions you are interested in. We made a 2 hr west coast sprintcar season recap every year from '87 thru 2006; action at about a dozen or so tracks included.

--Wheelies, Flips, & Foto Finishes--Vol One "85-'86-'87 thru 20th Edition in 2006.

The parts I mentioned of Ronnie's crash (vol one) and the interview and comeback (on vol two). On paypal just type in which ones you want and use your credit card.



Thanks for the info. I had a few of them I had gotten from the guy who would sell the video's out of his van at San Jose Speedway, but lost them somewhere. Was that you?


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Grove
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This message was edited on October 05, 2012 at 04:11:51 PM by Grove
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Posted By: Ca Sprintcar fan on October 05 2012 at 04:03:49 PM

Thanks for the info. I had a few of them I had gotten from the guy who would sell the video's out of his van at San Jose Speedway, but lost them somewhere. Was that you?



Yes it was. Actually it was my sweetheart of 51 years who sat at the van and talked to people like you while I was shooting the next race!

They've all been converted to DVD.



Grove
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This message was edited on October 05, 2012 at 04:16:21 PM by Grove
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Posted By: laudarevsonhunt on October 05 2012 at 03:56:35 PM

Tonight at Ocean Ronnie's #22 will be drvien by Tim Green's son Nick. Doty was hurt in 1988.



You are right! It all seemed discouragingly to happen in a years time.

Sometime the memories run together when you are stricken with years!




Ca Sprintcar fan
October 05, 2012 at 04:56:23 PM
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This message was edited on October 05, 2012 at 10:15:05 PM by Ca Sprintcar fan

The memories this message board brings up. I miss these old race teams, and everything about San Jose Speedway. The track was my home away from home.


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2dfloor2
October 05, 2012 at 09:59:28 PM
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San Jose then Baylands then back to San Jose. 15 min drive to the races , damn I miss them places and times.





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