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Bigd
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Post Number: 165

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 2:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It was about this time of year in 1986, I was fresh out of High School, a crew member of Dons'. We won the feature at Spencer, holding off "Mr. Excitement" for the last(and longest) 25 laps. At lap 28 I looked at Ed Spencer and said, "where's the two to go signal?" "It's 35 laps this week" he said. My heart was in my throat, pounding. But, Don held Jimmy at bay. This completed what only a few in modified racing have accomplished. Feature wins at all threee upstate weekly mod tracks, Spencer, Shangri-La, and Lancaster.
Don was always very proud of that achievement. More importantly, he loved competing and being around guys like Jimmy, Richie, Jan, Tommy Druar, Rod Spaulding and Tony J. He even loaned his car to Randy Hedger one night at Shangri-La. Randy needed a ride, he was in a battle for the track championship. He later credited Don for his generousity in helping him WIN that track championship. We were in a points battle with Tony J. in 1989 for the ROC tour. Don loaned Tony our spare engine in the middle of that points battle.
After Don's tragic death at Pocono in 1989, I took a year off from racing. I attended one race that year......the ROC. Don was postumously inducted into the ROC Hall of Fame at that years race.
The following year, I became Crew Chief for his longtime friend Daryl Lewis. We won some races, all with the number 62 on the corner of the roof. The night we won the Don Pratt Memorial at Tioga was our proudest moment. A fitting tribute to our longtime friend and Hero.
In this time of the Modifieds struggling to keep weekly racing alive, we should remember Don Pratt, a man who would do whatever it took to be at the races each week. And it's not just the competition, but the comraderie and friends you make at the track that matter most. RIP #62
Mods1065
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Post Number: 385

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 3:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for this Bigd. Miss him alot and we never go too long without telling or hearing a DP story. We will never forget him!!!! RIP #62
Raceguy
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Post Number: 2690

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 4:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Don was one of the reasons I chose to run the number....


Mark
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Post Number: 1675

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 4:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

He's one of those drivers that you won't forget. He wasn't flashy or banging on people while racing, and he left us too early.
#62 Pratt racing memories live on.....
His orange and white Cavalier that was brought out late in 1988 was a beauty too!
Let's Go Racing!

Captain History's www.NYRaceZone.com
No74falcon
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Post Number: 119

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 5:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So fitting that this subject got brought up today. I was just at Ray Hedger's shop an hour ago and had a nice chat with Alex Hoag. Just such a super kid from such a wonderful family. Nice that I was bought up in the 70's and 80's with the modifieds at such a great time. Not to get off the subject, yes I too miss Don Pratt.
Bakes
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Post Number: 820

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 9:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Don was good people - as good as they get. I was there the day he had the accident and prefer not to think about it - more fun to think about watching him run, clean and as hard as possible within the car's abilities.
Mark
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Post Number: 1679

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 10:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Alex Hoag ran #62 when he moved to the asphalt Modifieds.
Don would have turned 63 a few months ago too....

(Message edited by Mark on July 17, 2007)
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Bigd
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Post Number: 167

Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 1:21 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mark, you never cease to amaze me. Would be nice to meet you and talk racing sometime. I'm working with the Lewis boys now, stop over some night.
Raceguy, that is an awesome looking #62!
That 1988 car won best appearing at the ROC. We broke a sump belt on the starting grid and never got to race that day.
Mark
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Post Number: 1683

Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 5:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

That works. I'll introduce myself the next time I'm around the Lewis team cars in the pits.
Don's "triple-play" achievement came at Spencer on 6/20/86 with his Modified. He won at Lancaster in 1982 and had Shangri-La wins in 1985 and 1987.
Don's first Modified in 1973 was an ex-Richie Evans coupe.

(Message edited by Mark on July 18, 2007)
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Shamrock_3x
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Post Number: 607

Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 8:34 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

...which is how he ended up with the #62 - just changed the 1 to a 2. A good guy gone way too soon.
Rearend
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Post Number: 913

Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 3:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

BIG "D"

Wow,,,what a great post...I miss him alot and look back at the pictures I have from the good old days!!!

Great to see your back with the Lewis gang, wish I could get to see more races.

Don still is a special racer in this fans memory!!!!!!
Bakes
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Post Number: 838

Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 2:58 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

pratt infield

Looks like a little transmission trouble on Don's car during a rain delay.

One of the best guys ever - sad he's gone.
Mark
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Post Number: 2137

Posted on Monday, September 17, 2007 - 10:41 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's been 18 years since we lost him.
Let's Go Racing!

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Nerfbar
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Post Number: 603

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 5:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Best time I ever had was the weekend that I went to Martinsville with Don there was never a lack for fun with that crew I miss him alot if nothing else he is with his brother who was his best friend god bless them both
Some times you just have to sit back and say what the hell
Ron McLaud (genesee speedway)

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