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Where are They Now
« on: July 06, 2010, 09:36:26 PM »
I know there are a lot of pass drivers out there i have seen race a few come to mind maybe you remember them or now what has come of them..
      1. Doug Hewitt ( i think last name is right )
      2. Gail Barber ( if i'm correct he drove a #20 or #01 mod at the old shangri la )
      3. Jerry Cook ( red #38 mod raced at chemung and shangri la )               

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010, 09:55:30 PM »
Jerry Cook served as the Whelen Modified Series' director when it began in 1985, and is currently NASCAR's Administrative Director.

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2010, 09:56:30 PM »
Gail passed away. He drove #01.
All three drivers are in the FOAR SCORE Hall of Fame.
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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2010, 10:08:33 PM »
here are a few more
wayne edawards #48 stump jumper special shangri la
Chris Pozzi #01 street stock paint was THE GENERAL LEE
Brothers A.J and J.J Michaels A.J drove mod #10 yellow white and J.J same color but was street stock #01


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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2010, 10:12:53 PM »
A.J. Michaels passed away from an Oswego Supermodified accident in May 1990.
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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2010, 10:13:38 PM »
Racefan61,

A.J. Michaels' modified was the yellow #81 that often made appearances at the old Shangri-La, J.J. Michaels (which I always thought was his nephew or cousin) drove a similar colored #10 Street Stock.  A.J. passed away quite a few years back while racing a #4 Super Modified at Oswego Speedway in an accident.  I always loved the yellow 81 car, it was one of my favorites as a child.  I am unsure about the status of J.J. Michaels.


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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2010, 10:13:55 PM »
These mod greats are still with us=== Dutch Hoag, Maynard Troyer, Don Diffendorf, George Kent, Geoff Bodine...ahh the good ol days of the modified heroes! ;D

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2010, 10:21:43 PM »
how could i forget good ole Troyer white mod with alittle bit of orange and silver #6 of course cant for get George "The Duke " Kent all the Bodine brothers

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2010, 10:25:03 PM »
thank you for letting me know about A.J  and the correct car #  never knew he drove a Super Mod  did he have any luck in that class before his death


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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2010, 10:30:01 PM »
A.J. Michaels did have a #10 Modified before the #81. A.J. won an I.S.M.A. feature at Lancaster and his only Oswego Supermodified feature in 1988.

http://www.jakessite.com/07/notforgot/michaels/michaels.html
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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2010, 10:33:03 PM »
Last I heard Wayne is still living in the LeRaysville PA area. 

Doug Hewitt retired from driving after Richie's death and ended up in NC, where he was a Winston Cup crew chief for a time.

AJ Michaels was killed at Oswego while driving the Mucci Motorsports #98 in an accident in the 1st turn, when he backed in to the wall at speed.   I won't say anything more regarding the accident as I don't like recalling it.  He had won at least a couple of features and was becoming a consistent front runner at the time of his death.  I don't know what happened to his #81 Modified - not sure if that was the same car that Mickey Cahill had or not.

Haven't heard from Chris Pozzi in ages - he used to work with my dad many years ago.

Others from Shangri-La in the 1980s:

Rick Neild, #97/#5 Modifieds (another Gault Chevy guy)

Bob Carlisle, #37 Modified (from out towards Elmira?)

Wade Stewart, #4 Modified (Waverly/Sayre/Athens)?

Rich Rafferty, #K21 Modified (Clarks Summit, PA)

Carl Harvey, #Seventy Six Gremlin-bodied modified (Binghamton?)


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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2010, 10:35:30 PM »
   I may be wrong but wasn't AJ driving the Mucci #98 at the time of his passing? One of many tragic hits the super rosters took in a few year span.

 

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2010, 10:39:38 PM »
thank you for info on AJ sad to hear but right this sec. i feel like a dummy how could i forget one of the best that passed 25 years ago cant believe its been that long but the #61 or the Rapid Romen The King of the Mods RICHIE EVENS

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2010, 10:47:16 PM »
   A few from my very early days at Lancaster and/or Cayuga (Canada):

         Jerry Mathis
   
         Tommy Leeson

         Andy Haley
 
         

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2010, 10:48:30 PM »
Reminds me - whatever DID happen to Mickey Cahill?   Or another Oswego-based Modified and Supermodified driver, Jim Crouch?  Both were good guys to hang around and talk racing with after the races back in the day.

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2010, 11:02:01 PM »
heres one for you Greg Sacks ...... Now i do know if I'm correct I remember him driving a white mod at shangri la #1 .. He did how ever had a brief time in NASCAR cant remember the year or years or even the team he drove for but i do recall him racing

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2010, 11:10:29 PM »
Racefan61, Greg Sacks just raced in the Nationwide race at Daytona for Junior Motorsports.

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2010, 11:11:56 PM »
o really he still around and running

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2010, 11:19:56 PM »
I'll toss a few out from My mid-seventies LM days at Shangri-La.

Mike Casterline
Duane Ellis
Cecil King
Dick Finnerty

I know ole Jim Zach is still around
Randy Hedger is an official with NASCAR in NC.
Pete Walker passed away an number of years ago.

and Denny McNally ( the guy I used to help) is off to parts unknown.


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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2010, 12:26:52 AM »
Pete Walker died due to injuries from a crash while driving the Loden Brothers #29 Vega. I believe it was at Oswego. Pete had replaced Mike Loescher in the car. As far as I know Mike is still running his driving school in Florida.
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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #20 on: July 07, 2010, 06:27:23 AM »
Chris Pozzi is alive an well, living in Newark Valley, N.Y.

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2010, 08:16:42 AM »
Wayne Edwards is still in LeRaysville, and still driving truck (last I talked to him, a few months ago).

Dick Finnerty passed away, man, gotta be 10 years ago now.

A few others from the early 80's I know the whereabouts of:

LM Driver Tom Cummings - Still drilling wells in Monroeton, PA

LM/Mod driver John Preston, still in Wyalusing, working a stone quarry last I knew.

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2010, 10:45:29 AM »
 Duane Ellis passed away. What about his son Bud, Where is he? Bob Carlyle used to live in Spencer back when he raced.

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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2010, 11:10:16 AM »
Duane Ellis passed about 5 yrs ago.

His son Duane {Bud} Ellis Jr. & family live in N.C. -mooresville area.
Still has Duanes old #4 Sport mod.
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Re: Where are They Now
« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2010, 11:32:10 AM »
Doug Hewitt is currently working for Joe Gibbs in NC. I beleive he heads up their reasearch and development.

 


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