60th RACING SEASON GETTING UNDERWAY!
2014 Fearnews - By Ben Chandler
Welcome to the 2014 racing season, getting underway soon at Evergreen Speedway! This 60th season celebration should be as exciting as the 50th was, with lots of different activities on the drawing board for this summer. What an exciting time of year this always is! Dakar is over, John Force just won the first big drag race of the season, and Daytona is coming up soon. The 2014 “Cup” season starting is great, of course, but will be hard-pressed to match the excitement of the Seahawks winning the latest Superbowl, at least for us fans “up here near Alaska”!
The joy of watching that big game was soon tempered by remembering the one year anniversary of Sean Peters’ tragic loss. I thought about Sean last month, as I was again announcing the Snowball Enduro, with Derek Hobbs. At that same race, a year earlier, Sean was dominating the event, at least the first couple hours of it, in his old Stinger-8 car. It was, sadly, his final race before the tragic, late-night accident took the talented, young racer from his loving family, his many friends and racing fans.
A great time was had by over 500 people at the NASCAR Awards Banquet last month, as we honored not only our 2013 Champions, but also the memory of Sean, Vern Foster, Mike Wilkinson and other racing friends lost in the past year. And I hope you kept your 2013 souvenir program from the banquet. Page 12 is where you will find the newly created Sean Peters “Memorial Legacy” section, profiling some of the great racing families at Evergreen Speedway. I plan on profiling a couple of different families each season, and am open to suggestions… and to bribes! Speaking of banquet honors, congrats to longtime push-truck and pace car driver, Daryl (D.W.) Wheeler, who was inducted into the prestigious Evergreen Speedway Hall of Fame. Congrats also to TV star/stuntman, Mike (Mr. Dizzy) Buse, who was honored as Evergreen’s “Entertainer of the Year” for 2013!
I look forward to writing the HoF profile on D.W. for the EvergreenSpeedway.com website, as well as for the 2014 program, along with the Champions’ profiles - that SHOULD be ready in April! This is the first time we actually have three Figure-8 Champions to honor in one season! Congrats to Todd, Ricky and Doug, whose pictures are finally posted at the top of our website. Another cool change here at FearRacing.org, will be the upgraded “photo gallery”, now located in a more prominent location, also near the top of this homepage. Historical photos will be posted there permanently, so if you have some cool pics from the “old days”, please forward them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am so glad to report that Foster Press will again host our website in 2014. We lost our friend, and webmaster, Vern Foster suddenly last summer, but his Daughter Maria has graciously taken over, and is doing a great job for us! And remember… Foster Press does T-shirts, knickknacks for your business and trophies, as well as all sorts of printing at their full service shop near Lake Stevens!
And finally, if you want to join FearRacing.org… to be profiled as a “driver” or advertised as a “sponsor”- just give me a call at my home office: 425 747 4736. And I thank all who support this page!
I just watched the excellent Beatles 50-year anniversary tribute show on TV, and am excited that next year will mark the 50th year of Figure-8 racing at Evergreen Speedway. But THIS season marks the 60th year of racing at our favorite track, so let’s all get out there, support Evergreen Speedway where we can, and make it a GREAT ONE… And I will see you there! BC