Thread: Reminiscing... Legendary drivers, in midgets.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: Legendary drivers, in midgets.

The "Hut 100" for midgets on the 1/2 mile dirt at Terre Haute, IN. is a midget classic. In 1961 it rained hard, the track is a mess, mud a foot deep, and the drivers and crews want to go home. Foyt asks, "Are we here to b***h, or race?, so he goes out and tries to qualify for one of the 33 starting spots. He's not close as he is first to go out. As others qualify, the track becomes somewhat race worthy. All 33 midgets are set for the 100 laps, but Foyt is not in the field, he and his buddies go ride shopping, Don Northan in Hank Green's Kurtis Offy is in at 33rd. Foyt and his pals buy the ride, Foyt starts last. Bear in mind, he's already won the Indy 500 (1960's USAC eastern sprint car champ), and the World Series, and the Stanley Cup, so now he's mad. Foyt goes to 10th in 10 laps, 6th in 15, he laps 5th place twice and is leading by miles. USAC says fading light, and track conditions are too poor, and they call it at 75 laps. Foyt has won it by huge margin. The best drivers of the era were their that day, if this does not put A.J. Foyt at the top of your all time list, you are living in a fantasy world.
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