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Old 03-19-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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O.K, memory straining time. As I recall, in 1975 and 1976 the Colorado National Speedway open wheel season, started with a afternoon split show, midgets and sprint cars. 3 area bar and grills were the sponsor, Toby Jug was on east Hampden at so. Yosemite, Bull & Bush was at 4700 Cherry Creek Drive, Ichabod's was at 7095 e. Evans. I think midget owner Bob Morrison had an interest in these restaurants. It was always dusty, dry slick, usual day show conditions for a dirt track. However, the midget main event both years, was simply spectacular, it was a 4 car fight every lap of the 25 lap main, and all four cars finished under a blanket at the checkered flag, truly amazing race. Strangely it was nearly the same 4 cars and drivers both years! Here's where my memory fails me, in 1975 it was Dave Strickland Sr., Eddie Jackson, Spyder Anderson, and Steve Troxell, all in Edmunds built VW's, Troxell the lone wolf in a Edmunds SESCO Chevy. In 1976 I think Sam Sauer replaced Troxell in the top 4, Sam was in Bob Olds LTC built VW, but I really can't remember for sure, anyway 2 fantastic midget races. I don't remember the sprint car main events, I'm looking for info, and will add it when I find it.

Strickland Sr.#1, Frank Mantello was in the "Hainds&Ludwig"#41 Edmunds SESCO Chevy, Steve Troxell in the #29. Gorgeous #4 sprinter on the trailer, wish I new the owner and driver.

Going at it full tilt, Strickland, Jackson, Troxell, Anderson is just out of the picture in 4th place.

Under green here, but this is how they finished under the checkers, I think Strickland Sr. won it, then Eddie, Spyder, and Troxell, I may be wrong. Spyder took a obvious hard hit to the tail! Not sure who's Chevy II is in the infield has a partial #8 on the tail?

Eddie Jackson did double duty, here he is in Frank Marcello's Edmunds #5 Sprint car.

Again, I don't remember a Grant King built, sprint car in Denver, but this #7 sure looks like one, don't know who's in the wheel house, anybody know??

This may be owned by Everett Hogan, old bolt on cage car, who's driving this #58?
Please, if any of you folks have better memories, or more details you can share, add to this thread!!
Forgot to thank RJ Butz for sending me these photo's, he is digging up some cool Denver midget history.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:27 PM   #2
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I found some corrections, Sam Sauer was still in Harry Conklin's Edmunds VW in 1976 the #29, so that sort of answers the 1976 race, but I'm still digging for more accurate history.
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Thanks, Mitch - enjoying my Decades of Daring book - great stuff! Got my '50 out and having a great time - hope your move is going well - Florida, good memories!
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Well, I didn't see that race. But, I used to hang out at the Bull & Bush.



Thanks, Dave Russell
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:25 PM   #5
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Mitch, think I found a picture of the Jackson sprint in Uncle Dick's collection. Same car?
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:32 PM   #6
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Now that is a tough call, it sure looks like a Don Edmunds creation, but those horrible exhaust pipes seem out of place. Must be early 1970's shortly after the car was built and delivered. As you can see in the action photo you posted earlier, the car has traditional short block Chevy headers. I can't place the sponsors on the car, but it looks like Chuck Mauro's Edmunds sprint car.
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Bull and Bush is still there!
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