Patterson is killed at Calistoga Speedway - May, 29.
Swindell wins the Knoxville Nationals in the Raymond Beadle #1.
Kinser snares his 3rd Gold Cup, laps up to 3rd place.
- Lynn Paxton won the National
Open at Williams Grove for the 2nd year in a row.
- Rich Vogler nothces his 3rd
USAC National Midget Championship
- Lee Osborne wins his third
straight All-Star title.
- Ken Schrader is USAC Sprint
champion, and he wins 4 Crown, Silver Crown at Eldora Speedway.
- The first All-Star Ohio Speedweek
is run, with Eldora's race paying $20,000 to winner Steve
Kinser wins the Western World Championship for the second straight year.
- Chuck Gurney wins the NARC
driving title, the Hoosier Hundred for the second straight year, and the
- Gary Lynch of Oregon won
the Eldora Nationals in a huge upset.
- Bobby Davis Jr. is Williams
Grove Speedway track champ.
- Doug Wolfgang wins the Syracuse
mile, which paid $17,375.
- Jerry Stone is NCRA Champ.
- Wayne Sue wins his 2nd Silver
Dollar Speedway title.
In 1983, during Ohio
All-Star Speedweek, Jeff Swindell #80 races with Jack Hewitt #18, and
Danny Smith #4.
- Steve Siegel wins the Lincoln,
PA. Track Title.
- Gary Bettenhausen wins his
4th DuQuoin 100.
- Bobby Olivero wins for 2nd
time on Springfield, IL. Mile.
- The Dirt Cup Purse is $60,000.
- Tim Green wins the Dirt Cup
with Wings, and Sweeps NARC vs CRA at Baylands.
Smith is Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year.
- Kevin Olson wins Turkey Night.
- Kenny Jacobs wins the All-Star
season opener at Volusia County, Florida.
- Sleepy Tripp is USAC Westen
States midget champ.
- John Andretti Honored as
USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year.
- Brad Doty wins his first
World of Outlaws race. (Oklahoma City).
- Bobby Michnowicz is CRA Rookie
of the Year.
- Dean Shirly wins the USAC
Rookie of the Year for National sprint cars.
- At Hagerstown, MD., Keith
Kauffman is driver in Al Hamilton's first WoO win.
- Kings Speedway in Hanford,
CA. opens as a 1/3 mile dirt.
...Below is a scan of the
first page of my 1983 race log that I kept as a 15 year-old.