Old School DRIVERS
The 100 winningest drivers MY EYES have seen - By Bobby Gerould - Last updated October 23, 2005. Rocklin, CA. …Here is a fun project that anyone can do. Try to re-trace all the races that you have been to in your lifetime, and list the winners of each feature your eyes have seen. It takes time; I've been working on my list literally for about six years. About once a month I take a few hours and dig through old programs, do Google searches, read journals, and use Kevin Eckert's website to try to find the race winners I saw. For the sake of clarity - I am including any race where I was on the grounds - even the ones I may have slept through as a three year old. My Dad was an announcer of super-modified, and sprint car events on the West Coast. From birth I went to West Capital Raceway (W. Sacramento, CA.) on Saturdays. Later, as Dad did more writing, and announcing we included Friday nights at Chico CA. and special events at Dixon CA. into the mix. As a teenager and college student I worked for NARC and hit all the major Northern California dirt tracks. Adult work for USAC, the World of Outlaws, and others has blessed us with the opportunity to see many tracks across the USA, and into Canada. The results of all this logging and work will be a historical log that I can always go back to for reflection. Over the course of the next 100 weeks, HammerDownUSA.com will list a driver in a countdown of the driver who MY EYES have seen win the most feature races. My list will obviously reflect my environment. It will not be a list of who I consider to be the greatest drivers ever. That would be subjective, and impossible. But I can scientifically list the best drivers I have seen. This list is a fun project for me and I hope you will enjoy the journey to naming number one. ...#100 Perry James Jr. - Elverta, CA. - 2 wins. #99 - Peter Murphy - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia / Oakhurst, CA. 2 wins. #97 Johnny Tiner - Rio Linda, California. 2 wins. # 97 Ed Organ, Napa CA. - 2 wins. #96 Lee Brewer Jr. - Memphis, TN. - 2 wins. #95 Johnny Pearson, Stockton, CA. two wins. #94 Dave Bradway SR - Fair Oaks, CA. - Two wins. #93 Mike Kirby. Torrance, CA. - two wins. #92 Joe Hill - Sacramento, CA. - Two wins. #91 Blake Robertson - Visalia, CA. - two wins. #90 Andy Forsberg - Auburn, CA. - two wins. #78 Mitch Sue - Live Oak, CA. - 3 wins.
#89 Brian Crockett - Sacramento, CA. - two wins.
…If you were a regular at Placerville Speedway you may have seen this guy win about 50 times. I only saw two that I can confirm. Roger's daddy 'owned' P-Ville in his day. He won four 410 sprint car championships from 1984-91, and compiled an amazing six 360 sprint car championships in seven years from 1985-91. It was ridiculous how much he dominated. In 1988 he had a streak in the 410's at Placerville where he won seven of nine Saturday features. My introduction to Brian Crockett came at West Capital Raceway in the super-modified division. He and his borther Ed were regulars in the Saturday night series. I recall a vicious flip by Ed where the car caught on fire. YIKES! It was nasty. I remember Brian as a smart racer that had a knack for qualifying well. He was fast and composed. He might take a chance late in a race for a win but other than that I recall him being a finesse driver. …Brian Crockett won a Placerville points show on April 28, 1984 that I know I saw. I noted it. The other winners in their respective divisions that night were Jim Whitlow, and Mark Welch. …The next time I know I saw "BC" win was a NARC show at Chico on June 16th, 1990. …Crockett also scored an impressive seventh place finish in the 1989 Gold Cup A-Main.
Brian Crockett stands between his two cars.