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. #89 Brian Crockett - Sacramento, CA. - two wins. #78 Mitch Sue - Live Oak, CA. - 3 wins.
#88 Rick Horton - Concord, CA. Two wins. ...Rick Horton was a dude I respected at a young age. He was the 1973 Northern Auto Racing Club driving champion. As half of the Horton Brothers from Northern California, I saw Rick win at Calistoga which is generally followed by hero status. The days I saw Rick race he was usually driving for either Roger Henderson or Jack McAfee. Although I was a younger pup when I saw him race - I remember him as a guy who would put the car where it needed to be on the track. The NARC yearbook from 1977 says Rick was a NASCAR Sportsman driver before going into sprint cars. Rick Horton ended his career with eight wins at Calistoga Speedway which ranks him tied for eleventh on the all-time winner's list. Rick also drove for Jim Hearn, and Jim DeBeaumont in the early seventies. He won his eighth feature at `Stoga for JC Racing. Horton also made a cameo at Altamont in the Boldrini & Lane #52.
Rick Hotron drives the Roger Henderson Trostle in 1977.