Old School DRIVERS
The 100 winningest drivers MY EYES have seen - By Bobby Gerould - August 8, 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.
# 96 …Ed Organ, Napa CA. - 2 wins.
(L to R) Mike Read, Vern Kornburst, trophy girl, and Ed Organ celebrate a win in 1980.
…The 'piano man' we called him. Ed Organ was a smooth, consistent racer that was a Northern California sprint car driver in the late 70's through the mid 80's. The two races I saw him win both occurred in 1980 when he won the Tribute to West Capital Raceway, the final event at the West Sacramento quarter-mile oval, and the third leg of the Tri-Holiday Sweepstakes at Silver Dollar Speedway (August 28, 1980). Organ was 30 years old when he finished as runner-up to Jimmy Boyd (by two points) in the 1980 Tri-Holiday points. The Chico race he won had a stout top five; Organ, Boyd, Johnny Pearson, Howard Kaeding, and Gary Patterson. I first remember Ed in a #70 that may have been an old Bailey Bros. car. He drove for Vern Kornburst in the famous #99 - and later captured the Baylands track championship in 1985, driving for Torzelli & Forloine. He also steered for Roger Henderson. Organ won a CRA main event in his career. He finished sixth in the World of Outlaws sanctioned Mini-Gold Cup in 1980. Organ was the 1979 NARC most improved driver. He ran second to LeRoy VanConett at ASCOT in a NARC vs. CRA civil war event (Rip Williams was third). We know of three wins in his career at Baylands, the last of which was in October of his championship season.