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. #78 Mitch Sue - Live Oak, CA. - 2 wins.
#91 Blake Robertson - Visalia, CA. - two wins. …"Super Blake" Robertson, 30, is still active as a driver although he spends the majority of his time looking after BR Motorsports, the family business. Robertson has always been fast. We first came to know him in 1992 when he was the National Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year. As a driver, he rolls the corners in a manner that is pretty to watch; kind of like a natural swing in a baseball player. There is no question in my mind that if Robertson could devote his full energy to sprint car racing, he could be a prolific winner. He did go after a title in 2003 and he was rewarded with the Silver Dollar Speedway championship steering for Duke and Scott McMillen. The same season he won three features at Kings Speedway in Hanford, CA., and finished fourth in the first World of Outlaws feature ever held in Tulare, CA. …In 2000 Robertson won three features and broke the track record at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare. The two times I saw Blake win a feature were both at the high-banked 1/3-mile dirt track in Tulare. A June 2000 NARC race and a California Rebel Cup feature in 2003 were the events where my eyes witnessed Robertson getting to the line first. …He spent the 1998 season racing winged 360 sprints but was involved in three hard crashes that ruined cars. He decided to go back to the 410's at the end of `98. He set quick-time at San Jose Speedway's World of Outlaws program on August 29, 1998. …He won the Fall Nationals at Chico in 2004. I remember seeing Blake drive the McMillen #10, the Hasebe #2, the Blackwell #27, the Roth #83, and his own BR Motorsports #15. …Blake started young at age seven in Quarter Midgets. He was a two-time National Champion in the little cars, and also won a National title in Modified Midgets in 1990. …Robertson told us years ago that his favorite NARC driver of all time was Darrell Hanestad. "The Hammer" was a driver for Blake's dad Brock in the 80's.
Blake Robertson finished fifth in the Gold Cup feature. He started 23rd. (John's Racing Photos)
Blake Robertson took top honors at Hanford's 2003 Rebel Cup finale.
...Blake Robertson was the best driver on Friday night. The 2003 Silver Dollar Speedway champion is enjoying his finest season. He has raced more this year than any year we can remember. And it shows. Blake is sharp right now in the Duke and Scott McMillen wrenched #10.
Super Blake Robertson finished fourth in the 2003 Tuesday night at Tulare World of Outlaws race. - John's Racing Photos
So who will drive the McMillen car in California? Well, at Placerville this Saturday it will be Blake Robertson. "Super Blake" is a former National Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year but he has never even attended a race at P-Ville, let alone raced there. There is no doubt he gasses it though, and Duke and Scott McMillen certainly know the red dirt well. It will be fun to watch. Robertson will shine on the big tracks. He races very well at Tulare and Calistoga.