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. #88 Rick Horton - Concord, CA. Two wins. #87 Jason Statler - Los Gatos, CA. two wins. #86 Larry Burton - Roseville, CA. two wins. #78 Mitch Sue - Live Oak, CA. - 3 wins.
#85 Rip Williams - Yorba Linda, CA. two wins.
(John's Racing Photos)
…Non-wing sprint car ace Rip Williams lives at the other end of 'my' golden state meaning that opportunities to see him compete are few and far between. Williams has over 100 sprint car feature wins of which I've witnessed two. Known as "The Ripper", Williams is an old-school driver that was the 2004 USAC-CRA driving champion. He is 49 years old and is still racing for wins in the USAC CRA series. Williams seldom strays from his Southern California stomping grounds but he does own feature wins in Indiana, Arizona, and Nevada. He won 19 times at the legendary ASCOT Park in Gardena, CA. In 1997 he won the Perris Oval Nationals. Williams - to my eyes - is a hard racing guy, and straight forward man. In an interview I did over the phone with him in `04 he made it clear that he didn't want to overblow any rivalry hype between himself and other drivers on the CRA tour. I respect that.
Rip races at the Perris season opener, February 2006. (John's Racing Photos)
Rip Williams and Damion Gardner lead USAC / CRA to Skagit Speedway. Kruseman, Murphy, Kirby, and Kaeding Entered too. - By Bobby Gerould - Sacramento, CA. July 21, 2004. …Rip Williams doesn't bother with hype, and gossip. He just races. "I work during the week, and race on the weekends", said the United States Auto Club / California Racing Association points leader. That matter of fact approach has always been associated with the 48 year-old veteran driver from Yorba Linda, California. It is the approach that Williams will use over the weekend of July 30th and 31st as the USAC / CRA series visits Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington. (more)
WILLIAMS "RIPS" THROUGH PERRIS CRA FIELD - Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Calif. continues to lead the Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series standings after his third win of 2004 Saturday night at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. Williams and his John Jory Corporation/Weld Wheels Stinger/Shaver led the final nine laps of the 30-lap feature after passing Jordan Hermansader on lap 22. Hermansader slipped to third at the checkered flag behind Damion Gardner, who trails Williams by 56 points in the CRA standings going into a July 3 race at Perris. (More)
Williams Blasts USAC/CRA Foes at Ventura - By Bobby Gerould, 05/22/04, Ventura, CA. … The 1/5 mile Ventura Raceway at Seaside Park is one of a handful of special places in the USA to view a sprint car race. With the cool marine climate, and tight, close quartered racing, the track drips with atmosphere. Saturday night, the United States Auto Club (USAC), and California Racing Association (CRA) sprinters showed up 26-strong to contest a full program at the track that lies just few yards from the Pacific Ocean. When the checkered flag fell at 9:02 PM, points leader Rip Williams won by over a straightaway in a non-stop event. (more)
Ripper is USAC / CRA Winner at Perris - Rip Williams of Yorba Linda, Calif. leads the new Valvoline USAC/CRA Sprint Car point standings after scoring his initial series feature victory in Saturday night's 30-lap race at the Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. (more)