After saying for years that we were going to do it, the officials of two former Midwest-based, dirt track, late model stock car touring series, NASCAR’s Busch (later O’Reilly) All-Star Series and the World Dirt Racing League, gathered for a picnic today (July 26, 2015) at Rock Creek State Park near Kellogg, Iowa.
Joining us were our spouses, who either worked at our sides at the track or kept the home fires burning while we were gone. It was a good time today with some great people and we vowed to do it again next year.
The All-Star Series, directed by Jim Wilson, ran from 1985 through 2001 and was still quite popular when NASCAR (unwisely in my opinion) ended it.
WDRL, created and operated by Jim and Nancy Wilson, then ran from 2002 through 2009. It ended because of the recession the country had been dealing with since 2008 or so.
Assisted by my wife Sherry, I was the media coordinator (handling media relations and publicity) for the All-Star Series from 1990 through 2001. Although I didn’t travel with WDRL after the first race or two like I had done with NASCAR, I worked from home handling series media needs and publicity.
The officials, most of whom worked for both series, have always been like family. And it was good to see them again and to share memories of the past. Thank you to my wife for taking this group picture.