Don, I enjoyed browsing your website of the Vallejo Speedway. I stumbled on it on
a search yesterday. This came about when I mentioned to a long time friend that
just last week I read in the Vallejo Times Herald that Larry Dimitz continued his
winning streak at the Petaluma Speedway. We both were in shock that he was still
even racing. So that's how I came about your website and wanted to share some old
pictures that I kept and my memories.
Back then, I was a total fan of Friday & Saturday night at the races watching the
Hardtops, Super Modifieds, Street Stock etc. I was about 10 years of age. My Mom
& Step father had purchased Norm Baker's - #1 Car as owners. He remained the
Driver of the #1 and later to be #9 Ford Mustang. So every Friday & Saturday me,
my Familly,and friends would be at the track, pits, grandstands to watch the
I have a classmate that was next door neighbors with Larry Dimitz. They use to
live off of Sereno Dr. by Kaiser. Terry Brown (Super modifieds) was my neighbor
when I lived on Valle Vista. He use to live around the corner. I remember I use
to hang out at his garage and watch him work on his car.
I remember watching him putting the grooves in the slick tires that he would get.
He was a great neighbor!
The coolest thing I remember, and have proof (see attached) was that my name was
pulled from a drawing and the winner got to ride around in Skip Brown's car for a
couple of laps. I was so excited to hear my name over the loud speakers that very
night. Just imagine at 10 years, I was on the spotlight in front of all the crowd.
The funny thing is getting inside, buckling-up and putting on this heavy helmet
on-totally did not fit! Before we went, there were instructions and in my mind I
was hoping we would not flip or wreck, but honestly then again it would be cool
if we did because I was so assure that the Ssimpson seat belt harnice were safe.
So, Skip Brown asked me to show hime a "thumbs-down" if we were going to fast.
Sure enough I surprised him and did the opposite and gave him a "thumbs-up" to
go FASTER! I think he was shocked. After all that, we parked in front of the
finish line and got to take pictures in front of everyone.
Some of my favorites that I can remember were:
Norm Baker, of course
#100 Larry Dimitz
..and there was a driver who was sponsored by Bailey Bros., but I don't remember
his name. His Super modified (now sprint cars correct me if I'm wrong) was always
winning - really fast car.
Finding your webpage brought back many memories as I know how I had gotten my
racefan roots in which I am still a bigger race fan today - especially NASCAR &