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  • Randy Lewis
    I thought the trackchasing group would be interested in hearing more about the recognition that Gary Jacob received recently. Randy I am glad to hear there are
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 30, 2003
      I thought the trackchasing group would be interested
      in hearing more about the recognition that Gary Jacob
      received recently.

      Randy


      I am glad to hear there are people out there that
      understand what Gary does EACH week. I decide to post
      the speech we presented at Red Bluff: Kind of long
      but worth reading. Many people in the grandstand did
      not know who Gary Jacob was, they read his articles
      each week but never knew what this man does for us. I
      can say now, they know what Gary does for all of us.
      I dont think there is anyone else out there that is so
      dedicated. Once again, Thank you Gary for your
      dedication!

      speech:

      We are here tonight to recognize an individual who has
      probably done as much for our favorite sport of racing
      as anyone connected to it. That person is the racing
      writer Gary Jacob.

      Gary writes all of the outlaw kart articles that you
      read in racing papers and on various websites. Many
      tracks, like Red Bluff, have established sections on
      their own websites with his stories.

      For those of you not aware of Gary Jacob this is a man
      who, in almost any year, according to National Speed
      Sport News, attends more races than anyone in America.


      Gary began his writing career in 1966 while still in
      high school. The reporter at Stockton 99 Speedway
      quit and Gary realized that was something he could do.
      Now, 37 years later, he covers nearly 60 tracks each
      year and writes over 1,000 stories annually. Every
      year since 1972 he has attended at least 120 races.
      His biggest year was in 1994 when he attended 162
      races at 66 different tracks. Each year he drives
      about � get this � 60,000 miles to attend races.

      Gary used to have a 600-mile rule � that he wouldn�t
      travel farther than 600 miles to attend a race. But a
      few years ago he broke that when he started going to
      winter races in Arizona and New Mexico. His longest
      trip was 19 hours 1 way to Rocky Mountain National
      Raceway in Denver for a 2-day show. He drove straight
      back from Denver and got home to Turlock at 8:00 p.m.
      Sunday night.

      As an example of Gary�s typical race weekend a group
      of outlaw karters had raced in Medford, Oregon on a
      Friday night last summer. While going to breakfast in
      Yreka the next morning Gary appeared and related that
      he had attended a sprint car race in Orland on Friday
      night and would be going to a big stock car race that
      night in Yreka. He was hoping that the Yreka race
      would get over early enough so that he could make a
      quick run to Medford and catch the main events at the
      quarter mile track there. But this is the amazing
      thing about this trip � to top his weekend off he
      would drive though the night to attend a Sunday
      afternoon race in Winnemucca, Nevada and then turn
      around and drive home so that he, again, could be at
      work on Monday.

      Over the years Gary has become the most prolific
      writer in motorsports as he writes articles for every
      race that he attends and also writes many more for
      tracks that send him results of their events. People
      are always amazed at the incredible detail Gary can
      include in a story about a race he wasn�t even at.
      Probably the most amazing aspect of Gary�s writing is
      that most of it is done between the hours of 2 � 5 in
      the morning.

      One thing us outlaw karters can be proud of is the
      fact that Gary says he gets more feedback on his
      writing efforts from the kart group than he does from
      all the other divisions combined that he covers.

      His main objective in his writing is to get the
      accomplishments of as many drivers as possible out in
      the public view and maximize the number of names in
      each article. Gary always tries to insert interesting
      tidbits about the drivers and also treats the bottom
      classes to as much space in his articles as he does
      the upper classes.

      So tonight, through the efforts of Clarence Reddick
      and Janet Larson, and unbeknownst to Gary, we are here
      to honor him for his incredible dedication to our
      sport.

      This would have been impossible to complete without
      the involvement of:

      Ernie & Martha Mincy from Central Arizona Raceway in
      Casa Grande, Arizona

      Jack Nelson from Aztec Speedway in Aztec, New Mexico

      Chuck Jackson from Duke City Raceway in Albuquerque,
      New Mexico

      John Skinner from Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford
      Oregon

      Blair Aikens from Ukiah Speedway and the Lakeport Kart
      Racing in California

      Todd Turner from National Dirt Digest, Published out
      of North Carolina

      George Steitz from Race Day Productions from Los
      Banos, California

      And the Carrel Family, Bob, Pat, Teresa, Robert &
      Lori, from our very own Red Bluff Winter Indoor Series


      They all have contributed money toward some gifts for
      Gary that will hopefully make his race chasing and
      writing a more pleasurable experience.


      DELL COMPUTER Pentium 4 Processor, Printer and
      Accessories

      Sony Digital Camera with extra memory card & battery

      Radio Scanner & Head Phones

      $300.00 Pre Paid Gas Cards at Union 76

      A $100 check for his enjoyment at the Colusa Casino
      donated by Bobby Bill of Colusa Casino

      Additional Cash

      Also from Duke City Raceway, A Picture of Buddy Taylor
      - a Sprint Car Racing Legend


      Thank you Gary and don�t ever stop doing what you are
      doing. We all appreciate your dedication to our sport
      and could not do without you.


      ****

      Please let Gary know how much you appreciate him by
      responding. Thank you again!


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    • Bruce Eckel
      Gary, It s a pleasure knowing you and thanks for your dedication to the sport of auto racing. Keep up the great work and maybe we will see you in Florida.
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 1 6:31 AM
        Gary,

        It's a pleasure knowing you and thanks for your dedication to the sport
        of auto racing. Keep up the great work and maybe we will see you in
        Florida.

        Bruce and Pat

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Randy Lewis" <ranlay@...>
        To: "Trackchasers" <TrackChasers@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 9:12 PM
        Subject: [TrackChasers] Gary Jacob recognition


        > I thought the trackchasing group would be interested
        > in hearing more about the recognition that Gary Jacob
        > received recently.
        >
        > Randy
        >
        >
        > I am glad to hear there are people out there that
        > understand what Gary does EACH week. I decide to post
        > the speech we presented at Red Bluff: Kind of long
        > but worth reading. Many people in the grandstand did
        > not know who Gary Jacob was, they read his articles
        > each week but never knew what this man does for us. I
        > can say now, they know what Gary does for all of us.
        > I dont think there is anyone else out there that is so
        > dedicated. Once again, Thank you Gary for your
        > dedication!
        >
        > speech:
        >
        > We are here tonight to recognize an individual who has
        > probably done as much for our favorite sport of racing
        > as anyone connected to it. That person is the racing
        > writer Gary Jacob.
        >
        > Gary writes all of the outlaw kart articles that you
        > read in racing papers and on various websites. Many
        > tracks, like Red Bluff, have established sections on
        > their own websites with his stories.
        >
        > For those of you not aware of Gary Jacob this is a man
        > who, in almost any year, according to National Speed
        > Sport News, attends more races than anyone in America.
        >
        >
        > Gary began his writing career in 1966 while still in
        > high school. The reporter at Stockton 99 Speedway
        > quit and Gary realized that was something he could do.
        > Now, 37 years later, he covers nearly 60 tracks each
        > year and writes over 1,000 stories annually. Every
        > year since 1972 he has attended at least 120 races.
        > His biggest year was in 1994 when he attended 162
        > races at 66 different tracks. Each year he drives
        > about - get this - 60,000 miles to attend races.
        >
        > Gary used to have a 600-mile rule - that he wouldn't
        > travel farther than 600 miles to attend a race. But a
        > few years ago he broke that when he started going to
        > winter races in Arizona and New Mexico. His longest
        > trip was 19 hours 1 way to Rocky Mountain National
        > Raceway in Denver for a 2-day show. He drove straight
        > back from Denver and got home to Turlock at 8:00 p.m.
        > Sunday night.
        >
        > As an example of Gary's typical race weekend a group
        > of outlaw karters had raced in Medford, Oregon on a
        > Friday night last summer. While going to breakfast in
        > Yreka the next morning Gary appeared and related that
        > he had attended a sprint car race in Orland on Friday
        > night and would be going to a big stock car race that
        > night in Yreka. He was hoping that the Yreka race
        > would get over early enough so that he could make a
        > quick run to Medford and catch the main events at the
        > quarter mile track there. But this is the amazing
        > thing about this trip - to top his weekend off he
        > would drive though the night to attend a Sunday
        > afternoon race in Winnemucca, Nevada and then turn
        > around and drive home so that he, again, could be at
        > work on Monday.
        >
        > Over the years Gary has become the most prolific
        > writer in motorsports as he writes articles for every
        > race that he attends and also writes many more for
        > tracks that send him results of their events. People
        > are always amazed at the incredible detail Gary can
        > include in a story about a race he wasn't even at.
        > Probably the most amazing aspect of Gary's writing is
        > that most of it is done between the hours of 2 - 5 in
        > the morning.
        >
        > One thing us outlaw karters can be proud of is the
        > fact that Gary says he gets more feedback on his
        > writing efforts from the kart group than he does from
        > all the other divisions combined that he covers.
        >
        > His main objective in his writing is to get the
        > accomplishments of as many drivers as possible out in
        > the public view and maximize the number of names in
        > each article. Gary always tries to insert interesting
        > tidbits about the drivers and also treats the bottom
        > classes to as much space in his articles as he does
        > the upper classes.
        >
        > So tonight, through the efforts of Clarence Reddick
        > and Janet Larson, and unbeknownst to Gary, we are here
        > to honor him for his incredible dedication to our
        > sport.
        >
        > This would have been impossible to complete without
        > the involvement of:
        >
        > Ernie & Martha Mincy from Central Arizona Raceway in
        > Casa Grande, Arizona
        >
        > Jack Nelson from Aztec Speedway in Aztec, New Mexico
        >
        > Chuck Jackson from Duke City Raceway in Albuquerque,
        > New Mexico
        >
        > John Skinner from Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford
        > Oregon
        >
        > Blair Aikens from Ukiah Speedway and the Lakeport Kart
        > Racing in California
        >
        > Todd Turner from National Dirt Digest, Published out
        > of North Carolina
        >
        > George Steitz from Race Day Productions from Los
        > Banos, California
        >
        > And the Carrel Family, Bob, Pat, Teresa, Robert &
        > Lori, from our very own Red Bluff Winter Indoor Series
        >
        >
        > They all have contributed money toward some gifts for
        > Gary that will hopefully make his race chasing and
        > writing a more pleasurable experience.
        >
        >
        > DELL COMPUTER Pentium 4 Processor, Printer and
        > Accessories
        >
        > Sony Digital Camera with extra memory card & battery
        >
        > Radio Scanner & Head Phones
        >
        > $300.00 Pre Paid Gas Cards at Union 76
        >
        > A $100 check for his enjoyment at the Colusa Casino
        > donated by Bobby Bill of Colusa Casino
        >
        > Additional Cash
        >
        > Also from Duke City Raceway, A Picture of Buddy Taylor
        > - a Sprint Car Racing Legend
        >
        >
        > Thank you Gary and don't ever stop doing what you are
        > doing. We all appreciate your dedication to our sport
        > and could not do without you.
        >
        >
        > ****
        >
        > Please let Gary know how much you appreciate him by
        > responding. Thank you again!
        >
        >
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