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July 15, 2007

Have the winds of change been blowing over racing this half season or what? Take a second to reflect about it. How about:

  • Erin Crocker, Aric Almirola, and David Gilliland outgunning all the high profile honchos for the pole positions at Daytona
  • Popular, respected Dave Blaney winning a Nextel Cup pole at NHIS ... in a Toyota
  • Tony Stewart’s massive success at Eldora’s Prelude, highlighting the infectious dirt track fever sweeping through the Nextel Cup pit area
  • Young Erica Santos, pretty as a picture, becoming the first female NEMA winner in history at Stafford, Connecticut’s wild "Xtreme Tuesday" event
  • The painful deconstruction of the once mighty Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania where racing in one form or another had been offered up for 80 years

Some things, though, never change. There’s still the chilling thrill of the sprinters at Manzanita; there’s that huge thirsty crowd each Thursday night on Budweiser Hill at Ken Squier’s Thunder Road in Vermont.

And then there is Red Farmer. Season after season, decade after decade, the guy from Hueytown, Alabama stands steady in the high winds.

Check him out.

TEAROFFS Story about Red Farmer  - TIMELESS

Originally published by Dick Berggren's Speedway Illustrated, March 2007


























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