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Profile of a Season: 1976

Greetings F.E.A.R. fans, it's time once again to profile another season in our racing history, here's 1976! The bi-centennial celebration was all the buzz in '76, as well as the summer Olympics in Montreal which attracted a record number of t.v. viewers. Also new on the small screen was "Charlie's angels" ( introducing Farrah Fawcett and her poster), and Happy days guests "Laverne and Shirley" landed thier own sitcom, while NBC dropped it's long familiar station break peacock. The U.S. mint began circulation of the annoying two-dollar bill, that would put around 3 1/2 gallons of regular in your tank. Ford banked on attracting fuel misers with the new "Fiesta", and those in a hurry to fly abroad could do so on the really fast "Concorde". Movie goers in '76 were treated to Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman reporting all the way to the White house in "All the presidents men", Robert Deniro stalking Jody Foster in "Taxi Driver", and Sylvester Stallone punching his way through "Rocky".Jimmy Carter defeated incumbent Gerald Ford for President, "Legionnaires disease" hit Pennsylvania, and the "Son of Sam" hit New York city. Born this year was Apple computers, and future celebrities Collin Farrell, Reese Witherspoon,Anna Farris, and Ryan Reynolds, while departing the scene were Rosalind Russell, Godfrey Cambridge, Jack Cassidy, and Billionaire recluse Howard Hughes.

In keeping with tradition, Evergreen Speedway staged a Sunday opener in April, but on a somber note with the passing of long time score keeper Dottie Harter. Dottie's husband Logan had raced at the old Aurora speedway, as well as Sea-Tac and the early days of Evergreen. Handling the memorial lap duties were son Jim Harter in a foriegn stock,accompanied by Lee Daily in his superstock figure-eight car .Day one car counts were an unusual balance of twelve Superstocks, thirteen Stock division vehicles.F.E.A.R. staged 23 home track events including a two day stint for Memorial weekend,along with a trip to Idaho's Stateline Speedway in June. The foreign stocks spent thier first season exclusively running the 3/8 oval, and also travelled , leaving F.E.A.R. paired with other groups such as Nascar modifieds and Washington midgets. A&P Sports spent a sixth season managing the facility, while F.E.A.R. was headed up by president Wayne Crum, v.p. Vern Deitz, with Judi Smith and Renita Peres handling the secretary and treasurer positions . Norm Litts returned to Stock division action after a four year hiatus, and veterans Wayne Crum and Jerry Smith spent most of the season as substitute drivers.The season was capped by the October 23rd banquet at the Seattle center. I'll close with the season top ten points recap, and Thanks for reading! F.E.A.R. historian, Tom Claibourn

  Stock Division     Super Stock
1 Nelson Downey   1 Lee Daily
2 Jerry Townsend   2 Joe Walsh
3 Barry Fleming   3 Keith Boddy
4 Gene Brookover   4 Ron Daggett
5 Roger Stegall   5 Ralph Lewis
6 Chuck Falkenhainer   6 Ewart Grove
7 Mick Tomlin   7 Leonard Sundholm
8 Norm Litts   8 Arvid Glover
9 Ken Huffman   9 Gordy Laugen
10 Ben Chandler   10 Don Bennett

 

 

 

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