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This Weeks Feature Car and Driver

Mark Reardon- hometown Mohawk NY- racing cars and motorcycles and snowmobiles since 1971. #3 car is original Paul Blair built car from NJ-raced by Wayne Reutimann 1970-72 seasons in New England. Rebuilt from a wreck in 2000. 1937 Mopar body. Chevrolet 350 V8 Modified class. Halibrand quickchange. Raced Orange County Speedway, East Windsor, Fonda, New Smyrna Beach, Zephyrhills, Marion County, Punta Gorda, 

 
 

 

 


 

This weeks Feature Car and Driver Profile

Bob Wolpert of Northport, FL. in the #5 Sprint Car

1982 Cicaneese Chassis Sprint Car. The sister car is in the Sprint car Hall of Fame. It is powered by an alcohol injected 350 small block. Winters 4.86 rear end. 2 bar rear. Setup by Butler Motorsports.


 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our DAARA Family

 


 

  • ATTENTION DAARA MEMBERS
    For those of you who would like to plan your vacation time, our DAARA "SPRING NATIONALS" Will be held FEBRUARY 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2018, at the Auburndale Speedway, in Auburndale, FL.
    Our set up day will be on Wednesday February 21st. We will post hotel and other info soon.
    (FYI: Daytona 500 is on Sunday the 18th this year)

 

2017 Fall Nationals at the Marion County Bullring.

The weather could not have been much better for this years Nationals. After all the rain outs this season, we scored an almost perfect weekend. We had a very good turnout for all classes. 11 Sprintcars, 11 V-8s, 9 - 6 Cyl and Flatheads, and a 12 car field of Midgets. Congratulations and a Great BIG Thank You to all who participated. We would also like to thank Bill and crew for having us again for our Fall Nationals and a big hand for Karen and JT Dunn for all that they do.

 

Past President Bill Wendt receives the oldest car award with this beautiful piece of history.

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Best appearing car was awarded to Jim Passino. Jim will also be sponsoring our Spring Nationals Trophies.

Thanks Jim

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This fountain of youth guzzling DAARA member, Richie Gomes is our "Oldest Driver", for the event. Can you believe he is 85 yrs old? Great shape and just as handsome.
I think his lovely wife Sally, pictured with him, keeps him young.

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Phil Barkin traveled all the way from Delaware,which is " Longest Distance" a driver traveled to our event.
DAARA President JT Dunn, thanks Phil for the Long haul and participation at the Marrion County Bullring.

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The Feast was exactly that. The food was great and ask Bobby Jordan about the Cherry Pie. It was delicious!!

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Officers and Board

JT Dunn ran unaposed for President.Karen Dunn ran unaposed for Treasurer.Louis Brashear, Bobby Jordan, and Charlie Dean also ran unaposed for board seats.

Congratulations to all and we are looking forward to another great year.

 

 

 


 

"The Bull Ring or Bust"

Its finally time DAARA members for the 2017 Fall Nationals at the Marion County Bull Ring November 9th,10th,and 11th. We are definitely looking forward to seeing everyone and having a great time. New members are always welcome to come join in the fun and food. Further event information is available on the Vintage Nationals link at the left of this page. Lets keep it safe and see everyone at the Marion County Bull Ring.

 


 

 

 
 
ATTENTION DAARA MEMBERS

 

DAARA 2018 membership has been increased to $50.00 per year, from $35.00 per year.

 

Due to lack of participation in fund raising efforts, this first time increase in 20+ yrs has become necessary.

Please read our events page for info on Nationals details.

Travel safe, we hope to see you all there. 

JT Dunn and your DAARA Officers and Board

 

 

Eastbay Raceway 10/28/2017

We are hoping for the weather to cooperate again this coming weekend as we travel to Eastbay. It will be another great evening with friends and family and yes there may even be candy involved so come prepared. We are looking forward to seeing all of you there this Saturday night.

 


 

North Florida Speedway

The weather was beautiful and we all had a great time at North Florida. The new clay on the track was fantastic and made for some great racing action. During intermission we  had a great time with a meet and greet with the fans and handed out candy for the kids. A great night of fun for all.

Steve Parrish doing a safety check on the candy before handing out to the kids.

Trick or Treat!!

Carl, Steve and Richie going after it.


 

 

North Florida Speedway Update 10/21/17

Hello DAARA members. The weather man has tentatively accepted good weather for this Saturday night so we hope you can all make it out. We have been notified that we will have a meet and greet during the intermission and hand out candy to the kids. For all that want to participate remember to bring some candy. This will be a good night for everyone involved so lets have a good turn out and have a fun kids night.

 


 

North Florida Speedway

We are crossing our fingers to finally get one in the books. 10/21/2017 is our next RACE date for North Florida Speedway. The weather man has been paid so theoretically we should be good to go. We will update you as we get closer to time, but with any luck at all we should be back in action. Hope to see you all again very soon so lets go racing.

 


 

Auburndale Speedway

MORE RAIN!!! Again thanks to everyone who came out. Thanks to Auburndale Speedway for trying to make it happen. We had a good showing of cars once again despite threatening weather. The deluge started right after the drivers meeting. Best race of the day was running for cover from the pouring down rain.

Citrus County Speedway

19 cars arrived for DAARA's return to Citrus County Speedway on Saturday night. 7 Sprints made the trip, 5 of our 6 cyl. cars, and 7 of our V8 cars. It was very good turn out with weather being a constant threat. Once again the weather changed our plans making for a short evening but we at least got the opportunity to get on the track for some hot laps and get the blood pumping, sweat flowing and enigines fired up again. Thank you all for coming out even with the weather it was good seeing everyone again.

 


 

The nominations for officers and board members for 2018 officially closed on October 7th 2017.

Those running for officers and board this term are:

 

President - JT Dunn

 

Treasurer- Karen Dunn

 

3 Board member seats :

 

Bobby Jordan

 

Louis Brashear

 

Charlie Dean

 

All of the above are running unopposed. 

 

To send out ballots would be a costly, mute point for the club.

 

There will be a general membership meeting on Friday of our Fall Nationals. At that time the above officers and board members will need to have an official motion and membership vote to be sworn in.  

 

We hope to see you all there.

 

Bonita Nichols- DAARA Secretary

 

Auburndale Event Postponed

Heavy rains forced the postponement of last nights DAARA event in Auburndale. This event is rescheduled for next Sunday afternoon at 4pm on 10/8/17. Gates open at 2pm for practice and racing begins at 4. This will be a non SVS event out of respect for members having a long distance to travel and go to work on Monday. Points were awarded for everyone who showed up for the rained out event. For all of you who are die hards we have a busy week this week. Friday night open practice at Citrus County Speedway followed by the Saturday night SVS points show at Citrus County Speedway. Just a reminder to check your safety belts. They must be manufactured in the last 4 years. This is a track mandate for Citrus County Speedway for all cars taking the track. Following the Citrus County Speedway event will be a return to the Auburndale Bullring on Sunday afternoon for a non SVS make up race. This is a great opportunity to get some laps as scheduling and weather have played havoc on us this year. This will be a full weekend of racing fun and we are looking forward to seeing you all at the track.

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Hello DAARA Family 

We are back in action tomorrow night at the Auburndale Speedway.  Lets get the dust blown off and go enjoy this great facility. Keep in mind we have back to back weekends with Citrus County Speedway being next weekend. We are definitely looking forward to seeing all of you again.

Citrus County Speedway Update

It has been brought to our attention that all classes running at Citrus County Speedway including DAARA cars must have Safety belts 4 years or newer from the date of manufacture on the belts. There are no exceptions and the track will be checking the belts. We apologize for the short notice but just received this update. Please check your belts to make sure you meet this standard for Citrus County Speedway.

 


 

IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN. WE ARE GETTING READY FOR OUR FALL NATIONALS AND DAARA ELECTIONS.  THIS YEAR THE OFFICERS UP FOR ELECTIONS AND OR RE-ELECTION ARE PRESIDENT, TREASURER AND 3 BOARD SEATS.
SO FAR JT DUNN IS SEEKING RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT. KAREN DUNN IS SEEKING RE-ELECTION OF TREASURER, BOBBY JORDAN IS SEEKING RE-ELECTION OF A BOARD SEAT AND LOUIS BRASHEAR IS SEEKING RE-ELECTION OF A BOARD SEAT. JOSH RYND HAS DECIDED NOT TO SEEK RE-ELECTON OF HIS SEAT AND CHARLIE DEAN HAS BEEN NOMINATED TO RUN FOR THAT BOARD SEAT POSITION.  IF ANYONE ELSE WOULD LIKE TO RUN FOR ANY OF THESE POSISITONS PLEASE LET OUR SECRETARY KNOW BY OCT. 7TH 2017.  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
OUR FALL NATIONALS INFORMATION IS ON BOTH THE WEBSITE AND THE FACEBOOK PAGE. PLEASE MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO GET THE NEGOTIATED PRICE.
WE WILL BE HAVING OUR USUAL SET UP DAY ON WEDNESDAY NOV. 8TH AND A POT LUCK SOCIAL AFTER, ALL THAT CAN PLEASE BRING SOMETHING.
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OF YOU.  SAFE TRAVELS.

 


 

**ATTENTION DAARA MEMBERS**
The Auburndale Speedway, Event for Sat September 23 rd has been CANCELLED, due to Hurricane Irma damage, at the track.
It has been rescheduled for Sat September 30th.
That will put us Auburndale and Citrus back to back. But, as long as it has been since we could run, everyone should about be ready for a foot race.
Hope to have a big turn out!...
Be safe and hope that this is the beginning to getting back to normal.
JT

 


 Attention DAARA Members**
Bill Cleary at a the Marion County Speedway, "(The Bull Ring), is offering those with motor homes or trailers to come there, at no charge, to ride out the hurricane, if you need to evacuate.
This is such a wonderful offer and we all appreciate Bill, Lori and family, for always being there in time of need.


  • ATTENTION DAARA MEMBERS
  • The Desoto Speedway Event for September 16 the has been CANCELLED, due to the pending hurricane and its uncertainty.
    For those of you who evacuate, please be safe and do not wait to long to leave.
    See you all at Auburndale.

  • "ATTENTION DAARA FAMILY"
    As you have read and seen, our friends at Marion County Speedway's "Bull Ring", lost the grand old building we all loved, due to fire.
    The burned building housed both the concession stand as well as the ladies and men's room's.
    The "Bull Ring" at Marion County has been home to our DAARA Fall Nationals for several years. We also have several of our SVS events there during the year.
    This little grass roots, family owned dirt track has been a DAARA family favorite for quite some time now.
    Most all tracks have a $30.00 pit fee these days. We would like to request that all of our members that possible can, make a donation of at least that much to help with rebuilding cost.
    Make checks payable to: Marion County Speedway, 20395 Lake Lindsey Rd, Brooksville, FL 34601

 

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  **ATTENTION DAARA MEMBERS**
Please know that we are in contact with those involved with the Desoto track.
Sometimes, when nothing is said, there is a reason.
To some it is a track. But to those who are involved, it is first a business.
We will let you know as soon as possible....
Until the ones who changed the date and are involved tells us different, the 9/16 date stands. We will let you know if that changes.
JT and Richie are in contact with all tracks. Schedules are set.
Sometimes dates are full and fitting in a group our size, is just too much for fitting in, this late.
Please know that events for our group are important and are being worked on.
Tracks changing hands or management changes are out of our hands.
But, all new parties and rumored parties have been spoken with.

We have also, been in touch with date, replacement tracks.
Patience please.
Right now no news, is good news.
Updates soon.

 


 

**ATTENTION DAARA FAMILY**
There will be a celebration of life service for Laura Platt, on Saturday August 26th at 4 pm.
It will be held at Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, 1350 E Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, FL 32778.
Everyone is invited, to attend.
Laura is the late wife of our DAARA push truck driver, Robert Platt....
Robert would like to express his sincerest thanks and gratitude, for all of the cards and condolences, sent to him during this difficult time.


 

***Attention DAARA MEMBERS***
Due to a scheduling conflict the DESOTO SPEEDWAY EVENT, has been moved to September 16th.
This does make for back to events, with Auburndale being the next week of the 23rd.
Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause anyone.
It was either doing it this way or losing an event....
We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the tracks. Be safe!

 


 

It is with a heavy heart that we deliver the news, that Laura Platt passed away around 3:30 this afternoon.
Laura, was the wife of our devoted push truck driver Robert Platt.
Robert called several weeks ago, to let us know that he had taken Laura to the ER with stomach pain and she was diagnosed at that time ( June 15th) with a very agressive liver cancer.
Laura had just turned 60 in May. She was a very devoted wife, daughter, mother and grandmother. She was also a friend to many of us in the DAARA club
We are deeply saddened by the loss.
Please keep Robert and Laura's family in your prayers.
You may send condolences to Robert at 41641 Apollo Ln, DeLand, FL 32720.
A memorial service will be planned for a later date. We will keep you posted

 


 

Jackson Bryan of Atlanta made the trip to the Bullring and braved the weather for his first racing experience. While checking out the cars he also got a few autographs and photos. We hope you had a great time and look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Your DAARA Friends.

Marion County Bullring

If you waited out the storms Saturday night at the Bullring then you might be a "Hard Core" race fan. Track prep was underway when the first wave came in and sent everyone running for cover. Once again the track crew set out to work the track and once again the storms came. It literally poured for over an hour before it was done, producing a river around the track and thru the pits. Bill Cleary and crew went to work and work they did for most of 2 hours to make the suface raceable. Many Thanks to Bill and crew for their tireless efforts to get the event in. Several hours and a few bent orange cones later and the event was safely in the books. Thanks to all who made that happen. More Pictures coming soon.

6cylinders

What a show put on by Steve Parrish in his #38 Ford, Richie Iverson in the Rocky Buckles red #75 and Dave Davis in his beautiful red and white #63. Both the heat and the feature were close races with the feature ending with a photo finish. Richie Iverson would be the benefactor of one of the closest finishes this year as he piloted the Red #75 Rocky Buckles machine mere inches in front of Steve Parrish to take the win with Dave Davis shortly behind them. Hats off to all for seeing it thru and putting on a great show.

    

V8s

The V8 class also put on a good show. Ronnie Grubb in his Beautiful Burgandy #44, Carl Doughty in his Red #3, Tommy Gamble in the Beautiful Ford Torino #97, Kelly Jarret in his Black and White #97 and Darren Nichols in the 6X. In the heat race it was Darren Nichols in the Orange and Black 6X modified taking the win. In the hard fought feature event, Ronnie Grubb took the early lead and fended off several challenges by Nichols in the 6X until Nichols bounced off the wall and ended up stuck in the mud in turn 4 collecting a couple Orange cones in the process. When racing resumed Grubb assumed the lead challenged by Kelly Jarret in the beautiful #97. Nichols restarted in the rear after the off track excursion and battled Tommy Gamble for 4th and later Carl Doughty in the Red #3 for 3rd before the race concluded. The burgandy  #44 Ford wheeled by new member Ronnie Grubb would prevail to take the hard earned feature win. With Kelly Jarret in the Beautiful #97 finishing in the #2 spot and Nichols in the 6X recovering to 3rd. Thanks to all for fighting the elements to put on a good show.

  

Thunder and Lightning Sprints

The Sprints concluded the DAARA show with yet another closely contested race. Josh Rynd in the #15, Terry Broadus in the Yellow #9, Jimmy Miltner in in his Red 4X4, Dave Cash in the Beautiful Yellow and Black #98 Gambler and Ed Johnson in his very popular #3 car. In the Heat race it was Jimmy Miltner in the 4X4 pulling off the win with Terry Broadus on his heals followed by a 3 way battle for 3rd with Ed Johnson in the #3, Dave Cash in the #98 and Josh Rynd in the #15 car. In the feature race Terry Broadus in his Beautiful yellow #9 jumped out to the lead and did not relinquish it fighting off numerous challenges from Miltner in the 4X4. At the Checkered flag it was Broadus' Yellow #9 taking the top spot with Jimmy Miltner close behind in the Red 4X4, Ed Johnson in the #3 would come home 3rd in another 3 way battle with Dave Cash and Josh Rynd.

  

 

Again, many thanks to the track crew and Bill Cleary and to all the participants for a safe and extremely fun evening honoring our racing roots.

 

 


 

Eastbay Raceway

Midgets

Thanks to all of the Midget drivers making the trip to Eastbay. The weather was threatening all evening but we got the show in with some great fun and Great finishes. Bobby Jordan in his Yellow #5  edged out Luke Hill in the #41 car at the line for the feature win followed closely by Wes Hill in the #9 and Ed Johnson in the beautiful #3 car.

6cyl. and V8s

The 6cyl and V8s had a well rounded field. John Godwin in the Beautiful # 22G, Charlie Sanders in the Gorgeous #7A car, Dan Darnell in the very quick #111 and always faithful Steve Parish in the beautiful #38 car represented the 6cylinder class and Cory Lane in the black #78 machine, Darren Nichols in the 6X car, Carl Doughty in the Red #3, Cush Revette in the 7C Chevrolet, and  new comer Kenny Thornton driving the #34 coupe rounding out the V8s.

Racing was fast and furious for the Heat and the feature. Cush Revette spun in the heat race collecting Cory Lane in the process. Cory's black #78 sustained a bent axle and was unable to continue. In the feature race it was Charlie Sanders in the #7A leading the way for most of the event. Dan Darnell in the #111 came from the rear to overtake Sanders in the 7A on the final lap and crossed the line first followed by Sanders close behind. Steve Parrish would come home 3rd in another thrilling event. Thanks to all of you for coming with the weather threatening.

Thunder and Lightning in the Sky and Sprints on the Track

Josh Rynd in the #15, Charlie Dean in the Beautiful Blue #52, and Jimmy Miltner in the 4X4 made the trip to Eastbay raceway. Both the heat and the feature were exciting with multiple passes for the lead. With a tricky track and weather looming the trio battled it out lap after lap. On the white flag lap Josh Rynd got a launch out of turn 2 propelling him to the lead with Jimmy Miltner in the 4X4 and Charlie Dean in the Bagatelle #52 in hot persuit. Josh was able to hold them off just long enough to cross the finish line first with Miltner and Dean just behind. Thanks for a great show and thanks for coming out. We also want to thank Robert for bringing the push truck and keeping the show rolling. 

Thanks everyone for coming out with the weather threatening and looking forward to seeing you all at the Marion County Bullring this coming weekend.


 

 

EastBay Raceway

 We hope to see all of you there as we invade the Eastbay Raceway for the first time this year on Saturday June 3rd. Lets all have a safe weekend.

 


 

Schedule Update

We have been given an additional event at the Marion County Bullring scheduled for Saturday June 10th. We are looking forward to seeing all of you out there for another fun filled evening with the great folks at the Marion County Bullring. Bring your friends and family and lets have fun.

 


 

 

  • Update ( from the Rhoda N Tim Blackie fb page)
    Funeral services for my dad will be held Saturday, May 27 at 11am in the chapel of Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 405 New Berlin Rd 32218, with Rev. George Moremen officiating. Interment with military honors will follow on Tuesday, May 30th at 11am at Bushnell National Cemetery. Our family will be receiving friends Saturday beginning at 10am at the funeral home. Jeans appropriate attire per my dad's request. Family and friends will gather at my mom's house after the service.

 

**Attention DAARA Family**
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss, of long time DAARA Family member Tim Blackie. Tim has been bravely fighting ill health, off and on for years now.
We would like to express our sincerest condolences, to his wife Rhoda and their entire family.
Rhoda's father Sammy Packard, was one of the founding fathers of Nascar. He was also a DAARA officer back in the day, as was Rhoda.
Rhoda was a very active member and driver in our club f...or many, many years.
Tim, was a devoted husband and pit crew chief in the Packard/Blackie race team.
We were always happy to see their motor home and rig roll into our DAARA events.
Tim never failed to greet everyone with a smile and a few words of both wit and kindness.
We have missed both Rhoda and her loving husband Tim, during the last few years, as Tim has been putting up a great fight for health, family and life.
Our prayers are with the entire family.
DAARA Officers and Board


 

***ATTENTION DAARA MEMBERS***

The 4-17 Speedway event for this weekend has been CANCELLED!!!!!

Due to predicted bad weather for Saturday.

Please let everyone that doesn't  have access to the internet know!

 

 


 

Dont forget this weekend 5/20/17 at the 417 Speedway in Punta Gorda. Our last event here was a great show with a large crowd, good friends and great food. We are looking forward to seeing you there and hope you can all make it for this one as we put on another great show.

 


 

Auburndale Speedway

Weather was on our side Saturday night at the Auburndale Speedway. Perfect conditions for a fun night of racing. A large turn out of 29 cars checked  in for this event and all classes were well represented. Pictures will be added to the gallery soon so keep watching for them.

Midgets

 Bob Law in the #5 car, Wes Hill piloting the #9 car and Jerry Paquin wheeling the #10 all put on a great show. Thank you all for making the trip. Both the heat race and the feature went off without a hitch. The feature came down to the wire with Wes Hill's #9 machine coming out on top followed closely by Bob Law in the #5 and Jerry paquin suffered some mechanical issues and had to retire the beautiful #10 early during the event.

6Cylinders

Chris Hatton in the #1 car, Ricky Taylor in the #04, Kenny Thornton in the #34, Richie Iverson in the Rocky Buckles #75, Fred Robinson in the #78, Richie Gomes in his #27, Steve Parrish driving the #38 and Dave Davis in the Flat Head powered #63 all making the trip for the 6 cyl. class. This was an excellent field of cars and the racing was intense as always. Richie Iverson driving the Rocky Buckles #75 was the winner of the heat race. The Feature event was a good tight race the whole way with battles throughout the field. The eventual winner was the beautiful #78 car driven by Fred Robinson. Richie Iverson in the Red #75 Rocky Buckles machine was quickly closing the gap but came up a little short at the line in 2nd with Steve Parish finishing a close 3rd.

V8s

Ron Hess in the #34, Tobi Smith driving the #44, Scott Fobes in the #55, Jody Modine in the #45, Darren Nichols in the #6X, Cory Lane in the black #78, Louis "Bam Bam" Brashear piloting the #4k and John Smith in the #11 car were all in attendance. Thank you all for making the trip to Auburndale. In the feature event, eventual winner Tobi Smith stole the show. Caution came out for Cory Lane when the throttle hung on gorgeous black #78 going into turn 3 and impacted the wall ending the night for the #78 car and driver. Cory was OK after the incident. Louis Brashear also had a couple of spins but recovered nicely to finish 2nd after battling back through the field and fending off Jody Modine's late race challenge in the #45 machine. Modine would finish 3rd closely challenging for the runner up spot but noone could touch Tobi Smith's black#44  this night.

Sprint Cars

Another outstanding field of Sprint Cars invaded Auburndale Speedway Saturday Night. Dave Cash and the #98 Gambler, Merle Strickland in the #21 car, Charlie Dean in the #52 machine, Roy Campbell in the #10, Jimmy Mittner driving the #4X4, Chris hahn in the beautiful # 1 car, Robert Campbell piloting the gorgeous black #5 machine, Terry Broadus in the yellow #9 car and Bob Wolpert in the Red #5 all making the tow to Auburndale. The feature race was another great Battle at the Bullring with Charlie Dean starting on the pole in the #52 machine. Charlie pulled out to an early lead in the main event with Jimmy Mittner, Robert Campbell and the rest of the field in hot persuit with every position contested. After working his way through the field, Robert Cambell in the Black #5 car set his sights on Jimmy Mittner and the 4X4 car. After a couple laps of side by side racing Campbell was able to get the advantage and slip by Mittner as they caught lap traffic. Campbell made a last lap charge at Charlie Dean in the #52 car but Charlie got the better run off turn 4 to take the win with Campbell and Mittner close behind in 2nd and 3rd.

Thanks to everyone for attending and lets keep the momentum rolling.

 


 

"October 7, 2017"

 

 

We are very excited to get back into the Citrus County Speedway.  We are appreciative of  JT staying with this effort and Howie Masters who helped with  the "in person negotiations" with Cameron.  "You guys rock".   
DAARA has always enjoyed this track and look forward to going back there next season as well.
We are hoping for a fantastic first turn out to this event, as they are under the new management, since our last visit.
We hope to see all of you at the Auburndale Speedway on May 13th.  We are all looking forward to seeing Rex, Collette and the gang, as well as our friend Rick Bristol who is also back there as well.
Take care, be safe and see you at the track
.

 

 

 


 

North Florida Speedway

First and foremost a great big hand to all who made the trip to North Florida Speedway. This was without a doubt a very good turnout for all classes. We also want to thank North Florida Speedway for having us again but the best was yet to come.

We had 4 midgets signed in at Norht Florida Speedway to include Luke Hill in the 41, Boyd Vander Syde in the 9 car, Wesley Hill in his #9 and Bobby Jordan in the yellow #5. The midgets had a terrific race night and put on an excellent show.

6cyl. and V8s ran together Saturday night and put on another nailbiter with very close and clean racing. Tommy Gamble in the #97 Torino, Ronnie Grubb in the beautiful #44, Ronnie Rohn in the #1, Richie Gommes in the #27 car, Steve Parrish making the long trip in the #38, Richie Iverson piloting the Rocky Buckles #75 and Darren Nichols in the #6X. The feature race was another barn burner with eventual winner Richie Iverson coming out on top with a hard charging Darren Nichols 6X hot on his heels in 2nd.

The Sprint Cars also had a great turn out with 7 Sprinters signed in. Tate Young in the beautiful Black #3 car, RD Mueller in the 46, Terry Broadus in the Yellow #9, Josh Rynd in the #15 car, Dave Cash in the # 98 Gambler, Jimmie Mittner in the 4X4, and Charlie Dean in the Blue #52. Fireworks lit up the night sky as the Thunder and Lightning Sprinters made their pace laps. The feature race  was another good battle with Josh Rynd taking the honors at the Checkered Flag.

It was a good safe night for all participants and a definite win for DAARA. Thanks again to the good folks at North Florida Speedway and to all of the participants and families and friends for making it a great success and keeping our racing heritage alive and well. Photos will be added as soon as we get them all in. We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the next event in Auburndale on May 13th.

DN

 


 

 

North Florida Race has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 29th

Looking forward to seeing all of you there.

 

 


 

North Florida Race has been cancelled for 4/22/17.The track schedule has changed and they will be closed this weekend. We are currently trying to reschedule for Saturday 4/29/17. Keep checking back for updates as they become available.

 


 

North Florida Speedway is this weekend 4/22/17.

Please plan to attend as we always have a great time. For those of you who have not been to North Florida Speedway you are missing out on a wide multi groove racing surface with plenty of room to race and the crowds are great. Come join us this Saturday Night for a fun evening of racing action. See you there!!

 


 

Check out the Photo Gallery for the Marion County Bullring Event 4-1-17

We will be posting new galleries for each event. We are trying to update and learn at the same time so bear with us.

 


 

 

DAARA will return to 417 Speedway Saturday May 20th.

Well everyone wanted to go back to 417 Speedway so here it is for Saturday May 20th. Dont forget to come a little early as the pits fill up quickly and come hungry as the 417 has some of the best food around.  JT

 


 

Marion County Bullring Results

It was great to see everyone at the Marion County Bullring last night. There was some good racing action throughout the evening. We had Midgets, Sprints, 6cylinders and V8s all present for a beautiful night at Marion County.

Midgets

Ed Johnson made the haul with his #3 car taking the win in the Heat and the feature. Thank you to Ed Johnson for making the trip and supporting our club.

6 Cyl.

We had another good field of cars in the 6 Cyl. class. Ed Daniels, Richie Gomes, Steve Parrish and Richie Iverson made the trip to the Bullring. Thank you all for supporting the club and Vintage racing. Richie Gomes headed up the field in the heat race. The feature race was action packed with close racing. Coming from the back of the field Richie Iverson was our Feature winner driving the Rocky Buckles owned machine to victory lane during a very hard fought feature race. Richie Gomes came in 2nd and also got the fan club of the week award followed by Steve Parrish rounding out the top 3 of the field.

V8s

We had a good field of cars in the V8 class as well. Kelly Jarret, Tommy Gamble, Terry Maraman, Darren Nichols and new member Ronnie Grubb made the tow to the Bullring. Kelly Jarret edged out Darren Nichols on a last lap pass for the heat win. The feature race was an all out throw down with side by side action from start to finish. Kelly Jarret was the eventual winner over Darren Nichols in 2nd and Ronnie Grubb driving for Tommy Gamble in the #97 Torino came home in 3rd in another very hard fought closely contested feature race. Ronnie Grubb's #44 and Terry Maraman's #78 owned by Cory Lane both suffered mechanical issues and were forced to retire their cars early for the night.

Sprint Cars

We had a great field of Sprint Cars for this event. Dave Cash, RD Mueller, Merle Strickland, Hank Young, Josh Rynd and Terry Broadus/ Chad Freeman made the trip to the Bullring for another great Sprint Car field. Thank you all for supporting our sport. Josh Rynd came home first in the Heat Race after a hard charge from Hank Young came up just short. The feature race was another great race in a night full of action and close racing. Hank Young took the lead on the 3rd lap of the feature holding off all challengers and taking the feature win. A last lap pass by Chad Freeman wheeling the Terry Broadus yellow #9 ride finishing in 2nd and a charging Josh Rynd completed the top 3 in a very competitive feature event. Dave Cash and Merle Strickland rounded out the field in another great outing for the Sprint Cars.

Thank you to all classes for bringing out these beautiful machines and helping to support and preserve our Auto Racing Heritage. We hope to see everyone that can make the trip to North Florida Speeday in Lake City for some more dirt racing action on the high banked 1/2 mile. Looking forward to seeing you all there on April 22.

 

 

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We're looking forward to seeing everyone tonight at Marion County Speedway      

More DAARA News and updates to follow. We are in the process of updating the website and will be adding more photos to the albums and front stretch as well. This will take time, but will be moving along and you will see the progress soon. JT

 

 

  • First we would like to send our sincere condolences to the Steele family, for the untimely loss, of their loved one.
    Wow, what a difference a year makes the track improvements at Punt Gorda's, 417 Southern Speedway, were great and the staff was very friendly and generous. They put us first in both the heat & main. That is a big plus.
  • A total of 20 cars showed up for our event, the heats went off smoothly but the real fun was watching our mains.
    In the 6cyls Richie Gome...s was 1st , Howard Masters a close 2nd and Darren Nickels 3rd.
    Then it was the 8 cyls turn, Cory Lane aced out Frank Lenhardt, for the top spot and Louis Brashear was a respectable third
    When the Sprinters came out things got real interesting. Team Campbell finshed 1st, then came Bob Wolpert 2nd and Jimmy Miltner a close third.
    One thing I do need to mention is the food on the pit side.
    Bobby J, you should have been there it was super. When was the last time, in the pits, you could get hot wings, or a real Philly-cheese . They also made a ruben that made ya think you were back up north again.
    Well that is kind of what happened, so we will see you all at the bull ring. So put on your dirt shoes.
    Thanks again to everyone who came and also to the staff at the 4 17. Hope to see you all again. JT

 

 

Hey,
Its almost that time again, Auburndale is next week the weatherman said its going to be great and winter is gone so come on down.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone again. Same thing as last year setup Wed and the fun starts Thurs.
Don't forget to set up your motel reservations today. Info on Nationals info button..
Everyone have a safe trip down and we shall see you there. JT

 


 

 

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Ocean Walk Daytona Beach FL photo shoot promotional for Rolex 24 and Speed Week. Thanks to Ed Johnson and Dave Davis with DAARA for bringing their vintage race cars.
These DAARA cars will be back out there  on Friday Jan.27 th, to help kick off the Ocean Walk events.
We will have more DAARA car's, at the Ocean Walk during the year, for additional events.
Please stop by and say hello.
I do feel that DAARA members Dave Cash and Dave Davis, may have enjoyed this assignment a little to much.
What ya think?

 

 

 

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                      2017 Season Opener Auburndale Speedway

 

 

 

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                 2106 DAARA DIRT NATIONALS

 

Curent / Past DAARA Presidents and VP's at 2016  Banquet

 

DAARA 2106 Officers and Board Members

2016 Southern Vintage Series Point Award Winners

2016 Dirt Nationals Award Winners

2016 DAARA Dirt Nationals Track Action

 

 

 

 


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DAARA AT AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY 9/24


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAARA AT PUTNAM COUNTY SPECIAL JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

 

 

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Steve Parrish completes SEVEN CONSECUTIVE YEARS of perfect attendance!!!

 

 

An old saying in sports is "records are made to be broken". Well, the record Steve Parrish set this past Saturday at Putnam County Speedway not only will not be broken,  the streak is continuing. Steve, from South Florida, has attended EVERY DAARA RACE for the past 7 years. Yes, that is not a mis print, "7 Years". Through bad weather, the threat of rain outs and all other adversity Steve has fauthfully towed his potent #38 6 cylinder stock car to every race DAARA has held since 2010. Steve sometimes tows 7 hours one way to pilot his vintage car on both dirt and asphalt speedway from 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile in length. Always all alone in his pickup, many weeks the sun has come up the next day before Steve gets back home as he never stays overnight before starting his trip back home.

In todays world where getting folks to commit to anything, even for a short time is difficult, Steve sets a great example of determination, passion and commitment.

 

The entire membership of DAARA would like to say thanks for a job well done!

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DAARA AT THE "SPIRIT OF THE AUTOMOBILE" CAR SHOW

 

 

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DAARA AT NORTH FLORIDA SPEEDWAY

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DAARA AT HENDRY COUNTY SPEEDWAY

 

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2016 DAARA SPRING NATIONALS

                    AWARDS 

        Appreciation Award to Auburndale Management

          Appreciation award to Neil Reyngoudt for 33 years as a valued DAARA member

 

 

                Longest Tow

                      Oldest Driver - Richie Gomes

               Best Appearing Race Car

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       More Spring Nationals

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DAARA NON SVS at Hendry County January 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REMINDER....don't forget to make your NATIONALS hotel reservations by January 14th at the Howard Johnson motel. The DEADLINE at the DAYS INN , Lakeland is January 10th.

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    DAARA Summer Vintage Series Point Champions

6 cylinder Stock Cars

Steve Campbell 3rd, Charlie Padgett 3rd, Rocky Bortles 2nd Pres JT Dunn,   

Treasurer Karen Dunn

Modified Stock Cars

                       Darren Nichols 3rd, Richie Iversen 1st, Pres JT Dunn

                                                                      Sprint Cars

                            Dave Cash 3rd, Charlie Dean 2nd, Jimmy Miltner 1st

                                                                 MIDGETS

                             Bill Rynd 3rd, Bobby Jordan 1st, JT Dunn, Karen Dunn

                                    SVS PERFECT ATTENDANCE!!!

                                                         Jimmy Miltner, JT DUNN

                                    Best Appearing Vintage Race Car

                                                      Phil Barkins, JT DUNN

                                         Oldest Vintage Race Car

                                                    Ricky Taylor, JT Dunn

                                      Oldest Vintage Driver

                                                        Richie Gomes, JT Dunn

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  DAARA DIRT NATIONALS AT THE MARION COUNTY BULLRING


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DAARA AT CITRUS COUNTY 10/3/15

 

 

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DAARA in New Jersey

                                    Warren, NJ Ken Brenn Show

 

                                                          Hinchliffe Stadium Reunion

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DAARA at Shangri La  NY Speedway

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DAARA at Latimore Valley  PA Speedway

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DAARA AT WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY IN PENNSYLVANIA

 

 

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EMMR at Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania

 

 

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6 CYLINDER VINTAGE STOCK CARS AT SHOWTIME SPEEDWAY

 

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Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Club

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Thompson Speedway Historic Oval Invitational

 

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DAARA AT THREE PALMS SPEEDWAY MAY 23

Pictures generously provided by professional race photographer Matt Butcosk

 

 

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DAARA AT AUBURNDALE 5/16

 

          

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Circle M Ranch Speedway, Auburn PA -  60th Anniversary of the Historic Dirt Track

 

 

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                          EMMR at Path Valley, PA Speedway

 

                                                                                                                                                        

 

                                                              

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             The Passing of the "DAARA PADDLE"

 

Charlie Dean receives the DAARA paddle from previous holder Richie Iversen

The "Paddle Award" started back in Zephyrhills,FL in the 90"s. They had a pond inside of turns 3 and 4. If you put your car in the pond or really close, you were awarded the paddle. You were the proud (or not always) owner of this "DAARA Paddle" Award until the next member went in. Every recipient has signed that paddle since the first award.

Richie has had possession of this paddle since Citrus County almost two years ago. After Charlie ended up in 3 feet of water in the infield at Hendry County Speedway during the spint car feature Saturday night, due to a broken tie rod end, Richie promptly called for a presentation ceremony at Charlie's pit. Richie proudly awarded Charlie the Paddle to the delight of DAARA members!

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                          DAARA at Hendry County Speedway

 

 

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"Blast From The Past" Vintage Club Season Opener

4/19/15  Grandview Speedway PA

 

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DAARA  at Daytona Spring Rod Run

                           Howie Masters (134)  Richie Gomes (20) Dave Davis (63)

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DAARA at Citrus County March 14

 

 

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 SPRING NATIONALS - CITRUS COUNTY SPEEDWAY   

                             

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                       WAITING TO BE SAVED

 

    

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

 

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DAARA AT THE DAYTONA TURKEY RUN

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 DAARA DIRT NATIONALS AT MARION COUNTY

 

 

 

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DAARA AT OCALA PUMPKIN RUN

 

DAARA AT DESOTO SPEEDWAY

 

When our club members arrived at Desoto Speedway, all were surprised by  the improvements made by the new owners.

 

DAARA had 33 cars show present for the event, larger than most any divison all season in Florida! Three new members joined the club, Terry Marman, Doug Cheesborough and Stan Butler. Two past members, Charlie Paschal and Rock Reigle also paid for new memberships. We would like to welcome all of them!.

 

The heat races went off smoothly, after which we all took a break and got ready for our features.

 

 Our 6 cyl class was up first, with the Campbell clan being represented by  Robbie Campbell taking the win, followed by Charlie Padgett second and Lenny Goding with a closing third.

 

 The Midgets then took the track, Phil Pete's car with his hired gun Stan Butler, at the wheel finished up first, with Bobby Jorden second and Ken Davison was third.

 

 Our Speedsters put on a great show with Rick Sanders finishing first, Bill Stelcher second and Bill Wheelock in third.

 

The V-8 Mod's then took the track. Rock Reigle dusted off his orange modified # 81 and edged out Cory Lane in one of the hardest fought battles of the night, with JT Dunn (that would be me,) coming in third.

 

To finish off the night, out came the Sprint cars. Jimmy Miltner and Charlie Dean had a battle from the green to the checkered, with Jimmy out front at the end. Capt. Jack Sapp came in a close third.

 

Once again, I wish to thank Critter and Jimmy Cope and their whole team, for having us at Desoto Speedway and thanks to all of our members that make our shows a success.

 

I will see our all of you at Auburndale Speedway on October 18th.  We also wish our Sprinters the best of luck at Desoto Speedway that same night.      Till next time.      JT Dunn / DAARA President.
 
 
 
 

                                         

 

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BACK SEAT DRIVERS!!

 

 

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DAARA AT EAST BAY

 

 

 

 

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Hinchliffe (NJ) Stadium Racing Expo 9/14/14

 

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ANNUAL KEN BRENN CAR SHOW - 9/7/14

( Can you find DAARA's Craig Pattersen's sprinter?)

 

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   DAARA AT EMMR'S LATIMORE FAIRGROUNDS

 

 

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QUOTE DIRECTLY FROM BILL MCPEEK  

"TWO LOSERS....BILL MCPEEK AND AN EDSEL WAGON"

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DR DICK BERGGREN BACK IN THE DAY

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DAARA'S GEORGIA DIVISION AT A STRATEGY SESSION

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DAARA SPEEDSTERS AT INDY

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DAARA AT VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY PARK

5 straight years of perfect attendance - congratulations Steve Parrish!!!!!!

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 LEGENDARY NASCAR OWNER RAY FOX PASSES

RAY FOX, CHIEF MECHANIC, ENGINE BUILDER, CAR OWNER, AND NASCAR TECH INSPECTOR PASSED AWAY SUNDAY JUNE 15. RECENTLY CELEBRATING HIS 98TH BIRTHDAY, RAY WAS PRESIDENT OF THE LIVING LEGENDS OF AUTO RACING ORGANIZATION IN DAYTONA, FLORIDA. RAY WAS A YEARLY NOMINEE FOR THE NASCAR HALL OF FAME. RICHARD CHILDRESS WAS GIVEN THE FAMED NUMBER 3 FROM RAY, WHOSE CARS CARRIED THAT NUMBER TO MUMEROUS NASCAR WINS INCLUDING THE FIRST CAR TO WIN 3 SUPER SPEEDWAY RACES IN ONE YEAR.  RAY WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY THE ENTIRE RACING WORLD.

DAARA WOULD LIKE TO SEND IT'S DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE ENTIRE FOX FAMILY.

 

   

 

 

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                                       DAARA AT INDY

 

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SLINGIN' THE DIRT AT VINTAGE LATIMORE FAIRGROUNDS 5/17

 

 

 

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PHOTOS FROM AUBURNDALE MAY 24

Please click on the following link to access photos from Saturday night's DAARA racing at Auburndale Speedway.

 http://rcrawfordfoto.smugmug.com/AuburndaleSpeedway2014/AS-5-24-DAARA/41071641_c446Mf

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DAARA CARS AT DAYTONA "ART OF THE AUTOMOBILE"

CAR SHOW"  MAY 17

                                                

 

 

 

 

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CITRUS COUNTY DAARA EVENT A HUGE SUCCESS!!

30 DAARA cars graced the pits at the Citrus County Speedway in Inverness Florida May 10. the Citrus management added 1 additional free pit pass for each entered DASARA car, which was a very nice gesture. Many DAARA members brought out their vintage cars for the first time as this was the first asphalt SVS race of the 2014 season

 

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DAARA AT NORTH FLORIDA 

 

Everyone had a GREAT time at Lake City:  Some of our members we haven't seen for a while showed up and a couple were going home for the summer. Ronnie and Sue Rohn were there as well as Earl Lindsey and his family. It was good to see them again. Ken and Shirley Morden was leaving the next day to make their way back home. We wish them a same trip home.The heat's went on without a hitch. Afterward, at the intermission we had an Easter egg hunt on the front stretch, to the enjoyment of all of the kids.
Then on to our feature event. The Sprints were out first with Dave Cash showing the way followed by Jimmy Miltner and Josh Rynd. The Midget's put on a good show with Jerry Paquin Showing the way followed closely by Bobby Jordan, then came Ken Davison, piloting Bill Rynd's car, with Ed Johnson's uncaged sprint close behind. When our stock cars and Modified's took to the track Ronnie Rohn made his way to the front showing off his dirt driving skills, followed by Richie Iversen, Steve Parrish driving hard came in third, followed by Charlie Pagent, Shirley Morden and Earl Lindsey was just ahead of JT.
So that's what happened. I do want to thank all at North Florida Speedway for the great track prep and making us feel welcome.We are hoping to see you at Citrus County Speedway May 10th. For those of you out of state who cannot make it, support your local short track and be safe.   See you soon.  JT

 

 

 

                        

                                     Charlie Padgett                                                       Jerry Paquin 

 

 

                   Earl Lindsey (and Shirley!)                                   Shirley Mordan

                                           The Rynd Cars                                  Dave Cash

 

                 Bobby Jordan                                           JT Dunn                        

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Dudley and Nancy Balmer Commentary

Spring is breaking out all over and the memories of the three long months of being caught in the frigid northland are slowly melting away. What we expected to be three or four weeks dealing with Nancy’s mom and her deterioration and entering a nursing home became an extended stay of three months. We know that some of our DAARA family are going through or have gone through the same challenges. Nancy commented that the first Wewahitchka sign as we came south on hwy 71 had never looked so welcoming. Even coming home to broken water pipes was a welcome change from shoveling snow and sub zero temperatures.

 Commitments may at times keep us away from our DARRA family but never keep the DAARA folks out of our hearts. Through phone calls, texts and emails we stay involved with many of the challenges in the lives of our DAARA folks. For all those that have had physical issues and other things going on in their lives, we do keep you in prayer and celebrate when we get good news. Many of the relationships we have made through this organization are treasured and enduring friendships. I believe we all share the goal of preserving the racing history which we have been able to live. If we tire and fail to keep our vintage cars and their stories alive then this part of the past will be gone forever. We are a privileged few that have been fortunate to have lived in a rougher and simpler time. As we remember where we have been, we look forward to where we are going in our efforts to keep vintage racing alive and well. Our Pennsylvania dirt modified is still in our back yard awaiting loving hands and elbow grease to bring it back to life. At the moment, our 2014 schedule is just coming together and wherever we are able to travel this season, we hope to finish up at the DAARA Nationals in November. If we can be of any help to our DAARA family in any way please let us know. My personal email is simply This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We appreciate all the calls and emails and hope to see everyone soon as we plan to do more Florida events during the 2014 season. Until then, God Bless.

 

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Eastern Museum of Motor Racing

Located in Central Pennsylvania just 10 minutes from Williams Grove Speedway,

EMMER provides multiple floors of dirt track history that is priceless. From a

row of engines dipicting the powerplant progress from the early 20th century,

to rows of sprint cars and midgets, to the COMPLETE original garage of

Tommy Hinnershitz  you can literally spend days seeing everything available.

Chris Economaki dontaed his complete, extensive motorsports  library. There is

also a large drag racing area as well. EMMR provides a large, library type

setting to enoy Chris's material as well as a great deal of other historical

publications, race results, etc. Also included on the Museum grounds

is a large camping/picnic area as well as the Latimore Fairgrounds Race Track.

Latimore is a historic 1/2 mile dirt track that held racing prior to WWII. It is fully

functional and hosts vintage car exhibitions multiple times each year.

EMMR is a MUST SEE for all racing fans!

Visit the website at EMMR.ORG for a schedule of events,etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Pennsylvania Vintage Dirt Modifieds
  • Presents
    • 2014 ‘SHOW ‘N’ GO’ WEEKEND

 

The PA Vintage Dirt Modifieds is proud to present the second annual ‘Show ‘N’ Go’ weekend kicking off with Bud Garveys Show & Picnic at Buds Osceola Mills Vintage Racing Museum. Over 400 vintage Race Cars, Street Rods, Customs, Rat Rods and Restorations pack the Museum grounds and line the front and back yards of the entire street, in the largest outdoor Show of its kind in mid Pa. With all Buds vintage Race Cars outside on display, the Museum becomes a huge dining hall and for a donation towards next year’s Show, a magnificent buffet lunch is on offer.

  • Leaving the Show, we travel 20 miles to AMERICAS MOTORSPORTS PARK in Clearfield where we’ll take to the track for a night of race action. Heats and a Feature will be run with all cars receiving $80 tow money and trophies for 1st in the Sportsman and Modified classes. Camping will be available and after racing we’ll all get together in a relaxed atmosphere, grill a few hot dogs, sip down a few beverages, recount the day’s events and tell a few tall stories.

 

 

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DAARA Member Phil Pete Recognized in Circle Track Magazine!

The June, 2014 edition of Stock Car magazine features Phil's outstanding restoration of his father's midget roadster. This immaculate race car received the Best Appearing Car award at the recent DAARA Spring Nationals at Auburndale Speedway. Located in the magazines "Ultimate Racing" section, the 6 page spread details the original creation of the car by Fred Pete in 1959, the search to find and acquire the car as well as the restoration process. Phil should be very proud of how he restored the car, and DAARA is equally proud to call him a member of the clubs family!  

 

 

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DAARA NATIONALS AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY

 

 

 

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DAARA At Zephyrhills

 

                      

 

                   

 

 

                                      

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7th Annual Richie Evans Memorial Modified Reunion

         

 

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HISTORIC RACING LEGENDS BEACH COURSE PARADE 2/16/14

 

 

Ronnie Rohn

                                              

Humpy Wheeler

 

                                                              The Original Daytona Beach Course

Hank Goodrich

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DAARA Exhibition at Auburndale Speedway January 18 

DAARA cars were out in force January 18 at Auburndale Speedway in Winter Haven Florida. 26 DAARA Vintage Race cars took to the track on a bright, chilly day. The DAARA cars were the largest of any class that took the green flag. Speedsters, Midgets, Sprint Cars, V8 Stock Cars as well as 6 cylinder Stock Cars all received a chance to tune up for the February DAARA Nationals which will also be stages at Auburndale. The program, which started at 3 Pm was complete in time for everyone to get an early evening start back home.

JT DUNN'S NEW, GREAT LOOKING  MUSTANG BODY

STOCK CARS PITSIDE

PAST PRESIDENT DALE MILLER AND HIS RARE KURTIS ROADSTER

TOM BRUSH,  ROBERT CAMPBELL AND STEVE BERLETT IN HEAT

ACTION

BEAUTIFUL SPEEDSTERS SHINE IN THE SUN PITSIDE

POWERFUl SPRINTERS WAITING TO HIT THE SPEEDWAY

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DAARA, HOOSIER TIRE RAFFLE WINNER!!! "LENNY GODING", CONGRATULATIONS LENNY! Thanks to all who supported our fund raising efforts. This one was slow going. It is how we fund our end of the year banquet and trophies, which the club has been doing in an effort to thank all of you for supporting the club all year.
The drawing was held after the drivers meeting at the Auburndale Speedway . Thanks to the young driver there who pulled the winning ticket. A special thanks to all of you who helped by buying the last 26 tickets there at Auburndale Speedway, on Sat, JAN 18TH.
We will be starting a new raffle during our Feb. Nationals

 

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Road Racing with the Speedsters

In an unusual offer the Vintage Drivers Club of America

(www. vintagedrive.com) invited members of the D.A.A.R.A. Speedsters to join the Pre-War class at road races in Savannah Georgia on December 12th to the 15th at Roebling Road Raceways.

With only fourteen days notice Rick Sanders cleared his schedule and upgraded his driver’s suit and helmet to the safety standards of the VDCA. Bill Wheelock and Ed Daniels we’re unable to change previous plans but vowed to be there next year.

Rick was joined by D.A.A.R.A. membersBill Stelcher and Scott Ebert, who are also members of the VDCA. ‘Rocket Roy’ Campbelljoined the guys to make sure engines were purring in the cold.

When the 8:30 practice started there was spotty frost in the grasses along the track. It was very cold! Rick stated that his ‘D.A.A.R.A. skills made road race less daunting.’ Later on Friday there was a ten lap heat race in driving rain which Rick lowered his lap times on the 2.2 mile course from 2:31.552 to 2:20.152.

The races were dominated by Scott Ebert and his 1939 Dryer Ford Special V-8 who managed to finish first in the Saturday races as well. Bill Stelcher and Rick dueled back and forth on the long straight reaching speeds close to 90 mph. The D.A.A.R.A. Speedsters earned the respect of the VDCA drivers with no off-course events or spins in spite of the tough track conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

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 RACE CARS WERE MUCH CHEAPER TO FIX "BACK IN THE DAY"! (all drivers survived)

                                        Where's my front end?                                                             

 

 Reading Fairgrounds promoter (far right) Lindy Vacari thinking he needs more wreckers!

                                           How am I getting back in the cockpit?

 

                      OK, who's bright idea was it to hold the meeting here????

 

 

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DAARA at the Daytona Turkey Rod Run

This weekend (Nov 28-Dec 1) DAARA joined the LLOAR of Daytona to provide a 40 car vintage racecar display during the huge annual event. Tens of thousands of car enthusiats converge on Daytona each Thanksgiving weekend to view over 7,000 show cars, 2000 cars for sale and acres of parts vendors.  This year Cindy Williams (Ron Howard's girl friend) , Candy Clark (blond in the white 56 Ford Thunderbird) and Bo Hopkins (Gang leader of the greaser club the Pharaohs) from the timeless 1973 American Gafitti film were on hand each day as well as many of the iconic cars from the film, including the unforgettable John Milner's yellow coupe hot rod.

 

 

                                                 Cars Have Personalities Too!!!                              

                           View of the NASCAR Garage Housing the Vintage Race Cars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That 46 Year Old Sprinter of Craig Petterson!! (dirt included)

 

 

         Mark May's Good Looking Marty Robbins Tribute Car

 

                Richie Evans Pinto

 

                                         Sprinters from the 60's, 70's and 50's!!!!!

                                         Craig Patterson's CAE

                                         Dave Cash's Gambler

                                         Buz Hahns 50's sprinter

 

                               Toby Smiths spot on Judkins 2X recreation

                               Joe Fransworths Richie Evans Coupe

 

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2013 DAARA Nationals at Marion County November 14-17

Please go to the Photo Gallery Section to see more Nationals pictures!

(multiple pages - click next 4)

 

 

 

DAARA members enjoying a great Banquet
                       

 

 

 

                                                           Another portion of the over 100 Banquet attendees

 

 

 

 

        Awards, goodies and a big screen TV were handed out

 

Our esteemed (?) or at least our happy new board and officers!!

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the new, official Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association Website. Please use the buttons on the left side of the page to learn about DAARA, view videos and pictures of the club as well as access other oval vintage racing sites and clubs across the eastern US.

For website or club questions and comments please contact Geoff Yoder at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thanks for visiting!