Rod pattison sits down with doug wolfgang to talk about his past, present, and future of sprint car racing. Doug started racing sprint cars at knoxville, iowa in 1975, and quickly became one of the drivers to beat. He has more determination to succeed than any sprint car driver anybody that ive ever seen, said car builder and owner bob trostle of des moines, who gave wolfgang his big break in the mid1970s and watched him become a star. He holds 140 world of outlaws sprint car series wins fifth alltime, 37 all star circuit of champions wins, and is a fivetime knoxville nationals champion and twotime kings royal winner. Never worn you are bidding on authentic original doug wolfgang t shirt adult size. Steve kinser is easily the most successful sprint car driver in the history of the discipline, but its a career that reached a conclusion on. Indy car racing, indy cars, 500 cars, race in america, classic race cars, old race cars, sprint cars, vintage race car, car and driver doug wolfgang sprint car racing dirt track racing cars and motorcycles race cars cool cars monster trucks photo galleries bob spirit. Every bit as passionate for winning as the other drivers on this list, weld often let his emotions get involved on the track, many times to his detriment. Its fuelinjected alcoholfueled chevrolet 383 cubicinch stroker v8 produces 600 horsepower. William byron finding joy in challenge of learning world of outlaws iracing april 23, 2020. Jan opperman february 9, 1939 september 4, 1997, was an american racecar driver. One of the greatest sprint car drivers in history tells his story. The south dakota native began racing in the early 1970s and quickly established himself as a front runner.
Doug wolfgang speedway motors museum of american speed. Jeff gordon wanted to be a world of outlaws sprint car series driver. World of outlaws craftsman sprint car series alltime win list. Doug wolfgang did a lot of victory lane interviews across the country when he drove for local car owner bob weikert. Doug wolfgang has never been comfortable in the spotlight. One armed driver, tony simon earned a popular win at ascot in cra action, july 9.
Part of the excitement of sprint car racing is the danger. Winning 481 sprint car races for seventeen car owners in 29 states at 105 tracks and being inducted into numerous hall of fames. The race was supposed to take place on saturday night, but rain forced it to be. Lone wolf the doug wolfgang story sprint car merchandise. Jan 17, 2011 doug wolfgang has never been comfortable in the spotlight. All prints are made off of original negatives i shot in the 1980s. The first time the sioux falls sprint car driver broke his neck, he crashed during a 1992 practice session at. Even being rated as one of the best sprint car drivers of all time, the man is more at home in his garage, far away from his adoring fans, building another chassis for the track. Doug wolfgang rose from the humble beginnings of racing a supermodi. The tracks, the people, the wins, the losses, and everything in between. Williams grove iracing, syracuse mile watch party scheduled for thrilling week april 20, 2020. Doug wolfgangmy all time favorite driver sprint car racing, dirt track racing. Wolfgang was an old school racer, who could build anything and races with a heavy foot start to finish. Doug wolfgang at the wheel during the 1980 racing season.
He was voted driver of the year by the national sprint car racing poll in 1985 and 89. Sprint car racingdirt track racingauto racingvintage race carsports. Wolfgang reflected on his life in racing during an interview with dave argabright, which appeared in the august issue of speed sport magazine. I liked is that doug wolfgang thought he was given a god given. During qualifying dave from calafornia flips going through turns 3 and 4 and is ejected from this car during the rolls, somehow he managed to walk away. I first saw him drive at booneville iowa in 1975 or i met him in sioux falls what an amazing driver with an even more profound personality. Legendary sprint car racer doug wolfgang enjoyed a hall of fame racing career.
Jun 11, 2010 with a name like wolfang in the sprint car world, you know you will turn some heads. This car was completed in the fall of 1974 by maxwell and doug wolfgang and al hamilton. Lately racing hasnt been too good to doug wolfgang. Wolfgang still returns to knoxville occasionally, but spends most of his time around his sioux falls home. Eddie leavitt is usacs rookie of the year in the national sprint car division. If having a mechanical advantage is cheating, weld dominated the category. Feb 03, 2010 during qualifying dave from calafornia flips going through turns 3 and 4 and is ejected from this car during the rolls, somehow he managed to walk away. Kenny weld was a great driver but his true talent was as a car builder and mechanic. Hall of fame inductees national sprint car hall of fame. Sprint car legend doug wolfgang relives his glory days with racers robin miller at pri. Mar 20, 2015 legendary doug wolfgang might race sprint car couple of times this year to support son. Friday, may 16th, 1975 the midwest speedway preservation. Sioux falls native doug wolfgang, one of the greatest sprint car drivers in the history of the sport, is coming out of retirement sort of. He won the 1971 knoxville nationals, the premiere event in sprint car racing.
Doug wolfgang born july 26, 1952 in sioux falls, sd is a retired american racing driver. Dom maxwell, himself a respected driver, began building sprint cars with opperman in lincoln, nebraska in 1972. Doug wolfgang racing career profile driver database. Sprint car racing dirt track racing outlaw racing speedway racing old race cars vintage race car car and driver go kart hot cars. No copy negatives here, all are quality made from the original negatives. More often than not, the driver climbs out of the wreck unaided, and returns the next week or later that same night. Event promoter greg deatherage and his 4 speed promotions are proud to announce that the legendary sprint car driver doug wolfgang will be conducting the ultimate sprint car setup clinic on friday afternoon, january, 2012 inside the exchange center conference room in tulsa, oklahoma. Photo page 1 my favorite sprint car driver as a child. Jan 22, 2019 i have been around the sport for over 50 years now and i have seen only one persone haul it into t1 at eldora in the same manner as doug wolfgang, and that is tw. The first time the sioux falls sprint car driver broke his neck, he crashed during a 1992 practice session at the lakeside speedway in kansas city.
He continues to build and repair wolfweld chassis, and campaigns a 305 sprint car that his son, robby, has driven to several local wins. Doug wolfgang at eldora sprint car racing, dirt track racing, outlaw racing. Dirtvision strikes again with thrilling races and expert driver commentary april 23, 2020 world of outlaws events at jacksonville, eldora postponed april 23, 2020 dirt zen. Sprint cars used to routinely maim and kill their drivers. But wolfgang wanted to be a sprint car racer, like his mentor, darryl dawley, who by this time was one of the top sprint car drivers in the midwest.
Clip another cars wheels, or enter a corner too hard, and you may find yourself upside down in short order. He won 5 knoxville nationals titles and became the winningest driver in knoxville history. Doug wolfgang sprint car racing news, schedules, results. He holds 140 world of outlaws sprint car series wins fifth alltime, 37 all. In 1976, he won the hulman classic at terre haute,ind. Robby wolfgang is the 18 year old son of the legendary, doug wolfgang. The pairing won the 1978 nationals and wolfgang admits he has more memories of the event itself. Browse hundreds of tracks for news, events, photos, and more. Apr 22, 2014 this is a video of a 410 sprint car race at rapid speedway in rock rapids, ia that took place on september 8 1991. Aug 24, 2016 the king of the outlaws has relinquished his throne. Doug wolfgangby tony veneziano winning was what doug wolfgang knew best when he was behind the wheel of a sprint car. He has more determination to succeed than any sprint car driver. Speedway racing, vintage race car, indy cars, car and driver, custom cars.
Paul arch photo at the end of the 1977 season, doug wolfgang left bob trostle to drive the famed no. According to world of outlaws regulations, a woo sprint car must weigh at least 1,400 pounds 636kg with the driver in the car. I first saw him drive at booneville iowa in 1975 or 76. Wolfie, as he is known to many, won more than 500 feature races in 24 states.
Doug wolfgang with robin miller at pri 2014 youtube. World of outlaws legend steve kinser retires car news, car. News, photos, results, and more from dozens of associations. As jeff gordon was coming up, an open wheel driver had a tendency to move into the open wheel side of professional motorsports. Midco motorsports extended interview with doug wolfgang. Central pas 25 best sprint car drivers in 30 years. Doug knows his way around the knoxville half mile, with 60 career feature wins and 5 nationals wins under his belt, robby is surely gaining some knowledge with his father on the crew.255 723 670 204 681 1032 959 178 91 511 1247 372 420 924 28 775 1227 185 1045 685 436 209 298 438 1081 1188 252 113 642 45 1508 663 1187 1275 415 8 667 984 413 542 409 257 1339 980 1149 1093