From time to time I get interesting stories/experiences emailed to me by folks that don't really want to, and/or don't feel comfortable posting directly on our board, so I figured this time, I'd just post it as "anonymous" so that you guys can enjoy, and add a few more memories to the top floor (if there's any room left for a few more up there!):
Chamberlain was my man. I am a lifetime Ford man so who else would a root for?
I forget the exact season, '67 or '68. Chamberlain left Deasey and was with Bullock. He had a record string of consecutive wins going. The feature from the preceding Sunday was rained out so it was the first race that Friday night. I had a paper route which is how I afforded the ducat.
Chamberlain was leading when the car began smoking. He finished second to either Taz or Gerhardt. Seems the oil filter had come loose and was spewing oil on the headers.
There was a NAPA parts store which was open late catty-corner to the Fastest Half Mile in the East. Someone from the crew ran over to buy main and rod bearings. Frear laid on his back on a piece of cardboard and rolled in new main and rod bearings. Chamberlain had to qualify for the feature through the consolation - he started nineteenth. And won.
After the show I was in the pits. The oil soaked cardboard with the discarded bearings lay on the ground. Chamberlain was on the front stretch shaking hands, Bullock and Frear were drinking beer on the tailgate of a pick-up. Just another night at Reading.
Right now I have cold beer, chicken, and swimming pool calling my name. Loudly.
Hope you had a nice Labor Day.
Thank you to "Anonymous" for providing!