(From 3Wide: The post below was moved up so that folks could find it a little easier - Thank you to Howie for the follow up on how you ended up behind the wheel of the #44.)
Fred or Dick contacted me to try out their car..I met them at the track for the test/race...Got a bad start in warmups as it jumped out of gear going into the 3rd turn..Anyone thats raced cars knows its a bad deal when it goes into neutral when you need the motor to slow you down a little..I got into 3 really hard and high out of the groove, oh no here I wad up Dicks racecar..I clutched and grabbed for a gear at this point any gear would work...Found one at the last minute and just missed the wall, Whew that was close..
Best part was when I got back to the pits and Fred is picking on me leaning in the window "Hey hotdog you need to let up on the gas back there" I couldn't help but laugh by now..Dick says "what were you trying to do back there?".
We tried to fix the trans but it had internal issues..We used a bunjy cord for the heat but it would jump out and slam back in and out.. I pulled it in the pits..
I can't remember running it again after that..I think they were mostly focused on Rick's and then Frankie's racing at that time..I think this is the car that Frankie started rookie with a few years later..
On the truck in front of the car is Rick Cozze..He was starting his career about that time..
Great group of guys for giving me a chance..
Earlier in the first story when I was working with Fred little Frankie had a dirt track around part of the salvage yard where he ran some field cars when he was I think about 12yrs old.. Rick was about 16/17 at the time..I was there once when Tas came in the shop..Wow I'm in the presence of a superstar...Was my hero at the time before that back with the big donkey 707, Ka Boom...
One time in the Cozze #44 and someone got a picture...Thats really kool....thanks for allowing me to tell this crazy story..