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You are correct Frank A--Vogler Missing Man spot

You are correct Frank A--Vogler Missing Man spot  

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Author: Jack Kromer   Date: 7/23/2020 1:27:56 PM    Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

You are correct Frank A. Hearing about that it was the 30th anniversary of Rich Vogler's death on Josh Shaw's IG post, on Tuesday July 21, reminded me that I swore I took a picture of Vogler's open spot on the Pocono NASCAR Winston Cup starting grid for the Sunday race, which Rich never made it back for. He qualified for his first Cup race that weekend and then flew off to race at Salem and he never returned. Sad day for sure. What a great racer he was. I thought I recalled taking the open pit lane picture where Rich's car would have been parked on Sunday morning at Pocono, but then I doubted myself and just wasn't sure if it existed since that was a long time ago. I looked in my negative files and couldn't believe it when I found that picture (shown here)! It's funny that I can still remember taking one picture decades ago, but I couldn't tell you what I ate for dinner two nights ago.The only reason that I found this Horton negative from Pocono from when he subbed for Waltrip that day in 1990, was because it was right next to the Vogler empty pit lane spot negative. I also found a cool shot of Junior Johnson sitting alone in the pits on that same roll of film, that I didn't know that I had and just like the Horton and Vogler shots-- I never printed them or have seen them since the day I developed the film and filed them away.

An interesting side story that I didn't know about my Vogler open spot on pit lane photo: Ray Evernham commented back on this picture when I posted it on IG the other day: "I remember that day vividly. The number 38 in the background of that shot was one of my first jobs in NASCAR. Dick Johnson was the driver. We shared a garage with Rich and his team. I remember celebrating on Sat when we both made the race. Rich flew off to race and we got the news the next morning."  

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Horton 30 years ago at Pocono Jack Kromer 7/23/2020 12:01:22 PM