Unconfigured Ad Widget

Collapse

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Interesting story? True or False? Help me?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Interesting story? True or False? Help me?

    In 1978 Coke 600, Humpy had an idea to bring in a driver.

    Driver failed to do the first two practice sessions with a Bud Moore prepared car, he was prompley fired.
    They brought in a local to drive the car, the local ran at Charlotte a couple of times with no success,

    The local driver finished 17th, I think, but impressed the owner, his name was Will Cronkite (not sure if he was in any relation to Walter?), to put him in the car for a couple of more times, and he did get a Top 10.

    The local driver was named Dale Earnhardt.

    The other driver had some success, but the rumor was he did some stuff after being fired that get him in trouble and possibly sidetracked his career for a while.

    Story was appearently confirmed by Tom Higgins, a long time Charlotte Journalist, what do you know about him? Just wondering.

  • #2
    That was Willy T. Ribbs. He was also arrested that weekend for driving the wrong way down a one way street.
    "I felt the long-term protection of the "500" depended on a solid series of top level open-wheel, oval track races. To that end, this league was created because CART provided no long-term guarantees to the "500" or to oval track racing."
    Tony George, "The IRL and the '500' Future", October 24, 1995

    Comment


    • #3
      The story's somewhere on the NASCAR.com archives...Put Willy T's name on Wikipedia and there is a link, how much was NASCAR bashing a driver that doesn't like them, and how much is true I don't know.

      And apparently Earnhardt had a Top 10 for the Pepsi 400 later on, and that led to two more races for Cronkite, it impressed Rod Osterland enough to get him hired there.

      And sorry, it was Cronkrite...No relation like the whole Yarborough's Story, although you never know I have heard stories of imigrants spelling their names differently or changing spelling, etc, so who knows.

      Comment


      • #4
        A great read. 407F8FBC-5ADA-46EB-9992-8B9796B91651.jpg
        Fan of a small Club Series bankrolled by rich men

        Comment


        • #5
          A good listen.
          https://www.dirtymomedia.com/dalejrd...he-storyteller
          Fan of a small Club Series bankrolled by rich men

          Comment


          • #6
            Sounds like Oil and Water from what I have heard about Ribbs, including Direct Quotes from Willy.

            Podcasts don't interest me, in the past I had this IPad, lost the password, can't seem to get ITunes on my new Computer, the other (With all my information) crashed, can't seem to transfer information from old to new computer, I thought Google Chrome would be a deal, it is somewhat...

            I thought I heard Junior was friends with Willy, then again Junior was always one to talk about drivers from the past. That is why I like him, he's better off with the podcasts than Calling races.

            I remember Buddy Baker in the old days, he was OK at calling races, he knew to be a professional, then towards the end of his life when he was doing shows on Sirius, he was hilarious.

            Comment


            • #7
              From what I heard he actually wound up Stealing a Pace Car, good idea, parking at a College, and playing Basketball, good idea, he was 22 at the time so makes since right?

              Janet Guthrie was brought in the year before, or was it 76, when she missed the show, apparently Lynda Ferrari, any relation? had a car NAPA sponsored it, she ran decently. She had a solid NASCAR career, but couldn't get ahead because he never had the money to really step into the Upper Tier Driver unfortunately.

              Some stuff he probably didn't know, he was a Black Man in college that was just about all white, and FEMALE. The name of Queens College I think?

              It is not that he is black, it's just that the story was so funny, don't know if it was true or not, or how much is true, If I could get my IPod back together and replace my PIN Number, maybe I will get it off the ITunes Store?

              Also from what I understand you had to be careful with Willy T., he was friends or mentored by the great Muhammad Ali, and he has slugged a couple of drivers in Trans Am for taking him out. But in IndyCar he was pretty much calm and got along with most of the driver from what I know.
              Last edited by JSJLW; 06-19-2022, 11:18 AM.

              Comment


              • #8
                Will Cronkite, if I remember correctly, was White Crown Engineering, and they produced the first of the swoopy (okay, swoopIER) Ford Thunderbirds that replaced the boxy 1982 models.
                You've worked so hard on the kidney. Very special -- the kidney has a very special place in the heart. It's an incredible thing. Donald John Trump

                Brian's Wish * Jason Foundation

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by JSJLW View Post
                  Janet Guthrie was brought in the year before, or was it 76, when she missed the show, apparently Lynda Ferrari, any relation? had a car NAPA sponsored it, she ran decently. She had a solid NASCAR career, but couldn't get ahead because he never had the money to really step into the Upper Tier Driver unfortunately.

                  Some stuff he probably didn't know, he was a Black Man in college that was just about all white, and FEMALE. The name of Queens College I think?
                  I've tried, but I'm going to need some help with this. Lynda Ferrari? Queens College?

                  Can anyone translate? What am I missing here?
                  "Versions of a story that are more tidy, compact, and camera-ready should generally be viewed as historically suspect." - Jackson Landers

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Lynda Ferrari was Guthrie's Car Owner while she raced in NASCAR.

                    Queen's College was a College in the Charlotte area where appearently Willy was hiding at during some period.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jamski View Post
                      Will Cronkite, if I remember correctly, was White Crown Engineering, and they produced the first of the swoopy (okay, swoopIER) Ford Thunderbirds that replaced the boxy 1982 models.
                      They look quaintly outdated now but in 1983 that car was something straight out of science fiction.



                      GM was caught with their pants down for sure.
                      Live like Dave

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by KevMcNJ View Post

                        They look quaintly outdated now but in 1983 that car was something straight out of science fiction.



                        GM was caught with their pants down for sure.
                        Well, that was the first year for the Monte Carlo SS, so GM wasn't out to lunch by any means.

                        I saw the new T-Bird in a late-'82 full color spread in Road & Track, of all places. Earnhardt's Bud Moore Wrangler car. I was flabbergasted. It looked like some kinda little sports car. Should be on the GT grid at Le Mans. Crazy.
                        I live my life 4.048 miles at a time.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dalz View Post

                          Well, that was the first year for the Monte Carlo SS, so GM wasn't out to lunch by any means.

                          I saw the new T-Bird in a late-'82 full color spread in Road & Track, of all places. Earnhardt's Bud Moore Wrangler car. I was flabbergasted. It looked like some kinda little sports car. Should be on the GT grid at Le Mans. Crazy.
                          Yes and no

                          They slapped a new nose on what was essentially a 4 or 5 year old design.

                          It still took The General 3 years to figure out their back windows were garbage which gave us the Aerocoupe and Grand Prix 2+2 around 1986
                          Live like Dave

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KevMcNJ View Post

                            Yes and no

                            They slapped a new nose on what was essentially a 4 or 5 year old design.

                            It still took The General 3 years to figure out their back windows were garbage which gave us the Aerocoupe and Grand Prix 2+2 around 1986
                            You'd think GM would've learned that lesson after Bobby Allison snookered everyone with the fastback Pontiac Le Mans just 2 years prior.

                            I was working at a dealership when the Aerocoupe came out, they got one. The sticker was $21k, they weren't going to let it go for less than $24k. For a car that you couldn't get a fully inflated basketball into the trunk opening.
                            I live my life 4.048 miles at a time.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JSJLW View Post
                              Lynda Ferrari was Guthrie's Car Owner while she raced in NASCAR.

                              Queen's College was a College in the Charlotte area where appearently Willy was hiding at during some period.
                              Thanks JSJLW I didn't have those details.

                              Lynda Ferreri, so no relation I wasn't familiar with a Ferrari, or even a Ferreri, for that matter. I did not recall the name of Janet Guthrie's car owner, if I even heard it at the time, let alone since.
                              "Versions of a story that are more tidy, compact, and camera-ready should generally be viewed as historically suspect." - Jackson Landers

                              Comment

                              Unconfigured Ad Widget

                              Collapse
                              Working...
                              X