The late Tim Richmond was NASCAR's great loss
The racing world lost Tim Richmond on Aug. 13, 1989, to AIDS. He was only 34.
Anyone fairly new to the sport could be thinking, "Who was Tim Richmond?"
Some race fans, like me, who have been following racing for a long time think that NASCAR worked hard to make sure people forgot about him.
Despite winning 13 races in just six full seasons, and earning $2.3 million, you won't find any of Richmond's cars in a stock car museum. There is no memorial anywhere.
In 1980, he won "Rookie of the Year" in the Indianapolis 500 and again in 1981 in NASCAR.
In 1986 he won eight poles and seven races, more than any other driver that season. He also shared the title of "NASCAR's Driver of the Year" with the late Dale Earnhardt.
Richmond wore Armani suits and a Rolex watch and Earnhardt was always in blue jeans and cowboy boots. Those two could not have been more different. Yet, still good friends.
Richmond was not your typical rags-to-riches race car driver, like so many of the old-timers. He came from money and was considered spoiled.
He lived life on the wild side, loving anything that went fast. He was good looking with a great personality and always had a smile.
So now you know who Tim Richmond was, and I think heaven's gain is NASCAR's loss.
Bill Deak won in an Enduro race at the Accord Speedway in the eight cylinder class and Billy Jr. was third in the four cylinder class.
At the Stafford Motor Speedway, Chris Jones was seventh and Doug Coby was 21st in the SK Modified Series and Fred Nees Jr. was 11th in the SK Light Series. All drivers are from New Milford.
The Sprint Cup guys are in Martinsville this Sunday.