Hall-of-Fame race driver Dick Gaines dies

Hall-of-Fame race driver Dick Gaines dies Courtesy Times-Mail,Bedford, IN & T.J. Buffenbarger MITCHELL INDIANA, February 8, 2000 - Mitchell native Dick Gaines, a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, died Saturday at his residence. He...

Hall-of-Fame race driver Dick Gaines dies Courtesy Times-Mail,Bedford, IN & T.J. Buffenbarger

MITCHELL INDIANA, February 8, 2000 - Mitchell native Dick Gaines, a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, died Saturday at his residence. He was 64. The owner of Gaines Mobile Homes in Mitchell, Gaines grew up watching races at the old Mitchell Speedway located just north of Spring Mill State Park. He retired in 1977 from a racing career that spanned 30 years and included an association with such celebrated car owners as Red McCord, Dizz Wilson and Karl Kinser.

Gaines claimed to race on every track in Indiana. "I really wanted to get into the Indianapolis 500," he said in April. "I never did." But Gaines won more than 800 features in his career, including two Little 500s at Anderson and at the Knoxville Nationals in Iowa.

Last year North Vernon Speedway honored him by staging the initial Dick Gaines Classic. "I really appreciate it, and I'm real glad it didn't come after I was dead," Gaines said of the classic. "It's like a book, and this is the final chapter. After all of the willpower I've put into this over the years, it sure means a lot to me."

Two of the cars Gaines drove during his career are on display at the Lawrence County Antique Auto and Race Car Museum at the Stone City Mall.

Services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cresthaven Funeral Home, Bedford, with Robert Royer and Pastor Steve Jones officiating. Entombment followed in Cresthaven Memory Gardens Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to Hoosier Auto Racing Fans, 1609 Augusta Court, Kokomo, IN 46902.

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