30th Anniversary - Eldora "catching up with..."

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws 30th Anniversary Celebration Continues As part of the 30th Anniversary of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series celebration, a number of different individual involved in the inaugural ...

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws 30th Anniversary Celebration Continues

As part of the 30th Anniversary of the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series celebration, a number of different individual involved in the inaugural season of 1978 will be highlighted over the course of the 2008 campaign in a series entitled "Catching Up With."

Drivers, car owners, promoters and crew members who were instrumental in helping the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series become what it is today will also stop by a number of races and tracks throughout the season, to visit with fans and share their memories of the 1978 season, as they traveled from coast-to-coast with the newly formed series.

This week, Rick Ferkel will be featured, and the native of Tiffin, Ohio will be on-hand at the World of Outlaws events at Eldora Speedway on Friday and Saturday. Ferkel was considered an Outlaw long before the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series was formed in 1978. Beginning in the late 1960's, he hit he road and barnstormed from coast-to-coast chasing high paying events. This earned him the nickname "The Ohio Traveler" which stuck with him his entire career.

Ferkel, who usually piloted a car with the number 0 on it, won 18 A-Feature events with the World of Outlaws over the years and countless sprint car races from coast-to-coast. He won eight times with the series in the inaugural 1978 campaign, including his first series win at the famed Eldora Speedway in his home state of Ohio. He was also victorious in the Eldora Nationals in 1978, which paid a very healthy $5,000 to-win.

To view the entire "Catching Up With Rick Ferkel" feature which contains an interview with Ferkel, as well a number of photos from the 1978 season visit www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint/history.aspx and click on the picture of Ferkel.

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts is the second-largest retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, based on store count and sales. As of October 6, 2007, the company operated 3,228 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The company serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets.

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