Honoring a Legend: Mean 15 Take Part in Brad Doty Classic Lima, OH--July 10, 2006 -- Justin Henderson considers himself a history buff. He especially enjoys the history of sprint car racing, and learning about the individuals who helped the...
Honoring a Legend: Mean 15 Take Part in Brad Doty Classic
Lima, OH--July 10, 2006 -- Justin Henderson considers himself a history buff. He especially enjoys the history of sprint car racing, and learning about the individuals who helped the sport grow to where it is today. One of those people is the legendary Brad Doty.
Henderson, who is ninth in World of Outlaws points, certainly knows what Doty did behind the wheel of a sprint car, and marvels at how skilled he was on the track. He also takes great pride in knowing how strong of an ambassador Doty has been to the winged warriors, since his driving career was cut short by injury. Though Henderson was too young and did not have the chance to race with Doty, he will have the opportunity this week to race in the 18th annual Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio.
For the second straight year, Doty will put on the promoter's hat, in the event that bears his name. On Wednesday, the race will pit the World of Outlaws against the best from the All Star Circuit of Champions in the co-sanctioned event.
"It means a lot to us to be able to run the Brad Doty Classic, and I appreciate how good he was behind the wheel, that's for sure," said Henderson, driver of the Jolt Energy Gum Protected by DataDots Schnee.
Henderson is not the only young driver who appreciates all of Doty's contributions to the sport. The other five contenders for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented by Maxim Racing and ButlerBuilt, were quick to point out all what the Ohio native means to the sport, to the fans, and to them.
Chad Kemanah who also hails from Doty's home state, has raced in the event in the past, and knows it is a great honor for a man who has given so much to the sport. Kemenah also has raced at Limaland Motorsports Park in the past, and enters the event leading the chase for the rookie hardware.
"Brad is a really special person," said Kemenah, driver of the Underground Utilities Inc. Eagle. "He not only raced well, but all the stuff he has done after the fact is amazing. Nobody will ever measure that. It will be really cool to go back to Limaland Motorsports Park and put on a good show for the fans. Hopefully we can pick up our first win in the Brad Doty Classic."
In his career, Doty picked up 11 World of Outlaws A-Feature wins. He was the 1982 series rookie of the year. That same season he finished fourth in overall points. In 1983, he won his first World of Outlaws A-Feature event. He ended that season with three wins and was fourth in points. He finished in the top-10 in points each season from 1982-1987. In 1987, Doty finished a career best second in points, and picked up four more A-Feature wins.
Being a rookie driver, Jason Martin, takes every opportunity he can at the track to pick Doty's brain a little, whether it is about on-track racing, car set-up, or just life in general. Though he grew up in Liberal, Kan. and really did not have a chance to see Doty race in person, Martin read plenty about him and heard countless stories about all he did for the sport beginning in the 1980's and continuing through today.
"He's a really nice guy," said Martin, driver of the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim. "I have spent a lot of time lately talking to him. I just wish I could have raced with him, back when he was racing or if he was still racing today. I'm pretty excited to run that show at Limaland Motorsports Park. It will be a good deal for him and the World of Outlaws. I hope he stays involved in the sport. He helps the fans a lot and also us drivers by talking to us."
Becca Anderson who hails from Houston, Del. saw Doty race plenty of times when she was growing up. She too has the utmost respect for the member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. She realizes that it is thanks to people like him, that she is able to take to the track and compete against the best sprint car drivers in the world on a nightly basis.
"It's an honor to get to take part in the Brad Doty Classic," said Anderson, driver of the Upstate Kenworth Maxim. "I was a little young so I never got to race with him, but he was a great racer. I think he would have been one of the best in the business, he was well on his way. It's a good deal at Limaland Motorsports Park. That is a fast racy track and it will put on a good show for the fans."
Bill Rose, who is also running full-time with the World of Outlaws this season and competing for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented by Maxim Racing and ButlerBuilt, remembers seeing Doty race countless times when he was a kid. Hailing from Plainfield, Ind. Rose had the chance to see Doty not only race in the Hoosier state, but also at Eldora Speedway many times. He is nothing but smiles as he recalls seeing one the best drivers ever sliding around the toughest tracks in the country.
"He is just a great person, and is still doing so much for the sport," said Rose, driver of the Durty Country Motorsports Maxim. "I'm glad that we have this event."
This will be the World of Outlaws first visit to Limaland Motorsports Park in over 25 years, and it will mark the end of the four-race Bullring Swing, which started at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. on July 3.
Limaland Motorsports Park is a racy semi-banked quarter-mile that is owned and operated by the University of Northwestern Ohio, and helps gain priceless hands-on experience for the students taking part in their widely renowned High Performance Motorsports Program.
For ticket information about tickets for the Brad Doty Classic visit www.limaland.com or call the ticket hotline at 419-998-3137. On Wednesday reserved seats will be $32, while adult general admission tickets will be $27, with young adults ages (11-15) just $15, and kids 10-under will be admitted free.