It was to be my last day announcing. 1972 to be exact… Thanks to my big mouth, I thought it would be fun to make fun of the cop on duty . Didn’t know it was a State Trooper, and it was his first Day! workin’ the track. ya see we had a late start trying to dry out the track from rain and I ran out of things to say, so he became a target for what would become “Verbal Abuse”. He arrested me and hauled me in handcuffs to the local judge’s house. As the Judge finished his breakfast , I promised never to do it again and the charges were dropped. BUT upon returning to the track ,I was informed by Chet & Joe ,the owners ,that I “embaressed them” and was promptly fired. Oh well
Hey digger dave are corvair powered dragsters included. just kidding
Billy Casey added: ” Dino i remember that very well, we didnt even start time trials yet and you were in the back seat of a strange police car . i thought it was a joke . i think thats when Charlie started “. bill casey
Yeah …everybody thought I was getting busted for Drugs….heard that later(dino)
Yeah Billy…Charlie took over, but I came back in ’74-’75 to do ‘PR’ work and advertising…we kissed and made up..let Charlie Do his thing and I promoted money meets and worked on getting sponsors. Thats when we added 5 ‘Brackets’ to try to pump up car count…it was the ‘New Thing” Bracket racing…sorry ,still like Heads Up.first one there wins Old Style Racing.
I was just thinking about the time Kathy drove my brand new rear engine dragster under my truck.It really wasn’t her fault we were towing back from a run and the cluth hold down wich was a 2×4 fell out. Well the car started up and took off like a shot all I remember is Kathy yelling Billyyyyyyy! At the time it didn’t seem very funny but now we can look back at these things and laugh. 32 years later Kathy and I are still laughing . Thank God.
DINO…DINO…DINO ,,, yes , you were very good at pissin alot of people off … 😆 😆 😆 Billy
Oh c’mon….we had a good time…just used a little sarcasm once in a while to break it up a little bit….All us announcers did it one time or another…..and 99% of the folks got a good laugh. Biggest problem was lack of info supplied to us by racers…I went as far as getting all the Tech cards in the tower to match up the Car # and have “something” to say about the endless Blank cars that pulled to the line…Driver name,city, motor size. The “Big Boys” would give us Press sheets with all the info.I even woud go around the pits with a clip-board and take “Notes” …asking guys about their cars before time trails. Had to do a lot of improvising.
…reminded of the time A camaro broke an axle on the line and headed right for the Tower and hit It ! knocked us out of our chairs! Fuel line broke, ignition still on ….AND fuel pump kept spraying gas all over hot motor. Of Course It catches on fire (Did I tell this one Already?)…Anyway …..driver jumps out runs to open hood with his required fire extinguiser in hand…VERY large ball of flame reaches ME in tower …So he puts it out and I calmly announce ” So whats your next Act.” Ah.. with that …he go’s to trunk and gets a tire iron and starts for the tower stairs….I just Calmly mosey over to the door and lock it. Boy did he yell some nasty things at me ! through the window …all the while shaking his tire iron…the cop “escourted him away” that time the Cop was on my side…..good times …good times ….Only at the fast track. The Driver? Bobby Herman
Dinoman, was that the same “cop” that escorted YOU away??? 😮 😯 😆 There were times that you could have pissed off the Pope, but I don’t think you realized it, you just thought you were hilarious!!(“you were)……..Mikey 😆
I remember one day you started off a race by saying “Watch the Isky powered “C” Stocker in lane 2, an Isky cam can do the same thing for you folks”. This was either ’67 or ’68.
It was Tommy Iorizzo in lane 2 and when he returned to the pits and heard about your announcement he couldn’t belive it. He then started talking about running in either Gas or M/P. I remember him looking up at the tower in disbelief.
Nothing like freedom of speech…
Weeeeelllll Rumors in the pits ,probably from the Casey camp, kinda reached the tower…Us Announcers gotta keep the attention up…so I thought I’d give it a shot.
Every time I was in Scarsdale on Rte. 22 I would stop and see Tommy and he did confess to a few things…Tom was one of my favorite people from the Eastchester crowd……….Great guy, great driver and I miss him a lot……….I wonder where his Camaro is now? Tom if you are listening, no one means anything bad, just reminising and they all ran to the fence when you were at the line………Classic wheelies…………………..Don………
Mikey…Cop WASN’T regular that Arrested me…That was my mistake.Was a N.Y. State Trooper with a hangover..last thing He needed was Me, on a day, he got called in to work his day off.If it was a regular -Art or Coons ,they probably would have laughed. Didn’t like it when I called him Barney Fife and ,”did he have the Bullitt in his pocket”.But what REALLY got him ,was when I said said somethimg about a Grey Uniform doesn’t show the dirt.THEN he started towards the Tower ….I knew Iwas in Trouble .Frank the timer laughed (wise-guy) as he put the cuffs on…..’Dover Days are on my mind’…..