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The Loss of a Legend "The Hurryin' Hoosier"

 

Last Wednesday January 22nd the dirt late model racing family lost another legend. The "Hurryin' Hoosier" Dick Potts passed away from heart disease. The 76 year old driver from Morocco, Indiana had over 500 victories in 50 plus years of racing. The 2006 Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame inductee started his career in 1960 and totaled 521 victories and 23 track championship's with 38 track championship runner-ups. Some of the accomplishments he had over his career include 5-time Northern Indiana Clay track champion, 7-time Illiiana Clay track champion, 2-time Eastern Illinois Clay track champion. He was the winner of the 1979  Budweiser 200 in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He also started the DTWC at the Pennsboro Speedway in West Virginia twice with a best showing of 2nd to 5-time champ Freddy Smith in 1985 as well as a 2-time starter in the World 100 at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg Ohio with a best showing of 17th in 1985. I found an article about Dick on the internet. Its a "The Newcomer" newspaper article from winter 2010, Dick's story is on the front page of the newspaper article and it has some really cool old pictures as well as a good story that I think everybody should read. Here is a link straight to the newspaper article:

http://www.ingenweb.org/innewton/newcomer/winter%202010.pdf

Unfortunately I only got to see Dick race a few times at the Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown Indiana but my dad has a lot of stories of when Dick came down to the Southern Ohio Speedway numerous times as well as Pennsboro. From what I hear he was a real good guy and a real good racecar driver. I just wanted to share this because he was a big named driver in this area and is in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.

R.I.P. "The Hurryin' Hoosier" Dick Potts

GODSPEED

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

       
 

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