HEDGER: The Long Look


BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – Quiet moments are hard to steal during the Christmas season, but we managed to combine snippets here and there with some late night quiet to read Dave Argabright’s latest effort, “Let’s Go Racing!”

The autobiography of promoter and series organizer Rex Robbins takes the reader from Robbins’ youthful days in Indiana through the glory days of the American Speed Ass’n, hitting both the highs and lows along the way. And while we’d recommend the book to anyone interested in racing, it’s especially appropriate for all the “experts” in the pits and grandstand who have all the answers on how to run a race, a speedway or a series better than those in charge. Robbins’ perspective and experiences will show the “experts” that they don’t even know the questions to be considered, much less the answers.

While most of the ASA events took place far from our home base, we did get to meet Robbins during the ill-fated Stock Car Connection days when he, Tom Curley and Bob Harmon promoted a money-losing event at Sanair, Quebec and again at a more successful ASA outing at Oswego. Considering how much we enjoyed looking back on his exploits, followers of his very successful promotions in the Midwest should find it even more rewarding.

As always, Argabright has made sure the story behind the story has been told, so if you have some extra Christmas money burning a hole in your pocket, invest it in a copy of the story of Robbins and the ASA, which he and his wife built from a promotion at Sun Valley Speedway in Anderson, Ind., into an entity second only to NASCAR in stock car racing. You can gather the details online at [email protected] and may even find some other titles that interest you as well.

And who knows, if you are one of the thousands of racers or business acquaintances Robbins interacted with over the years, you may well find yourself featured in the book, which starts with a foreward by Darrell Waltrip and ends with some fascinating statistics and records.

Robbins spends a great deal of time on the people he respected in the business and the impression you take away from the book will be that he was equally deserving of the respect of his peers.

Thanks, Dave, for another great effort!