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In 1979, Bubby teamed with car owner Don Siebert and legendary mechanic Jim McQueen to chase a USAC sprint car championship. (Tracy Talley photo)
The change of location didn’t slow him down for long. Bub was soon driving the Kazarian family’s gorgeous Gas Chem sprinter in CRA events.
Bubby Jones, alone with his thoughts on one of the few practice days he got before qualifying for the 1977 Indianapolis 500. ((Greg Sharp photo)
Opperman had been critically injured in the 1976 Hoosier Hundred, when he and Bobby Hillin’s Longhorn Racing No. 12 were caught up in a multi-car wreck.
This early-career shot captures young Illinois terror Bubby Jones (right) with longtime pal Larry Henry. (Larry Henry Photo Collection)
I picked up race-car fever in 1960. Having grown up three blocks from the Indiana State Fairgrounds, I fell in love with the championship dirt cars that ran there every September in the Hoosier Hundred. 
Bubby Jones at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1977. (IMS Photo)
He went from the anonymity of cutting hair in a little town in Illinois to a respected national stylist in a sprint car.
Bubby Jones, a two-time champion of the California Racing Ass'n, has died at the age of 78. (NSSN Archives Photo)
Norman “Bubby” Jones, a two-time champion of the California Racing Ass’n in the 1980s, died Saturday the age of 78.
What does it take to become a successful sprint car racer? What is the most important thing that a young driver needs to learn in order to advance from the role of hoping to get a good starting spot in a heat, hoping to get an easy track, and hoping to make the feature, to one who not only makes the features, but is a threat to win every time they unload?

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