While there may have been
controversy at the front in Saturday night�s Washington Area
Dodge Dealers 100, there was something special going on a
little farther back in the pack.
As you are now probably
aware, a post race inspection found the winning car illegal;
it happens in this sport from time to time but that is not
what I am writing about today. I am not writing about
championships or �big buck� teams or the debate over the crate
engine. I am writing about Doug Libermann, Donnie Rodgers,
Keith Carpenter and Bill Woodbury; there are others but let�s
start with these four guys.
Doug Libermann (#56) has
made the trip from Delaware about a half dozen times this year
to race with us. The car and team are as professional as they
come and Doug is a solid competitor, a legitimate top 10
driver each time he comes to the speedway. Doug came home 11th
on Saturday night.
Donnie Rodgers (#10)
finished 15th Saturday night in just the second
race of his return to the speedway. Donnie was a former top
driver in the Grand Stock division but has been away form the
sport for a decade. Right now the main goal is to get
reacquainted with the cars and the track and be ready for a
full season in 2005.
Bill Woodbury (#20) was
back Saturday night after a two-year absence. The Catlett, VA
driver was 19th at the end of the race but seemed
happy to be back in the game, still trying to figure out a few
things on the car. After the race, Bill was looking forward
to returning to the speedway.
Keith Carpenter (#44)
rolled in from Falls Church on Saturday for the first time in
a long while and came home 20th. He may not have
been thrilled with his finish but, it was good to see the
bright yellow car in the field and Keith back at the speedway.
While we all watch to see
who will win and then moan and groan over the outcome and talk
about regional points and big money we can�t overlook the fact
that it takes a field of cars to put on a race. I�m not
talking about field fillers, I�m talking about real race car
drivers and there were 25 of them in the late model race on
Saturday night; all of them driving their cars to the max.
There is something special
about just getting in the car and doing it. Being a part of
the event and striving to improve your own performance is a
challenge in itself. It is something special indeed.
This Saturday night after the races, please
go down into the pit area and find Doug, Donnie, Bill, Keith
or David, Chris, Jimmy, Ricky, Bruce, Dave, Tom, Roger, Jack,
Matt, Wayne, Mark or James and introduce yourself. Ask how
their night went, when will they be back to race again, and
finally; say thanks.