Once I really could go I’d watch races and my fantasy was to drive a racecar and play with with different sports.
One of many memories of the speedway is seeing with the Winston Racing Series hints all over the speedway and the venture with R.J. Reynolds that enabled NASCAR to shoot short track racing to new heights headed by a visionary named T. Wayne Robertson.
Robertson frequently showed up in HMS once I started covering there and later working as his son and great friend, Toby, hurried there. We lost that the older Robertson way too soon and we’ve lost yet another friend to the short trail racing scene at Kurze.
After the tragic lack in T. Wayne, the late Jim Hunter stepped up for NASCAR and has been known to a lot of short track operators as a huge supporter of those weekly NASCAR short tracks.
Then came Kurze. Kurze was an executive in Whelen Engineering and business-wise, the marriage made sense for NASCAR and its organization.
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While I’m sure it had been beneficial to Whelen’s bottom line, you could possibly tell being a part of short track racing was just firm for Kurze.
To me Kurze was that this generation’s T. Wayne Robertson and let me explain why to provide these two fine gentlemen the credit they deserve.
When I was managing HMS in the late 1990’s, Robertson met with me and said he could help me out with a specific amount of promotion dollars. I found out other paths and was friends with learning the business enterprise but promoters gained money I inquired and than I did Robertson why.
His answer didn’t really resonate with me before I started traveling the country visiting different tracks once I worked for NASCAR and the USAR ProCup Series.
Robertson said to me, “Tim, my career is to be certain that short track racing continues everywhere and never only Hickory. Hickory is in better shape than a lot of different paths and I will help you however there are different tracks in niches which require a bit more assistance, however I won’t ever ignore you personally. Heck, I’m there almost every week watching Toby race.
Well. Kurze had that mentality. Kurze attracted Whelen Engineering to NASCAR at 2005 sponsoring the modified tour in the Northeast and one year later NASCAR announced over naming rights of this weekly racing system, Whelen would take.
He also established the Whelen All-Star shoot-out which gave it & rsquo to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour;event showcasing a branch the indigenous New Englander adored at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is owned by s.
Kurze didn’t have to get that happen but he knew it had been beneficial to its activity and competitors and this reminds me much of everything Robertson and Hunter frequently considered in short track racing. That’s the reason why I feel Kurze was then now he and a enormous ally to my fellow track racing friends ’ll be overlooked.
Yes, Kurze had to look out for its small business interests of his own company, but it can never be said the tender giant didn’t have a huge heart for short track racing and NASCAR.
I observed him hundreds of times do more for racers than many may never realize because he loved the activity and wished to encourage that the racers and understood that the sacrifices lots of them designed to compete in series he sponsored.
From shooting on the weekly racing program, to helping NASCAR grow in Europe and later creating a meeting to flaunt that the branch he adored, Kurze realized just how to make matters better for a whole lot of people in NASCAR.
That is what I feel is a lasting legacy for a man who never seeked that the limelight for himself.
He had been concerned with the light shining on racers.
Whomever becomes the ‘next friend to short track racing’ could involve some mighty large shoes to match.