Nostalgia Lane
Gary's Favorite Pix from 2013


The traditional 4 wide salute to the fans at the Icebreaker
at Brownstown Speedway in March.

Kentucky's Darrell Lanigan at the Icebreaker "shaving some dirt"!

Josh Richards qualifying at the Icebreaker.
 Josh would go on to win the World of Outlaws Late Model Championship in 2013.

Devin Gilpin won the UMP Modified feature at the Icebreaker.
 Gilpin would go on to win the UMP Modified National Championship
in 2013 for the second year in a row.

Darren Hagen flying through the turn at Montpelier Speedway during their opening night.

And Hagen in Victory Lane after winning the midget feature at Montpelier!

Tom Bell went to Montpelier's opening night with a brand new car
and got punted upside down during his heat race.  Tom was okay!

Sprintcar star Shane Stewart came to Plymouth Speedway to get some practice in
before racing started and tore up the new dirt!

3 wide racing on the new dirt surface at Plymouth with room to spare.

A few weeks after flipping at Montpelier, Tom Bell was back and flying at Plymouth!
Tom won the season ending World Series of Dirt at Plymouth and the Shadyhill Speedway
UMP Modified Championship.

The four wide salute by the SOD Sprintcar Series at Plymouth Speedway!

Tony Stewart (14) and Donny Schatz (15) battle in their heat race
during the World of Outlaws' visit to Kokomo Speedway.

Kyle Larson, winning in anything he drove, quickly got gobbled up by NASCAR
for the 2014 season.  Hopefully, we'll see him again in an open wheel car...

"You hang on real tight there Mr. Shane Stewart, while Mr. SMOKE Stewart
takes you back to the pits!"

Tim Kaeding brings down the confetti after winning the World of Outlaws
feature at Kokomo Speedway.

Frank Marshall (28) and Zeke McKenzie race their modifieds at Plymouth.
Frank won the Modified Championship and Zeke finished 5th.

Bobby Pierce on the gas qualifying at Fairbury Speedway during the
UMP Summernationals "Hell Tour" visit.

Veteran Dave Porth still mixing it up at Fairbury and still fast!

Ryan Unzicker getting sideways at Fairbury Speedway.

Brodie Unzicker sits on dad's neck after dad won the "Hell Tour" feature
at Fairbury Speedway.

The Goodland Grand Prix in Goodland, Indiana, where karts race through the streets
all weekend!

Residents and fans sit in their yards, grill out and have "beverages" while watching
the different classes of karts race through their streets!

Indy Lights driver Jimmy Simpson maneuvers his kart through a turn in Goodland, Indiana.

Grand Marshall for the Goodland Grand Prix was none other than Dirt Late Model
Hall of Famer Dick Potts and his wife Tressie.

Nobody was manning the video cameras up top to capture Nick Allen's
modified feature win during the Kokomo Klassic.  But I got it!

Nick Allen won a ton of feature's in 2013.  This was just one of them.

Brandon Roundtree, the "Indiana Outlaw", won the Street Stock Championship
at Kokomo Speedway in 2013.

Michigan's Jacob Poel at Shadyhill Speedway for the Firecracker 50 in July.

And it was a profitable trip from Michigan this particular Fourth of July!

Cousins Adam Williams (14) and Josh Hesson play nice at Shadyhill Speedway!

Like they say on TV:  A. "He had nowhere to go"  B.  "He got collected"  C.  "One of those
racin' deals"  D.  All of the above...

Travis Tyler was so fast this night that he just shed the skin clear off!

One of the largest crowds in recent memory packed Shadyhill
 for the Firecracker 50 on the 4th of July.

Three IMOD's zoom past the "grass-stands" at Shadyhill!

Bob McLean races Chris Arihood (98) at Plymouth Speedway in the Super Street division.
McLean won the Championship in 2013.

USAC Sprint Week at Kokomo finds Christopher Bell giving the grandstands a thrill!

Sprintcars also do this pretty often and one holds their breath until
the driver climbs out ok!

The winged mini-sprints at US 24 Speedway put on a great show!
Check them out sometime.

Garrot Klinkhammer's "Sharkhat" at US 24 Speedway was one of the coolest
helmets that I saw all year!

At South Bend Speedway for the Blount Memorial, John Long (86)
gets around Tyler Roahrig (24), and Brian Ross (16).

John Long with some nice hardware after his win in the Blount Memorial.

Some said that John Long's secret was the extra weight in the trunk...!

On this particular evening at Illiana Motor Speedway, Late Model Champion
Paul Shafer Jr. edged Anthony Danta by a nose for the feature win.
Shafer Jr. became the youngest champ ever at Illiana!

I know I'm one of many that would like this on my wall in my garage, or basement, or
bedroom, or........

Dave Darland congratulates Wes Mac after Wes won
 the Bob Darland Memorial at Kokomo Speedway.

Modifieds 3 wide at Kokomo just like the sprintcars!

At Kokomo, Thomas Meseraull appears to be jumping over the tire.  But he isn't.
But he could.  But he didn't.

Seven's are wild at Plymouth Speedway!

Cooper Clouse getting his left front tire up on his Ignite Midget
during the USAC Midget visit at Illiana Speedway.

2013 USAC National Midget Pavement Champion Darren Hagen
 on the half mile at Illiana.

2013 Teen-4 Champion Joey Iliff getting nasty during hot laps at Shadyhill Speedway!

One night at Shadyhill, the lights went out during racing and these stocks
had to turn their headlights on.  (I know, it's an old joke...)

Stuart Hanft got upside down at Plymouth Speedway during hot laps.  He was ok.

With the checkered flag waving at Plymouth, modifieds came three wide to the flag with
 Adam Williams taking the win on 2 wheels!

Our colors were presented from the air at Plymouth Speedway this raceday.

The famous "Black Shirt Race Photographer Society" at Kokomo! 
There's thousands of 'em nationwide...

Race photography? 
Gene Crucean and John Mahoney have been there, done that forever.
That's all you have to know.

Kenny Wallace (36) races Steven Pena (6) at Plymouth Speedway in heat race action.

Bryan Clauson in Victory Lane at Kokomo with his puppy!
5 Grand will buy a lot of dog food!

"The People's Champ" Dave Darland not letting up a bit at Kokomo!

Kenyon Midget action at US 24 Speedway with Clayton Gaines (26)
alongside Spencer Bayston (23).

Boris Jurkovic leads a pack of super late models during practice for the
Bettenhausen Classic at Illiana Speedway.

Prior to the Bettenhausen 100,  Illiana Speedway honors its former winners.
Mr. Paul Goldsmith is one of them.  The total race driver.

Brian Campbell on his way to winning the Bettenhausen 100 at Illiana.
If you look closely, his eyes are closed!  Yes, he's....that.....good....!

Two former champions race side by side at Shadyhill.  Nick Allen and AJ Miller (124).
AJ is a former Teen-4 champ.

2013 National UMP Modified Champion Devin Gilpin at Shadyhill Speedway.

Championship night at Montpelier Speedway saw Jamie Lomax (36) and
Jacob Poel (82) race like this for many laps.  Lomax got the win!

Veteran "Rapid Russ" Gamester cruising around Plymouth in his
USAC nonwing 600 sprint.

Racing to the checkers in the Senior Sprint division at US 24 Speedway,
 Michael Brenner (24) got tangled up with Cory Angle.  And they crossed the line
that way with Angle winning the exciting race!

Fast qualifier at the Saturday night Rumble in Ft. Wayne Brandon Knupp.

Geoff Kaiser got up into Bryan Nuckles during heat race action at the Rumble.

Justin Peck on his way to winning the Saturday night Rumble in Ft. Wayne!

15 year old Justin Peck became the youngest midget winner at the Rumble.
The Rumble racing in Ft. Wayne brought an end
to the racing season in the Midwest for 2013.


I had thousands of photos to go through to get this together.   If you have a request
for a certain somebody that I may have shot in 2013, send me a message on
Facebook or send me an email.  I'll check my files to try and satisfy your needs!
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Gary Gasper