Ingram memorial race back at Dixie
by Emily Horos
June 01, 2013 12:45 AM | 1263 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When Bill Ingram raced at Dixie Speedway, he was certainly a fan favorite.

Ingram won the 1990 Dixie Shootout and the track championship in 1988, but he’s remembered just as much for his antics out of the driver’s seat. He once wrestled a bear in a crowd-pleasing stunt.

Ingram also earned one NASCAR start in the Cup Series, finishing 26th in the summer race at Talladega in 1989.

Ingram, who raced at Dixie for parts of two decades, died of brain cancer in 1999. As it has each of the past 14 years during the first race of June, the Woodstock dirt track will pay tribune with the Bill Ingram Memorial Super Late Model Championship.

The 35-lap race has a payout of $3,000.

Track spokeswoman Mia Green said it’s a popular night with fans.

“The fans will be out to honor Bill’s family,” Green said. “It will be a special night for sure.”

This year, Ingram’s son, Frank, will be running in the race dedicated to his father. The younger Ingram said that each season the memorial race comes around, it’s bittersweet.

“It’s very nice that they have a race to remember him by because he raced a long time and is still well remembered,” Frank Ingram said. “People still talk about him all the time. I think it’s a good night. A lot of people like it, even the drivers. I’m glad that they honor dad.”

The father and son raced together for a few seasons at Dixie. Ingram said the shootouts with his father stick out in his memory.

“We raced pretty hard with each other,” he said. “Those were some pretty special races when we got to run side-by-side against each other for the win. He beat me once and I beat him the second time. We raced each other harder than anybody else. Ma would just tell us, ‘If y’all wreck each other, then y’all don’t come home.’”

Ingram said his father was known for starting in the rear and charging up the standings to win a race.

In addition to the memorial race, there will also be a full program with races among the Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, Pony Stocks, Super Bombers, Econo Bombers and Cruisers.
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