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77-year-old makes racing history at Slinger Speedway

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77-year-old makes racing history at Slinger Speedway

77-year-old makes racing history at Slinger Speedway

77-year-old Johnson Creek native, Jerry Eckhardt, makes history as the oldest race winner at Slinger Speedway.

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EVERYONE LOVES PULLING FOR ANUNDERDOG.

BUT THEY RARELY WIN.OUR LANCE ALLAN SHARES THESTORY OF AN EXPERIENCED RACERWHO WON IT ALL.It's a moment, in history.

At77 years of age, JerryEckhardt became the oldestrace winner in the SlingerSpeedway record books.((Slinger Speedway AnnouncerTodd Behling says there he is,Jerry Eckhardt!))((JerryEckhardt says I figured I'd godown one of these days asbeing the oldest, oldest onestill racing in this area.))Semi-feature or not, it's acheckered flag.((JerryEckhardt says I couldn'tbelieve the crowd was goingthat crazy for you know, justwinning a semi-feature, but Iguess I got quite few fansup there and then, at my ageit was an accomplishment, witha laugh.))At 77, has theJohnson Creek native thoughtabout entering, the slow lan((Kathy Eckhardt says he'sstill a good driver.

And I'llbe the first to tell him thathe's not, you know?

Because Ifeel that's my job.))((JerryEckhardt sayher and I triedfishing one day, and that wasa disaster.

Broke the linesand caught turtles, with alaugh.))On the flip continuesto competitive.

And inspireothers.((Kathy Eckhardt sayshe's a got a little friend,she's 9 now, 10 maybe?

PeganEllingson, that is a real bigfan of his.

And she paintedher go kart,exactly to looklike his car.))((JerryEckhardt says I wouldn't likeplaying golf.

I don't, I'm notinterested in any other kindof ball games, so.

It's allI've done for, ever since Iwas 23, is race.))A rockingchair, not in Jerry's futurequite yet.

In Johnson Creek,Lance Allan, TMJ4 News.




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