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Kepner, your “Broadway” story had me in tears (Sad & Joy). Good Job. RIP Broadway.
Broadway Bob article was great and really makes today's promotions look poor in comparison. Unfortunately in the PA/New Jersey area you cannot sell beer till sunrise and you have to shut down the noise at 11pm. It is easier for track owners to live on the back gate (racers entry) than work hard to promote events. Amazing that he did not care about the sanctioning bodies, he just followed the trends.
NHRA could learn some lessons. He is sorely missed.
Bret, excellent story about one of the finest men I ever met in drag racing! And his honesty was legendary.
I remember one year we ran at the Olympics at "The Grove" in funny car. At the end of the day we went to get paid so we could head back home to St. Louis. Because it had rained, the spectator count was down. Bob said, "Would you boys be upset if I shorted you $90 because I'm afraid I can't pay everybody?" We said OK and went home.
The next year we went to the Olympics and did pretty well. When we went to get paid Bob wrote us a check for $90 more than I figured we had won. I had already forgotten about the $90 from the previous year because many strip operators were known for beating you out of a little money. Bob said he would pay us back, and he did!
What a great guy! He will be missed!
At the Finish Line. Broadway Bob. Just Great. Thanks Bret.