Fast Daddy: Bob Potter Has Special Ride Along With Daughter At Stafford …
June 28, 2014 - box office
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STAFFORD – Since she was born, Ginny Gayton has watched her father going discerning on a racetrack from behind a fence.
Friday she got to knowledge a speed that has been such a pushing force in her dad’s life, and she got to do it literally adult tighten and personal.
Since a start of a 2012 racing season, mythological Modified racer Bob Potter has been a motorist behind a circle of a privately done two-seat Modified racecar, built privately to give fans rides on a lane during events during Stafford Motor Speedway.
During that camber Potter – a member of a New England Auto Racer’s Hall of Fame – has given hundreds of fans a adrenalized knowledge of a racecar roving during speed around a half-mile Stafford Speedway oval.
Friday Potter found a informed face in a newcomer chair subsequent to him in a two-seater Modified, partial of a late Father’s Day present.
Gayton had creatively designed to do her float along with her father on Jun 13, Father’s Day weekend. But when a Jun 13 eventuality got rained out, her warn present had to be postponed.
The warn remained total until Friday when Potter gathering behind into a pits after giving a fan a float and saw his daughter watchful in a firesuit during a car’s parking spot.
Gayton leaned in a car, smiled during her father and said: “Are we prepared for me?”
Potter’s grin beamed by a facade on his helmet.
“I was unequivocally surprised,” Potter said. “That was only a outrageous surprise. At initial we was thinking, we wish all goes well. we would never wish to put my daughter in harm’s way. But we don’t put anybody in harm’s way. we expostulate it tough and we shock a heck out of people. we go as tough as we can go.”
Potter, who late from racing full-time after a 1999 season, was a 2007 inductee into a New England Auto Racer’s Hall of Fame.
His achievements behind a circle between Stafford Speedway and a Waterford Speedbowl are unparalleled.
The 72-year aged Potter won 5 SK Modified multiplication championships during Stafford and ranks fourth all-time on a track’s SK Modified multiplication win list with 24 career victories. His final win during a lane came in 1999. He won championships in a multiplication in 1988, ’91, ’92, ’94 and ’95.
At Waterford Potter won 6 lane titles, 3 in a Modified multiplication (1976, ’80 and ’83) and 3 in a SK Modified multiplication (1986, ’87 and ’89). His 93 career victories arrange him third all-time during Waterford.
Friday during Stafford he got to give his daughter 4 laps around a track, reaching speeds of over 100 mph.
“I never suspicion in a million years something like this would happen, though I’m so blissful we did get to take her out,” Potter said. “My dual daughters came to each competition we ever ran. They were always there for me and that done me feel good. we was always possibly racing, or operative on my racecar or operative my pursuit so we never saw a kids unless we saw them during a racetrack. we consider partial of a reason we was as successful as we was since they were always there with me and it’s a good feeling to have your kids with we there all a time. They’re my heart.”
Gayton called a float “A dream come true.”
“It went by quick, approach too quick,” Gayton said. “Watching him only circle it out there, and that power, it’s amazing. If anybody has a possibility to do it they should. It was a coolest thing in a universe to do this. He’s always been my hero. He’s always been a best in my eyes. Today only proves to me that he does it so effortlessly. He’s only a pro during what he does and what he did. I’m happy that he can do this for other people on Friday nights.”