It's been a "great" racing season for Dave Mader III and he believes it can continue on that level when the 20th annual World Classic is contested at Birmingham Int'l Raceway on Nov 10-11.
"We've had a great year as far as racing is concerned," the Mobile resident said. "We won four o the 11 race down here, which includes six at Mobile and five at Pensacola. We ran second about three times and third a couple of times. Yes, sir, it has been a great year."
Can he win at his old home track?
"Oh, yes," Mader said. "I don't see any reason we can't win there. There will be a lot of good cars, but everywhere we go there are a lot of good cars.
Mader started racing in 1972, and he has won 224 feature events. "I've had a good career," he said. His father Dave Mader Jr., also was a Birmingham racer.
"Little Dave," as Mader III is known, races for Bobby Ray Jones, a Birmingham area car owner, and won 28 races in 1978and 22 in 1979. As good as the 2006 season has been, he is looking forward to 2007 being even better. Maybe as productive as those season in the 1970's.
Dave Mader's #30 (51 Photos)
"We've been struggling in the engine department," Mader said. "We're changing engines. The engine we have now is an old Busch Series motor. We need one that's up to date so we can be even with the guys we're racing against. I told Steve Hall, one of my car owners, that next season we could have a year like 1978 and 1979. I'm terribly excited about finishing up this year and getting ready for next year.
The race is being held in the memory of Charlie Bradberry, who won the last two World Classics. Bradberry lost his life in a passenger car accident this year.
Dave Mader III
Mader grew up in the Birmingham area and was a dominator in weekly shows at BIR, but he is no longer a regular at the fairgrounds track. "We came to Birmingham earlier in the year but it got rained out," he said.
"I've been trying to remember when my last win at Birmingham was. It was about 10 years ago at least. But that's my home, and it always will be. It had been good many years since I had won at Pensacola, too, but I got that barrier behind me."
Also as it being held on Veterans Day weekend all Veterans will be admitted free to the grandstands for this event.
A 150 lap race for the Super Late Models will be the premier race of the World Classic on Nov 11. It will pay $10,000 to the winner. That's night's program also will include a 100 lapper for the O'Reilly Supertruck Series, a 50 lap Open wheel modified event, 30 laps for the sportsman, 30 laps for the Mini Modifieds, a 20 lap for the Street Stocks and a 20 lap event for the Buzz division. Racing will begin at 6 pm
The Nov 10 schedule includes qualifying for the Super Late Models, O'Reilly Supertrucks and Open Wheel Modifieds with features for the Sportsman, Mini Modifieds, Street Stocks and Buzz cars. Gates will open at 6 pm with qualifying at 7 pm and race time at 8 pm.
Some of the drivers that are expected include Dave Mader III, Ken McFarland, Johnny Brazier, Augie Grill, Josh Hamner, Andy Antinoro and Larry Speakman.
Promoter B J Parker said he expected 30 cars will start the Super Late Model event.
For More information contact B J Parker at 205-674-7305 or www.bir-racing.com