Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Midwest Racing Archives Remembers (Rich Vogler)

Rich Vogler (1950-1990); Hated by many, but admired by those who knew him.




Rich Vogler was the National Alliance of Midget Auto Racing (NAMAR) midget champion in 1973. He won the midget car track championships at the Indianapolis Speedrome in 1984 and 1985. He won the Fireman Nationals midget car race at Angell Park Speedway in 1985. Vogler became the first driver to win the USAC Sprint Car and Midget championships in the same year (1980).

He won USAC National Sprint Car Series championships in 1980 and 1989, USAC National Midget Series championships in 1978, 1980, 1983, 1986, and 1988.
He won numerous major national events: the Hut Hundred eight times, the 4-Crown Nationals midget car event four times, the Copper Classic twice, the Hoosierdome Invitational twice, the Florida Winter Nationals in 1983, and the Night Before the 500 once. In 1987 he won the inaugural Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

His 134 wins (95 Midget, 35 Sprint, and four Silver Crown wins) in national events is second only to A. J. Foyt's 169. Vogler had 170 total USAC wins, and won over 200 "outlaw" (non-USAC) midget races.
Rich Vogler died on July 21, 1990 while competing at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. He crashed on the last lap and died a few hours later. Because it was a red-flag lap, he was awarded the victory, his last as a race car driver.

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  1. RICH WAS A GREAT DRIVER EVERYTIME I SEEN HIM DRIVE A RACE CAR.... WISH HE WAS STILL HERE,

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