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Topic: I.M.C.A. names new tech inspector for Late Models
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posted February 25, 2002 01:56 AM
I.M.C.A. names new tech inspector for Late Models
VINTON, Iowa - Bo knew football and Bo knew baseball, but it's Bob who knows Late Mod-els.
Bob Burrell is the new Late Model tech inspector for I.M.C.A., bringing 40-plus years of experience in and around racing to the position.
"I've always liked Late Models. They're good looking cars and you have to have them set up right to win," Burrell said. "The most important things about this job are maintaining consistency right across the board and implementing the rules. Rules are there to keep the competition fair, not to penalize anybody."
Burrell will oversee pre-and post-race tech at each event in the Deery Brothers Summer Series He'll also work with promoters and track officials at tracks where the I.M.C.A.-sanc-tioned division runs as part of regular weekly pro-grams.
A retired tool and die maker for the John Deere Co., Burrell is from Traer and got his first hands-on experience work-ing on pit crews at Waterloo's Tunis Speedway.
He and buddy Joe Schaefer built the late model that Shafer raced at numerous eastern Iowa tracks. Burrell said he "dabbled" as a driver himself, often in me-chanics' races
"I've always been im-pressed by drivers who can read a track and know what changes they need to make in their set-up," he said. "Dirt track racing is unique in that a driver can take a couple laps, go back and make a few changes, then get back on the track and run even faster laps."
Burrell worked for a tire dealer on the World of Outlaws Series for five years. He and wife Karla - they'll celebrate their 39th anniversary on April 6 - have traveled extensively, attending races from the Central States to the East Coast.
"The position with I.M.C.A. is one that I feel will allow me to contribute something to racing," said Burrell. "You can see that I.M.C.A. is truly dedicated to keeping the cost of rac-ing under control. I want to help perpetuate that."