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HEDGER: The Long Look

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — Racing season is a difficult time to find the minutes and hours needed to read a book, even if it’s really good. But we finally had the opportunity to dive into Dave Argabright’s latest effort, “On Top of the World,” and it was indeed worth the time and effort.

Another in Dave’s series of outstanding “as told to” books, this collaboration with late model superstar Larry Moore gives great insight into both the world of late models and the thought process of a driver who was as good on asphalt as he was on the often more lucrative dirt.

Moore developed into a nationally known figure at the same time as the late models went from radically improved Camaros to outlandish wedge cars and on to the slab sided, high horsepower featherweights seen today, so the tome follows two story lines as his career progresses. Whether you’re a “car guy” or a “personality person,” you’ll enjoy the journey.

We could not help but think how the fleet Midwesterner resembled a pair of Yankees we have always admired. The late Richie Evans and still racing at 70-plus Bentley Warren were also superb talents who worked harder than anyone else at racing, then cut loose after the speedway lights went out. Moore seems to have been cast in the same mold.

Like so many other short-track heroes totally focused on winning next week or next month, Moore got to the end of his career before realizing he was good enough to go to NASCAR and make some serious money. But that realization takes nothing away from his accomplishments, including three wins in the World 100, not to mention that a change in course would have meant that events that spawned many of his great stories never would have occurred.

We enjoyed both Moore’s personal story and his descriptions of such icons of the sport as Ed Howe and Earl Baltes immensely and think you will too. Google American Scene Press and check it out.

Posted by on Aug 8 2014 Filed under Columns, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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