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this is a quotefrom a southern florida newspaper is this the same gary ballough that used to race around here and every where else? I thought he was arrested for drug trafficking? The story was written apr. 28 for the sun sentinel.

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Speedracer, by all reports I am getting from racing enthusiasts, Gary Balough was incarcerated in Florida last year and is not due to get out until 2010. Year before last, Sanders drove for Tracy Goodson and did not bring his car to MIS. I think you must have Gary Balough confused with someone else or you are thinking about several years ago.

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Speedracer, I have talked to several MIS fans, and not one of them remembers Gary Balough racing at MIS during the last two years. A couple have told me that he was a guest of the State of Florida during this time. Maybe you have your dates mixed up or even the wrong track. I am not going to say any more on this subject.

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Here is some info that I found on the net:

 

Dennis 08/09/05

Here is an update that I found off the Federal Prison database. He's in a minimum security prison in Pennsacola Florida with a scheduled release date of 2010.

 

Randy Sands 11/15/04

He (Gary) was at Hialeah Speedway last weekend looking at my outlaw modified and talking to my dad. Wish I knew it was gary, would have been great to talk to a racing legend that I grew up watching race around Fla. short tracks........

 

 

From 3-Wide 08/01/04

(Todd Lewis emailed me on 8/1/04? that Gary had just recentely been arrested again on drug charges and was expected to be facing jail time as a result of the current troubles combined with his previous arrest. I chose not to post it at the time as I wasn't sure if it had been confirmed. Unfortunately, Todd was on the mark as the info has been confirmed. What a shame...)

 

 

 

Jim Murrow: 06/29/03:

I don’t know exactly what he’s doing right now, but, he raced down south in the 80s, and got into Winston Cup. Then, he was convicted of drug charges and sent to prison. As Balough tells the story, when the arrest happened, he’d been signed to drive the #28 car for Harry Ranier. Waddell Wilson was the crew chief, and Robert Yates built the motors. - Benny Parsons ended up in it. I guess that was about 1981. Gary had won a national championship with NASCAR’s All-Pro circuit, where he won 14 out of 22 races, but that was after the conviction, and he was awaiting sentencing.

He came to Syracuse in 2000, and didn’t run well. In an interview he gave at the time, he said he had served 45½ months in jail, and it had cost him his marriage, and his career in Winston Cup.

He said when he got out of jail, he took his 7-year-old car and went to Summerville, South Carolina, for a 200-lap All-Pro race, sat on the pole, and won the race, and he also said that in 1996 he drove Pee Wee Griffin’s Late Model, and won 67 out of 79 races in it.

I heard he was working with some late model, ARCA, and Busch teams over the last few years, as a consultant, crew chief, or whatever. I imagine he still drives a bit, too.

 

 

 

Jim Murrow: 07/01/03

One other thing I didn't mention, and probably should have is that, as far as I know, Gary didn't take any drugs. He was involved with several others in racing, in, as I understand it, importing the stuff. He said he did it to fund his racing.

Damn shame. He was a great talent, at the top of his game, and just about to get his big break.

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Just asked Nancy@mis about Gary racing at MIS, and she said they would have known if he did. She also said he has not raced there for several years. The internet will tell you when Gary gets out, but it don't tell when he was incarcerated. At the age of 58 now, he will be in his 60's when he is freed. Still plenty of time to do some racing. Hope to see the 112 on the track again someday.

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I bet the 2 barrell car that Speedracer is referring to was Augie Grill. That would have been right about the time that Augie flipped off of turn 2. He hasn't been back to MIS since. I haven't been to Mobile much over the last few years, but I do keep up with things through message boards and racing buddies, and that would have been some big news. I would bet good money that Balough did not race at Mobile over the last few years.

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Gary Balough

 

Since there has been a long discussion in this forum about Gary Balough, I have posted a story of my memories regarding Gary on the Texas Racing History Forum.

 

I hope you enjoy it.

 

Neil Upchurch

Former Race Director

Texas Race of Champions at TWS

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Nancy and Ida Fields, owner of MIS, both say Balough has not raced at MIS in years. (Mobilespeedway.com forums page). I in no way believe a driver as famous as Gary could fly under the radar and not be recognized by the other drivers or people in the pits. If you supposedly recognized him, don't you think others would have also, especially the promoter?

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