ChuckLicata Posted May 2, 2005 Report Share Posted May 2, 2005 Hey folks... Here's part of an email some of us got from Mr. Bob Lyle...the gentleman whom we asked that you send a "get well, come racing soon" email... It just goes to show how INCREDIBLE the racing family in Texas is!!!!!! Those of you who sent him an email, thank you...you certainly lifted his sprits, enough that he REALLY hopes to get out to THR this season.. While Mr. Lyle was nice enough to say a couple kind words about me...this is NOT about me--it's about YOU, the wonderful folks on the racing community!! I hope you all give yourselves a pat on the back..this is the kind of message that should give you a good feeling about yourself..no doubt, you're all VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE... ========================= I cannot begin to express my thanks for all the get-well-soon email I've received over the past few days from the racing community members all over the state of Texas. I've heard from racers, crew members, owners, announcers, photographers and a few fans, too! I was completely mystified as to the source of my sudden notoriety, but I got a few clues in an email from Lori B in Tyler. She recommended I check out the Texas Speedzone web site..and the David Starr web site and that I listen to Chuck Licata on KVET-AM radio on Sunday morning. I started off with a couple of Google searches on my pc and it's amazing what you can find on the Internet! I found a couple of excellent web sites and I discovered the source of my sudden "15 minutes of fame" was none other than Chuck Licata and a posting he made after meeting my daughter a few nights ago! I had no idea what was going on, just that I was receiving get-well wishes and prayers from total strangers all throughout the racing community! I know these are a great group of people because I've been involved with stock car racing since I was a baby...and that was a LONG time ago! My father (Gene Lyle) used to race with AJ Foyt (among others) at the Playland Park racetrack in Houston when I was a kid. He passed away in 1961 at the age of 38 from a heart attack, attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning damaging his heart. He left behind a wife and 7 children and the two of us older sons have maintained the love of racing that he passed on to us. My older brother ran late-models in the Jonesboro, Arkansas area in the late 70's - early 80's but I spent those years in the USAF and was never able to afford to "go racing" at any higher level than local bracket drag-racing while stationed in Georgia. I've lived in the Austin area since 1980 and used to attend the races at the old Longhorn Speedway, then switched to the dirt track in Waco when Longhorn shut down. I've been attending the races at Thunder Hill Raceway for the past couple of years and love the action there! As all of you know, I've had some serious health issues over the past year and they have kept me from attending many events, although I did make it out several times early last season. I'm especially susceptible to the heat, so it's tough to get out much when it's summertime in Texas, although those snow-cones at the track sure do make it more bearable! I wanted to take this chance to personally thank you all for the heartfelt wishes and prayers you've delivered to a complete stranger... Yes, I even listened to "The MZone" as Lori recommended...and heard Chuck recount his tale of meeting my daughter Patti and how it can to pass that I got all this attention. What a guy...to take a trivial piece of information he learns in the checkout lane at the grocery store and make the time to not only post it in a request for the entire racing community to help out, but to mention it on his radio talk show! I'm not ashamed to admit that I was embarrassed and I cried when I heard it on the air! My health issues notwithstanding, I'll be back out at Thunder Hill Raceway come Hell or high water...and SOON! Thank you to all the people who responded to Chuck's plea and took time out of their busy schedules to write to me, sending me those 'get-well-soon' wishes and sending their prayers my way, too! You'll never know how special it makes me feel..and how special I think you all are! May God bless you all and keep you safe. Many Thanks, Bob Lyle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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