Today’s NASCAR fan’s are not as savvy to how NASCAR evolved into the sport it is presently. With all the hype and media being in the front row of the right now races, I guess we “oldster’s” have to take it as it is. The sport has evolved into the most popular sport in the United States. I do think it’s up to us, as long term racing fans, to educate the newest generation of fans, on the who’s, what’s and how’s that brought the sport to be.
RacersReunion.com brings the respect back to NASCAR. The site gives presence to the Legendary Racer’s,”The “Good Ol’ Boys”, in the way they should be honored. It gives them the voice to teach us and RacersReunion.com gives us all a richer look at history. Racers Reunion Radio allows me to feel like a student, sitting in front of The Wisemen. I will be featuring the site and upcoming events in the next few days.
Some of the biggest innovations that these driver’s brought to the sport are safety advances. All Racer’s are brave, but the driver’s of today look cowardly in comparison to what the driver’s of yesterday faced, in order to pursue the dreams of speed and the ultimate prize, the elusive Checkered Flag. The driver’s then, drove because they had talent, not money. It was the prerequisite, unlike today. Money first, talent second. NA$CAR.
Maynard Troyer was one of those driver’s. Maynard Troyer’s hard driving style made him one of the most feared drivers in the Northeast modified ranks. The original Intimidator. The Spencerport, NY driver competed in fourteen Winston Cup Series events in his career, earning three top-tens. All but one of Troyer’s starts came during the 1971 season, when he finished 38th in points. Troyer didn’t waste any time getting going, debuting in the Daytona 500 Qualifier event (then a points race). Starting 11th in the field of thirty-one, Troyer completed all but one lap and his marvelous eighth place finish allowed him to transfer into the Daytona 500. But the 500 started a bit of a tough streak for Troyer, only finishing one of his next five races. That rough spot ended in a perfect time for Troyer, who finished 14th or better in three straight races. During that time, Troyer had an 8th place run at Trenton and a career-best 4th place effort at Michigan. But once again a great run began a downward spiral, as Troyer finished no better than 28th in his final four starts of the year.
Troyer’s NASCAR final race came in the 1973 season, and it turned out to be a mix of Troyer’s previous successes and struggles. Starting 21st in the grand Daytona 500, Troyer had an engine let go late, but still managed to finish a respectable 23rd.
Maynard Troyer lived through one of the worst wrecks in history. Let us remember this video when we begin whining about the lack of excitement traded for safety in the CORN car.
Today, Maynard Troyer owns Troyer Machine. Troyer Machine originally went into biz in 1982. He started the machine shop in a small portion of the buildingthat housed his successful car building business.The original purpose of the company was to manufacture car parts that just weren’t available at that time. The company purchased several machines upon its creation, and soon began designing and producing parts that were well ahead of their time. As a result, producing innovative, reliable racing parts became the primary focus of Troyer Machine.
Thanks for all you have done for racing, Mr. Toyer. Some fans appreciate what you have done. The fans that don’t yet, someday will.