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nodust
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Well. at least he shaved for this photo! Funny!

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Man that pic brings back a few memories!!! I was at the Nationals that year when Manzardo held off Steve K for the first part of the race,,, talk about the place pulling for the underdog, the stands were going wild!! especially when Manzardo diamond back under Kinser to momentarily retake the lead... The pictures really don't do the car justice,, it was even uglier in person but damn was that 'ol girl fast!!! Wonder what ever happened to it???

Brian



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August 05, 2008 at 12:55:46 PM
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" Wonder what ever happened to it???"

If I recall correctly it was in the Hall of Fame museum a few years ago complete with a manequin in his drivers suit and a stuffed mutt like the one Carmen always had with him.



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More than anything else, that race was big in changing the format of the Nationals. Used to be, you started the qualifying feature based on your time, and where you finished didn't matter in the heat, other than points. There was no B main, and despite his good run, Manzardo never got to run the feature that night because of his qualifying time:

8/9/84

Doty Wins Thursday Preliminary Feature at Knoxville Amid Controversy

by Bob Wilson

Knoxville, IA – It is never officially a Knoxville Nationals without a little controversy, some unique entertainment, and an underdog winner. Thursday night at the 24th running of the event, the near capacity crowd at the Knoxville Raceway witnessed each ingredient.

The controversy arose when the official winner of the qualifying feature event was protested. The entertainment was a trackside wedding directly before the ill-fated feature and the underdog winner proved to be a super-modified driver from Illinois.

In the feature event, Oklahoma's Shane Carson looked to be on his way to garner the 200 points and the $1,500 the race offered, as he led the distance through the first eighteen laps. Coming out of turn four on the next circuit, the Carson sprinter bumped the tail of a lapped car and went into a lazy spin.

Second place Steve Kinser, who had been closely following the Carson mount, narrowly avoided disaster as he nearly looped his car in close quarters to the outside of Carson. The yellow flag was thrown to insure the rest of the field of cars was aware of what appeared to be a potentially dangerous situation. However, both Carson and Kinser managed to keep their sprinters going, but not until several other front runners got by them.

When the race was restarted, officials aligned the cars by the way they were running on the previous lap. That finish found Carson, Kinser, Brad Doty, Doug Wolfgang and Jeff Swindell coming across the line in that order.

After the race, Doty lodged a formal protest as to the results. Director of Racing, Ralph Capitani and World of Outlaws officials, Ted Johnson and Beryl Christian, held informal trackside discussions to determine the outcome.

Nearly two hours later, after reviewing video tape of the race and calling in the drivers involved for private discussion, the official finish was finally reached. That finish gave Doty the victory, followed by Kinser, Wolfgang and Swindell. Carson was placed fifth.

On the lighter, yet just as serious side, Greg Easley and Katie Thomas, both longtime race fans from Missouri, were joined together in matrimony. 9000 race fans witnessed their exchange of vows on the victory stand in front of the grandstand. Sammy Swindell and his sister were best man and maid of honor respectively.

Carmen Manzardo, of McHenry, Illinois, stole the hearts of nearly everyone in attendance as he drove his outdated and highly undermatched super-modified to a second place finish in the fourth heat event. Manzardo held off the hard charges of Steve Kinser for four laps as the entire audience stood cheering in disbelief.

Results

Time Trials: 1. 29, Doug Wolfgang, Sioux Falls, SD, 17.737; 2. 11, Steve Kinser, Bloomington, IN, 17.973; 3. 80, Jeff Swindell, Memphis, TN, 18.068; 4. 51s, Shane Carson, Oklahoma City, OK, 18.076; 5. 23s, Tod Bishop, Harrisburg, IL, 18.219; 6. 5m, Danny Smith, Danville, IN, 18.277; 7. 1a, Bobby Allen, Hanover, PA, 18.293; 8. 75, Brad Doty, Kittanning, PA, 18.294; 9. 78, Tim Green, Sacramento, CA, 18.299; 10. 83, Jac Haudenschild, Millersburg, OH, 18.395; 11. 10c, Dave Blaney, Hartford, OH, 18.465; 12. 12V, Randy Sears, Raytown, MO, 18.566; 13. 2x, Rick Ungar, Memphis, TN, 18.571; 14. 5J, Jack Hewitt, Troy, OH, 18.580; 15. 88x, Tim Gee, Jamestown, IN, 18.623; 16. 77N, Cliff Woodward, Kearney, MO, 18.639; 17. 112, Jerry Potter, Kansas City, MO, 18.655; 18. 23, Greg Wooley, Oklahoma City, OK, 18.723; 19. 22, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO, 18.746; 20. 08, Jon Johnson, Utica, KS, 18.767; 21. 51, Mark Kinser, Oolitic, IN, 18.810; 22. 91sm, Richard Griffin, Tempe, AZ, 18.817; 23. 1c, John Pearson, Stockton, CA, 19.031; 24. 65, Mike Peters, Wichita, KS, 19.074; 25. 88, Bob Hop, Mendota, MN, 19.117; 26. 1TX, Bobby Marshall, Allen, TX, 19.200; 27. 1, Rick Weld, Kansas City, MO, 19.275; 28. 38J, Rick Montgomery, Lakewood, CO, 19.417; 29. 18L, Gabby Lusk, Jackson, MN, 19.479; 30. 9, John McCoy, Knoxville, IA, 19.552; 31. 16A, Leonard Lee, El Cajon, CA, 19.602; 32. 21c, Carmen Manzardo, McHenry, IL, 19.641; 33. 50, Curt Grogan, Kansas City, MO, 19.646; 34. 11m, Ken McCarty, Green River, WY, 19.697; 35. 33, Bill Smith, Worthington, MN, 19.741; 36. 4c, Dick Coburn, Muskego, WI, 19.807; 37. 20x, Hawkeye Strobel, Sigourney, IA, 19.818; 38. 10A, Charlie Brown, Glendale, AZ, 19.830; 39. 8, Jim Grafton, Des Moines, IA, 19.839; 40. 29Z, Jon Barger, Madison, SD, 20.056; 41. 8x, Kenny McCarl, Des Moines, IA, 20.357; 42. 120, Bruce Drottz, Mitchellville, IA, 20.472; 43. 1D, Jerry Johnston, Rapid City, SD, 20.491; 44. 00, Bobby Ensminger, West Burlington, IA, 20.638; 45. U2, Mike Johnson, Concord, CA, 21.057; 46. 25, Rick McClure, Cincinnati, IA, 21.644; 47. 3G, Scott Fegter, Grand Island, NE, 22.171; 48. 0, Rick Ferkel, Findlay, OH, NT; 49. 2, Galen Martin, Fairfield, IA, NT; 50. 3, Terry Alexander, Knoxville, IA, NT; 51. 4, Todd Mack, East Grand Forks, ND, NT; 52. 21J, Sonny Smyser, Lancaster, MO, NT; 53. 30c, Richard Crook, Oskaloosa, IA, NT; 54. 80N, Marlon Jones, Sioux Falls, SD, NT.

Heat one (started, *qualified for feature), 10 laps, NT: 1. Jac Haudenschild (7*) 2. Jon Johnson (5*) 3. Bob Hop (4) 4. Tim Gee (6*) 5. Tod Bishop (8*) 6. Jon Barger (1) 7. Bill Smith (2) 8. John McCoy (3) 9. Mike Johnson (9)

Heat two (started, *qualified for feature), 10 laps, 3:14.2: 1. Jack Hewitt (6*) 2. Shane Carson (8*) 3. Tim Green (7*) 4. Danny Lasoski (5*) 5. Mike Peters (4) 6. Ken McCarty (2) 7. Jim Grafton (1) 8. Gabby Lusk (3) DNS – Bobby Ensminger

Heat three (started, *qualified for feature), 10 laps, NT: 1. Brad Doty (7*) 2. Jeff Swindell (8*) 3. Greg Wooley (5*) 4. Rick Ungar (6*) 5. Curt Grogan (2) 6. Charlie Brown (1) 7. John Pearson (4) 8. Rick Montgomery (3) 9. Jerry Johnston (9)

Heat four (started, *qualified for feature), 10 laps, NT: 1. Steve Kinser (8*) 2. Carmen Manzardo (2) 3. Jerry Potter (5*) 4. Bobby Allen (7*) 5. Rick Weld (3) 6. Richard Griffin (4) 7. Hawkeye Strobel (1) 8. Bruce Drottz (10) 9. Scott Fegter (9) 10. Randy Sears (6)

Heat five (started, *qualified for feature), 10 laps, NT: 1. Doug Wolfgang (8*) 2. Danny Smith (7*) 3. Mark Kinser (4*) 4. Dave Blaney (6*) 5. Cliff Woodward (5*) 6. Bobby Marshall (3) 7. Leonard Lee (2) 8. Dick Coburn (1) 9. Kenny McCarl (10) 10. Rick McClure (9)

A main (started), 20 laps, NT: 1. Brad Doty (6) 2. Steve Kinser (2) 3. Doug Wolfgang (1) 4. Jeff Swindell (3) 5. Shane Carson (4) 6. Tim Green (10) 7. Rick Ungar (13) 8. Jac Haudenschild (7) 9. Danny Smith (5) 10. Jack Hewitt (11) 11. Greg Wooley (16) 12. Tod Bishop (8) 13. Danny Lasoski (19) 14. Bobby Allen (9) 15. Jerry Potter (15) 16. Jon Johnson (17) 17. Mark Kinser (20) 18. Tim Gee (14) 19. Cliff Woodward (18) 20. Dave Blaney (12). Lap Leaders: Carson 1-20.


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Speedbump
August 05, 2008 at 03:38:45 PM
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Duane, you know where that car is don't you?



maddog53
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The last I saw the car was at Wilmot, last year for a IRA reunion of drivers and cars from the past.



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Posted By: Speedbump on August 05 2008 at 03:38:45 PM

Duane, you know where that car is don't you?



I restored the car many years ago. It spent several years in gront of my office and some time in the Hall of Fame with Carmenrs faithful one eyed friend Buddy who was mounted after his death for the display.

I sent the car back to Illinois to Carmen.

As you may or may not know, Carmen was severly injured in a highwayt accident 9 years ago and really could use our help as he has not been able to race.

Carmen has the car for sale now to help get living money.

Carmen is a great story and he should be in the Knoxville Raceway HoF without a doubt.

 


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nonwing48
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I never had the chance to watch Carmen race since i was to young though i do remember seeing the car with the manequin at nationals one year and got to asking about it and what a great story. Duanne since you seem to have contact with him why dont we faithful racers send donations to you or maybe you could set it up for him in his hometown and we could all help him out im sure he would apppreciate it and let him know he has not been forgotten by the racing community this would probably mean more to him than beating Kinser that night. I know this will take some of your time and you will have more invested in this than us who want to help out with some donations. If you could just post where to send it i think he might get the help he needs come on people we really cant let him sell his racecar because that car is a big part of knoxville raceways history as far as im concerned and he deserves to own it.



nodust
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Posted By: nonwing48 on August 05 2008 at 07:20:46 PM

I never had the chance to watch Carmen race since i was to young though i do remember seeing the car with the manequin at nationals one year and got to asking about it and what a great story. Duanne since you seem to have contact with him why dont we faithful racers send donations to you or maybe you could set it up for him in his hometown and we could all help him out im sure he would apppreciate it and let him know he has not been forgotten by the racing community this would probably mean more to him than beating Kinser that night. I know this will take some of your time and you will have more invested in this than us who want to help out with some donations. If you could just post where to send it i think he might get the help he needs come on people we really cant let him sell his racecar because that car is a big part of knoxville raceways history as far as im concerned and he deserves to own it.



I will forward Any thing sent to me, I know Carmen is very depressed over this whole deal.

IF people were in the McHenry Il area, a vist would mean the world to him also.

Thank you

Duane

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chuckthetruck
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Posted By: Faster Pussycat on August 05 2008 at 10:57:02 AM



he said Manzardo, not Miranda!


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What a coincidence you should ask. Last night when I got home from work I picked up an old magazine from my collection so I'd have something to page through while I was in the...... Anyways, I randomly selected the April 1983 issue of Open Wheel. There was an article about the IRA in there and they had photos of Carmen and that old home built Supermodified he used to drive. That was before the IRA started coming up to my area so I never saw the thing live but it looks like it was quite the machine to be able to compete against Sprint Cars. Whoever built that thing must have known what they were doing to make it light and fast enough to keep up.


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Carmen built that car didn't he?




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Interesting stuff in the old results... Marlon, or is it Marion? Jones in a # 80N? Was he driving for Vance Peterson that year?

Jon Barger in #29Z? Did Jon drive for Gary Zitterich once upon a time?

AND Bill Smith was there in the #33! Cool!



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Carmen built that car didn't he?



It looks home built so that would be my assumption. That had to be the last surviving Supermodified just about anywhere. I don't remember many being around past the 60's.


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Posted By: StanM on August 06 2008 at 09:30:37 PM

It looks home built so that would be my assumption. That had to be the last surviving Supermodified just about anywhere. I don't remember many being around past the 60's.



Stan-

They raced the super modifieds up in Wisconsin until last year I think...Out here on the west coast, they raced them into the late 80's in San Jose. Those dirt supers were always my favorite class...even the ugly ones like the "batmobile" pictured above. They were always unique, which was the appeal to me.




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Thanks Duane you will be receiving a check from me. Come on everyone lets help Carmen im positive it will be very appreciative. Every little bit will help and i would like to say thanks to everyone who helps.





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