Bob Wilber grew up aspiring to follow in his father’s baseball footsteps, and while he was able to secure a full college scholarship and later spend parts of six years in professional ball, as a player, coach, and scout, his mother’s writing, communications, and public relations skills were what eventually defined his career. After a successful and adventurous sports-marketing trek through the sports-apparel business, agency work, and professional indoor soccer, he saw his first drag race as he closed in on his 40th birthday. Little did he know that he’d go on to spend 20 consecutive years as a team manager and PR representative for Del Worsham and then Tim Wilkerson, two of the most popular Funny Car drivers on the NHRA tour. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Bob ended his drag racing run in order to take on an important personal assignment. Over the course of 2016 he wrote his autobiography, entitled “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” and submitted it to the publisher in early February. It was released in late May, 2017 and is available on Amazon.com and other major online book retailers, in both printed and digital formats.

And The Winner Is…
Nov 16, 2017   //   by bwilber

I wrote about this topic earlier this week, briefly, in a Facebook post. It’s hard to do much more than write about something briefly on Facebook, but at least it’s a good venue and platform for showing photos. The topic was this: Over the decades, too many people to count have asked me, “What’s your favorite track on the NHRA tour?” To be diplomatic, I’d usually respond with something like, “Oh gosh, there’s so many I like it’s impossible to pick just one.”

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Memories of Finals Past
Nov 9, 2017   //   by bwilber

Welcome to Thursday Blog Day, the November 9, 2017 edition. Tomorrow, I will board a big metal tube with wings and miraculously fly from Minneapolis to Los Angeles while enjoying WiFi and lunch in seat 2D. I will get my rental car out at the National lot about a mile from the LAX terminal, then will drive to Pomona using the following directions, written here in pure SoCal “freeway speak.” I’ll take Sepulveda Ave. to the 105. The 105 to the 605. The 605 to the 10. Then I’ll exit at Fairplex Dr. and head to the hotel. I land around 4:00, so depending on L.A. traffic I could arrive at the hotel by 5:30, or conceivably around 10:30. You never know.

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A 7-Day Chronological Rehash
Nov 2, 2017   //   by bwilber

Hello again, blog faithful. Welcome to yet another Thursday Blog Day as we near the two-year mark for this version of my blog, after 10+ years over at NHRA.com. One week ago I was getting ready to fly to Las Vegas, and about to dive into a new book, “Bull In The Ring” by fellow St. Louis U. High alum Joe Castellano. It’s been a remarkably interesting week.

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The Oncoming Chill And Memories That Never Fade
Oct 26, 2017   //   by bwilber

It’s October 26, as I write this. All around these parts, whether you’re talking about Woodbury, the Twin Cities, or Minnesota in general, people know what’s coming. It may come early, it may come late. It may be brutal, it may be mild. But it’s coming. It’s winter. You can almost smell it.

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From DFW To U of M
Oct 19, 2017   //   by bwilber

It’s October 19 in Minnesota and I have all the windows open. I’m seated on our comfy white leather chair in my lower-level office with the sliding door pulled all the way to the left. Boofus is sitting on the floor, watching the leaves skitter around the patio like brightly colored crabs on the beach. Buster is upstairs, in the upper level of his kitty condo, curled into a ball. He’s good at that. Did I mention it’s October 19 in Minnesota? It is. And it’s 73 degrees. 

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