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 and other major online book retailers, in both printed and digital formats.

Our MOWER Needed A Snow Blower
Apr 19, 2018   //   by bwilber

The first annual MOWER event is in the books, even if the books are slightly tattered and worn after all the fun. Yes, the Men Of Woodbury Epic Retreat, at Larsmont on the North Shore of Lake Superior, was a roaring success, even if Mother Nature threw all she had at us. For hosts Joe Gillis and Scott Meehan, and for Terry Blake, David Jacobsen, Mitch Martin, and my own self, it was every bit the “Epic” indicated by the “E” in the acronym title.

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Meet Mr. Consistency
Apr 12, 2018   //   by bwilber

We started to see it in Gainesville. After rough outings at both Pomona and Phoenix, and after a very useful test session on the Monday after the Phoenix race, Del Worsham’s Funny Car began its progression to the sort of ultra-consistency one would expect out of a sportsman car with a dial-in written on the window with shoe polish. In Gainesville, it was uncanny. This past weekend in Las Vegas, it was even more so. Run after run.

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Vegas Bound, With Extra Earplugs!
Apr 5, 2018   //   by bwilber

Greetings from seat 2-D on my Delta flight to Las Vegas, typing on an uneven tray table while jetting westward. If I’m ever in another band (I won’t be) that could be a good name for it. “Ladies and gentlemen, here they are! Jetting Westward!” There actually is a band called Stabbing Westward, and there was a fun band back in the New Wave era called Go West, so maybe not. But maybe. And hey, if I put my right knee on the edge of this tray table, by making my right foot be on tiptoes, I can even it out. 

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What Day Is It? It’s Opening Day!
Mar 29, 2018   //   by bwilber

Today is Thursday, March 29, 2018. Yes, it’s Thursday Blog Day. Yes, for sports fans, the NHL and NBA regular seasons are wrapping up and the playoffs are just around the corner. It’s almost April, so the weather is about as “all over the board” as it gets during any part of the year. Those warm fronts that make it feel so much like Spring?  You know it’s here but it can quickly be erased by the last great blasts of Canadian air. This Sunday is Easter and April Fool’s Day all wrapped up into one. I’m assuming there will be a few tweets that combine the two in gag fashion.

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Great Gainesville Getaway
Mar 22, 2018   //   by bwilber

Gosh and golly, Gainesville was great. You’re welcome for that alliterative start to this blog installment, and all the words in that opening sentence were true, for the fans, for NHRA, for the racers themselves, and for Del Worsham. Kudos are handed out to everyone!

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