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.

Welcome to 40
Oct 11, 2018   //   by bwilber

Today’s weekly blog installment has a headline that reads “Welcome to 40” but it has nothing to do with age. I’m way past 40. When I was 40, people who were being born at that time are now in college or beyond. How’s that for making my own bad self feel old and decrepit. No, it has to do solely with the weather. It’s still only October 11 and right now it’s 40 degrees in Woodbury with a stiff breeze making it feel much chillier. Yes, this is early. Heck, it was 90 here just a couple of weeks ago!

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Rings And Things
Oct 4, 2018   //   by bwilber

Greetings, blog faithful, on yet another Thursday in our long history of Thursdays. No big breaking news or recent huge stories to tell, this time around, but I’ve dug through the closet to come up with some fun trivia and hopefully some entertaining photos. The only racing news this week is that the NHRA Mello Yello tour will be at the Texas Motorplex, south of Dallas, and this year I won’t be one of the many people in attendance. I did book my flight for Las Vegas, though, so by the end of the month I’ll be back out there.

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Of Dr. Jobe, New Books, and some Q&A
Sep 27, 2018   //   by bwilber

The name is Dr. Frank Jobe. Ever heard of him? He was born on July 16, 1925. He passed away on March 6, 2014. He was an orthopedic surgeon. He ended up saving arms and careers.

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A Fine SoCal Experience
Sep 20, 2018   //   by bwilber

Hello blog faithful! Another Thursday is upon us, and right up front I’ll get to the point about the NHRA St. Louis race, which begins tomorrow. It’s hard to believe, even for me, but I’m not going to attend. We have a ton of stuff going on here in Woodbury, and it was a late entry decision for Del to make, so I have decided to save the money and not be there in person. I can follow along on All-Access, and plan to do that, but the air fares were kind of nuts for STL and I just got back from a pricey trip to Southern California. It’s a bit of a long drive, too, so that was not an option. Had we not just gone down to St. Louis for my birthday in June, it would’ve been a harder decision to make. I’ll miss everyone, and I’ll miss the chance to be “home” once again, but it’s the prudent decision.

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SoCal In The Morning
Sep 13, 2018   //   by bwilber

Yep, the NHRA Mello Yello tour is off to Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. this weekend. I, however, will be heading in the opposite direction. As mentioned in last week’s blog, I’m instead flying to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. for a bit of sightseeing and info gathering. It’s a “location scouting” visit for the new book that is officially underway. The trip will help me get a real feel for where my SoCal character grew up, went to school, and surfed. And to make it even better, I’m having lunch with Jeff Morton on Saturday. Jeff is Director of Advertising Sales for NHRA and he’s big into baseball in Southern California. He should be, because his son Kale was a left-handed pitcher at Glendora High, then went the University of Arizona before transferring back home to play his final three seasons at Azusa Pacific University, where he had a fine career.

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