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.

What A Year It’s Been
Sep 8, 2016   //   by bwilber

Roughly one year ago, over the Labor Day weekend in 2015, my life changed in many ways. I was, of course, at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, working for Team Wilkerson and doing my best to keep the PR standards high while I also interacted with our sponsors and guests in my ongoing attempt to keep everyone happy and engaged. It was my seventh U.S. Nationals with Tim and the team, after 12 consecutive years with Del Worsham. Counting some earlier forays with various teams I did contract work for, it was my 23rd U.S. Nationals overall.

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Welcome To September
Sep 1, 2016   //   by bwilber

Somewhat unbelievably, today is September 1. Where on Earth did the summer go? Is it really time for the U.S. Nationals? Is that slight ache in the pit of my stomach a reaction to seeing school buses on the streets? Will it snow tomorrow? Can the “Infield Fly Rule” be applied if the pop-up drifts foul?

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A Big Time In Brainerd
Aug 25, 2016   //   by bwilber

Happy Thursday Blog Day, everyone. I’m back from Brainerd and still kind of glowing about it. It was my fourth visit to a race this year, which lends further credence to the Facebook post my former colleague Lachelle Seymour wrote, which stated, “You’re failing at being retired from drag racing.” Considering I’ve visited four tracks so far and plan to be at three more before the season is over, means I’ll be at a little less than 1/3 of the races this year. And let’s remember I didn’t travel to all the races last year. I went to 15 races in 2015, and I’ll be at seven this year. Lachelle is right.

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Bob’s Big Brainerd Blog
Aug 18, 2016   //   by bwilber

Welcome to Brainerd week! I’ll be heading up there early on Saturday morning and coming back on Sunday night, and I’m really looking forward to it just like every time I’ve ever gone to Brainerd. It’s a great place, it’s totally unique on the NHRA Mello Yello tour, and it’s just plain fun.

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Valmeyer, And The Wizards
Aug 11, 2016   //   by bwilber

The headline to today’s blog might make a smidgen of sense to you, but only if you’ve been a longtime reader of my various blogs, including this one back when it was called “Bob On Baseball.” It’s not about fairy tales or Harry Potter stuff. It’s about a special place, a very special tournament, and one of the best groups of guys I ever played baseball with. The Valmeyer Tournament, and the Sauget Wizards.

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