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.

Sweet Spot Sonoma
Aug 4, 2016   //   by bwilber

Sometimes, you just need to get away. I’ve enjoyed these seven months of writing “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” more than I ever dreamt I would, but I knew I needed to recharge and get away from it for a bit. Take how much I needed a weekend getaway and multiply it by 100 and that’s how much Barbara needed it. Her job has always been stressful and challenging, and she only has one speed when it comes to work. She can’t idle through it. Basically, her work mode is simply an On-Off switch, and “On” setting is 100 percent.

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Of Jackets, Books, Sonoma, and Billikens…
Jul 28, 2016   //   by bwilber

It’s Thursday. That’s Blog Day. This is the blog. Everything is in balance. Well, not everything. My office in the lower level of our house isn’t exactly perfect, in a Feng Shui sort of way. I do have a new giant frame of jackets that needs to go on the wall, but it’s really heavy and very bulky and it will take some effort to get it hung, so for now it leans against the wall. And, I’m actually a little behind in the writing process this week. We are finally into the Worsham years with Chapter 26, and the flood of memories is hard to stem. I keep going back and adding stuff to what I’ve already written because “Well, that has to be in there” or “I can’t believe I forgot to write about that.” For instance, in this chapter I not only meet Barbara, my wife to be, but she also gets to know my wonderful cat Shasta, who moved in with her before I did.

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Great Weekends, Both Past And Future
Jul 21, 2016   //   by bwilber

When I established this routine of “Thursday Blog Day” it was by design, but the timing of it was pure chance. With the writing of “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” being my prime endeavor, and with three consecutive days of doing so seeming to be about right, each week, the blog slid safely into Thursday. Upon replay review, it was confirmed the blog kept its foot on the base and the ruling on the field was upheld.

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Reunions Are Fun
Jul 14, 2016   //   by bwilber

Hello everyone! This might be a bit of a short one on this Thursday Blog Day because it’s been quite a condensed week. I went to the Route 66 Nationals in Joliet over the weekend, then spent Monday through Wednesday dutifully writing Chapter 24 of “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts.” Today, in just an hour or so, I’m headed to the airport to pick up former college teammate and roommate Lance McCord. It’s a good thing I fired the new chapter off to my editor Greg Halling already, because the only “work” left for me this week will entail fine food, a few glasses of wine, and the company of good friends. Plus a ballgame.

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Memory Lane…
Jul 7, 2016   //   by bwilber

For some unknown reason, I’ve had a slight flood of wonderful emails arrive on my laptop as of late. Mostly it’s longtime readers checking in to say they’re still out there and still reading, and some of them have brought back a fantastic series of wonderful memories, dating all the way back to the first days of the CSK blog on NHRA.com, so I figured it was time to wax poetic about all the marvelous things that have happened here over the last 11 years. Plus, it was time to dig out some old photos from blogs gone by. Photos are always important.

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