Day At The Track


07:42 AM 13 Aug 2005 NZST
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Thirty years ago, the national driving championship was up for grabs. Two Chicago drivers, Walker Paisley and Daryl Busse, were at the head of the pack.

Busse and Paisley had remarkably similar careers and even similar physical characteristics. Both men were 5’8” tall but they loomed large over the Chicago racing scene.

Paisley finished his career with 5,713 career victories, 33rd all time, and his drives earned $34,663,319.

Busse earned $30,328,519, winning 5,651 times, good enough for 36th place on the all-time list.

When the smoke cleared, at the end of the 1975 racing season, only two wins separated these two Chicago legends.

Daryl Busse emerged victorious…that time.

On Monday night, their rivalry will resume. In honor of the 30th anniversary of that epic battle, Hawthorne is pleased to present the “Match Rival Wager”.

You can place a wager on your favorite driver. The contest goes like this: Paisley and Busse will each accept drives in races 2-3-5-6-8. The driver accumulating the most points in the five designated races will be declared the winner of the contest. Simple.

Points are scored in the following manner; wins are worth 60, place is worth 30; and show earns 10. There is a $2 minimum wager. For the complete rules, please check inside the program.

Hawthorne Press Box

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