Two-Day Show in Delavan, Wisconsin, is “Where the Racing Fraternity Meets in the Winter”
(DELAVAN, Wisconsin) – A pair of former Wisconsin International Raceway late model champions – Milton’s Dave Watson and “Junkyard Dog” Larry Schuler of Minooka, Illinois – will join motorsports author Joe Verdegan for a book signing on Friday, January 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the annual Midwest Motorsports Racers’ Expo in Delavan, Wisconsin.
Watson and Schuler will be on hand with Verdegan to sign copies of Wisconsin International Raceway: Where the Big Ones Run! The book is the second in Verdegan’s series on the history of regional auto racing. A resident of Green Bay, Verdegan released his debut effort, Life in the Past Lane: A History of Stock Car Racing in Northeastern Wisconsin from 1950 – 1980, in 2015. Both books were published by Green Bay-based M&B Global Solutions Inc.
The Midwest Motorsports Racers’ Expo, which bills itself as “Where the Racing Fraternity Meets in the Winter,” host dozens of racing-related exhibitors from throughout the Midwest. The Expo also serves as a place where racing enthusiasts can buy or sell racing-related equipment. It will take place in the former Stock Building Supply building at 1849 Hobbs Dr. in Delavan.
Watson is a two-time Red White and Blue state champion at WIR and 1977 ASA National champion and Rookie of the Year. He won two stock car events at the Milwaukee Mile in 1977, including the Miller 200 in his debut at the legendary oval.
Schuler made the four hour-plus trek from Chicagoland to WIR in 1976 and 1977, winning the title in ’76. Schuler made news that season when he won three track championships in three states (Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana). The 63-year-old Schuler still races on occasion and won a feature event at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Illinois, this past summer.
Midwest Motorsports has served the motorsports industry in the upper Midwest for over 30 years. Its goal is to assist short track and small town racers by offering them a marketplace to buy and sell new and used racing equipment at competitive prices.
Doors open Friday at 3 p.m. and 8 a.m. Saturday, with auctions beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.