1977 ASA Champ To Be ‘Guest Of Honor’ At Joe Shear Classic

OREGON, Wis. — 1977 ASA national champion Dave Watson has accepted an invitation to be a “Guest of Honor” for Sunday’s Joe Shear Classic at Madison Int’l Speedway. Watson began his racing career on the Midwestern short tracks, winning the 1973 track championship at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway and the 1975 Slinger Super Speedway track championship. In 76 events entered during that season, Watson won 41 races — the most in the United States that year. During that magical summer, Watson claimed the Madison Int’l Speedway (Capital Super Speedway) track championship with his super late model, as well as the Lake Geneva Raceway track championship. Watson began racing on two national tours in 1977 — the American Speed Association (ASA) and USAC stock car. In 2015, Watson was inducted into the Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame, as well as the Madison Int’l Speedway Hall of Fame.

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