Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Another true good ol' boy, racing reality
by Joe Medley
jmedley@annistonstar.com
Aug 15, 2013 | 4114 views |  0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We interrupt Johnny Football hype for a reminder of sad realities in another sport well followed in the South.

There remain those who race stock cars for the love of it. Still, the sport is sponsor-driven, even on levels where sponsor speak doesn’t roll off the tongue with the rapidity of a lug nut gun.

Enter 64-year-old ARCA driver Darrell Basham, who put his hometown’s cause on his car after an EF4 tornado ripped through Henryville, Ind. He drove that car around Talladega in the spring of 2011.

He owns sponsorless Darrell Basham Racing and has raced stock cars since 1972. He made one Sprint Cup appearance, in 1979.

One assumes he wouldn’t turn down a Sprint Cup ride, but he’s made more than 300 starts without one. He twice won the ARCA Spirit Award for dedication.

After 11 straight full-time ARCA seasons, he scaled back this year. Now comes this from his fiancé and spotter, Sandy Miller Sparrow.

“Weird feeling knowing I might now (not) be at the track this weekend,” she posted on Facebook Thursday morning. “It’s been a long time since I have missed an ARCA show. We have finally come to a point that we knew was getting close. We just can't make it any longer without some sort of funding.”

May coins shake loose for a good ol' boy … and soon.

Contact Sports Columnist Joe Medley at jmedley@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @jmedley_star.

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