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Bob Shryock

(Estherville, IA) – The Iowa racing world was shocked on August 19, 1985 when news arrived that Bob Shryock, one of the top drivers in the state, had died in a construction accident in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Shryock was just 41 years old. Before his untimely death, however, Shryock’s feats on race tracks across the Midwest had become legendary. During his 17 years behind the wheel of race cars, Shryock had raced at more than 35 tracks in at least 10 states from Florida to provinces in Canada. He won more than 15 track championships, several times at tracks like the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, the Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, as well as at Fairmont, Minnesota. He was the first-ever champion of the four-track American Outlaw Association late model series in 1983. In addition to his track championships, he won numerous special events, including five wins and five top five finishes in 11 Black Hills Nationals at Rapid City, S.D. He won at least one major event at each of his regular tracks, but also won special events at Des Moines, Eldon, Omaha, Neb., and Hartford, S.D. among several others. Three days before his death, he stood in victory lane with Kelly, celebrating his son’s first-ever win, which happened in the Modified feature that night. The following night, Bob Shryock won his final late model feature, beating Bob Hill at Webster City. Bob’s exploits on the race tracks of the Midwest have remained legendary since his death more than 30 years ago.