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Second generation racer Bobby Dotter began stock car racing in 1977

Bobby Dotter
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By: Stan Kalwasinski

Second generation racer Bobby Dotter began stock car racing in 1977 at Illinois’ Waukegan Speedway. Growing up around racing all his life, Dotter saw his Dad, Bob Sr., compete at Chicagoland short tracks through the years, eventually winning three Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) driving championships. The 16-year-old Chicago resident started his racing career, wheeling his Dad’s 1973 Camaro No. 67. During the month of June, young Dotter was on a winning streak and won three late model sportsman feature races at Waukegan until the track outlawed cars with quick change differentials (“rearends”) for its sportsman division. Now moving into late model competition, Dotter began racing at Blue Island’s Raceway Park, where he won a phenomenal 17 feature races (the first win on June 22nd) on the pavement at the “World Famous Motordrome.

” Dotter closed out the season at Raceway Park on Sunday afternoon, November 6, winning two out of three 30-lap feature races during the speedway’s season-ending “Monza 90.”

Moving forward, Dotter would win late model titles at Indiana’s Henry’s Speedway and Illiana Motor Speedway in the early 1980s before moving on to ASA, All-Pro, All-American Challenge, ARCA, and finally NASCAR racing, competing in Busch (now Xfinity) and NASCAR Truck Series competition. Racing in NASCAR from 1988 until 2008, Dotter retired from driving and became a car owner in the NASCAR’s Xfinity division with his SS Green Light Racing team.

***A few images of Bobby Dotter from the cameras of Vince Mayer and myself show the second generation racer early in his career in 1977 at Waukegan Speedway and Raceway Park.***

Bobby Dotter
Stan Kalwasinski Collection
Bobby Dotter
Stan Kalwasinski Collection

By: Stan Kalwasinski