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Nov 1, 2011


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Swamp People and Accents

By Fred Vosk

So one Saturday night we were walking through the pits at Lions and we come upon Garlits. The back doors of the carryall are open and we all look inside... two dirty little girls in coveralls playing with old head gaskets. That kinda set the tone right there! We walk around to the front of the truck and there's Garlits and a skinny little guy working on the digger. They talk -- but it's some kinda alien code -- we can't understand a word of it (guess that's how the ol' man kepts his speed secrets). Luckily, we have 'Goob' along and he interprets.

The skinny guy is Connie Swingle. We are up front when they run. Swingle's driving (Garlits is healing from burns or something). Swingle brings the car around and Garlits goes over to mess with the injector. Next comes one of the coolest starting line moves I've ever seen! Garlits reaches down and there's a wrench hanging in the hammer holder loop on his jeans. He adjusts the barrel valve and replaces the wrench in the hammer holder. (Our mouths are hanging open)... I'm pretty sure they won that night!

We never laughed at 'them boys' ag'in...

Fred
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