(Left to Right) Gene Petro, Morgan Chandler, Chip Butler, Cecil Snell.
Tri-County Speedway, Summer, 1969. Morgan Chandler was still
working with the Ruth Motor's Race Team in Glencoe, Kentucky then.
On this particular night, it rained and rained, but Morgan was prepared
for it, and Gene Petro in the #29 won the feature event without too
much competition, if I remember correctly. The track was so muddy
and tacky, but #29 just roared by everyone like the mud didn't matter.
~ Jim Snell.
Ralph Latham in the Morgan Chandler #28, 1970 Chevelle. This was
taken during a pace lap at the Tri-County Speedway in 1970. Joey
Stricker is in the red Stricker Ford #68. Photo and caprion sent by Jim
Morgan Chandler's 1971 Chevelle. Ralph Latham won the first race of
1971 at Tri-County Speedway, and drove a few more races in it. Gene
Petro drove it some that year, and this is the car in which Earl Smith
won the only race he ever drove for Morgan Chandler. He won it at
White Water Valley Speedway in 1971. Photo and caption sent by Jim
Ralph Latham at Tri County Speedway in 1971. Photo sent by Jim Poe.
The crew congratulating Ralph on his win, "Opening Day," 1971 at the
Tri-County Speedway. Photo and caption sent by Jim Snell.
Ralph Latham preparing to pull away from the start/finish line on
"Opening Day", 1971 at the Tri-County Speedway. He had just
finished an interview with the announcer, and being congratulated by
the crew. Photo and caption sent by Jim Snell.
(l-r) Gene Petro, Vern LeFevers, and Floyd Gilbert at Whitewater Valley
Speedway Liberty, Indiana 1971. All three would end up wheeling famed and
fast Morgan Chandler race cars.
Morgan Chandler's 1972 Chevelle that Floyd Gilbert drove to 42
feature wins in 1972. Photo sent by Jim Snell.
(Left to Right) Cecil Snell, Roy Bell, David Gilbert(Floyd's son), Morgan
Chandler(in driver's seat), Floyd Gilbert, Bobby Ashcraft, Buddy Rich.
It was a bad omen for the crew that day, yet they hadn't a clue. Morgan's
haul-truck broke down on the way to the racetrack, so he called Pat
Curry of Rural Auto Parts, and Pat provided the trailer the car is sitting
on, and I think a truck to pull it, too. When they arrived at the track, they
took a driver and pit crew photo before unloading. Just a few hours later,
#28 lay on it's top all mangled right at the end of the back straightaway at
the Tri-County Speedway. I thought the year was over, but Floyd won 42
races that year, just like he said he was going to do, because he was 42
years old at that time. Photo and caption sent by Jim Snell.
Floyd Gilbert opening day 1972 at Tri County Speedway West Chester, Ohio.
This was not a sign of things to come. Flying Floyd went on to win 42 features
that year in the Morgan Chandler #28. Photo sent by Terri Shannon
Floyd Gilbert coming out of turn two at Tri-County Speedway. This was
taken after the big wreck. To my knowledge, this was the last time we
ever raced there. Photo and caption sent by Jim Snell.
Morgan Chandler's #28 relaxing at the beginning of a race night at the
Northern Kentucky Speedway, 1972. Photo and caption sent by Jim
Floyd Gilbert in the Morgan Chandler #28 at Whitewater Valley Speedway
1972. Photo sent by Tom Fenos.
Morgan Chandler's 1973 Camaro at the 1973 Cavalcade of Customs.
Some may remember in 1974 Chevrolet came out with a two tone RS
Camaro with this same type of paint scheme. Photo sent by Jim Snell.
Billy Teegarden and Morgan Chandler in 1973 at Northern Kentucky
Speedway. Photo sent by Mike Roland.
Billy Teegarden in Morgan Chandler #27 in 1973. Photo sent by Mike
Billy Teegarden in the Morgan Chandler #28, and Vern LeFevers in
the Bill Osborn #33 in 1973 at Whitewater Valley Speedway.
Billy Teegarden in Morgan Chandler's #28 in 1974. Photo sent by
Ralph Latham in Morgan's #28 at Northern Kentucky Speedway.
Photo sent by Tom Fenos.
Pat Patrick in the Morgan Chandler #28 in 1975. In the background is
the #57 John Mugavin, and #81 Larry Pickleheimer. Photo sent by
Morgan's 1981 Camaro that Chuck McWilliams drove. Photo sent by
Chuck McWilliams in the Morgan Chandler #28 Howe Chassis
races with Buck Simmons at Northern Kentucky Speedway in
1982. Photo sent by Tom Fenos.
(Left to Right) Ronnie Kilgore, Vern LeFevers, Morgan Chandler,
Cecil Snell, and Mike Roland, after a 1983 Florence Speedway feature
win. This was the same Howe Chassis in the McWilliams picture. They
called this car "Thumper".
Photo sent by Mike Roland
Vern LeFevers in the Morgan Chandler #28 lined up for the World 100
in 1984. This was the same Howe Chassis Wedge called "Thumper". It
was the only Howe Chassis in the field that year which I consider a
testament to Morgan and Vern.
Vern LeFevers in the Morgan Chandler #28 at Florence Speedway in
1985. This was a Tri County Chassis by Bill Spiegal.
Vern LeFevers in the Morgan Chandler #28 at the World 100 Eldora
Speedway in 1985. This was Morgan Chandler's last race.