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Photo ID # c03.12.06_019_BRT_SYR_0073_1
Car #: #19
Driver (s) : Kenny Brightbill
Location: Syracuse
Date: 1973
Photographer: Henry J. Bahre
Photo provided by: Matt Bahre
Comments: Comment from Matt:  Here's a shot taken at Syracuse in 1973. Not sure which Brightbill car this one is. Although it looks a little beat up, I'd bet it still was also plenty fast.

Also featured is the famous Tony (GOOBER) Schiedel's # 111 who was always a crowd favorite and very much the perennial underdog! He was a really great guy who just loved going racing.

Also, the guy in the driver's uniform is Denny Soltis (#0) from Torrington CT. Denny built some of the best looking cars anywhere and although under funded, he was always competitive.
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03/12/06 Ned Yes, the cars look a bit race weary in this photo. This is when Syracuse was just a big race, not the commercial event it has become now. All it is now is an excuse to promote new chassis and motors and be seen by the press. The race itself usually turns into a follow the leader until he slips marathon. I'd prefer the cars in this photo any day over the "racing billboards" we have now.
03/12/06 3Wide Well, I've never been there and unless they plan on racing stuff that looks like the above cars again, I'll probably never go.  Its just not my thing...   Looks like a lot of follow the leader stuff anymore with the winner often being decided by who didn't run out of gas. 

Give me a 30 lap mod feature on a local 1/2 mile track (NES, Bridgeport, Grandview....) on any Saturday Night and I'll be just fine...  

03/12/06 Ron B. Another great pic Matt, just pushing that button for 1 second in 1973 once again restored a lifetime of memories, good look at Goober's ride, and even calling out Denny Soltis, keep the pictures coming Matt!
03/13/03 Barry Miller This was Kenny's first Pinto and he tied an RSCA record by winning 7 features in a row with this car near the end of '73. He would have win 8 in row but he got stuffed in the wall by another driver during The Daniel Boone 200 that year.

That car was fast, he won all 4 of the 4-25's that year. That car then became John Kozak's 31 and he won his first feature in that car. He then sold the car to Chris Reed and it became number 29 and he ran it at Big Diamond and Grandview in the early '80's.

I was at Grandview one night when he won his heat and almost won the feature. He got passed late in the race and got 2nd place. I think Chris Reed was from Leesport or Hamburg and the last I heard that car was just sitting in his yard. Someone should check into it, I would love to see this car restored.                
3/13/06 Spilly Great Picture Matt. I lived in Torrington from 2000-2004, and I had the opportunity to meet Denny Soltis. Denny always spoke highly of Kenny Brightbill, and said they were friends from way back. So, I'm not surprised to see him in this picture. By the way, I'd love to see some shots of Eddie Delmolino in the #24D Weld Car.
10.28.10 Gary Mac from SC This photo is from the Syracuse Labor Day race in 1973. Denny Soltis was driving the McNamee 72 Vega bodied station wagon..you can see part of the roof just behind Goobers car. Brighbill and Soltis went on to finish 1-2 at Rolling Wheels later that night.