is a racing world legend, hailing from the same hometown as the 3 Sisters,
Wellsville, Kansas! For real! Our mom grew up right across the street from
Terry's dad, T.J. Bivins. Following is an excerpt from an article published
in the Lawrence Journal World by Ned Kehde Sunday, February 3, 2002: "Back
in 1976, Terry Bivins of Lebo gave Dale Earnhardt, Cale Yarborough and Bobby
Allison a run for their money on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit. Bivins finished
eighth at the '76 Daytona 500. He even led the race for one lap. And at a
number of other races, he placed high on the leader board. Moreover, he finished
second in the balloting for rookie-of-the-year that season. Five years later,
Bivins decided to retire from racing and switch to fishing." I left
Wellsville shortly after graduating, but through the years have heard stories
about this Bivins guy that was racing stock cars in the "big races".
But at the time I was totally involved in the 4-legged horsepowered world...
who would have thought that 25 or so years later
more information about Terry, just surf the Web - there's tons of it out there
- he has a large, loyal fan base. Only these days there is a lot of fishing
stories with Terry as the leading man. Keep checking 3 Sisters Racing too,
we gather information on a daily, sometimes hourly basis - we are proud to
support and honor our Home Town NASCAR Driver!
Hey - check out this article about Kansas
on NASCAR.COM - Terry's mentioned!
- check out the First Night
Terry came out of retirement for a couple of years, racing on the dirt at
Lakeside Speedway - wheeling a Grand National for two seasons, then a modified
- oh, what a thrill!! There are pictures scattered around on this website,
especially the photogallery
to model builders site list, at bottom of page click on [to models index].
there lots of pics of all kinds of race car models. Story of Terry's on this
page! Cool site! Oval
I couldn't believe it
when I got about 1/2 way down the page and saw a scrapbook page that *I CREATED*
had been included on your website - The "It Died a Horrible Death" picture!
My dad built that car for Terry in 1972! I just completed a scrapbook for
my dad, which tells the whole story of the "Isaacs & Bivins Chevy" that Terry
drove in 1972. The pic that you have was actually taken of a "Photo Board"
(where I had duplicated my scrapbook pages) that I made for my dad to use
when he showed the "Replica Car" (commemorating the 30th year since Terry
drove the car) that he built and showed at "Old Timers Nite" at Lakeside Speedway
in 2003. As you can see by the pictures of that car, it was OBVIOUSLY NOT
driveable after that crash (as Rusty Wallace stated in his interview)! FYI
- Rusty was actually referring to a different time when Terry put the car
OVER the wall (and landed a lot softer!) and then drove the car back in -
I've been told that Terry did that twice at I-70 (in addition to the 1972
crash where he went THROUGH the wall)! So, the CORRECT "story" is the one
in the article that appeared in the 2003 Lakeside "Old Timers Nite" Program,
which I wrote and provided the photos for. Also, wanted to let you know about
another story that needs to be corrected. The Terry "Wild Man" Bivins article
that was printed in the CARB "Hall of Fame" program in 2004 had some incorrect
info. I verified this with Claudia Bivins, as it didn't seem right to me when
I read it! Claudia was NOT pregnant in 1972 when that wreck happened -- her
boys were already several years old - as I recall, Jamie was 4-6 and Scott
was 8-10 (I can remember being at their house with my dad during that time
period). I can't remember who Claudia told me was pregnant at that time and
actually made that statement. - Sharon Siegfried
paths would cross at the races?? The Driver is now my father-in-law, his vivacious
wife Claudia is my mother-in-law, and I'm married to son James, that makes Scott
my brother-in-law. Claudia has told me some wonderful stories about their racing
years in NASCAR, some I dare not repeat, but it's cool to hear "inside
gossip" about the other legends. She's casually mentioned fishing with
Kenny Schrader, Richard Childress, run-ins with Daryl Waltrip... I'd better
stop, since I don't know a lot of details. There is a lot of info on the www
about Terry - can't put it all in here or there won't be room for pictures!
Locally, Terry Bivins is truly a legend; on the dirt, asphalt and drag strip
- to quote Ned Kehde again, "Nowadays, just like when he was a race
car driver, very few fishermen can keep pace with Bivins. He normally out-fishes
the other anglers at the heated dock by a stunning 15-to-1 ratio." - by
a great site about Terry and other great racers from the past - click
RACE FANS - Here's the REAL story! We received the following e-mail from Sharon
(Isaacs) Siegfried, that's right, Duane Isaacs daughter! She filled in some
of the empty spots, and straightened out some of the crooked ones. Thank you
so much, Sharon, we would love to hear more!
Terry Who? Can you believe
I have heard that statement more then once this year? That guy that drives
the #53 Grand National, you old folks (I am not even 50 yet and they are calling
me old?) tell us he was a great driver but we young folks don’t see it. What?
You got to be kidding me and then I realize time moves on. I have been attending
races in the Missouri and Kansas area since 1964 (six years old). My uncle
started racing at Humansville, Missouri in 1964 and normally competed at Cabool,
Mountain Grove, Willow Springs, West Plains, Bolivar, Springfield Fairgrounds,
and Rolla. Our family has lived in Kansas City since 1966 so Lakeside on Friday
and Riverside on Saturday nights. Then in 1969 I-70 Speedway opened and we
occasionally made it to that track, I mean understand I was only 11 and dependent
on Dad for a ride to the track and I-70 Speedway was a way out there. On the
bright side there used to be gas wars then, stations would try to sell gas
for less, average price I remember during a gas war was $.19 a gallon. Oh
those were the days… Back to this guy, Terry Who? Terry who is Terry
Bivins. For the young group that was still in diapers and training pants in
the late 60s and early 70s I would suggest doing a google search on Terry
Bivins. Maybe we old folks should be saying Google Who at this point
or what the heck is a google, anyway you young folks understand. You will
find some amazing stats including in the 1976 Daytona 500 he had an 8th place
finish and he led a lap (this was the race Pearson and Petty crashed heading
to the finish line and Pearson re-fired and crossed first). You will also
find that he finished second in Rookie of the Year and that became a bone
of contention and speculation for Bivins’ and all his fans. Yep, politics
played out on Cup scene even back then, Terry had more points and better finishes
and yet for those of us locally you could say he just flat got the shaft.
Understand he was a great driver! He could have been the person that Darrell
Waltrip became because like Darrell, Terry will speak his mind. Picture for
a moment, Terry Bivins in television doing some crazy boogity stunt at the
start of a race. Terry spoke his mind then and he does today, however, back
then I think he was more controversial then he is today. Today he talks from
the past just like many “elderly statesman”. Let’s back up a few years to
when he was racing locally and the controversy Terry was involved in. Clyde
Ellis, then I-70 pit steward tells of the time he had to set Terry down for
not following the rules. Dad and I were at Lakeside the night Terry and Dave
Wall got together on the back straight and Wall flew over the turn 3 wall
landing on his roof down the tall hill outside of the track. Needless to say,
it appeared to be racing incident but the crowd was upset with Mr. Bivins
that night. It became a Dave Wall/Terry Bivins rivalry and there were others.
Even in that day because he was winning so much he was accused of cheating.
Some of his work could be described as creative, some borderline, and some
just outstanding ingenuity. Just like today though he was a winner back then
and we all know all winners are cheating, just think if they would have had
traction control back then? He has been to the top and done it, but this sport
is more of a “what have you done for me recently sport?”, thus people
is a blog that J.D.Green wrote about me on RacinBoys. He is the track manager
at Lakeside. He has been telling me for 3 weeks that it was coming. I'll have
to work up a DANDY reply blog for his butt.
me Terry Who. Times have changed since Terry was in Cup. Times have changed
since Terry raced locally. Terry stopped racing for a number of years and became
a fisherman. Always competitive he was as good at fishing as he was at driving
and won fishing tournaments. That competitive nature is what has brought him
back to racing. Gone are old archrivals Larry Phillips (I saw them run side
by side for 100 laps at the Springfield Fairgrounds), Dick Trickle, shoot even
that youngster Rusty Wallace has retired. While he was gone fishing the racing
world changed. In his day they utilized the same car for both dirt and asphalt
racing. Today there are many differences in the suspension setup between dirt
and asphalt cars. Racing has become more specialized. Late Models in the 70s
were the same cars that were available on the show room floor. Today’s cars
involve frames and suspension parts made strictly for racing. The closest cars
to the cars of yesterday are the Factory Stock or Street Stock cars. Safety
has also changed. I am glad to see in some of the old pictures of Mr. Bivins
he utilized a full face helmet, but where was the window net? Actually window
nets did not become a requirement until the mid 70s after the Richard Petty
crash at Darlington in 1970 when his arm came out of his rolling car. I wonder
if there was as much complaining about adding a window net as there has been
about a head and neck restraint system. There again is the difference in age
as time has changed items in the race car that were not available in Terry’s
hay day. I will say Terry did email his objections to a head and neck restraint
system during the winter but he does compete with one. The difference in cars
from the 60s and 70s is so much different than the race cars of today especially
for returning past champions. My uncle last raced in 1973 at the Rolla track
and yes Terry Bivins was there along with a young 16 year old driver named Rusty
Wallace. When my uncle walked away from racing he stayed away until 1993 when
he was part owner of a dirt late model that competed at the West Plains track.
One night the pit crew challenged my uncle to hot lap the late model which any
racer will gladly oblige. However, the set up of the car, the light weight of
the car, and the horsepower provided by today’s engine, he promptly put it into
the wall. Does that remind you of Terry Who when he returned to racing? One
of the great things about our sport compared to other sports is age is not a
factor. We have teenagers racing against grandpas. In football when a player
turns 30 he is on the downside of his career. In baseball a player may still
be active until about age 40. In racing there is no age limit. Terry Who is
C.A.R.B Hall of Famer Terry Bivins. One of the original fifteen inducted into
the first class of the Hall of Fame. Don’t know if it was coincidence or if
being inducted re-lit the spark but Terry, now in his 60s, is again racing.
We are fortunate to have racers like Terry return to racing. He challenged me
to mix it up with those on the internet at this year’s Hall of Fame dinner that
is why I agreed to do a blog. Oh and did I mention he was challenging me while
complaining about a lack of Lakeside practice time? Now the challenge to Terry,
get that #53 back in victory lane so you can reclaim your last name.
Oh yeah, remember to read the rules, all the rules.
out of a newspaper article, don't have the name of the paper or the date: For
defending champion Bob Senneker of Dorr, Mich., and local favorite Terry Bivins
of Shawnee, the day of racing was the pits. Senneker had the pole and Bivins
started second, but their cars developed problems. Senneker went out after 137
laps when his oil pressure dropped. Bivins parked his car after 47 laps because
of torn-up oil filters. "I'd just as soon go out on the first lap."
said Senneker, who pulled a relief stint for Dick Trickle, nineth place finisher.
"I wasted half my tires here, and I've got a race Friday night back in
Michigan." Bivins said the only crash of the day threw him off and caused
his car to malfunction. Bivins took a turn relieving Fred Whisler when the Buckner
driver needed a rest because of a neck ailment. Whisler took over at a late
pit stop and finished the race in sixth place.
- what a thrill... finished 6th
can't remember who this girl on the left is, but Claudia Bivins (Terry's
wife) is on the right.
Credentials! Terry Bivins talking to Richard Childress at Michigan
famous Monte Carlo - OUTLAWED
It was a 4-bar cross-torsion suspension and just floated around the track...
Was so far advanced they could not compete with it, so 'they' made new "rules".
This cars suspension was more like an Indy car. Greg Weld said it was way ahead
of it's time - Terry was very smart!
"Shackpacker" lifts off - yes, the man even rules the drag
strip! I can hardly stand how cool these cars are - wish I would have been
- whatever we have to do to get a story... Rusty said to Clint "you've
been out to I-70, have you heard of this guy Terry Bivins?" Jeff Hammond
- "I worked with Terry as his Crew Chief"... Rusty " Terry drove
into turn 1, went up the wall, over the race track, flew outside the track -
they threw the red flag - everybody went out there, the ambulance, Terry was
nowhere to be found... landed on his wheels, drove around the racetrack and
was waiting at the pit gate, trying to get back in!" Jeff Hammond - "Correct
me if I'm wrong, it was 'Terrible Terry', wasn't it?
have heard two versions describing this crumpled 'hugger-orange'#53 car:
From the Lakeside Speedway
Program, 2003 Old Timers Night edition - "The (Duane) Isaacs & Bivins
Chevy 'died a horrible death' (after a very short season) on July 8, 1972 at
I-70 Speedway. The throttle stuck while going down the front straight, and the
car crashed THROUGH the cement wall in the #1 turn, and flipped violently, end-over-end
outside the track... and Bivins walked away. When help arrived at the car, Bivins
had already climbed out. The story that has been told was that his first words
were to his engine builder, Earl Rand. Terry said "Earl, she never stopped
From Trackside, Kansas Speedway, 2004 - Clint
Bowyer was up for the interview, Rusty Wallace was on the panel. If that
wasn't cool enough, when Clint was talking about the local tracks and got onto
the subject of I-70, Rusty broke in, all excited, and told everybody his version
- this isn't exactly word for word, 3 Sisters was at that Trackside show, but
luckily I had my DVR taping at home. That's why the picture of Rusty looks fuzzy,
it's a picture of the TV
Terry Bivins was inducted into the brand new C.A.R.B. (Central Auto Racing Boosters)
Hall of Fame, Kansas City. Nominees covered all of the racing in the Kansas
City area - any person who contributed to the advancement of Circle or Figure
8 Track racing in Missouri or Kansas could be nominated, along with anyone from
the area who had contributed to the same in other areas of the country. The
first Hall of Fame Inductees...
Virginia Nelson, Vito Calia, Jud Larson, Billy D. Roberts, Bill Crane, Taylor
"Pappy" Weld, Junior Hower, Bud Hunnicut, Virgil Chapman, Charlie
Kraft, Larry Kaster, Jon Backlund, Richard "Dick" Sutcliffe, Terry
Bivins and Clyde Ellis. The write-up comes from the Induction Ceremony program
book, each Inductee had a page, fascinating stories of past accomplishments!
is the way they used to haul racecars to the track - it worked!
#63 Terry & Daytona Pit Crew (All Kansas!). 1976, finished 8th - pretty
Rivals - Terry Bivins and Larry Phillips at I-70 Speedway, Kansas. This was
a Photo Post Card - how cool!
of Terry & Bobby Allison in garage at Texas, he sure was tickled to see
us! That's Mike Kempton in back.
Bivins poses with the #30 Chevrolet fielded by Walter Ballard, who won the
1971 NASCAR Rookie of the Year award. Bivins performed admirably with less-than-stellar
equipment in 1976, finishing first in the Rookie of the Year point standings.
He logged six top-10 finishes in 18 starts, including a fifth-place run at
Richmond. Despite outperforming rookie rival Skip Manning, Bivins lost the
top freshman award to Manning in a controversial decision.
From the book NASCAR Chronicle by Greg Feldon and the Auto Editors of Consumer
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June 3, 2012: The B
Mod Feature went to Terry Bivins in a car everyone said wasn't any good!
One would think that at the age of 68, many would be ready to take it
easy in life. The ‘Golden Years’ they call them. Someone forgot to tell Terry
Bivins that he is suppose to be cruising along in life. Saturday night at
BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Bivins was cruising alright. He was cruising way out
in front of the competition as he picked up the feature win in the White Line
CDL Training B Mod division.
Last week wasn’t the best of weeks for Bivins. In the heat race he was slammed
into and he couldn’t finish the heat race, he would qualify for the feature
in the consolation race and then in the feature he would get into a wreck
on the first restart of the night! Not a good night.
This week was the exact opposite. Bivins started on the pole in the first
heat for the B Mods and went onto win there. The win would put him on the
pole position also for the main event. Bivins has been fast at the track this
season. A couple of times he marched through the field to finish in the top
5. Many fans were asking what if he gets to start up front, what could he
do? Everyone found out on Saturday night.
At the drop of the green flag, Bivins and Ethan Isaacs started the race from
the front row. It appeared to be a good pairing up front. Bivins rocketed
into the top spot. The race was tight as Ethan Isaacs stayed with Bivins in
the early going. A couple of yellow flags gave the field a chance to stay
tight on Bivins. As the race continued, the youth and exuberance of the 68
year old racer was just too much for the competition. Bivins put an old fashioned
‘whippin’ on the rest of the B Mod field. Isaacs would finish in the runner-up
spot and maintain his points lead in the division, 3rd went to Steven Goodman,
Lucas Isaacs had a strong night finishing in the 4th position and 5th went
to former feature winner, Dylan Whitehead.
write-up from In
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