In 1993 they staged the “Fastmaster’s Series” that ran in conjunction with the USAC Midgets and Thursday Night Thunder. On the night Paul Newman competed we had a bunch of rain and the infield was a mud pit. Mr Newman ran her in to deep in turn one, missed the corner and wound up axle deep, out of the show. I was fortunate enough to be the pit reporter for these events and we had been warned that Paul will be happy to talk racing but don’t mention movies!!! So as he headed for his trailer I chased after him, reaching him just as we went to commercial. He was graciously waiting for the break to end when I heard Terry Lingner, the producer, in my headset say ” talk to him, keep him engaged”. What the heck was I going to say to Paul Newman? For once I was at a lost for words. Finally, I stamered, “Uh, I sat in the stands in 1969 while you shot winning.”
He just started back at me and said nothing. Terry screamed “are you kidding me?! No movies!”
I think I did say “kind of wet out huh?”
“Yep” came his answer.
After what seemed like forever we were back and he was great on the air in spite of my holding the Mic.
By the way. we were all wearing a #28 decal in honor of Davey Allison who had just been fatally injured in a helicopter accident.