GALESBURG, Ill. – No doubt readers of the Inside IMCA newsletter with good memories will remember Dean McGee as the winner of the November, 2009 best looking car contest.
More recently, his IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified was voted the top non-fendered entry in this month’s Sybesma Graphics IMCA Facebook Fan Favorite contest for August. He’ll receive a mini-mod door from Sybesma.
Unfortunately, race fans at Davenport Speedway and 34 Raceway may not be seeing that car on the track this weekend.
“The car is in pieces at the moment. I tangled with a lapped car and met the wall a week ago Saturday,” said McGee, who has taken advantage of the time away from the track to enjoy his grandchildren more. “I’m hoping to get the car ready but it was pretty well mashed.”
The son of two-time Illinois state champion “Fibber” McGee, he started his career in 34’s super modified class in 1973. He drove a sprint car and then a late model at Illinois and Iowa speedplants before moving to Florida in 1982.
He returned home to the Midwest and jumped into a Modified beginning in 1987. McGee has partnered with car owner Mike Horton Sr. for an incredible 24 seasons.
His son Dean and grandson Michael help on the crew, making for four generations of the family involved in racing on the track or in the pits.
McGee’s crew includes his wife Pam, son Dean and grandson Michael, brother-in-law Charles Rosenberg, Mike Horton Sr., Mike Horton Jr., Dick Walsh, Robert Horton and Jeff Horton.
Primary sponsors are Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Lacky and Sons Monuments, Glass Specialty and Rheinschmidts Carpet Center, all of Galesburg; Rage Chassis of West Union, Iowa; Aftershock Racing Decals of Fairbury; Wehrs Machine of Bngor, Wis.; Eibach Springs of Corona, Calif.; and Liquid Herbal Nitro of Riverside, Calif.