Skip Arp Announces Retirement After 40 Years Of Racing

Skip Arp, Ray Cook and Bill Elliott. Photos taken from Pinterest.

Skip Arp issued a retirement statement through Michael Moats on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. We are reprinting his statement without further commentary because Mr. Arp has eloquently covered the topic completely. Here is the statement as received by our office:

I have been racing for 40 years and have decided now is the time to hang my helmet up and retire.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everybody that has helped me and let them know how much I appreciate each and everyone of them for all their help and support,.

First of all, I want to thank my dad and mom for getting me started in racing and for all the help and support that they have given me. I couldn’t have done it without them and I appreciate them for all their help.

Photo by Tony Hammett.

Next, I want to thank my wife, Janice, We have been married for 31 years and have been together for 39 years. And she has been there every step of the way. I think she has missed four racing and has supported and helped me the whole time. She has been my #1 fan through the good and the bad and I couldn’t do it without her.

There have been a lot of people that have helped me from the start and one of them was Gene Stinson. He always took care of me and let me pay him as I could and I will never forget what he did for me. I really appreciate him and his family. 

I started racing for Butch Curtis in 1988 and was with him for 13 years. He is the one that got me to the national level with the touring series. He was a great owner, and he and his family are like family to use. And we are still good friends. I appreciate him and all that he has done for me.

I then raced for Donnie Crowder and the CROMAC team in South Carolina for three years. We won a lot of races together and had a lot of fun with them. They are a good bunch of guys and we made life long friends with them, and appreciate their help and friendship.

I want to thank Donnie Carroll, Bobby Giffin, and Kevin Gibson for all their hard work on the race car. I mostly want too thank them for their friendship, they are a good bunch of guys and I appreciate all their help.

I have raced with Stanley “Beaver” Best for the last 13 years and will hang up my helmet with him. Beaver has been another good car owner to driver for, and he and his family are like family to Janice and me. We appreciate everything he has done for us and that has been a lot! We appreciate him and family.

Another great friend who has helped me throughout the my career is Charlie Roberts. He was owner of Hoosier Tires and helped me out a bunch. I thank him for everything he did.

I want to thank Freddie and Naomi Smith for being partners in our driving schools and helping me with my racing when we traveled together in the Hav-a-Tampa days. We appreciate them and they are like family also.

One of the things I am most proud of is racing for GRT for the last 21 years and for Joe Garrison helping me get to the level that we got to. Joe has been a been a big part of my racing and consider Joe, Katie, and Julie Kate as part of my family. I appreciate him more than he knows.

Some of the biggest achievements that I am proud of in 40 years of racing is being inducted into the Hall of Fame. In 2000, it was the Atomic Speedway Hall of Fame in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In 2008, it was the hall of fame in Florence, Kentucky for the sportsman award. In 2015, it was the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in Florence, Kentucky. I really appreciate the members and the people that supported me and helped me to get these awards. I am honored to be a member of these hall of fame awards.

I especially want to thank my family, friends, and fans for sticking with me and supporting me through my racing career. We have met so many good people and have met a lot of friends over the last 40 years. I am so thankful for each and every one of them. I couldn’t have done it this long without their help and support.

It has been a great career but is now time to move on. Thanks again to everybody!

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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