Ernie Derr 12-time IMCA Champion


Ernie Derr 12-time IMCA Champion

The winningest driver in IMCA history was ERNIE DERR, 12 time national late model stock champion. DERR was an acknowledged master mechanic and dirt track demon who also raced with USAC and ARCA. He was one of the three original "Keokuk Komets"

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Comment by Greg Myers on January 19, 2014 at 1:17pm

Growing up in Southeastern Iowa in the 60's, I was fortunate to be able to see stock car greats like Ernie Derr, Don White, Ramo Stott, Dick Hutcherson and other greats of the IMCA and USAC stock car circuits compete on their natural environment, dirt. Ernie Derr was one of the best, as great competitor and as a mechanic. It was drivers like him who make those of today's generation suffer by comparison. God must surely have a Saturday night dirt track in Heaven for Ernie and the others of his generation to thrill us once more by competing in the sport that they so clearly loved and helped to build. RIP Ernie and thanks for the memories.

Comment by Ron on January 16, 2014 at 5:51pm

Ernie Derr, stock car racing champion, dies at 92. KEOKUK, Iowa -- Ernie Derr, a record-setting stock car racing champion from Keokuk who competed between the 1950s and 1970s, has died at the age of 92.

Comment by Karl Cook on June 1, 2013 at 1:59pm

I happened to Google Ernie Derr and found this site.  My father was in Ernie's pit crew for years and I spent a few Summers traveling to the races with Ernie  and spending my time in the watching the races and fights, lolol.  Great times as a kid. Also got to meet Ramo Stott and Don White in their heydays!

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Comment by Bill Rankin on June 22, 2010 at 4:54am
They talk about Jimmie Johnson's 4 in a row about Ernie's 7 in a row! I would like to share with the Ernie Derr Club memebers my tribute art work to honor the racing his racing career.

Comment by Dub Simpson on March 28, 2010 at 1:23pm
Comment by Mike Ray on March 28, 2010 at 11:46am
Dear Jim,Thank you for the invite.Ernie was the stuff back in the day.
Comment by Jim Seay on March 28, 2010 at 6:14am
Ernie Derr was to IMCA dirt racing as Ralph Earnhardt was to the early days of NASCAR. They were both extremely competritive and wily men who had the ability to build 'em and then race and win in 'em. Virtually anyone who ever raced with either Ernie or Ralph will tell you "he was the toughest guy that I ever raced against."
Glad to recognize and honor Ernie too.

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