In Memory of
This page is dedicated to family, friends and hero's that have had a profound impact on our racing
"Pop" Mugavin
Pop had no interest in racing until his son John started racing in 1963.  From that point on you could not keep
him from going.  Any toughness you find in a Mugavin can be traced right back to Pop.  He was a U.S. Postal
inspector, A job in it's time that took a lot of that toughness.  He loved to tell about how they had tricked some
suspect into giving themselves up or about the many shootouts he was in.  The race tracks early in John's
career were not the most just places to be and Pop felt it was his duty to make sure his Son always got a fair
shake.  Pop was a celebrity at the race track.  Some would recall him chasing another  competitor with a 2X4
and others would just like to sit near him and hear his stories.   Pop would work in the pits helping out all night
and would make it to the stands in time to watch the feature.  Shane watched most of his Dad's races on the
lap of his Grandpa.  Most people think he got his name Pop from being John's Dad.  This is not true he
earned his name as he was the person responsible for putting in most of the rivets on the race cars that were
built.  Mind you this was way before the use of air rivet tools.  Most people's arms and wrist hurt after
squeezing one rivet yet POP would do 1000's without the smallest complaint.  Another job he felt was his
responsibility was that of co-pilot.  He took this job seriously as John criss-crossed the mid-west racing, often
requiring all night drives.  Yet, not once did Pop ever close an eye.  When Shane won his first feature there
was no one happier than Pop.  Shane heard from people who could of only heard it from one person and that
was the proud grandpa.  Pop may not be with us any longer but he is still our co-pilot.
Rich Vogler
Rich was a racer no doubt about it.  Shane had watched him growing up and
was in awe.  Rich got everything out of a car even if it was just practice.  In 89
Shane was introduced to Rich at Lawrenceburg.  Rich said "you know if you
go to all of these drivers for advice they will tell you to take your time be
patient and learn.  Well I was young like you once and I sure as hell didn't
listen to them.  The way to be fast is to learn where the edge is.  The only way
to learn where that edge is, is to go over it.   Hopefully you find that edge
before you tear up too much equipment and then it will all click."  That is how
Rich lived.  In July 1990 Rich lost his life at Salem Speedway while leading the
race.  Rich was declared the winner and left the way he had lived a "winner".

Rich's Mom Eleanor established the Rich Vogler scholarship and has given
scholarships  to hundreds of college students.   Jenny Mugavin was a
recipient of one of these Scholarships.  For more info about the scholarship
click the picture of Rich.    
Robbie was a hero of Shane's because he won in no matter what he raced.  
Robbie moved from series to series winning championship after championship.  
As he planned to do the same in Nascar.   His life was cut short at Winchester
Speedway.  Please visit Stanley's tribute to their Son by clicking the picture on
the right.
Bill Knisley
Bill was like most racers a working family man who enjoyed racing as a hobby on the side.  He turned to John Mugavin
for advice and John and Shane became good friends with Bill.  Bill was always laughing and had a big smile but when
you saw him at the track that smile was even wider.  Bill lost his life in 1999 at Eldora Speedway. You can read an
article about BIll by clicking on his name above.