Jim Roepke, Gibsonburg, Ohio, super modified/sprint car driver.
Jim "Smiley" Roepke began racing at Fremont Speedway shortly after it opened
in 1951. Jim drove the Myers A Station #7A to the track's 1956 championship.
He posted 3 career victories at Fremont. Always trying to do something
different from all the other teams, Jim bought an Indy 500 roadster and
shortened it to race at the local dirt tracks. He later purchased a Nance
coupe to compete against the sprint cars. After stepping out of the seat
of the familiar #7A, Jim hired drivers like Donnie Miller, Joe Keegan,
Jerry Nemire, Al Liskai, Alvin Roepke and Jimmy Leaser to name a few. Jim
was regarded by his competitors and fans alike as a true gentleman racer.
Jim passed away on May 5, 2003, at the age of 73.
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