Bob Flinn

Inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2012


0 FlinnBob Spartan 72Bob started his racing career as a drag racer but switched to oval dirt track racing. According to his big brother Ron, Bob won approximately 450 races during his forty year career. Bob was a competitor in the MSPA (Michigan Speedway Promoters Association) from 1973 until 1985 when the organization ceased operations. His white and yellow #02 was afamiliar site at the MSPA races. Bob was known to his fans as “Big Block Bob” because he was one of the few drivers to use a big block Chevy engine under the hood. Bob always made time to sign autographs for his fans—especially the young ones. In 1995, Bob obtained his ARCA license. Two of Bob’s biggest fans were Phoenix and Faith—his two Great Dane dogs. His new fan is Ace, another Great Dane.

0 FlinnBob E 72In 1981 Bob won every feature race at Ionia Fairgrounds Speedway. The same year he won numerous races at Butler Motor Speedway. The Fairgrounds put a bounty on Bob for any driver to beat Bob in a feature race. He was leading the points at Butler in 1982, when the promoter decided to drop the Late Models.

He is married to his wife Deb.

 

Career Highlights

  • Clarke’s Motor Speedway Champion (now I-96 Speedway) — 1975
  • Butler Motor Speedway -– 1981
  • Ionia Fairgrounds Speedway Champion – 1981
  • Finished 2nd in points to Kris Patterson in the final MSPA standings – 1983 & 1984
  • Crystal Speedway Champion — 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1994
  • Finished 10th in the points standings at Eldora Speedway – 1998

Special Events which Bob won

  • Erwin Williams Memorial held at Crystal Raceway – 1973
  • Won MSPA main event at Thunderbird – 1982
  • Won MSPA main event at M-113 – 1983
  • Won MSPA main events at Thunderbird, Whittemore, Ionia Fair, and Merritt – 1984
  • Dealers Choice held at Crystal Raceway — 1988
  • North-South Shootout held at Crystal Raceway — 1989
  • Winner of the Wood Tic held at Merritt Speedway — 1992 & 1993
  • Great Lakes Nationals held at Crystal Speedway — 2003
  • Tournament of Speed held at Crystal Speedway — 2003

Other Cars Driven by Bob over the years

  • Kris Pattersons #0 at Auto City Speedway at Mudslinger
  • Gary Bowerman #5 at Ionia County Speedway
  • Roger Wing #55 at Crystal Speedway
  • Scott Baker #13 at Merritt Speedway