Throughout the 1970’s and 80’s Gary Balough was a well known face to the short track racing world. His career started on asphalt tracks primarily in Florida then he ventured to the Northeast region to compete on dirt tracks where he showed almost immediate success. “Hot Shoe Balough” accumulated many high prolific victories including the Snowball Derby (Five Flags Speedway – FL) in 1980 & ’86, the Florida Governor’s Cup 200 (New Smyrna Speedway – FL) in ’68, the Syracuse 200 (New York State Fairgrounds) in ’76, ’77, ’78, and ’80, the All-American 400 (Fairgrounds Speedway – TN) in ’84 & ’86, and the NASCAR Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) Miller High Life 300 (Charlotte Motor Speedway – NC) in 1981. Gary Balough is celebrating his 71st birthday this week. He currently resides in Ohio where he works as a driver coach and a race team advisor.

(Dan Chervenak photo)

The Kenny Weld inspired “Batmobile” car that Balough dominated with in the 1980 Syracuse 200 at New York State Fairgrounds.

(Howie Hodge Photo)

Balough’s dominating win in the 1980 Schaefer 200 (Syracuse 200) was the first nationally televised major Modified event on ESPN.