HOF Nominee - Tony Geiger

Posted by John Gartner 10/31/2019 8:15:56 AM

Tony Geiger started racing in 1964 at the old Dacotah Speedway, SE of Bismarck-about two miles east of the current Burleigh/Morton Correctional Center. Geiger started in what was termed at the time a “B” car—very similar to our current hobby stock cars that had stock components. He raced at the track until it closed for good after the 1969 racing season.

During the 1970/71 season there was no racing in the area but a new track opened in 1972 called Central States Raceway and Geiger returned to racing—this time with his brother and a new class they called a Late Model. Geiger put the #79 on his car as Late Models were encouraged to create two digit numbers to help lap counters of the time. Since Tony and Bob owned a local used parts business this was a good fit for a Late Model as the brothers loved to tinker with high performance racing engines. Tony built a Nova they put on a racing chassis and painted it black, which was very unusual at the time. It was sponsored by A & B Pizza, a new local business that was gaining popularity in the area. He raced full-time with good success until the 1980 season. Not one to race for points, he did finish fifth in points in 1979. 

The Geiger brothers were popular at the time because they usually had parts on hand for local drivers and they shared their knowledge with younger drivers just getting into the sport. With no real parts vendors at the track like we have now, the Geiger’s had connections with new emerging chassis builders of the day and that helped local racers obtain parts. The Bismarck-Mandan Stock Car Association’s first ever Swap Meet was held at the Geiger’s shop. That event took hold and grew becoming a regional event that helped many racers of the day.

Tony Geiger will be inducted into the Bismarck-Mandan Stock Car Association as both a good driver and a foundation builder of the sport.

Written by: John Gartner 

Researched by Marlys Schuler & Curt Klein

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