He won 23 midget features and two sprint car events.
"I don't count 'em, I just show up and race," the good-natured Vogler said. "Next week I'll be at Indy (for the 500) with the best shot I've ever had there. The Machinists Union has two 1988 Marches, with new Cosworth engines, for me."
Vogler has driven in the last four 500s, but crashed in three of them and failed to finish the other.
Stan Fox, of Janesville, Wis., is another Indy 500 driver competing in the Thursday night series. Fox finished seventh as a rookie driving for A. J. Foyt in 1987, but completed only two laps last year before a broken half-shaft put him out.
"A. J. is taking four cars to Indy next week and I hope I'll be in one," Fox said. "Of course, after seeing me here the other night he might have other ideas."
Foyt, in town for the Long Beach Grand Prix in mid-April, dropped in at Ascot, where he had won the Turkey Night Grand Prix in 1970 and 1971, to watch the Thursday night racing. Fox, one of USAC's leading midget drivers, was in Foyt's Gilmore-Copenhagen colors.
During the main event, Fox spun out--twice. USAC has a rule that if a driver spins out twice in the same race, he is disqualified. This meant that Fox, whom Foyt came to watch, didn't last long.
"It wasn't the best night of my career," Fox said, laughing.