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April 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The late Les Richter, an ex-Los Angeles Ram who twice helped establish big-league auto racing in Southern California, again was nominated for NASCAR's Hall of Fame. Richter, who died in 2010 at age 79, was among 25 nominees announced Wednesday for enshrinement in the 2014 class. Five will be selected later this year. Other nominees include team owners Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress, three-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett, track operator O. Bruton Smith and the late Wendell Scott, the only African American to win a race in what is now NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series.
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April 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The late Les Richter, an ex-Los Angeles Ram who twice helped establish big-league auto racing in Southern California, again was nominated for NASCAR's Hall of Fame. Richter, who died in 2010 at age 79, was among 25 nominees announced Wednesday for enshrinement in the 2014 class. Five will be selected later this year. Other nominees include team owners Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress, three-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett, track operator O. Bruton Smith and the late Wendell Scott, the only African American to win a race in what is now NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series.
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February 15, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Spotted from a distance, Les Richter offers little hint that he once intimidated through mere physical presence. The former Los Angeles Rams linebacker is bent from the waist at about a 45-degree angle as he walks, hands clenched behind him for balance. He is nearly 80. Up close, however, Richter extends his right hand in greeting to a visitor and the years melt away. "Squeeze," he says. His mouth curls into a devilish grin as the visitor's hand disappears inside Richter's oversized and still-sturdy mitt, all but drained of blood and feeling as Richter tightens his grip.
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August 5, 2011 | Sam Farmer
It isn't Shannon Sharpe striking an Incredible Hulk pose after scoring a touchdown. Not Marshall Faulk picking up an exhausted teammate and dragging him to the line of scrimmage to keep a two-minute drill going. Not Deion Sanders high-stepping into the end zone, or Richard Dent crushing another quarterback. The true human highlight film in this Pro Football Hall of Fame class is 94-year-old Ed Sabol, the onetime overcoat salesman who shaped the NFL as we know it. Sabol, who founded NFL Films and forever changed the way the world watches football, will complete his decades-overdue journey to Canton on Saturday, when he'll be inducted with a class that includes Sharpe, Faulk, Sanders, Dent, Chris Hanburger and the late Les Richter.
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June 13, 2010 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
Les Richter, twice a key force in establishing big-league auto racing in Southern California after a career as an all-pro linebacker with the Los Angeles Rams, died Saturday. He was 79. Richter died at Riverside Community Hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm Friday, said his son, Jon. Richter first led Riverside International Raceway, a twisty road-racing course, to national prominence largely by bringing NASCAR there in the early 1960s. After that track closed in 1988, he helped supervise development of Auto Club Speedway, the 92,000-seat Fontana track initially called California Speedway that opened in 1997 and now hosts two top-level NASCAR races a year.
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August 5, 2011 | Sam Farmer
It isn't Shannon Sharpe striking an Incredible Hulk pose after scoring a touchdown. Not Marshall Faulk picking up an exhausted teammate and dragging him to the line of scrimmage to keep a two-minute drill going. Not Deion Sanders high-stepping into the end zone, or Richard Dent crushing another quarterback. The true human highlight film in this Pro Football Hall of Fame class is 94-year-old Ed Sabol, the onetime overcoat salesman who shaped the NFL as we know it. Sabol, who founded NFL Films and forever changed the way the world watches football, will complete his decades-overdue journey to Canton on Saturday, when he'll be inducted with a class that includes Sharpe, Faulk, Sanders, Dent, Chris Hanburger and the late Les Richter.
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August 11, 1985 | RICH ROBERTS
The Rams honored 24 players from their 40 years in Southern California with a pregame reception and halftime ceremony at Anaheim Stadium Saturday night. Owner Georgia Frontiere presented each player with an engraved brass plate. The turnout included all but five of the living members of the 40-year team selected by readers of The Times--Merlin Olsen, Jon Arnett, Les Richter, Eddie Meador and Eric Dickerson.
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April 27, 2004
Joe Gibbs, coach of the Washington Redskins and owner of NASCAR Nextel Cup cars driven by Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte, likes to tell about walking through the garage area and hearing someone say, "Hi, Coach." Then, turning to acknowledge the greeting, hearing, "No, not you!" Instead, the greeting is intended for Les Richter, known coast to coast in racing circles as the coach.
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February 12, 1986 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Les Richter still maintains his home in Riverside, where he managed Riverside International Raceway for 23 years after a Hall of Fame football career with the Rams. But if you want him, you'd better first look down here at NASCAR headquarters or up in Washington, D.C. The old Coach, as he's been known since his football days, was promoted last week by NASCAR President Bill France Jr.
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October 25, 1985 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
Hardy Nickerson will have his own personal cheering section at the Rose Bowl Saturday evening when Cal's football team plays UCLA. Nickerson grew up in Los Angeles and played a big part in Verbum Dei's Southern Section titles in 1981 and '82, so he can expect the backing of family and friends, former coaches and teachers, perhaps even present-day Verbum Dei players. But Cal's junior linebacker is likely to grab the attention of everyone else in the crowd, too.
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June 13, 2010 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
Les Richter, twice a key force in establishing big-league auto racing in Southern California after a career as an all-pro linebacker with the Los Angeles Rams, died Saturday. He was 79. Richter died at Riverside Community Hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm Friday, said his son, Jon. Richter first led Riverside International Raceway, a twisty road-racing course, to national prominence largely by bringing NASCAR there in the early 1960s. After that track closed in 1988, he helped supervise development of Auto Club Speedway, the 92,000-seat Fontana track initially called California Speedway that opened in 1997 and now hosts two top-level NASCAR races a year.
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February 15, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Spotted from a distance, Les Richter offers little hint that he once intimidated through mere physical presence. The former Los Angeles Rams linebacker is bent from the waist at about a 45-degree angle as he walks, hands clenched behind him for balance. He is nearly 80. Up close, however, Richter extends his right hand in greeting to a visitor and the years melt away. "Squeeze," he says. His mouth curls into a devilish grin as the visitor's hand disappears inside Richter's oversized and still-sturdy mitt, all but drained of blood and feeling as Richter tightens his grip.
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April 27, 2004
Joe Gibbs, coach of the Washington Redskins and owner of NASCAR Nextel Cup cars driven by Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte, likes to tell about walking through the garage area and hearing someone say, "Hi, Coach." Then, turning to acknowledge the greeting, hearing, "No, not you!" Instead, the greeting is intended for Les Richter, known coast to coast in racing circles as the coach.
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June 12, 1988 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Stock car racing was just out of its infancy in 1963 when Les Richter convinced NASCAR founder Bill France to bring his traveling circus to Riverside International Raceway. It was a revolutionary move. The sport, an outgrowth of the moonshine era when fast cars sped through the back roads of the Carolinas, delivering their White Lightning during the week, and then got together and raced on Sundays, was just beginning to take on a national character. It was also strictly an oval racing sport.
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February 12, 1986 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Les Richter still maintains his home in Riverside, where he managed Riverside International Raceway for 23 years after a Hall of Fame football career with the Rams. But if you want him, you'd better first look down here at NASCAR headquarters or up in Washington, D.C. The old Coach, as he's been known since his football days, was promoted last week by NASCAR President Bill France Jr.
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October 25, 1985 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
Hardy Nickerson will have his own personal cheering section at the Rose Bowl Saturday evening when Cal's football team plays UCLA. Nickerson grew up in Los Angeles and played a big part in Verbum Dei's Southern Section titles in 1981 and '82, so he can expect the backing of family and friends, former coaches and teachers, perhaps even present-day Verbum Dei players. But Cal's junior linebacker is likely to grab the attention of everyone else in the crowd, too.
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June 12, 1988 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Stock car racing was just out of its infancy in 1963 when Les Richter convinced NASCAR founder Bill France to bring his traveling circus to Riverside International Raceway. It was a revolutionary move. The sport, an outgrowth of the moonshine era when fast cars sped through the back roads of the Carolinas, delivering their White Lightning during the week, and then got together and raced on Sundays, was just beginning to take on a national character. It was also strictly an oval racing sport.
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August 11, 1985 | RICH ROBERTS
The Rams honored 24 players from their 40 years in Southern California with a pregame reception and halftime ceremony at Anaheim Stadium Saturday night. Owner Georgia Frontiere presented each player with an engraved brass plate. The turnout included all but five of the living members of the 40-year team selected by readers of The Times--Merlin Olsen, Jon Arnett, Les Richter, Eddie Meador and Eric Dickerson.
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