September 28, 2012
Yesterday, short-track racing pioneer, John "Racetrack Jack" Doering was laid to rest after going to his heavenly home on this Sunday past.
In attendance at his funeral service were family and friends from all walks of life. Many stories and personal reflections were shared and it was clear that Jack made an impression on everyone that crossed his path. Race promotion was his chosen profession, wherein he made a huge impact, but the positive impact he made on all of us was his real legacy.
Jack was one of the most encouraging people I have ever encountered and his attitude was contagious. He had a gift that he shared with everyone.....his positive outlook on people and life. After spending even the briefest of moments with Jack, I would leave wondering how he could be so positive....all the time. It was truly a pleasure to have known him.
A number of years ago, Jack brought "Ol' Sea Biscuit" up to Dixie to run in a bus race on Eve of Destruction (He always liked to bring Jimmer Daniels up to take our money back to Auto City). The place was packed. A standing room only crowd...and Jack said "Hey, great crowd...I'm proud of ya kid". It was high praise coming from the master. Those words still echo in my mind.
Jack would always see the sliver of sunshine amid the darkest and grayest of skies. Just ask those racers who called from Auto City's parking lot during a rain shower, only to have Jack say, "it's all blue skies and sunshine here... we're racing".
We all leave a footprint in this life, but Jack, yours is bigger and deeper than most. They sure don't make 'em like Jack anymore.
God Speed, Jack, to you and your family. We all are better-off having known you.