Game of life: Monty Grice never lost love for dirt car racing

Grice eventually landed his dream job of working for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in Troutman.
by Scott Munn Published: April 29, 2013
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A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:

*Oklahoma City native Monty Grice built race car chassis. He started by building super modifieds and IMCA dirt modifieds and then moved on to become shop foreman at Dirt Works Racing. Grice eventually landed his dream job of working for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in Troutman, N.C. A family obituary said, “Although he obtained a job in the NASCAR industry, he never lost his love for dirt car racing.” Grice died at age 51 after a 6½-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

*Tulsa resident George Starch III was a member of the Sports Car Club of America. He raced an Austin-Healey and was a SCCA certified steward. Starch also owned Tru Wheel, a business that repaired wire wheels for race cars. The World War II veteran died at age 86.

*Jack D. Webb, 87, played college football at Bethany (Kan.), before going into coaching. He mentored track and football teams in Winfield (Kan.) and then served as an assistant coach in the same sports at Enid High School. Webb moved to administration and was Enid principal when the Plainsmen won three consecutive state football championships (1964, '65 and '66). The longtime member of the Oklahoma State Athletic Association was a World War II veteran who served with the Marines as a teenager.

*Ardmore native Farris Richards was an avid fisherman. The career grocer participated in the Tuesday Night Bass Tournament on Lake Murray. He died at age 77.

*Enid native Marilyn Woods was accomplished in equestrian. She won several awards in English equitation and Hunter Jumper competitions. Woods died at age 88.

*John Jordan of Oklahoma City served in the Marines and Air Force, doing one tour in Korea and two in Vietnam. Before a 20-year career in the military, he had learned to take care of himself; Jordan was a championship boxer, winning the Golden Gloves light featherweight championship in 1954. The father of four died at age 75.


by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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By the numbers

15: Come-from-behind wins this season for the Oklahoma State baseball team. The Cowboys are 32-11.

5: School-record career no-hitters for Oklahoma softball pitcher Keilani Ricketts.

4: School-record no-hitters this season alone by Ricketts.

3: The Oklahoma City Barons have won at least 40 games during their first-three seasons in the American Hockey League.

2: Consecutive Big 12 Tournament championships by the Oklahoma men's tennis team. The Sooners defeated regular-season champ Baylor on Sunday in the finals.

1: Central Oklahoma clinched its first Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association softball championship — in its first year in the league — by defeating Northwest Missouri 5-4 on Sunday.

Truth be told

The Oklahoman asked high school athletes: List one person you want to trade places with:

Tyler Wisby, track and field, Edmond Santa Fe:

“No one, although my life is very difficult at times I'm grateful for every second.”

Truitt Maxwell, tennis, Heritage Hall:

“Wes Welker because I think he really loves what he does.”

Reagan Perry, soccer, Putnam City North:

“My mom (Brenda) because she is the strongest and best person in my life.”

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