The Last 6 years have been organized under the Empire Auto Racing name. This became a need when we started racing a 360 sprint car with the help and driver Marlon Jones. (go to the driver page for Marlons history) The very next year we desided to jump to the 410 Outlaw class with a deal made on 2 motors and 4 cars. We have had many up and down nights of racing but have always tried our best to Run to Win! as worded on our Sprint car. These last 3 years have helped this team grow and learn that a win is very hard to get in this class. We have had many Heat Race wins but no A mains yet…. We did win a 360 race in our first few weeks racing at I-90 Speedway and can’t wait to get another soon.

At the same time Brian Wendt and His son Aaron have been Racing a Mini-Sprint for 3 years and now a 360 Sprint Car this year in Rapid City and here in Sioux Falls. ( look at the Teams and Cars Page for all the Crews and helpers for each current car) This combined effort has completed our Empire Racing Team over the years.

In the late 1990’s We Sponsored a Winssota Mod at Black Hills Speedway with a winning driver Tyler K. Rookie of the year and a former Bull Rider.

The Wendt family has always been racing something. We raced Drag cars since 1979 - 2005 in some fashion though out those years.

We only wished we would have paid more attention to our Great Uncle Kenny Myler when his was alive and working with the Pettys, Bakers, and Yarbrough’s of NASCAR Legend. It just wasn’t the sport is has become today and our family has never really had the funds to be as involved as we would have liked too. Below is his racing history as we have found so far.

Kenny RED Myler

He owned the first car LEE PETTY Raced and won at first Daytona and Cale Yarbrough’s First Win ever was Kenny’s Car.

He was good friends with all the Petty’s and became a motor builder too on Buddy Bakers Crew and more.

Read through the Facts listed below from Nascar Websites and you will be pleasantly surprised at his work.

I will look into this more as we go on.

Kenny Myler, was Pearl Myler’s Brother. My Grandmother.

Daytona 500

Winning crew chiefs
Year Crew Chief Driver
1959 Kenny Myler Lee Petty
1960 Ray Fox Junior Johnson
1961 Smokey Yunick Marvin Panch
1962 Smokey Yunick Fireball Roberts
1963 Leonard Wood Tiny Lund
1964 Lee Petty Richard Petty
1965 Jack Sullivan Fred Lorenzen
1966 Lee Petty Richard Petty
1967 Eddie Pagan Mario Andretti
1968 Leonard Wood Cale Yarborough
1969 Herb Nab LeeRoy Yarbrough
1970 Maurice Petty Pete Hamilton
1971 Dale Inman Richard Petty
1972 Leonard Wood A.J. Foyt
1973 Dale Inman Richard Petty
1974 Dale Inman Richard Petty
1975 Travis Carter Benny Parsons
1976 Leonard Wood David Pearson
1977 Herb Nab Cale Yarborough
1978 Bud Moore Bobby Allison
1979 Dale Inman Richard Petty
1980 Waddell Wilson Buddy Baker
1981 Dale Inman Richard Petty
1982 Gary Nelson Bobby Allison
1983 Waddell Wilson Cale Yarborough
1984 Waddell Wilson Cale Yarborough
1985 Ernie Elliott Bill Elliott
1986 Gary Nelson Geoffrey Bodine
1987 Ernie Elliott Bill Elliott
1988 Jimmy Fennig Bobby Allison
1989 Jeff Hammond Darrell Waltrip
1990 Buddy Parrott Derrike Cope
1991 Tony Glover Ernie Irvan
1992 Larry McReynolds Davey Allison
1993 Jimmy Makar Dale Jarrett
1994 Tony Glover Sterling Marlin
1995 Tony Glover Sterling Marlin
1996 Todd Parrott Dale Jarrett
1997 Ray Evernham Jeff Gordon
1998 Larry McReynolds Dale Earnhardt
1999 Ray Evernham Jeff Gordon
2000 Todd Parrott Dale Jarrett
2001 Scott Eggleston Michael Waltrip
2002 Tommy Baldwin Jr. Ward Burton
2003 Slugger Labbe Michael Waltrip
2004 Tony Eury Sr. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2005 Robbie Loomis Jeff Gordon
2006 Darian Grubb Jimmie Johnson
2007 Todd Berrier Kevin Harvick
Kenny Myler (owner)Grand National Statistics by track
Click on the Site to see this owner’s career results at that track.
Glossary View career statistics for Kenny Myler
NEW! Subtotals by track surface / length are shown at the
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Site Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Prize AvSt AvFn RAF Miles LLF
Atlanta 1 0 0 0 0 249 0 655 11.0 13.0 1 373.5 0
Augusta 2 0 0 2 0 485 0 630 7.5 7.5 2 242.5 0
Beltsville 1 0 0 0 0 58 0 130 5.0 11.0 0 29.0 0
Columbia 1 0 1 1 0 197 0 275 10.0 5.0 1 98.5 0
Greenville 1 0 0 0 0 62 0 100 6.0 15.0 0 31.0 0
Hillsboro 1 0 1 1 0 106 0 300 6.0 4.0 1 95.4 0
Islip 1 0 1 1 0 245 0 300 7.0 4.0 1 49.0 0
Manassas 2 0 1 1 0 749 0 465 11.0 10.5 2 280.9 0
Moyock 2 0 0 1 0 381 0 275 9.0 12.0 1 126.9 0
Myrtle Beach 1 0 1 1 0 193 0 300 4.0 4.0 1 96.5 0
New Oxford 1 0 0 1 0 186 0 200 7.0 7.0 1 93.0 0
North Wilkesboro 1 0 0 0 0 93 0 175 13.0 28.0 0 58.1 0
Richmond 1 0 0 0 0 28 0 150 17.0 37.0 0 14.0 0
Spartanburg 1 0 1 1 0 198 0 600 6.0 2.0 1 99.0 0
Valdosta 1 1 1 1 0 200 18 1,000 5.0 1.0 1 100.0 1
Watkins Glen 1 0 1 1 0 63 0 415 8.0 4.0 1 144.9 0
Weaverville 1 0 1 1 0 487 0 800 13.0 5.0 1 243.5 0
Winston-Salem 1 0 1 1 0 240 0 275 7.0 5.0 1 60.0 0
GRAND TOTAL 21 1 10 14 0 4220 18 7,045 8.6 9.8 16 2235.6 1
Speedways (2 mi. +) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0 0
Speedways (1-2 mi.) 1 0 0 0 0 249 0 655 11.0 13.0 1 373.5 0
Short Tracks 11 0 4 7 0 2738 0 3,050 9.1 10.3 8 1089.9 0
Road Courses 1 0 1 1 0 63 0 415 8.0 4.0 1 144.9 0
Dirt Tracks 8 1 5 6 0 1170 18 2,925 7.6 9.4 6 627.4 1

In 1965, SAM McQuagg made 15 starts in the NASCAR Grand National Division (later to be renamed the Winston Cup Series) driving James Thomas’s No. 71 Ford at Riverside, Betty Lilliy’s No. 24 Ford in 10 events, Bob Cooper’s No. 60 Ford at Atlanta, and Kenny Myler’s No. 06 Ford at North Wilkesboro and Dog Track Speedway, Moyock, North Carolina. He recorded a 3rd place finish at Bristol recording 2 top-5s, 10 top-10s, and winning the NASCAR Grand National Division Rookie of the Year title. In 1966, McQuagg began driving Ray Nichels’ No. 98 Dodge in the NASCAR Grand National Division making 16 starts and won the Firecracker 400 at Daytona and received the $13,500 winning purse.

Nothing like the first time

Fifty years ago in Columbia ‘The King’ began his regin over auto racing


Richard Petty’s 10 Greatest Races

200-lap NASCAR Convertible division race at Columbia Speedway
Ten days after his 21st birthday, Richard Petty and cousin Dale Inman hauled a 1957 Oldsmobile convertible owned by his famous racing father, Lee, down to the half-mile dirt track at Columbia for a 200-lapper.
Petty qualified 13th in the 25-car field and finished sixth. The race didn’t count in his Grand National/Winston/Sprint Cup career, because it was a convertible race. But if you ask Petty where it all began…
100-lap Grand National race at Canadian National Exposition Speedway
Less than a week after Petty’s convertible debut, he made his first “official” start, in NASCAR’s top Grand National division, and learned about life among the big boys.
Petty’s father Lee was racing Cotton Owens when they came up behind him and he pulled over to let them by: “Cotton went on by, but Daddy bumped me in the rear, and my car went right into the wall,” Petty said. He finished 17th in the 19-car field.
200-lap NASCAR Convertible Division race at Columbia Speedway
This one wouldn’t count as one of Petty’s 200 career victories because the convertibles were in a separate NASCAR division, but ask Petty about his first victory, see above.
The 22-year-old’s brand-new Plymouth took the checkered flag ahead of veteran Jack Smith — no margin of victory was listed — and he won $900.
When he was asked how it felt to finally break the ice, in true Petty fashion he said: “The only difference I can tell is that first place pays more than second.”
FEB. 28, 1960, CHARLOTTE, N.C.
200-lap NASCAR Grand National Division race at Charlotte Fairgrounds.
It was official. Petty won his first Grand National/Winston Cup event, and he was off to the races. Before it was all over, he added 199 more for a record that will never be broken.
Petty got a little help when his father “bumped” Rex White’s Chevy with 13 laps to go. Petty’s strategy was to pass White when he hit a bump in the first turn. Guess it depends on your definition of “bump.”
“I didn’t hurt his chances,” said his dad.
Rebel 400, Darlington Raceway
Petty had not begun his unbelievable 10-for-10 win streak that earned him the nickname “The King” later that year, but his Rebel victory may have been more significant in the long run.
It was the 55th win of his career, breaking the all-time wins record set by his father six years earlier. Typically, Petty said, “There’s been a lot of fuss lately over me breaking Daddy’s record… . As far was we’re concerned, the Petty family has 109 wins.”
In California they called it “The Summer of Love,” but back on the right coast it was the Year of Petty. His dominant victory at Darlington (he led all but 19 laps) was the fourth win in a 10-race win streak, and one of his record 27 victories of the year.
As it turned out, it was Petty’s only win in the Southern 500 (NASCAR’s first “big race”) and one of only three at the storied track. His father never won at Darlington.
“Even if we win the rest of the races, this is the biggest thrill,” Petty said. “We’ve been trying to win this race for 18 years.”
FEB. 15, 1976, DAYTONA, FLA.
This was not a win for Petty, but it is often regarded as the greatest race in NASCAR history. Petty was leading on the last lap when he was passed on the backstretch by rival David Pearson.
Petty tried to get inside Pearson coming off the final corner, but the two made contact, causing both cars to spin in to the grass just short of the finish line. Petty’s car stalled about 100 feet short, but Pearson was able to keep his car running and limp over the finish line for the win.
“Whenever David and I hooked up, everyone knew it was going to be exciting,” Petty said. “We raced hard.”
NOV. 15, 1992, HAMPTON, GA.
Petty wanted to end his career in a blaze of glory but, he said after the checkered flag fell, “We forgot about the ‘glory’ part.”
There was entirely too much going on for one race. Bill Elliott and Alan Kulwicki were chasing Davey Allison down to the wire for the Winston Cup championship; Allison crashed, Elliott won the race and Kulwicki, by leading one extra lap, won the title. And a young kid named Jeff Gordon had his first Winston Cup start.
In the 1,177th start of his 35-year career, Petty got tangled up in a wreck early, caught fire, and his crew spent the rest of the afternoon fixing his car so that his racing career could end with the seven-time champion still on his feet.
“When it was over, nobody left,” Petty said. “There was so much going on that everyone just hung around and enjoyed the moment.”
— Compiled by Jim McLaurin
Source: Author Greg Fielden’s series of books on NASCAR racing.

Nearly a half a century ago, somewhere on a darkened two-lane road between Columbia and Level Cross, N.C., Richard Petty had his moment of epiphany.
The 21-year-old had been around racing since his dad, Lee, took the family sedan down to Charlotte in 1949 and wrecked it in the first NASCAR race. This moment was different.
As the three young adventurers headed home on that night of July 12, 1958, the younger Petty finally realized what he had done that day.
“I don’t know that there was a time during the race because I was busy. But just going up the road I was thinking, ‘You know, that wasn’t bad. I liked that,’” the 70-year old racing icon said this month as he recalled the day of his first race.
“I do know that going home, with me and Dale Inman and Red Myler in a pickup truck, we got out of a town about the North Carolina border. I told Dale, ‘You know what? I think I’m gon’ like this driving.’”
Coming from a guy who would later be known simply as “The King,” that could have been the understatement of the generation of hard-bitten men who turned stock car racing from little more than a legal joy ride for bootleggers into a mainstream sport.


June 27, 1965
Cale Yarborough drives Kenny Myler’s Ford to his first career NASCAR Grand National win at Valdosta, Georgia. Yarborough takes the lead 18 laps from the finish when engine problems end G.C. Spencer’s bid for victory.

Daytona 500 Heroes: Cale Yarborough


William Caleb Yarborough (born March 27, 1940 in Timmonsville, South Carolina, near the Famous Darlington Raceway), is a businessman and former NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver and owner. He is the only driver in NASCAR history to win three consecutive championships. In the past, he has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.


His 83 wins places him at number five in the all-time NASCAR winner’s list (behind Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip, who are tied for third with 84). Yarborough also won the Daytona 500 four times–his first win coming in 1968 for the Wood Brothers, the second in 1977 for Junior Johnson, and back-to-back wins in 1983 and 1984. In 1984, he became the first driver to qualify for the Daytona 500 with a top speed of more than 200 miles per hour.


Yarborough’s father was a tobacco farmer. As a young child, Yarborough attended the first Southern 500 in 1950 as a spectator without a ticket. He attempted to make his first attempt in the race as a teenager by lying about his age, but he was caught and disqualified by NASCAR. In 1957, Yarborough made his debut as a driver at the Southern 500, driving the #30 Pontiac for Bob Weatherly, starting 44th and finishing 42nd after suffering hub problems. He ran for Weatherly two years later, and finished 27th. In 1960, Yarborough ran at Southern States Fairgrounds and had his first career top-fifteen, a fourteenth-place finish. In 1962, he earned his first top-ten at the Daytona 500 Qualifying Race, when he finished tenth. He ran seven more races and finished 50th in the final standings.


Yarborough started 1963 without a full-time ride, but soon signed on to drive the #19 Ford for Herman Beam. His best finish was fifth twice, at Myrtle Beach and Savannah Speedway, respectively. He began the next season driving for Beam, but soon left and finished the year with Holman Moody, finishing sixth at North Wilkesboro Speedway, winding up nineteenth in points. The next season, he drove for various owners before picking up his first career win at Valdosta Speedway driving the #06 Ford for Kenny Myler, rising to tenth in the final standings.

UNCLE KENNY was there for Richard Petty’s first Nascar race too!

The First Race
Richard Petty ran his first race on July 12, 1958. That race came just 10 days after his 21st birthday.
The NASCAR schedule showed a NASCAR Grand National event at Asheville, N.C., and a convertible event at Columbia, S.C., scheduled the same day. Instead, of hiring a second driver to pilot the car in the convertible event, the younger Petty persuaded his father, Lee, who would compete in the Asheville GN race, to allow him to try the race at Columbia.
As a result, Petty and his cousin Dale Inman, who has been part of the Petty team for more than 50 years, loaded up along with their friends Wade Thornburg and Kenny Myler and went to the event in Columbia.
Petty finished sixth that day and his career was under way.
The next week, the Pettys took two cars to Toronto, Ontario, and Richard made his first Grand National start.

From Richard Petty’s New BOOK

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