Where Are They Now: Dale SpanglerFriday, November 3, 2006 | 7:06 AM
Dale Spangler got his first motorcycle in 1981. His dad was a drag racer, and his love of competition would be passed on to his son when they went to their first motocross race, outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Dale and his father both became fanatics for the sport, and before long they were racing every weekend. By ’84, Dale had won the 125 C championship at the Florida Winter-AMA Series. He secured a Team Green ride with Kawasaki and continued to show promise at the amateur national events he attended. Spangler went as far west as Texas and hit every major amateur championship event east of the Lone Star State. His best finish at Loretta Lynn’s was a third in the 125 A class in 1985.
Spangler’s first pro race was the national motocross at Lake Sugar Tree in Axton, Virginia, in 1988. He didn’t qualify, but he would go on to be a regular top-twenty finisher in motocross and even finish as high as sixth overall in the 1989 East Region 125 Supercross Series. His best moto finish was a third at Red Bud that same year aboard a Tuf Racing Suzuki. It would end up being his last season of full-time competition.
“My dad and I always talked about a time line of opportunity,” Dale explains. “We said that if I didn’t have a factory ride by a certain time, then it was probably best that I try doing something else. I earned national #41 for the 1990 season, but I never used it once. I quit racing and became a regular working guy. I got married and went to a two-year trade school for computer drafting. My marriage only lasted a few years, though, and about that time I really got the itch to ride again.”
After bouncing around for a while, he took a job with Smith Optics in 1999. Out of a rental car, he prepped goggles for Greg Albertyn as he made his championship run that year.
The job at Smith took Dale to Boise, Idaho, where he still lives; he currently works for Pro Moto Billet/Fastway Performance. In addition to working full-time, he is working on a four-year degree with an English major. He plans on graduating this May.
Check out Dale Spangler's personal website at www.spangledesh.com.
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