Ray Knepper represents one, among many, of racing’s well-known families. He and Brothers Ollie, A...rthur (Butch) and Walter all raced midgets. Ray was the most successful. From their East St. Louis, IL area home, Ray debuted, in 1939, and learned well.
During WWII he was shot down over Germany in a B-17 and parachuted into captivity but escaped and made his way back to freedom.
In 1946, the Knepper’s built a Continental powered midget and Ray won his first feature with many to follow. Purchasing the Thomshe Offy, in 1947, Ray accumulated 23 main events and the SLARA Title. Johnny Pawl sold him a car, in 1948, which became the Bardahl 21 and carried him to many first. Sprint, Champ Cars and stock cars expanded his career.
He died in 2000 at age 79