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Remembering Rocket Ron

Ron Bishop loved all sports but racing for sure Ron Bishop loved all sports but racing for sure
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Saturday night was the moment for one more run on the dirt in memory of the local race car driver known as The Rocketman.

Ron Bishop drove for years on the dirt and asphalt tracks in Southern Arizona. He lost his battle with liver cancer this past April.

Bishop was a sportsman through and through. He loved to compete at more than just racing.

He played golf, he bowled but he told our David Kelly last fall that racing provided him a thrill that could not be replaced by any other sport.

Bishop's son R.J. drove his dirt track #98 sprint car for three ceremonial laps Saturday at USA Raceway.

The drivers in the X-Mod race followed suit with a missing man formation in Rocket Ron's honor prior to the event won by Ron Schreiner.

A similar tribute was held earlier this year at Tucson Speedway where drivers drove backwards for two laps in remembrance of Bishop.

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