Thad Dosher of Topeka Kansas began racing at Shawnee Speedway in the late1950’s. He won the inaugural “Jayhawks Nationals” in 1961, driving a Super Modified for owner, Duane Vobach. Thad continued to gain experience over the next few years before driving for Jack Cunningham. At the ”Indy of Sprint car racing” at Knoxville, Iowa, Dosher ran 2nd to Joe Saldana for 14 laps before overtaking the future Sprint star and winning the race. In 1968 Thad bought the Bill Hoback ride, painted it lavender and white with the #74, and ran the IMCA and BCRA in the Midwest.
His success continued as he tied with Dick Sutcliffe for the track championship at Topeka. He also won a feature at Eagle, Nebraska, driving the Swenson-Williams #24. In 1970 Thad was reunited with his Knoxville Nationals winning ride, now owned by Gary Hanna, and won the Topeka Championship and the“Jayhawk Nationals,” both for the second time. In 1972 Dosher, now teamed with R&H Farms and mechanic Wayne House, finished 5th in IMCA points and won his first IMCA race at Lincoln. A 1973 trip to the IMCA Winter Nationals in Florida yielded two seconds, a third, and a fourth-place finish. Thad’s first big win of the season came with the Big Car Racing Association at Wakeeney, Kansas, followed by IMCA wins at Lincoln and Spencer, Iowa. Of the twenty races held, Dosher finished in the top five eleven times and was the 1973 IMCA Champion. In 1975 Dosher ran USAC for Bobby Hillin and finished in the top ten four times. Thad Dosher was one of the few drivers to win the Knoxville Nationals and an IMCA Championship. Thad is retired and lives in South Carolina.