Twenty year race announcer, Bill “Sarge” Masom, is hanging up his microphone. Sarge, a veteran who has been the track announcer at seven different race tracks in Texas, as well as a traveling late model series, announced his retirement from racing today. Sarge and the new management of the Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Elm Mott, Texas, failed to reach an agreement that would allow Sarge to start his twenty-first year behind a race track microphone
“I have been doing this for almost half of my life”, said Sarge, “it is time to do something else”. “I regret that a deal could not be worked out for me to continue as the track announcer at H.O.T., but there are no hard feelings. I wish everyone the best of luck during the upcoming race season”.
Sarge started his announcing career while still a member of the United States Air Force stationed at Brooks Air Force Base (now City Base) in San Antonio, Texas in 1993, at the now defunct Alamo Dragway. He moved on to announce Texas Dirt Speedway, South Texas Speedway, I-37 Speedway, Thunder Hill Speedway, Texas Thunder Speedway, and Heart O’ Texas Speedway. He also announced the Texas Super Racing Series, a premier limited late model pavement series, which held races throughout Texas. While being a track announcer, Sarge also was able to broadcast races, and even had his own radio show, Dirt Track Insider, on K-MAC Sports (www.kmacsports.com).
“I would like to thank everyone that has helped me during my announcing career”, said Sarge. “Russ Martin, of the now defunct T.I.D.A. Late Model series, taught me more about being an announcer in one night, than I would have learned in ten years by myself. I owe a lot to the Martinez brothers for giving me my first chance. It was also an honor and privilege to be Big Joe Lombardi’s side-kick for nearly ten years at Texas Thunder Speedway. Another special thanks goes out to my mentor, and good friend, Chuck Licata at K-MAC Sports, for letting me broadcast races and turning me loose with Dirt Track Insider. I truly appreciate all you have done for me.
Sarge is looking forward to spending more time with his beautiful wife, Sherry, and his extended family in the coming year. While he will no longer be behind a microphone, it is expected that Sarge will be seen from time to time at tracks around the state.
by JM Hallas