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Posing with his midget at Terre Haute in 1983 - JOHN MAHONEY PHOTO

Kevin Olson

To those who raced against him, worked with him or were entertained along the way by his tomfoolery, Kevin Olson was known simply as KO.

By now you know the world lost this fabulous race car driver and longtime SprintCar & Midget columnist to a highway accident on Feb. 11 at the age of 70.

KO was as well known for his outgoing — some may say outlandish — personality as he was for his prowess behind the wheel of a midget.

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Standing on the gas during the 1990 Hut Hundred. – DAVE NEARPASS PHOTO

He could — and often did — find humor in just about anything. From his lightbulb repair business to his zany T-shirts and numerous practical jokes, he never took himself seriously.

Except on the race track.

KO won 23 USAC midget features and a pair of USAC national championships. He also won 47 Badger Midget Series features and five driver titles.

He has been inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame and the USAC Hall of Fame.

KO topped the Pepsi Nationals at Angell Park Speedway five times, topped the Turkey Night Grand Prix in 1983 and won the Hut Hundred at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 1996.

Elsewhere in this magazine you will read several heartfelt remembrances of KO. In this space, we remember him through his more than five decades at the race track.
Rest in piece, KO.

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Kevin Olson poses with Indy car team owner Roger Penske and then-Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track as former Indianapolis Motor Speedway President John Cooper (right) looks on. – JOHN MAHONEY PHOTO
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KO entertains the crowd during the 1997 Badger Midget Series banquet. – SPEED SPORT Archives photo
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KO en route to the 1982 USAC national championship. – JOHN MAHONEY PHOTO
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Olson at Terre Haute in 1982. – JOHN MAHONEY PHOTO
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Olson sits in his race car in 1982 – LeeRoy Byers photo
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Pictured with John Mueller in victory lane at Santa Fe Speedway in 1987. – Stan Kalwasinski photo
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