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60's/70's Racer Don Hendershot Passes


Don Hendershot (left photo) in the #80 at Flemington Speedway. (Doris Lemasters photo)  That's Don next to the orange #80 coupe in the pits at Nazareth in 1973 (Rich Young photo)


Don Hendershot (center) with sons Bob (left) and Mike (right) at New Egypt Speedway 2004 (3Wide photo.)

Sad news has reached us of the passing of 60's/70's racer Don Hendershot.  Don raced at Flemington, Nazareth and other area speedways, often behind the wheel of machines carrying the #80.  Don's sons Mike and Bob also used the #80 on the their racecars as seen in the 2004 image from New Egypt Speedway.

I always enjoyed stopping by the Hendershot trailer at New Egypt, and will remember the Hendershot family, with Don, Mike and Bob all working together, getting their #80 machines race ready for the next event.

My condolences to Mike, Bob and the entire Hendershot family on Don's passing.
http://www.cochranfuneral.com/obit/obit_detail.php?id=3153


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Newburyport, Mass., October 31, 2018 – Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 announced today the release of “MODIFIEDS OF THE VALLEY: A History of Racing at Lebanon Valley Speedway,” by Lew Boyd. It is the newest in a long string of popular racing books presented by the company over the last 18 years, focused on recording and preserving the color and drama of open-wheel and short-track racing across the United States.

New York’s Lebanon Valley Speedway is one of the most iconic tracks in the country. Boyd details comprehensively how the track gradually evolved from a gloomy start in a rural cornfield in 1953 to the successful and lively center for motorsports that it is today. The Valley has become particularly well-known for the high-banked turns on its half-mile clay and for the blistering speeds attained by the Big Block Modifieds and Sprint Cars.

The history is laid out decade by decade, illustrated with close to 300 full-color and black-and-white photographs and filled with colorful anecdotes about drivers and their cars – and the incredible action they produced, whether glorious or tragic.
Hully Bunn, Howie Westervelt, Doug Garrison, Frankie Schneider, Tommy Corellis, Dickie Larkin, the Tremonts, Flachs, Quinns, Marshalls, Brett Hearn, Andy Bachetti, and JR Heffner are just a few of the competitors profiled.

The 252-page volume is the perfect holiday gift for anyone who has ever visited the Speedway, as well as any race fan interested in the evolution and true nature of today’s finest dirt-track racing.

“MODIFIEDS OF THE VALLEY,” priced at $29.95, can be ordered online at www.coastal181.com or by calling Coastal 181 at 877-907-8181 toll free. The website, updated daily, includes over 1500 other motorsports books and DVDs, as well as hundreds of photos and racing commentaries
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60's/70's Racer Don Hendershot Passes




Don Hendershot (top photo) in the #80 at Flemington Speedway. (Doris Lemasters photo)  That's Don next to the orange #80 coupe (bottom photo) in the pits at Nazareth in 1973 (Rich Young photo)


Don Hendershot (center) with sons Bob (left) and Mike (right) at New Egypt Speedway 2004 (3Wide photo.)

Dec 1, 2018:  Sad news has reached us of the passing of 60's/70's racer Don Hendershot.  Don raced at Flemington, Nazareth and other area speedways, often behind the wheel of machines carrying the #80.  Don's sons Mike and Bob also used the #80 on the their racecars as seen in the 2004 image from New Egypt Speedway.

I always enjoyed stopping by the Hendershot trailer at New Egypt, and will remember the Hendershot family, with Don, Mike and Bob all working together, getting their #80 machines race ready for the next event.

My condolences to Mike, Bob and the entire Hendershot family on Don's passing.
http://www.cochranfuneral.com/obit/obit_detail.php?id=3153


Remembering Russ Dodge


Russ with a racecar he built in 1971.


Russ with Elton Hildreth (right photo.)  Russ at a one of the many South Jersey Racing Reunion events that he held over the years.  The above event (Oct 2012) was put together by Russ, and fellow racing historian Ralph Richards (left photos.)


John Seyler, Russ, George Koyt and I visit the former site of Alcyon Speedway

  
Russ and Will Cagle at Pumpkin Run (left photo.)  Will and Barbara Cagle with Russ (right photo.)


  
Russ and Sal Moschella (left photo.)  Gil Hearne and Russ share a laugh (right photo.)

 
Racing photographer Jack Kromer and Russ (left photo).  Wayne Weaver, Larry Voss and Russ Dodge at Pumpkin Run (right photo).



Lee Mulligan, Russ and Harry.

11/24/18:  We received the very sad news over the weekend that our friend Russ Dodge has passed away. Russ had been battling some very series health issues the past few years, but if you knew the kind of guy that Russ was, you felt pretty confident about betting on him, and always felt there were many more phone calls to have... many more visits... maybe even a few more breakfast trips with him to one of his favorite local diners down near Berlin NJ.

Russ was one of my favorite people. It took a while for him to warm up to me when I met him a billion years ago at one of the Fillimon Movie parties. I think I liked that about him. He had a way of sizing folks up, and when he liked you, you knew he liked you.... you really knew it..., and there was no BS about it.

He did it all.... Built a racecar, drove a racecar, promoted at Bridgeport in the very early days, organized events for decades...
and became the foremost Racing Historian for all of South Jersey racing, and beyond. His knowledge of Vineland, Alcyon, Atco, Pleasantville, East Windsor, Flemington, Langhorne, etc., was incredible.

A fraction of that knowledge can be experienced by looking through the "Senior Moments" section, and the "Black & White Gold" section within the pages of the main site that Russ used to anchor when his health was better. He had a lot of respect for the drivers and race teams that he grew up watching. You can feel that when you read Russ' comments under each of the images in his sections of The Vault.

He introduced me to his friend and Indy 500 driver, "Iron Mike Magill" from nearby Haddonfield. He introduced me to Walt Chernokal.... We walked together around the old Atco Speedway... and Vineland Speedway, and walked the grounds of where Alcyon Speedway had been located decades before. Russ brought them back to life for me. Russ welcomed me into his what I considered to be his world. A world made up of a history that could only be found in two places.... Either by reading 100's of books (some yet to be written...), or by listening to Russ Dodge.

In recent years, Russ headed up the South Jersey Racing Museum at Harry Fleming's. I wouldn't even try to call Russ on Wednesdays as that was his day to go down to Harry's and have an "executive meeting" with the guys (aka BS session!) I know that being a part of that gang meant a lot to Russ, as did stocking up the museum building with all kinds of interesting things to be enjoyed by folks who visited the display each year during the Pumpkin Run.

Whenever you mentioned Bob Rossell, with a grin Russ would say, "Oh...you mean my idol?" (He appreciated Bob's driving and building ability, but I really know that the "idol" part was because of Bob being such a straight shooter... no nonsense... right to the point kind of guy, and that's what Russ respected most.

Thinking about that... that's exactly how I would describe my friend Russ Dodge.

My condolences to Doris, the Dodge Family, the many friends of Russ.... and to Mr. Buttons, (Russ's little dog that was his best buddy.)

Thank you for the education Russ.

https://costantinofh.com/tribute/details/2508/Russell-Dodge/obituary.html


Frankie Schneider Passes


Photo By Ace Lane Sr -  Provided By Stan Zemenak

The racing community is saddened by the news of the passing of all time racing great Frankie Schneider.

There are 1000's and 1000's who try their hand at short track racing.... but only one worthy of the title, "The Old Master."

Frankie's skill behind the wheel, and ingenuity in the garage earned him win after win throughout the 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's....  Wherever Frankie raced, whether on dirt or asphalt... small track or big track.... it didn't matter.  All would learn why he was truly "The Old Master."


Charles Zulla photo left - Paul Irving photo right

Photographer unknown - Kevin Budden provided.

Our condolences go out to Darlene, Diane, Frankie III and to the many friends, and fans of Frankie Schneider.


Service Information:  Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 5:30-9PM and on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from Noon-5PM in the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, NJ. Cremation and interment in Rosemont Cemetery, Rosemont, NJ will be private. In addition, friends, family, and fans are invited to the Flemington Moose Lodge, 81 Barley Sheaf Road, immediately following the visitation Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arc of Hunterdon County, 1465 Route 31 South, Annandale, NJ 08801.

More information:  http://www.holcombefisher.com/obituaries/Frank-E-Schneider-Jr?obId=3461296#/obituaryInfo


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The Number 43: The Life and Legacy of Wild Bill Greco


by Sarah Greco

The Number 43 chronicles the triumphs and trials of Wild Bill Greco, a legendary Northeastern short-track stock car driver. His success on the racetrack reveals much about his determination, drive, and desire to achieve success, but a look at the man behind the helmet and fire suit exposes a paradoxical figure who inspires and infuriates, embraces and battles, and ultimately, who steals the heart of all who truly get to know him.  Be prepared to have your heart stolen, too! 
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Congratulations to Izzy Lowden



Izzy Lowden in victory lane at Blue Mountain 1/4 Midget Speedway in  Walnutport, PA (top photo).  Izzy's dad (and Crew Chief!) Billy Lowden greets daughter Izzy in victory lane (bottom photo.)  Photos by:  Leo Boyer

12 year old Izzy Lowden won her feature event at Blue Mountain last Friday 8/24 in the Senior Animal division.  Izzy is a 3rd generation racer, with her dad Billy Lowden (current Mahoning Valley racer, having wheeled dirt modifieds at OCFS, NES, etc), and Izzy's grandfather Bill Lowden, who ran at Wall and East Windsor back in the 70's and early 80's. 

Izzy has won before, and has quite a few 2nd place finishes in the books, but it's always great to be back in victory lane!  With a few more events scheduled in the upcoming month, look for Izzy to have a few more in victory lane photo ops!



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