2017 News Stories
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Our Racing Community:
Race Car Owner "Whitey Kidd" Passes
Roger Laureno in the Whitey Kidd owned #125 at Bridgeport Speedway
8/11/17: Sad news has reached us on the passing of car owner "Whitey Kidd." Many will remember the race cars that Whitey fielded through the years, including the #125 as pictured above.With a heavy heart, I have to report that my friend and former car owner Ronald Salzer - aka Whitey Kidd, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday at his home in Florida. Whitey was a true racer who loved the sport and worked hard at it ,along with 2 jobs, to make it happen. I am forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me in racing and for all the great memories. RIP Whitey
Multi-time feature and championship winning driver Roger Laureno offered this about his former car owner:
Our condolences to the friends and family of "Whitey Kidd." We'll always remember the #125 cars, and thanks to Whitey's efforts, we all have great memories of Roger taking his #125's to the front.
Our condolences to the family of Ronald Salzer, or was we knew him as, "Whitey Kidd."
Racer Bruce "Pee Wee" Griffin Passes
8/9/17: If you say the name "Pee Wee Griffin" to any dirt race fan from NJ from the 60's and 70's, for most, you'd conjure up memories of the early days of East Windsor Speedway, where "Pee Wee" was often the storyline.
Drivers that usually win a lot will tell you that they don't care if they get cheered, or if they get boo'ed... just as long as folks are saying something when their name is called out during the line up. Everyone noticed Pee Wee, as we all did back in those early East Windsor days... and it was because of the excitement that I experienced during those early speedway visits, that I'm still a fan to this day. Pee Wee could win... And when he didn't when, he was still almost always a big part of the show in one way or another.
I'll remember those days sitting in the stands with my dad, both of us watching Pee Wee do his thing out there in his "Little Red" coupe, and then talking about "Pee Wee" the whole drive home... and then wondering, "What will Pee Wee do next week!"
At some point, Pee Wee kept his car at the Gulf Station, just off the Cranbury Circle, at the intersection of Rt. 539 & Rt. 130. While the building is no longer a garage, and the "Cranbury Grill" where my father would sometimes see Pee Wee at, that sat right across the street from the garage is no longer there, there aren't many times I drive by and not think of Pee Wee and his little red #72 coupe.
Our condolences to the Griffin Family on the passing of "Pee Wee."
Carl "Fuzzy" Van Horn Passes
Photo By: Terry Shaub/Provided By: Ed Shaub Collection
Photographer Paul Irving - Provided by Paul Irving
Photographer Paul Irving - Provided by Paul Irving
7/7/17: A championship winning racer, a car builder, a track builder/promoter, a leader... and always an inspiration to those around him, the racing world is saddened by the loss of Carl Van Horn.
After hanging up his goggles, Carl remained involved in the sport in many ways. In recent years, Carl was always a very welcomed guest/panelist at various gatherings, where the appreciation and respect from all in the racing community, including those who Carl competed against on the track, and from the many, many "Fuzzy Fans" that were always sure to attend.
We remember Carl Van Horn, and will always recognize and appreciate his accomplishments in the world of short track stock car racing - inside, and outside of the car.
We offer our sincere condolences to the Van Horn Family.
Ward Crozier Passes
5/5/17: Sad word has reached us on the passing of Ward Crozier.
A true renaissance man of our sport... Ward truly did it all.
Ward Crozier behind the wheel of his #26 Coupe at Nazareth (top left - Jack Kromer photo), and in his Gremlin (top right - Rich Young photo.) Ward at Mahoning Valley conducting a driver's meeting in the summer of 2006 for the Kart and Micro Stock racers (center left - 3Wide photo), and looking out over the speedway from the pit office (center right - 3Wide photo.) Ward stops the water truck and helps with the removal of those watching from an unsafe view from the trees (bottom left - Jack Kromer photo.) Ward talking to fans at the 2017 Phillipsburg Mall Dirt Track Heroes event (bottom right - Jack Kromer photo.)
...a driver, a pit steward, a promoter.... and much more...
I was fortunate to meet Ward when he took over the Sunday Karting program at Mahoning Valley back in the mid 2000's. Wall had cancelled their Kart series for that year, leaving my son and I no place to race, so I reached out to Ward, about the possibility of racing at Mahoning, and he told us "come on up! Ward and his wife Dottie made my son and I, and all the other racers that came up from NJ feel very welcome, and the hospitality that they extended, along with the great memories from those Sundays at Mahoning, is something that I will always be grateful for.
My condolences go out to the Crozier family on the passing of Ward.
Services: A public viewing will be Tuesday, May 9th from 4 – 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday 10 – 11:00 a.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton, PA 18067. At this time, family and friends will have an opportunity to share special memories.
Additional information found at: http://www.reichelfuneralhome.com/obits.php?id=575&p=&search
Sportsman/Modified Racer Bobby Ayres Passes
4/18/17: Sad news has reached us of the passing of Bob Ayres, driver of the the #69 sportsman coupe (top photo), and the #69 Gremlin modified (middle photo), and later, the Dale Clickner #32A coupe pictured above.
Bob decided to go racing in the mid 70's, and from what I remember, sold his motorcycle to buy a proven winning #9A sportsman car from top running Dean Applegate. Bob left the color pretty much the same on the #9A, but changed to the #69, and very quickly became a top runner in that division.
Bob had a lot of fans because of his smooth driving style, and because he was just one of those racers that everybody wanted to see do well. Bob had a way of getting the most out of a car, and could find a way of being near the top when the checkered flag waved.
We are grateful to have the memories of watching Bob Ayres race.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Bob Ayres.
Sportsman Racer Dusty Malsbury Passes
4/9/17: Sad news has reached us on the passing of Dusty Malsbury. Many East Windsor Speedway fans will remember Dusty not only racing in the sportsman division, but dominated the division in the late 60's. I'm not sure, but I think it was 1969 that Dusty won 14 or 15 sportsman features in that year alone!
Those local to the Hightstown/Windsor area will remember seeing the #777 parked outside the Esso gas station on Route 130, not far from Jim's Country Diner.
Dusty was an early favorite of mine, and the photo above is one of the first driver photos I ever purchased at the speedway.
Our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Dusty Malsbury - Always a favorite of ours here in The Vault.
Joe Macfarlan - 3Wide's Picture Vault
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