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Danny Serrano Passes


3/5/20:  There is great sadness throughout all levels of the racing community of the news of the passing of Danny Serrano. 

A long time super race fan, Danny had the opportunity a few years ago to take his love of the sport from the grandstand, to the main office in the role of General Manager at New Egypt Speedway.  Years later, Danny would take that same energy and excitement with him to Bridgeport Speedway, where again, in the role of General Manager, Danny would be a major part in moving Bridgeport Speedway to the next level.


Danny, with a bunch of friends enjoying the show from the stands in this June 2013 New Egypt photo.

Danny, often called "Pimp" by those who knew him well (Pimp was actually short for "The Allentown Pimp", a nickname/handle that Danny proudly owned for his years of rooting for Allentown PA's Doug Hoffman),  He was a big Hoffman fan, and he wasn't shy about it!....

Prior to his involvement in an official speedway capacity at New Egypt, in August of 2006 Danny led an effort to recognize friend and fellow race fan Mike Rogie, who was battling lung cancer, in what would become well known throughout the racing community as "Friends of Mike Night",  a special night to recognize his friend, and a night to give back to the racers.  Danny, with the support of race teams, sponsors, and fellow fans, was able to raise thousands of dollars that were then redistributed throughout the racing field via the winners purse, heat winners, taking the green, and other various awards throughout the night.  It became one of racing's biggest nights, and it was all Danny, with help from his many, many friends.



Danny (right) alongside track announcer Nick Leach (left) address the huge crowd at the 2006 Friends of Mike event.


It was through this initial Friends of Mike event, and subsequent events, that the racing community saw Danny as not only a huge fan of the sport, but as someone who had the support of the competitors, crews and fans... and as someone who could pull racing folks together.....  There was something about Danny's passion for short track racing that could help bring folks together... and could help improve the sport from the inside.

From his early years as a toddler when "Grams" would take him to the races at Flemington, to the days of sitting in the stands surrounded by friends as a young man... to eventually stepping up to a management level - making decisions to keep the sport of short track racing in NJ strong...., Danny never lost his passion and love for the sport.



Left photo -Dan with legend Stan Ploski (a favorite of Dan's Gram Mom.)   Dan during a birthday celebration it New Egypt in 2011 (right.)


Dan in victory lane (2011) with David Van Horn.


Going to the races and seeing Danny was something that you could always count on, and something to look forward to...  Whether just a quick head nod and smile... or a quick chat.... whether at Bridgeport...or New Egypt... or Wall...or Georgetown...or Volusia....  It was something that would just always happen, because Danny was everywhere.



Danny in New Egypt victory lane with sponsor Tom Hamill (left), Track owner Bill Miscoski (right) and Dan's good friend, the late John Romano.

Through the sadness of his sudden passing, we will move forward... thinking of his smile... appreciative of his friendship, and of what Danny had accomplished for the racing community....  and knowing that Danny will always be at a racetrack.... somewhere.


Viewing: Friday March 13th, 4-8pm at Timothy E. Ryan Funeral Home in Toms River, NJ.

Service: Saturday March 14th, 11 am at the funeral home followed by burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle.

https://www.ryanfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/4128211/Serrano-Daniel/service-details.php


Long Time Flemington Speedway Official Wendy Kennedy Passes


Flemington Speedway's Wendy Kennedy signs the "Who's Who of Flemington Speedway Tire" at a Flemington Speedway Historical Society event.

Very sad news has reached us of the passing of long time Flemington Speedway Official Wendy Kennedy.
Those who were fortunate to have known Wendy will tell you, that nobody had more "Flemington Speedway Spirit" than her. 

Wendy was a long time official, but more than that, she had a love and an excitement for the speedway that was greater than anyone I have ever met.  She also always had the respect and admiration of all who knew her....  

She didn't just work at the speedway...  She lived it.

Our condolences to the Kennedy Family and friends of Wendy Kennedy.


https://www.holcombefisher.com/obituaries/Wendy-E-Kennedy?obId=11058172#/c<wbr/><wbr/>elebrationWall


Bob Drayton (Father of Modified Racer Bobby Drayton) Passes

Bob Drayton with his son Bobby in victory lane at New Egypt Speedway in this 2010 photo.

1/23/20:  Very sad news has reached us of the passing of "Mr Drayton" (father of modified racer Bobby Drayton).

A big supporter of his son's racing since the Street Stock days at East Windsor back in the 90's, Mr. Drayton was always a big supporter of the speedway events through his "Mr Bob's Portable Toilet Rentals" business, including sponsoring nights, billboards, and other events throughout the racing season.  

At some point a few years ago when I was helping out at New Egypt Speedway, Mr. Drayton approached me with the idea that drivers who won features should be given a checkered flag.  "The winner should get a flag....  Something they can keep and have for the future."  I agreed that it was a great idea, but that we'd need a sponsor to support the idea.  Not long after that, the Drayton Team showed up with a big box of checkered flags to be given out to each feature event winner for the balance of the season and beyond.


The Drayton #09 modified crew in victory lane.

Racer Bobby Drayton said of his father, "Pops got me started in racing.  He was my biggest fan."

We send our sincere condolences to Bobby and Sherri, and to the family and friends of Bob Drayton.


Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Bradley & Stow Funeral Home, 127 Medford-Mt. Holly Road, Medford, N.J., where a Memorial Service will be held on Sat. at 12 Noon.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/burlingtoncountytimes/obituary.aspx?n=robert-l-drayton&pid=195165473&fhid=13791



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