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Racer, Crew Member, Friend to The Racing Community Rich Swangler Passes

Racing's Rich Swangler (right), always with a smile, a well known friend to all in the local racing community, pictured above with driver and long time friend Johnny Leach (left).

Sad news has reached us on the passing of Rich Swangler. 

A popular figure in the sport for decades, Rich drove the #034 back in the 70's at East Windsor Speedway.  Rich later became a dedicated crew member for Johnny Leach Racing, and could always be seen with Johnny at various local speedways throughout the years.

In recent years, Rich took over running the tire trailer in the pits at New Egypt Speedway, which was a natural fit for Rich as just about everyone in the pits on any given Saturday night knew and respected him for his lifetime dedication to the sport, his helpful ways, and always with a friendly smile.

I was fortunate to be one of those folks who knew Rich, to say hello, and to have some small talk... going way back in the late 80's when he would stop by the #A car trailer, to chat with car owner Barry "Big B" Schenck.   Rich was the type of person that when you saw him, it put a smile on your face, and those that know him will always have that memory of their friend Rich.

We offer our condolences to the family and to the many friends of Rich Swangler.

Modified Car Owner Pete Chesson Passes

...a sample of just a few of the #76 modifieds owned by Pete Chesson.
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Sad news has reached us on the passing of car owner/racing dad, Pete Chesson. 

Many in our circles first became aware of Pete through his innovative red, white & blue dirt modifieds that wore the #76 from the mid 70's with drivers Stan Ploski, Billy Osmun and others.  During the 80's and beyond, Pete's "Barker Bus" made a big entrance into the sport with drivers Vinnie Brown, Gary Butler and Billy Pauch.  The car would become a fan favorite with "Take the Bus" becoming an often heard saying at Flemington Speedway, referring to the tremendous success that the car had!

In later years, Pete would go on to field sprint cars for sons PJ and James, with the family owned "Automotive  Tire & Service Center" name  on the wing.  Both PJ and James would become winning sprint car racers, and would both go on to accomplish more in different levels of racing.

An innovator, a successful businessman, an accomplished car owner, and a dedicated family man, we send offer our thoughts and prayers to the many friends and to the family of  Pete Chesson.


Hall of Fame Driver “Jumpin’” Jack Johnson Passes
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Photo by Bob Yurko

Weedsport, NY (April 1, 2021) – The Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame joins the racing world in mourning the death and celebrating the incredible career of “Jumpin'" Jack Johnson, one of DIRTcar’s all-time great heroes, who passed away after a long and courageous battle with ALS on April 1, at the age of 76.

Johnson, from Duanesburg, NY, was inducted into the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame in 2012.

Emulating his father Rollie, Jack began racing Modifieds in 1966 at the track he would call home for his entire career — Fonda Speedway, where he was an 11-time champion, a perennial fan favorite, and the all-time winningest driver.

In a career spanning 43 years, Johnson won 428 times at 35 different tracks in 10 states and two Canadian provinces. As good as he was in the short sprints, Jack was outstanding in the extra-distance races, winning prestige 200-lap events at Flemington (NJ), Lebanon Valley (NY), Orange County Fair (NY), Rolling Wheels (NY), Weedsport (NY), Susquehanna (PA), Devil’s Bowl (VT) and Fonda (NY).

But his greatest achievements came on the mile dirt tracks. In 1979, Jack was the first New Yorker to win a Super DIRT Week main event at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. He repeated that career-making feat in 1984. In Pennsylvania, Johnson had three wins on the Nazareth National mile and was the track’s 1983 champion.

In the 1980s, Jack drove his iconic orange #12A to six Mr. DIRT Modified series titles, in addition to Winter Tour point championships in both Florida and Texas.


Color photos:  Top photo by Carl Becker.  2nd from top photo Rich Young.  Bottom 4 photos from Ace Lane Jr.

Highly respected by his fellow competitors and beloved by a legion of fans throughout his life, Johnson took his final checkered flag in 2009 at Sharon Speedway in Ohio, before a hard crash at Fonda ended his career. In addition to his induction in the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame, Jack was also honored by the Eastern Motorsports Press Association and New York State Stock Car Association in 2012.

Following in the footsteps of the father he idolized, Ronnie Johnson became part of Fonda Speedway history in 2011, winning his first Modified title at the "Track of Champions."

A winner where ever he went... We send our condolences to the family, friends and many, many fans of Jack Johnson.

2021 "Our Racing Community News"

New Release....
500 on (the INDY) 500

Tales, Facts and Figures on ‘The Greatest Race in the World’”

By Rick Shaffer with Foreword by Helio Castroneves


Newburyport, Mass., January 18, 2021 – Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 is pleased to announce the February 1, 2021 release of its most recent title, “500 ON (THE INDY) 500: Tales, Facts and Figures on ‘The Greatest Race in the World.’”

Penned by respected racing journalist Rick Shaffer, with a Foreword by Helio Castroneves, the book approaches the 500 from a different standpoint from other publications. Rather than a flowing story, it is a lively chronological compilation of little-known facts and rare photography, uncovering the true soul of this incredibly enduring event.

Shaffer explains, “I have read enough 500 histories and driver biographies to know what would be considered common knowledge. My inspiration was typical newspaper coverage of a sporting event, with a notebook featuring items that would not be in the main story but still possess interest for the reader. In a sense this book is a gigantic reporter’s notebook on 500 history, with an individual report on each race but with three to seven additional and unusual items for each of the 104 500s run to date. Some items are humorous, some tragic, and some simply unbelievable.”

The 280 pages are awash with nearly 200 B&W and color photos, some never published before, sourced from across the country as well as deep into the Indy Museum’s archives. The book is a captivating read for either the casual race fan or the diehard Brickyard aficionado.

“500 on (the Indy) 500” is the third title with an Indy connection to be published by Coastal 181 in recent years. “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines,” the famous volume written by Wilbur Shaw in the mid-1950s, was revised and updated by Bob Gates with Coastal 181 in 2018. In 2012, the company launched the very popular “As a Matter of Fact, I AM Parnelli Jones,” by Parnelli Jones with Bones Bourcier.

“500 on (the Indy) 500” is available in a hard-cover, coffee-table format for $39.95 plus $6.00 S&H by ordering online at
www.coastal181.com  or by calling Coastal 181 at 877-907-8181 toll free. All orders placed before February 28, 2021 receive free shipping.

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