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Butch Patterson said:   July 15th, 2016 9:55 pm
Hi AL Hang tough bud---Butch

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Al Torney said:   July 8th, 2016 7:55 pm
Just read that Butch Kable, son of Ray Kable and brother of Ray Kable Jr. Has passed away. I have no further details. Butch raced late models at Potomac and other area racetracks.

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Larry Jendras Jr. said:   June 8th, 2016 4:57 am
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Carter Ayres said:   April 5th, 2016 5:06 pm
Hi Al, sure hope your eyes are getting better, an you can get your boat in the water, an you can go hunt some of them finned critters. I made it up to Hagerstown the other nite, saw the super lates, limiteds, street stocks, an Daryl Winkler's All American Outlaws. Fiberglass coupe an coach bodies on mostly Monte Carlo frames. Any motor, with four barrel, on gas or alky. any trans., an any rear. No weight limit, but can't be OVER a certin weight. It was pretty neat to see the old style cars get around that half mile, they were getting it on too, track was in good shape too. Pretty tacky most of the nite. Take care.

Al Torney said:   April 2nd, 2016 8:18 pm
Due to 5 eye surgeries this year it is very difficult for me to look at a computer screen for any length of time. As soon as I can see again I will be posting a lot of new things on the website. I have nothing to do with the auto ads on here but I will delete them. I did not create this website to make money on it. I did it because I wanted to create a place where enthusiasts could come and relive the past and preserve the history of Maryland racing. I paid and continue to pay for the site out of my own pocket. I make no money from the Bullroast. Hard to believe but I love the sport and I'm to old to worry about making money now. I do it for the guys who raced, owner of the cars, engine builders etc. I think they should be remembered. Plain and simple. 

bobby wilcher said:   March 29th, 2016 10:04 pm
what's with the car adds. hello, what happened to the HOF,

Al Torney said:   March 28th, 2016 10:48 am
Just read that Wayne Kindness has passed away. Wayne was the last man to promote Beltsville Speedway in 1978.

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Maria Gatto said:   January 23rd, 2016 6:55 am
My Grandfather is Albert Pete Gatto Sr. He was killed on opening day April 26 1959 at the Potomac Valley Speedway in Fort Ashby. I was hoping that anyone would have pictures of him and / or his son (my dad ) Albert Gatto Jr. my 3 sons his great grandkids would love to see more pictures 

Butch Patterson said:   January 15th, 2016 9:46 pm
Hi AL, I remember when Gunther beer used to give Diz 50.00 bucks to roll over at Westports back stop turn, when they did the T. V.---Butch

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Albert Torney said:   January 12th, 2016 4:18 am
Sorry to report that Diz Dean has passed. A true veteran Diz was very active with EMMR and most old timer groups. He raced in 5 decades.

Al Torney said:   December 1st, 2015 2:27 am
Very sorry to report that Nina Guthrie, wife of the late Glen Guthrie, has passed away. Glen raced in Md. for 30 years and was the 1959 NASCAR National MODIFIED Champion and won the Langhorne National Open in 1957. Funeral arrangements will be posted by the Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, Md.

Al Torney said:   November 26th, 2015 7:51 am
Junior will be laid out at the Kaufman Funeral Home at 7250 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, Md. Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 Internment Monday.

Al Torney said:   November 24th, 2015 6:18 pm
It is with a heavy heart that I report that Junior Tauber, age 91, has passed away. Junior was a great ambassader for Maryland stock car racing. He will surly be missed. I will post viewing and funeral arrangements as soon as the become available. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Tauber Family.

Mike Heath said:   November 17th, 2015 12:48 am
Al, Had a great time at the reunion last Sunday. Saw some great friends, Billy Earl, Al Torney, Paul Epling, Charlie Weaver, Julie & David Ballantine, Bernie West, Bob Welcher, Johnny & Barbara Dodd, Kenny Miller Jr, Jeff Alder and Donnie Lewis. Missed a couple I wanted to see like Carter Ayres and Larry Jendras. Look forward to next year. Thanks, Mike Heath 

Larry Jendras Jr. said:   November 16th, 2015 4:30 am
Today at the Baltimore Ravens game, the honored military veteran was none other than stock car racing veteran Vernon Kirk. He was on the sidelines in military uniform and some old photos were shown. Very cool.

bobby wilcher said:   November 3rd, 2015 7:13 am
Al,,see you this weekend,,,Mike conino got my ticket

CARTER AYRES said:   September 28th, 2015 5:25 am
Hi Al, sorry to hear about your eye problems. Sure hope your are getting along much better now. Were looking forward to the reunion . See you then.

JIMMY LANE said:   September 21st, 2015 9:54 pm
I was the winner of the first ever enduro race on the east coast there at dorsey speedway just seeing if anyone remembered that i hope so wish i had some pics but oh well i still check dorsey speedway things out it was a great track i sure miss it.

Al Torney said:   September 19th, 2015 1:14 am
Sorry to report but Harry Fletcher of Olney, Md. Has pased away. Harry owned race cars driven by Steve Smith, Harry Grum and his son Bobby Fletcher. Harry's cars ran primarily at Hagerstown and Lincoln. You may remember Fletcher's Amoco sprint cars during the late '50's through the 1990's.

rick schreiber said:   September 16th, 2015 6:00 am
My aunt Edna Buettner owned the dorsey Speedway in the 50's and early sixties I believe. My dad vernon Schreiber was manager and my brother sold hotdogs. Now I have to dig out some old photos after seeing this.

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Al Torney said:   August 9th, 2015 8:32 pm
Not much. The Reunion will be November 8, 2015. I hope you can make the trip this year. 

Harold Sears said:   August 9th, 2015 1:21 pm
Just thought I would check in to see if anything new.

Ed Owings Jr said:   May 13th, 2015 3:11 am
To all Bob "ACE" Herbert is wong my dad pass away in Delware in 1997 at his home this is his sun Ed Owings Jr

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Al Torney said:   April 10th, 2015 1:20 am
George lives in Western Pa. These days. I'll find his phone number and email it to you. Roberts raced a lot in Va. during the '50's and early '60's. Won several track championships down that way. He was very popular in the Richmond area.

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Alan Harman said:   April 9th, 2015 3:57 am
Hello to all you race fans. I would really like to talk to George Kopchack. I worked with him on that 1955 chevy number 47. If you look up George Kopchack you will see we won a lot of races at Dorsey Speedway. I was a young boy back then. If anyone knows how to get in touch with him, could you please let me know. You can email me at Thank you . Sorry to hear all these great race car drivers/men leaving this world. God Bless all of them.

Jim Noblet said:   April 6th, 2015 9:39 pm
Watched Johnny race with our local drivers (& win) at Southside Speedway (Old Royal Speedway), Richmond, VA in the early 1960's. He was very cool and always competitive. Liked him a lot and that he was driving a Ford while most of our locals were Chevy drivers. RIP.

Bob "ACE" Herbert said:   March 28th, 2015 9:01 am
For all of you "older types" as myself, I thought you would like to know that "STEADY EDDIE OWINGS" has passec away in Fla a few years ago. Eddie was my best friend, we raced together and against one another. Eddie did it "his way" and won the Semi-late model Championship @ Lincoln in 1965,as well as the Mini Stock Championship there in 1973. Sure Eddied did things his way but he was always true to "real racing".

carter ayres said:   March 22nd, 2015 7:02 am
Sharon Dillard, I drove Bob's #79 in 1969 at Beltsville. I can tell you about the car, Bob Saul, Ace Ortley, where it was built, things like that. If you care to e-mail me I'm at Thanks.

sharon dillard said:   March 15th, 2015 8:23 pm
To carter ayers, yes bob browns car. I am his daughter and trying to tell grandsons about great ganddad.

Al Torney said:   March 4th, 2015 12:30 am
Very sorry to report that we have lost another oldtimer. Joe Haas a Dorsey Speedway regular in the early '50's has passed away. Joe was an early officer in the Free State Stock Car Racing Assn. he related a story for the Memories page on the site. our thoughts go out to his family.

carter ayres said:   January 2nd, 2015 5:03 am
Sharon Dillard, are you referring to Bob Brown's late model sportsman car Beltsville 1969 ?

Sharon Dillard said:   December 30th, 2014 6:10 am
I was looking for someone who might have pictures of Bob Browns' cars. The car number was 79.

Stewart Johnson said:   December 30th, 2014 2:30 am
Love the recommended book Ed Otto: NASCAR’s Silent Partner, I would suggest it to anyone here. In further research I have just found a petition to nominate Ed Otto for the NASCAR Hall of Fame at He easily has my vote, one of the original founders of NASCAR once owning 40%, being the first VP of NASCAR, all of the amazing races he promoted, and his contributions developing NASCAR. Hope everyone here in this community will support Ed Otto and sign the petition. 

Al Torney said:   December 17th, 2014 8:36 pm
Some good news. The NASCAR Hall of Fame IN Charlotte, NC has opened a section honoring all of the modified champions. So we are well represented with Johnny Roberts, Ken Marriott and Glen Githrie. More can be read in this week's edition of Area Auto Racing News.

Al Torney said:   December 16th, 2014 6:50 pm
Just read that Joe Michals passed away Sat. Dec. 13 Joe raced at Westport Stadium and Beltsville. 

Butch Patterson said:   December 5th, 2014 3:09 am
Hi Al Thank you very much for the programs. Sorry to hear about Ernie, we were both members of Local Union #28 IBEW ,electrical construction many years ago. That is where the car #28 came from

Al Torney said:   December 3rd, 2014 5:20 pm
The viewing for Ernie is Thursday, Dec. 4 at Singleton Funeral Home on Crain Hwy in Glen Burnie. The times are 3p to 5p and 7 to 9

Harold Sears said:   December 1st, 2014 9:11 pm
Sorry to report, we lost another Champion. Ernie Tester passed away Saturday afternoon. Ernie won the Maryland State Sportsman Championship in 1961 as well as the 1961 Sportsman track Championship at Westport Stadium. His brother Bob had won the same honors the previous year. More information will follow after arangements finalized.

butch patterson said:   November 19th, 2014 3:09 am
Hi AL bucky guilfoy and I traveled around together for 59 years, I include the time that I have been in ga. we talked once a week or more. And the trips I made to Baltimore he was my northern connection to the bullroast..If you can please send me 2 programs ,I will pay the postage. Butch Patterson 880 Ed Nichols rd young harris ga 30582 I am going to miss that guy---thank you

Larry Jendras Jr said:   November 7th, 2014 4:05 pm
Car #34 & #43 - Dennis, I can help you with photos of those two cars. Send email to Larry Jendras Jr. at

carter ayres said:   November 6th, 2014 5:29 pm
Thanks Al for putting on another get together reunion. Looked like everyone was havin a good time reminiscing old times. My wife an I were glad to see old friends again. Great food, videos, an pictures. an the cars outside. Thanks again Al, an everyone else that helped put it all together. Happy Holidays, an be safe. 

Dennis Gilliam said:   October 29th, 2014 6:56 am
HI carter Thanks for the replay. Yes I did see that pic. If you look through the car at the right side window that is me sticking my head through. Again thanks for the replay.

carter ayres said:   October 29th, 2014 5:22 am
Hi Dennis , I guess you have seen the pic. of Jay on Dorsey's page # 2. I remember Jay an that # 34 very well. Had some good races with him.

Dennis Gilliam SR said:   October 28th, 2014 9:57 pm
My father was Sam Gilliam owner of # 43 and my brother was Jay Sumner owner and driver of # 34. These were the GOOD Days. Would like to know if anyone has any pic of these cars. I have a couple but looking for more. 

Harold Sears said:   October 26th, 2014 3:10 am
Very sorry to hear about Bucky. He was one of the nice guys in the history of our sport. His passion was shone in everything he did. Always had one of great looking cars. My condolences to all of his family, friends and fans. He will ne missed. R.I.P Bucky 

Al Torney said:   October 25th, 2014 8:59 pm
Very sorry to report that Bucky Guilfoy passed away last night. Bucky has had health issues for most of 2014. He was very active with many old timer organizations over the years. Bucky started racing in the early '50's at Dorsey and Westport in Baltimore in Sportsman Modified cars. He raced throughout the Mid Atlantic. I learned a lot about the good old days from Bucky. Viewing is Monday at Eline Funeral home in Reisterstown. I think that is the name of the funeral home.

carter ayres said:   October 18th, 2014 5:38 pm
That's really some good news about Bill and Susie Jones. I used to watch how hard they worked at setting cars up, an building fast, reliable engines. They have certainly contributed so much to the sport .

Marty Metzler said:   October 15th, 2014 8:55 am
I just wanted to see if you have any pictures of Butch Hines # 9 car or anything about him , I am related to him he is my first cousin and his wife Day Hines

Al Torney said:   September 30th, 2014 5:44 am
Sorry to report that former Dorsey and Potomac driver Jack Barass was killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.

Al Torney said:   September 24th, 2014 3:02 pm
I believe that Lynn Roberts passed away a few years ago.

Al Torney said:   September 24th, 2014 3:00 pm
The new phone number to contact me about the Reunion is 410-571-5177. The number on the flyer is no longer in use.

judith tuminello said:   September 12th, 2014 4:13 am
can anyone tell me what ever happened to lynn Roberts,daughter of johnny and doris Roberts.i went to Brooklyn park high with lynn and would love to know how to reach her.i will never forget the day we heard that her father was killed in a racing accident.the last time I sw her was in maiden name was Judith brown.thanks.send info to my email at

judith tuminello said:   September 12th, 2014 4:11 am
can anyone tell me what ever happened to lynn Roberts,daughter of johnny and doris Roberts.i went to Brooklyn park high with lynn and would love to know how to reach her.i will never forget the day we heard that her father was killed in a racing accident.the last time I sw her was in maiden name was Judith brown.thanks.

Jim Butler said:   August 12th, 2014 4:03 am
ran Dorsey late model ... 1968-1973 ... 

carter ayres said:   August 9th, 2014 7:50 pm
Really sorry to hear of Pee Wee's passing. Like Hal said,I to remember # 45, Pee Wee's little red rooster back in the fifties under the lights at Dorsey. As a kid,seeing my first stock car races on a regular basis, except for Lanham a couple of times, Pee Wee was easily my favorite. What a pleasure it was to get to talk with him at the reunions after all those years. Sincere sympathy an prayers from our family to Pee Wee's. 

Harold Sears said:   August 8th, 2014 1:21 pm
Sorry to here we (oldtimers) have lost another great driver and a great person. As a youngster I remember watching "The Red Rooster" # 45 racing around Dorsey and shortly there after, Jerry Banks came with the "Yellow Chicken" #21 to chase the "Red Rooster". That was a lot of fun. The first time I met Pee Wee is in the 50's while he was working on the 2nd floor of Chesapeake Cadillac. Every time I made a delivery there, He always took time to talk to me and give me some info that would help my race cars. He was gracious, kind and easy to talk to. Condolences to his family, and close friends. I know his fans will always those golden memories. I know I will. R.I.P Pee Wee.

Al Torney said:   August 8th, 2014 2:57 am
Sorry to report that we lost Pee Wee this morning. Viewing will be Sunday 3-5 and 7-9 at the Burrier-Queen Funeral Home burial Monday 1pm.

Al Torney said:   August 7th, 2014 9:25 am
Received a message from the Pen-Mar Vintage Racing club that Pee Wee Pobletts has been placed in a hospice. 

Robert (Bob) Rhodes said:   July 29th, 2014 5:55 pm
Crewed for Willie Alder and Buddy Hopkins. Attended the 2010 reunion as a guest and was able to talk with Bobbie Ballentine. Lots of fun at the reunion.

Larry Jendras said:   July 8th, 2014 1:21 pm
This is from the Baltimore Sun July 8: On July 6, 2014, Robert A., Sr. of Emmitsburg. Beloved husband of Inez Smith Ballantine. Devoted father of Robert Ballantine, Jr., George Ballantine, Jewell Givens, David Ballantine and Wayne Ballantine. Brother of William, Thomas and George Ballantine. Also survived by 16 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-8 pm at the Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 am at the Church. Interment in Meadowridge Memorial Park.

Mike Heath said:   July 8th, 2014 1:17 am
A friend of mine called me last nite and said he heard that Bobby Ballantine had passed. if anyone has any info please pass it along. Bobby ment a lot to all of us. Thank You, Mike

Al Torney said:   June 25th, 2014 9:04 pm
The Reunion will be held on November 2, 2014. See Events page for details.

Carter Ayres said:   June 20th, 2014 1:36 am
Hi Hal, good to hear from you. Hope all is well. Yes, I'm very interested in a picture of Sam's # 1 flat head coupe. I have your address , an I'll drop you a line. Thanks, take care.

Harold Sears said:   June 18th, 2014 8:56 pm
To Carter, Are you still looking for a photo of Sam Myers #1 coupe?. I found a copy.

carter ayres said:   June 11th, 2014 7:44 am
Very sorry to hear of Junie Dunlavey's passing I remember very well his #90 late model sportsman at Beltsville was always very fast. Junie was always looking for an up an coming driver, as he had a great eye for new talent. In particular, Kenny Schrader who started in Junie's Red Barren Pizza car, an ended up in Mr.Hendricks #25, with a twenty plus year career in sprint cup. My sympathies to the family. 

Al Torney said:   June 10th, 2014 6:39 pm
Sorry to report that Junie Dunlavey passed away yesterday. Junie was a noted NASCAR car owner for over 50 years. We remember his no. 90 modified coupes and late model sportsman cars that were very successful at Beltsville Speedway. In fact Sonny Hutchins driving the 90 modified coupe won the first feature race at Beltsville in 1965. Ironically Junie was 90 yrs. old. 

Al Torney said:   May 22nd, 2014 3:10 am
Congradulations to Rex White on being elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Many Marylanders may not know that Rex started his racing career here in Maryland in the mid-51950's at Lanham Speedway and Marlboro. He also raced at Westport Stadium. Will be curious to see if they mention this when he is formally inducted into the HOF. He had relocated to S.C. when he began his GN career and won the GN Championship. The Old Master, Frankie Schneider, took Rex under his wing when Rex snuck into Lanham Speedway.

Mike Heath said:   May 12th, 2014 11:27 pm
I just got word that Tony Lowe, street stock race winner at Beltsville and Old Dominion Speedways, and son of car owners Dickie & Phyliss Lowe, passed away this past Saturday. He was only 55, married but no children. He was not old enough to go in the pits when I drove for his dad ( Dickie ) but always helped in the garage. He also worked with Reds Kagle when Tom Peck ran the Busch Series. God speed Tony. 

Alan Harman said:   April 28th, 2014 6:01 am
Hey" Al, I still have those pictures I would like to give you . The pictures are of George Kopchack Figure 8 car. Also have pictures of Rick Jones car 98 . I know that you have been busy an this winter was hard to get around. I would love to see these photos on your site. George really should have his car shown on this site. I hope George is doing good. He was such a big part of my life. So please contact me at 443- 699- 0021 or at George if you see this please contact me. We worked on that 55 chevy a many of nights , a young boy an you. I miss my friend. 

Larry Jendras Jr said:   April 25th, 2014 2:47 am
The Marlboro Raceway event scheduled for this Saturday 4-26-14 has been postponed till the next Saturday 5-3-14. Watch their website for details.

Harold Sears said:   April 13th, 2014 5:29 am
if I remember correctly, Cannonball Glover was the original driver in the #36 Willys. At one point Pee Wee also drove it.

Al Torney said:   April 8th, 2014 7:15 pm
I was at Westport the night they brought that Willys out for the first time. I remember it as if it was yesterday. It was without a doubt the best looking stock car I had ever seen. Started the heat in mid pack and rolled over by first base on the first lap.

Harold Sears said:   April 8th, 2014 11:12 am
Sorry to hear Ed Spencer has passed. He was the father of former Cup driver Jimmy Spencer. He drove the beautiful red & black #36 Willys Coupe at Westport in the mid fifties. Some people called him "Fast Eddie" The car was sponsored by the Pontiac Dealer in Towson Md.

Larry Jendras Jr said:   April 5th, 2014 6:47 pm
Marlboro Raceway reopening April 26th, 2014. According to this website, Marlboro will reopen on April 26th but not for racing. The idea is for car shows, special events and for public viewing. Check the website for updates. This is a great chance to see some history. I hope it happens.

bob davis said:   March 30th, 2014 11:35 pm
Drove few races at ritchie &dorsey #9 for bill dobson but was better known as jack lauterbachs frt end specialist who. set up the frt end for most of dorseys leading cars& also straighted themout the week after the race.

carter ayres said:   March 25th, 2014 6:31 am
Hi Mike, an everyone. Kenny's viewing times ect. will be listed sometime tomorrow on the Barber Funeral Home Laytonsville, Md. web site. I know Thursday will be a viewing time, 3-5 an 7-9, pretty sure , but check the site. 

JOE HAAS JOHNNY STEVENS ETC. said:   March 25th, 2014 3:45 am
FUN STORY TO TELL. WE HAD TWO TRACK RECORDS AT MARLBORO FOR A LITTLE WHILE. (Track records do not pay anything and no one really cares about them))( but it is fun to talk about over a beer). We won the last dirt track race at record time, we were told. We then won the first race that was run on the asphalt surface. This, then became a new record. Maybe it did last for a week or two? Who knows? Ole Fossil here likes to remember the wins.. PEACE.

Mike Heath, said:   March 25th, 2014 1:55 am
Thank You Carter for passing along the news of Kenny Miller's passing. I looked forward to seeing Kenny and Red's Kagel at the reunions each year. Please pass along any news of the viewing or funeral. Thank You, Mike Heath 

JOE HAAS JOHNNY STEVENS ETC. said:   March 24th, 2014 4:09 am

JOE HAAS said:   March 23rd, 2014 6:32 am

carter ayres said:   March 23rd, 2014 3:28 am
Really sorry to let you know that Kenny Miller passed this A.M. He had triple by- pass surgery awhile back, and while still in the hospital, he was having a very hard time breathing. Kenny was a very good country singer, had a million friends, knew a zillion jokes, an could really make you smile. He was a super good human being, and a great guy. Everyone who knew Kenny will miss him bad, including me. Prayers an sympathy to the entire family. R.I.P. buddy.

JOHN STEVENS JOE HAAS said:   March 22nd, 2014 3:41 am

Harold Sears said:   March 13th, 2014 5:09 am
I apologize for mis spelling Elmo's last name. The correct spelling is Mathias. The viewing will be 7 to 9 pm Friday March 14, at the Ambros Funeral home in Lansdowne and the Funeral Service will follow on Saturday March 15, 2014 beginning at 10LAM. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.

Harold Sears said:   March 12th, 2014 7:58 pm
Little George called me and said "Elmo Mathais" (car owner of the #75 Bob Tester drove) passed away last night.

carter ayres said:   March 7th, 2014 7:12 am
Hi all, hope everyone out there is doing well. Just wanted to let everyone know about Kenny Miller's condition. Kenny is a long time race fan, comes to all the reunion's and a former member of Reds Kagle's pit crew when Red's was crew chief for Clifford Allison. Kenny is at the Adventis hospital in Takoma park md. He has had triple by-pass heart surgery, and is now recovering in i.c.u. He is very weak, and needs everyone's prayers.Kenny is a great guy, and will appreciate your kindness. Thanks.

Dakota Scott said:   March 2nd, 2014 7:43 am
My uncle Willie Stafford used to race Figure 8, race car #13. My mom would always tell me stories about when she went to go watch him race. I remember her telling me the one story that I always get her to tell me over and over again. I always wanted to go to Dorsey Speedway. To see where my Uncle Willie used to race and how my mom grew up. I would've loved it there. Rest In Paradise Uncle Willie. 

Al Torney said:   February 24th, 2014 10:10 am
Sorry to report that legendary dirt track driver Frankie Schnieder is in the hospital with kidney failure. Frankie won a lot races in at Lanham, Westport, Ritchie, Dorsey in the early '50's.

Denise Roberts McGuire said:   February 24th, 2014 7:07 am
I am the niece of the late Johnny Roberts.I was just a child when he past away but I still remember him .

Al Torney said:   February 3rd, 2014 9:49 pm
Photos of the reunion will be posted in the near future. 

Rainy2228 said:   February 3rd, 2014 2:13 am
Hello, fellow Maryland racers...does anyone have pics from the 2013 Reunion??...there were many of us that couldn't attend....

paul hill said:   January 31st, 2014 1:18 am
watched many races at westport first 1948 ? then at dorsey remember frankie snyder. would like a old poster from westport or dorsey ?

Al Torney said:   January 5th, 2014 7:08 am
It is Bobby Ballantine Jr. That is in the Carroll County hospital

rainy2228 said:   January 1st, 2014 4:36 am
I hear that Bobby Ballentine is in the hospital....does anyone have any other info?????

Pete Cobb said:   December 28th, 2013 8:00 pm
Sorry we did not make the reunion this year. Am planning on attending next year. I am looking for some pictures of a car my brother drove at Dorsey in the early 50,s. It was a light blue coupe #65 with a red strip on the doors and roof. I believe it was originally owned by Charles Dorsey and driven by Joe Owens. It may have been all blue at one time. He only raced it a couple of times at Dorsey and once at Marlboro. Looking forward to next years reunion I ran a #66 in the hobby class a few times at Dorsey' They kept changing the rules when I became o;d enough to run.But I enjoyed watching everyone else run for many years' Pete Cobb

carter ayres said:   December 20th, 2013 6:18 am
Just wanted to say I was sorry that Sandy an me couldn't attend the reunion, an missed seeing my old friends. Everyone out there , we hope you have a really good holiday season.

Al Torney said:   December 19th, 2013 11:08 am
The phone number to reach me has been changed to: 410-571-5177

Harold Sears said:   December 14th, 2013 7:52 am
Former Driver/Car owner Ruben McBee has passed. Funeral service at Meadowridge Memorial Park Elkridge Md. Sun.Dec 15, 4 to 8pm. Funeral Mon. Dec. 16 at noon.

Al Torney said:   December 11th, 2013 7:02 pm
Larry Jendras, Jr. Emailed to report the passing of former Beltsville Speedway driver Al Bednarik. He drove car number 77.

JOE said:   December 11th, 2013 1:33 pm
HI AL.........Regret that we lost more racing folks recently. I am not one for precise info on any occasion but are you sure that you listed the numbers correctly on the cars that Pee Wee and Ray drove? I am probably wrong but just thought the numbers were reversed. Whatever the sequence, I followed them for many, many laps in races throughout the area. Noted that Pee Wee is still with us in the survival contest..... Peace and Good Will to all. MERRY CHRISTMAS 

Harold Sears said:   November 20th, 2013 5:41 am
Charles Miles did more then most to help anyone that could use help without any reservation. He is a great loss to his family and a great loss to all of his friends. I will always remember him.

Al Torney said:   November 19th, 2013 10:19 pm
The viewing for Charlie Miles is at Kaufman Funeral Home in Elkridge, Md. Today and tomorrow with burial on Thursday.

Al Torney said:   November 19th, 2013 6:47 am
Sorry to report that former Westport and Dorsey driver Charlie Miles has passed away. I have no further details at this time. Charlie is Ronnie and Denny's father.

Al Torney said:   November 16th, 2013 6:03 am
The Reunion was a huge success. Everyone had a great time. Little Hutch came from Florida, Charlie Weaver from West Virginia, Hank Thomas from Winston-Salem, NC, Bernie West and Duane Lowrey from Delaware. And of course the Md. boys where there; John Broussard, John Dodd Jr., Bobby Ballentine, Dickie Boswell, Bob Wicher,, Jimmy Skinner, Pete Kantorsky, Chuck Talbert, Pee Wee Pobletts, Rick Jone, Ron Cummings, Ed Chaney, Bill Swecker, Rusty Bristow, Bucky Guilfoy, Mike Tauber, Mike Heath, Mike Canino,Gil Clements, Ernie Tester, Bobby Sherbs, rick Mandelson. A complete list will be on the Member page. 

Laura Dillman said:   November 4th, 2013 2:43 am
My uncle was Denzil Dillman. He raced at multiple tracks but mainly at Dorsey Speedway were he was Track Champion Late Model Driver several years. He drove the #81 and hauled the car to the races with an black herse.

Al Torney said:   October 29th, 2013 10:22 pm
Sorry to report that former stock car owner Larry Jendras, Sr. Passed away Friday. Our thoughts go out to the Jendras Family. Larry owned the race cars driven at Westport Stadium in the early '50's by Lou Bee.

Chris Ess said:   October 26th, 2013 8:04 am
I am looking for Bill Eidman, I am Chris Ess son...My dad always told me stories of working on the race cars all nite, I seen your posting on this site would like to

Chris Ess said:   October 26th, 2013 7:53 am
I am chris ess son please contact me if you were friends with chris or nick ess or you have any pictures of them racing

Al Torney said:   October 17th, 2013 9:32 pm
Sunday, Oct. 20, there will be a round table discussion on Md. stock car racing at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in Latimore Valley, Pa. All are welcome to attend. It's from 1 to 3 pm.

JOE, JOHN......HAAS, STEVENS said:   October 17th, 2013 7:23 am

Robert (Bob Tester) Jr said:   October 2nd, 2013 12:04 pm
Enjoy following and learning about drivers of yesterday..

Al Torney said:   September 26th, 2013 10:15 pm
It's a little old but I have been notified that Duke Martindale, Westport Stadium driver in the mid-50's passed away last year on April 12, 2012 and former car owner and driver Leroy Miller passed away last year 0n March 17, 2013.

Al Torney said:   September 4th, 2013 4:13 am
Long time New Jersey modified driver Elton Hildreth has passed away. Elton raced at Beltsville Speedway when the modifiers raced there the first two years the track was opened.

Al Torney said:   September 1st, 2013 5:27 am
The Sunpaper has an excellent article about the history of racing in Maryland today, August 31. Front page no less. Mentions some of the Hall of Fame inductees. You can access it at

Al Torney said:   August 26th, 2013 12:06 am
This year the Reunion and Award Ceremony will be open to members of The Hall of Fame. Membership is open to everyone. The yearly dues will be $35.00. You will receive a membership card and free admission to the Reunion. Each member will be listed on the website and will have a number. Each month there will be a drawing and the winning members will receive various types of Maryland stock car racing memorabilia. You can join by sending a check made payable to: Al Torney and mailing it to 2974 Valley View Rd. Annapolis, Md. 21401 As you know the Hall is a non-profit organization and is paid for out of my own pocket. The website is due for renewel soon. By paying for it for several years in advance I can save up to 30% off of they cost. A small portion of the dues will go toward the renewel and the rest to cover the cost of the reunion. I will still cover a portion of the renewal out of my own pocket. We will have a new tee shirt this year. This new one will feature the names of drivers in the Hall of Fame on the back. It will feature a different design on the front. If you have any questions feel free to call me at 410-841-6974. 

BOBBY WILCHER said:   August 20th, 2013 8:02 am
time is closing in on the reunion,still no news about the price or how to do it,,,

Robin Dorsey Laffoon said:   August 14th, 2013 7:39 am
Wondering if anyone remembers my dad. His name is Fred Edenfield Dorsey Jr. He Raced maybe late 60's into the 70's. Fred was born in 1942 and just turned 71. Fred liked to participate in the Figure 8's and Derby's, I don't remember if he particiipated in anything else. I mainly remember the loud noise and the smell of gasoline and oil. My dad liked to fix his own cars as her worked for Norlynns and J.S. Lee's Body Shop on Bellegrove Rd. for over 35 years. It would be great if anyone remembers him :)

Robin Dorsey Laffoon said:   August 14th, 2013 7:38 am
Wondering if anyone remembers my dad. His name is Fred Edenfield Dorsey Jr. He Raced maybe late 60's into the 70's. Fred was born in 1942 and just turned 71. Fred liked to participate in the Figure 8's and Derby's, I don't remember if he particiipated in anything else. I mainly remember the loud noise and the smell of gasoline and oil. My dad liked to fix his own cars as her worked for Norlynns and J.S. Lee's Body Shop on Bellegrove Rd. for over 35 years. It would be great if anyone remembers him :)

carter ayres said:   August 6th, 2013 7:28 pm
Really sorry to hear of Kramer Williamson's passing as a result from his accident sat. nite at Lincoln. Prayers go out to his family from us. R.I.P.

Al Torney said:   July 8th, 2013 4:32 am
Sorry to report that early '50's car owner Lou Stirn of Randlestown has passed away in Florida. Lou owned the yellow peep no. 45 that Ray Kable drove and the red rooster no. 46 that Pee Wee Pobletts drove to a Dosey championship. Our thoughts to the Stirn Family.

Lou west Jr said:   June 29th, 2013 6:44 pm
My dad was a close friend of Johnny Roberts. I'm 59 now, but when I was real little my father raced at Westport Stadium in the Hobby Class. I have a few pictures. After all that I have vague memories of going with him to westport to see Johnny Roberts race.

Al Torney said:   June 11th, 2013 2:56 am
Sorry to report the Dick Jones has passed away. Dick was the man responsible for Tri-State Speed Press racing paper from 1966 to 1981. He lived in College Park.

Al Torney said:   June 5th, 2013 6:12 am
I'll announce details by the end of the month on how one can join. There won't be to much involved I assure everyone.

carter ayres said:   June 5th, 2013 2:27 am
Hi Al, how do you join the Hall of Fame?

Al Torney said:   June 5th, 2013 12:33 am
Everyone can join the Hall of Fame and the cost of membership includes admission to the Reunion.

Nancy Jones (Ford) said:   June 4th, 2013 6:43 am
Al - so you will not sell tickets to the "general public" this year?? that is a shame, been wanting to attend just never fell on a date that we could but was going to work around this year to attend. Can I ask why or can you private message me via email. Thanks

Al Torney said:   June 3rd, 2013 5:15 am
The Reunion will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at earleigh Heights Fire Dept. This year you will have to be a member of the Hall of Fame to attend. Your membership will include the Reunion. There will be no tickets tsold to the Reunion. Details later.

bobby wilcher said:   May 31st, 2013 9:00 pm
sorry to say,MARY ANN SAYLORS passed away resently,she and her husband worked with tri state,he did photos and she had a deal in the paper,her childred sold tri state at beltsville and ODS over the years,racin' was in her families blood,she will be missed,,thanks,

Al Torney said:   May 22nd, 2013 11:17 pm
Sorry to report that Bill Nalley, Maryland Hall of Famer and Hagerstown Modified champion passed away May 9. This was reported in Area auto Racing News.

Carter Ayres said:   May 19th, 2013 5:09 pm
Hi Al, was wondering if anyone had heard anymore about how Ace Canupp is getting along. Aneurisms are very scary, I had one in my aorta that had to be repaired several years ago. Were just hoping that he's getting along o.k. I know years ago, back in the 50's an 60's we would watch him drive at Dorsey an Westport He was really fun to watch. A real wheel man. Anyway, we are looking forward to seeing an talking again with him and his family, and everyone in the fall at the reunion. Take care, Carter.

Wally Waynick said:   May 16th, 2013 4:13 am
Raced figure 8 at Dorsey speedway, later late model sportsman at Beltsville and old dominion in Manasseh va.

ANTHONY MCLEAN said:   April 17th, 2013 9:16 am

Al Torney said:   April 8th, 2013 1:18 am
Just a note to inform everyone that Ace Canupp is home from the hospital recuperating from an aneurism. he is in some pain but hopefully is on the mend. We wish him the best. He is 84.

fred vollmerhausen jr said:   April 7th, 2013 6:56 am
I just love to set and go through all the letters that have been sent in for us fellow drives to read.

Al TORNEY said:   March 8th, 2013 1:01 am

Al Torney said:   March 2nd, 2013 8:16 am
Thanks for infroming us of Mrs. Eckert's passing. Anyone who attended races at Lincoln Speedway are very familiar with the Eckert Family. And of course Rick's success with the Raye Veste #24 super late model. I have added some photos to the Beltsville page courtesy of late model sportsman racer Dempsy Wilson. The photograher I ommitted from the photos is Buddy Rodgers.

Nancy Jones (Ford) said:   February 28th, 2013 6:42 am
Please keep Rick, Kristal and Courtney Eckert and the entire Eckert family in your thoughts and prayers on the passing of Mrs. Eckert she has be fighting a long battle with cancer and passed away yesterday.

Jack Hite said:   February 11th, 2013 11:07 pm
Had some great times at Beltsville Speedway running #27 with Reds Kagle on wrench. Must not forget Hoss Kagle Jack Hite, Clarksville, Va 

Jim Crocker said:   January 27th, 2013 2:48 pm
Al, great time talking about those great memories of Dorsey Speedway at Dirt Trackin' 2013. Appreciate your labor of love for the site. Keep it alive.

Raymond Smith said:   January 23rd, 2013 1:53 pm
Grew up in Maryland, went to a lot of races at Beltsville, Hagerstown, and Dorsey. Sold Tri State Speed Press at the tracks. Made a nickel a paper. Love the old pictures I remember all those cars, thanks.

Derek van Oudtshorn said:   December 30th, 2012 7:44 pm
Fantastic site - My brother and I are developing a site with the same intentions - the history of the Cape Hell Drivers in Cape Town South Africa 1954 - 1995 - Hope to be able to link with your site once we go live 

Therese Jeannine Ebert said:   December 28th, 2012 6:01 am
Hi. My dad is Jean H Lambert who was a partner in building the baltimore speedway with TomLillis. Dad is 88 and living in France. We have a lot of pic from 1965 -66 . I workedi the concession and my brother the infield.. I loved the smell the noise andthe excitement and the pacecars we cool to ride in. I saw this web site and think it is great. Take care. Therese ebert. Jean H Lambert,'s daughter

carter ayres said:   December 24th, 2012 11:06 pm
Sandy, my wife an myself had a real good time at the stock car reunion several weeks ago. Hats off to Al Torney an all the people who helped him get it all together. Again, seeing all the the race people an fans from long ago, was a real treat for us. Great idea spotlighting some of the driver's from the past, an giving each of them an award for thier efforts to the sport.Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas an a great New Year. Hope to see you all again, in the coming year. Carter an Sandy. 

Robert Bagrowski said:   December 13th, 2012 6:28 pm
Larry .. Thanx alot very much for the pictures. Oh my God !!! I haven't seen Sams coupe in years...... And My neighbor was a mechanic .... I haven;t seen him or a picture of him for some forty years. THANX AGAIN . HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL

Terry said:   December 7th, 2012 9:58 am
Thanks Al for the quick response. Hope everything works out for you and Happy Holidays to everyone.

Al Torney said:   December 7th, 2012 2:21 am
The reunion went well although the number of attendees was down from previous years. For the first time we gave out some awards to some old timers. One was a Fan Appreciation Award to Rick Mandelson for his efforts to get track time for the many vintage race cars in the Area. Three Iron Man Awards were given to drivers Pete Kantorsky, Bobby Ballentine and Diz Dean. Pete and Bobby raced from the early '50's into the '70's while Diz raced in 5 decades. The last award was given to Pee Wee Pobletts for winning multiple track championships during the 1950's. The awards are named after Maryland's Johnny Roberts and will be given annually. I will post pictures of the awards on the website in the near future as they are very nice.. We only had two race cars this year but many street rods . I did not have a photographer this year, henco no photos to post. The reunion wil be held the same weekend next year. I've had some family problems that have taken up a lot of my time and this has prevented me from working on the website. The problems are easing up which will allow me to get back to updating things. Have a Joyous Holiday Season. Al

Terry said:   December 6th, 2012 7:31 am
What's happening with this website? I've been checking in every day or so and nothing has been posted since before the reunion. Was wondering how that went. Thanks.

Al Torney said:   November 1st, 2012 11:53 pm
Reunion is just around the corner. Please call me if you plan on attending and haven't bought tickets.. 410-841-6974 Have to give the caterer a number.

Diane Boward said:   October 31st, 2012 9:23 am
I attended my first race at Westport with my grandparents. We lived in Westport and could hear the races while sitting on our front porch. I took records (music) there to play. I can remember when it cost $1.75 to get into the track. Great memories. My favorite drivers were Bobby Tester and Johnny Roberts. Great job in your web site

Robert Bagrowski said:   October 28th, 2012 7:24 am
Thanx Larry And Carter I found some of Sam Myers on the Miller site. The S1 and 47 - 15. Great seeing him again Set up to buy some there. Still searching for more pics. What flagman would maybe have some pics. Or some other posted pics would be available from other photographers. Found alot on Ronnie Mcbee also aswell as Jimmie. Thanx everyone. Oh ya, I used to live a few mile from Tauber's Towing in Linthicum Md. I didn't know they had restored a car. Would that be Jr Tauber there? I saw a restored car of Sam Nalley at Winchester Speedway when I lived in Va. Maybe a Ford Fairlane?? Orange and White a couple years ago. 

Larry Jendras Jr said:   October 22nd, 2012 2:58 pm
Robert, you can contact me at aboyt Sam Myers photos. I may have a few. You can also buy them on the LAP1 photo or Fastrax Photo website up in Pa. There are some Late Model photos of him but you have to search under the GARY MILLER Vintage photo section. 

Al Torney said:   October 21st, 2012 3:13 am
We will be giving some awards at the Reunion this year to some deserving oldtimers. In addition we plan on having a big screen tv to show the very popular Maryland racing movies featuring the last race night at Dorsey in 1985. I hope everyone can make it. 

Robert Bagrowski said:   October 20th, 2012 12:25 pm
I was trying to locate Larry Jendras Jr. to see about some pics How can I find Him ??? Lookng to get some pics on Sam Myers or even his brother John who ran figure 8 . I grew up with both of them . They lived next door in the neighborhood. Bobby Ballintine I worked for him long in the 70s Ronnie and Jimmie Mcbee lived 5 miles up the road. Ronnie Miles was up the road Will Dilks and Vic Lewis worke dup the road from me and Dorsey Speedway was about 3 miles from the way the crow flies. If I couldn't go to the track I could here the racing from the woods. Jack Barrass had his car 10 miles up the road. Had alot of drivers all around the neighborhood . Tauber's Towing. I sorta knew Denzil Dillman through my wife back then. I helped work with -sorta - Ray Grant #9 got know claude Dilks, they teamed up with the cars looking alike. Any direction of infromation to contact Larry or I heard a Flagman had a nice collection. My e-mail is Thanx everyone and anyone.. Getting older here and I like to see some old times sitting the porch in Texas here. I just went back to visit MD. and I got a pic what's left of Dorsey Speedway. The only thing left to see is one entrance lane very short going down with this old gaurd rail still there. The amtrack station took the track. 

Carter Ayres said:   October 18th, 2012 4:49 am
Hal, good to hear from you. Sending me a couple pics of Sam would be great. I'll be glad to pay you for them. If you are coming up to Al's reunion in nov. I'll be there. You could just bring them with you if you want. Anyway, my address is P.O. box 103 Knoxville , Md. 21758. Thanks alot, Carter.

Harold Sears said:   October 18th, 2012 1:41 am
Carter, Better yet, send ne your address and I will mail them to you. I don't have a photo of the Blue #1 I wish I did! I have him with the #47, #15, and my car 

Harold Sears said:   October 18th, 2012 1:32 am
Carter, I have a few photos of Sam. need your e-mail address.

Al Torney said:   October 16th, 2012 4:42 am
You lost another OLDTIMER ! My father Raymond “LeRoy” Miller passed away March 17th 2012 at the age of 79. Dad was a car owner of #19 for many years at Dorsey, Langhorne, Pomoke, etc. some of his drivers were Carl Henderson & Bill Lone . Later in his career he took over the driving duties and also ran car #55 at Langhorne. If you would please pass the word on to some of his old friends . Thanks, Jeff Miller 

carter ayres said:   October 15th, 2012 6:38 pm
I wish I had some Sam Myers pics. He was a real good driver, and a good guy also. I used to wonder how he could win so many limited sportsman features at Dorsey with that blue coupe with the white #1 on it. One night at Dorsey, Sam wasen't feeling very good, and asked me if I would drive it in the feature, as our car was broke. He didn't have to ask me twice. It didn't take but a few laps, and I knew why he could win so often. Besides Sam being a really good driver, and a real strong flathead motor, that thing handled like a dream. You could just about one hand that thing all the way around if you wanted to. I'll never forget that one. Robert, Larry Jendras Jr. might have some pics of Sam.

Robert Bagrowski said:   October 15th, 2012 4:10 am
Surfin the net to find pictures of Dorsey Speedway Pics like Sam Myers Denzil Dillman many others .. Years Ago I lost all of my pics from the 65-74 years... To many drivers were to good late model and figure 8 Been searchin photographer names and flagman but not to many old pics Anybody have any ideas pics to share or sell???? 

Rhonda said:   October 11th, 2012 6:41 am
Best memories are ones when I was only a girl of about 4 or 5 (my sister was a year younger) and watching our dad at Dorsey. I know he built a '56 (still waiting to hear from Mama what model and what number he drove), but Clyde "Bud" Place was my dad (he drove in the late 60's and maybe early 70's) and I'm hoping that someone out there might have a picture of him and/or his race car. Many times my sister and I would play on and around the bleachers before and after the races - and I've lost count of just how many times our names were called over the loud speakers ... "wayward girls"

Al Torney said:   October 2nd, 2012 9:11 pm
The reunion will be Saturday, November 10, 2012. Flyers will be mailed next week. Emails this week.

KEN FESTERMAN said:   October 2nd, 2012 8:11 pm

greg secord said:   September 29th, 2012 9:29 pm
brings back a lot of good old fun 

frank miller everley 3rd said:   September 23rd, 2012 6:59 pm

Al Torney said:   September 13th, 2012 12:08 am
Sorry to report that former Dorsey Speedway driver Don Barrass has passed away. The viewing wil be tomorrow at Kaufman's Funeral Home 7250 Washington Blvd near Ellicott City from 3pm to 5 pm and 7pm to 9 pm.

Larry Jendras Jr said:   September 12th, 2012 3:41 am
TO JOE HAAS. Joe that was not me but I did communicate with you some years ago and got you to autograph some #104 photos.

JOE HAAS said:   September 10th, 2012 9:58 am

JOE HAAS said:   September 10th, 2012 9:50 am

Gary Kitchen said:   September 6th, 2012 6:14 pm
Thank you for the wonderful memories. You could find my Dad (Sam) and me at every race at Beltsville in the late 60's/ early 70's. Loved watching from high up in the stands in Turn 1. Great view of the whole track. The weekly warriors were great fun to watch and it was a special treat when the Big Boys came to town. I'd love to get my hands on some Beltsville memorabilia. Any ideas? I know the NASCAR HOF has a poster on display but they won't sell a repro of it. Keep up the good work with the website. 

Al Torney said:   September 5th, 2012 3:07 am
Joe I'm not much of a typist so I know there are errors in what I typed. I will go back at sme point and correct spelling errors. If I had more computor skills I would have been able to cut and paste your story but I had to type it in instead.

Joe Haas said:   September 4th, 2012 9:33 pm

bobby wilcher said:   September 4th, 2012 1:03 am
to harold,, i drove for dave kreh abouy 4 years after glenn, looking for photos when I drove the #66 cars, thanks ,,,bobby

Al Torney said:   September 3rd, 2012 1:28 am
The Joe Haas story is complete on the Memories page of the website. I think it.s great the Joe could relate this story that occurred over 50 years ago. Nice work Joe. Enjoy.

Al Torney said:   August 31st, 2012 12:34 am
I am in the process of relating Joe's story of trying to go Pro in the mid '50's. You can read the firts parts of the story on The Memories page. Joe took alot of time to write this and it is taking me some time to re-type it but it is fun to do.

john triplett said:   August 26th, 2012 2:36 am
does anyone know if milt himmel is still living

john triplett said:   August 26th, 2012 2:32 am
does anyone know if mjlt himmel is sill alive

JOE HAAS, JOHN STEVENS, JOE REBEL, OTHERS said:   August 24th, 2012 7:30 am

Al Torney said:   August 23rd, 2012 8:29 pm
Just bought a new computer and will now be able to update the website. I will be doing this over the next two weeks. Stay tuned.

Harold Sears said:   August 19th, 2012 8:23 am
To Bobby Wilcher, Would that Cyclone #66 be the same on Glenn Guntrie drove at Beltsville? If so, It is in the photo gallery. nice to here from you, it's been a long time.

bobby wilcher said:   August 19th, 2012 1:26 am
anybody got any pics. of the # 66 mercurys cyclone;s that I drove for dave kreh,, please contact me if you do,,,thanks, don't for get the racersreunion at ODS ON SEPT. 1 

kendall c whitaker said:   August 18th, 2012 2:17 am
great memories but no pictures my dad Ken Whitaker along with jack coeburn built track I spent many saturdays cleaning under grand stands remember Owener jack wolf then meyery & myers our car # 76 driver joe owens many driver pewe poblets pete kantorsky denzil dillman bobby balentine cars like the shoe polish special what great times holliday races with stars like elmo langley jim hertibese 

charlie lindmar said:   August 9th, 2012 9:03 pm
My on on feature page,pleasantville speedway news , below Ken Kuhlman article

Charlie Lindmar said:   August 9th, 2012 8:56 pm
Maryland fans check out my little novelty stand coupes on the LSRACERS website. Johnny Roberts and Glenn Guthrie among others.

J B HAAS said:   August 8th, 2012 12:29 pm
To Carter Ayres and others who remember the fifties. Many drivers and car owners never had the perspective of the fans. I saw stock car racing as the beginning of what would eventually be a Road Show. We were the participants but the future depended on entertaining the fans. Sure we were to be consumed by the demands to learn, improve and win but there was another important element and that was Pleasing the paying fans. I was chewed out by some of my peers for calling it ShowRacing. Otherwise, a back road or a night strip race would have been the action. It meant a lot to me to satisfy not only my buddies and neighbors but also the fans who paid to watch us play the game. The Roar of the Crowd when a popular guy one was certainly a real Peak of Pride but also seeing wide eyed youngsters holding the winner in high esteem was deserving of a good image and conduct that was acceptable. I played quite a few different sports in my lifetime but I found racing stocks to be the apex of the Games. Carter, I really appreciate your memory and comments and for some reason your name seems very familiar to me. Wish you well, good health and good times ahead.JBH

carter ayres said:   August 6th, 2012 7:49 pm
To Joe Haas, I've been reading about you in guestbook, and just wanted to say to you that you and all the guys you raced with were my heros. In 56 I had just got my drivers permit, and me and my stock car buddies would make it to Dorsey just about every week. I watched you race many times, along with Pee Wee, ralph Smith, Carl Henderson, bud T, Eddie Anders, and so many other really good drivers. All you guys, watching you all race, was really cool to me , you had me hooked. Now many years later, I still believe Dorsey's mid fifties sportsman modifieds were the best I ever saw, and I saw some good ones at Old Dominion ,and other tracks also. I'm not sure weather you ever make it to Al's reunion in the fall, but if you ever are there, I sure would like to meet you. You, and all the other fellows that you raced with are the one's that got it started, and made it happen. Thanks, Carter. 

Joe Haas, etc. said:   August 6th, 2012 6:30 am

Al Torney said:   August 3rd, 2012 2:05 am
Hopefully this computer glitch will be solved soon. I have a lot to post to the site.

JOE HAAS said:   August 2nd, 2012 8:46 am

JOE HAAS AND OTHERS said:   July 30th, 2012 6:33 am

Barry Lear said:   July 24th, 2012 6:21 am
Sad news, Frank Schultz, figure 8 racer from the 60s and 70s in MD, DE, VA, PA, area, passed away today in Danville VA. Service information to follow.

JOE HAAS,ETC. said:   July 24th, 2012 4:44 am
Racing a Sportsman/Modified car in the early fifties required a lot of learning and hard work with long hours. My estimate would be that we invested forty or more hours for every lap we turned in competition. One night we found a lost team member sleeping under the car with a wrench in one hand and a 9/16 bolt in the other. The job was to change the clutch disc to prepare for the race tomorrow. Others were up top changing a single car manifold to a three carb manifold. Typical weekend was that wives were angry and disgusted and the guys were having a ball wearing out their bodies to get ready for the next race. That race could be did we run out of energy or money first ? We called it FUN. 

Alan Morgan said:   July 20th, 2012 12:57 am
Hi Al, Came upon your site and thought it real interesting. When I was a kid my father took me to Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania and Frankie Schneider was my first hero and Al Tasnady was the bad guy who might beat my hero. I was 6 till 10 years old then. I have watched Dirt track racing my whole life and want to thank all of those drivers and teams/owners who put the time and effort in to race. It has always amazed me how consistint the racers are at showing at the tracks week in and week out. I use to go to Dorsey and still go to Hagerstown speedway. Thanks for the site.

Larry Jendras Jr said:   July 19th, 2012 2:45 pm
To Bobby Hale Jr, I have a photo of a #82 coupe, Flathead engine, light colored two tone paint job with BOBBY on the door taken at Dorsey in the early 60's. If that sounds like your Dad's car email me at Larry

Bobby Hale Jr said:   July 18th, 2012 7:00 am
My dad Bobby Hale use to race at dorsey back in the early 60's. #82 Stumbled on your site through facebook. thanks for doing this. Was wondering if you had any pics of him. Through the years can't seem to locate any. He wasn't famous but loved the sport and was good friends with reds kagle and such.

Bobby Hale Jr said:   July 18th, 2012 6:57 am
My dad Bobby Hale use to race at dorsey back in the early 60's. #82 Stumbled on your site through facebook. thanks for doing this. Was wondering if you had any pics of him. Through the years can't seem to locate any. He wasn't famous but loved the sport and was good friends with reds kagle and such.

JOE HAAS....JOHNNY STEVENS...JOE REBEL...ETC. said:   July 18th, 2012 5:21 am

Larry Jendras Jr said:   July 17th, 2012 4:51 am
Charlie Maxwell won 2 features in 1960 driving a number 3D coupe.

Harold Sears said:   July 15th, 2012 4:13 am
To Larry Gable, I remember Charlie Maxwell, real nice guy. My driver at that time was Bud Meeks #21. I do not remember his car #. There were some really good times and alot of memories at Westport.

Larry Gable said:   July 14th, 2012 8:19 pm
does anyone remember or have information on a hobby driver by the name of Chalie maxwell. He raced durning the mid 50's at Westport stadium, hand a pink car with women painted on the car,do not even know if the car had a number on it. Just a childhood memory of westport.

Bill Master said:   July 13th, 2012 9:02 pm
To Jim Carlsen said: April 20th, 2009 4:35 pm I was doing laundry in Boyertown, Pa today and met a man who introduced himself as Eddie Adams the stock car racer. We told for about 45 minutes about his memories. He lives in Boyertown at the Boyertown Inn that is owned by Mae Fern Houck. It is located at the corner of East Philadelphia Avenue and Reading avenue.

Charles Hollingsworth said:   July 12th, 2012 10:01 am
I love these old racing websight for memories.

Lynn ( Clark ) Demoucelle said:   July 7th, 2012 5:16 pm
Sorry my e-mail is THANK!

Lynn ( Clark ) Demoucelle said:   July 7th, 2012 4:50 pm
Hello, I am looking for pictures of My father who just past away on June 22, 2012 ( Gordon C. Clark ) he raced at dorsey speedway in the late 50's early 60's under his name or Ronald Clark his brother, but the first year was under his brother Paul Clark. My dad some how last all his pictures from when he was in the races. So if anyone may have some and could make copies I would gladly pay you for them... his car was number 22, pink and black with micky mouse on it. I have look on the dorsey wed page and this one and did not see any pictures of him. 

Al Torney said:   June 29th, 2012 5:56 am
I'm having some problems updating the website. Hope to have them solved soon. Joe, I will be posting your "going pro" story as soon as I get the problem solved.

James irby said:   June 17th, 2012 12:13 am
I grew up about a mile from South Boston Speedway and used to go to all the races from the night the track first opened. I have seen many drivers come and go over the years; some becoming very famous in the racing world. Johnny Roberts was one of my favorite drivers back in old days when they ran the modified coupes and coaches on dirt. I can remember it like it was yesterday. At one time at south Boston when Johnny was running their they actually would start 3 team cars all 37 Chevy hump back coaches with Johnny , ray Hendrick and I think bobby Ballantine driving. My only regret was I did not have a camera to take pictures of all the old cars and drivers. It did go into my blood as I became a car owner in later years having only 2 drivers for 20 years(Roy Hendrick and Scott Riggs ). 

Al Torney said:   June 7th, 2012 10:08 pm
Sorry to report that Cotton Owens, former NASCAR modified champion and GN car owner has passed away at 88 years of age. He is to be formally inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the next ceremony. I met Cotton at Beltsville when the GN's came to town. David Pearson was driving Cotton's no. 6 Dodge Charger. RIP To report 

Barry Orndorff said:   June 3rd, 2012 5:12 am
Just wanted to thank the guys for all the great racing I got to enjoy over in the 60's and 70's. I was friends with and a fan of Willie Alder #7 and loved going to Beltsville.

JOE HAAS, JOHNNY STEPHENS, ETC. said:   June 2nd, 2012 12:10 pm

Al Torney said:   June 1st, 2012 8:48 pm
We did it. We got Johnny Roberts mentioned in the List of Maryland's Top 175 athlestes in the Baltimore Sunpapers. Thanks to all that sent emails and called the Sunpapers. 

Al Torney said:   June 1st, 2012 8:46 pm
Jeff Miller, Cumberland late model racer, just notified me that his dad, Raymond "Leroy" Miller passed away on March 17. Leroy was a car owner for Carl Henderson and Bill Lone who raced the cars at Dorsey and Cumberland. Ray Kable Jr. raced Jeff's late model car when Jeff wasn't able to reace it.

Ed Ningard Jr said:   May 31st, 2012 8:42 pm
Elk a big backer of Hal Browning no.100.Tommy Morgan wrenched the 100 late model 1986,87 and part 88 before he went Nascar.Lincoln Speedway had the late models in 87, Hal lead the pts all yr.On the last night it was double pts,all Hal had to do was finish.Not hard chargin Hal wrecked the 1st lap in Elks 100,Rick Eckert wins the pts. Memories 

joe wrightson said:   May 29th, 2012 10:37 pm
hi al,thought you might want to know delaware international has an annual elk mooningham memorial .this year they are having a salute to hal browning the same night .i dont know if hal has retired or not but iam not going to miss the chance to salute a man who has raced my entire life.congrats to a fine person and great race car driver. the date is 6/23/12 keep up the great site

Al Torney said:   May 29th, 2012 6:52 am
Ace Canupp, veteran champion at Westport Stadium, is being treated for prostate cancer. Get well soon Ace.

Al Torney said:   May 24th, 2012 4:05 am
We have lost another oldtimer. Not from Maryland but familiar to all who attended races at Lincoln, Williams Grove and Susquehana Speedways during the mid-'50's and early '60's. Johnny Mackison of York, Pa. passed away Sunday. Many of our Maryland racers competed with Johnny at the above speedways. Who can forget the famed 1080 Shorty Emrich coupe. Johnny along with the late Bobby Hersh ushered in the "bugs" (supermodifieds) to the centralPa. area. Johnyy son, Johnny Jr. and grand-son are competing in sprints this year.

adsd said:   May 24th, 2012 12:28 am

Nancy Jones said:   May 23rd, 2012 8:00 am
Al Have been watching the DVD's I purchased from you that were from Dorsey and Potomac Speedways. What memories and how old I feel LOL - They are great I am thankful someone took these but would love to see these in today's high tech videos but I am not complaning I love trying to see who is all out there on the track. Of course two of my all time favorites from back then Ray Kable, Jr. and Ricky Taylor. Ran into Raymond at Lincoln last year it was great to see him. Thanks again for the memories.

adsd said:   May 23rd, 2012 2:32 am

butch patterson said:   May 16th, 2012 1:15 am
al--before we lose any more of our old timers who made the history of md. racing,lets in duct our special recognition people into the md. racing hall of fame,before its to late for some of them to enjoy it. ask carter how he feels about this.thank you for your hard work and time spent butch patterson ps saw my first race at dorsey in 1951.

Al Torney said:   May 7th, 2012 3:30 am
The Sunpapers is doing an article about Maryland's Top 175 Athletes. As is always the case in these lists motorsports get little attention. We are trying to get Johnny Roberts on that list. Please email : and request that Johnny be put on that list. Thanks

JOE HAAS, JOHNNY STEVENS said:   May 4th, 2012 6:24 am
Would like to exchange e mails about racing or whatever with some of the folks. Due to the dents and scars that age imposes on old timers like me, I have not been able to visit with the remaining gang from the Baltimore area (Fifties). Life required fourteen changes of address to pay the bills and that severed most of the contacts with you good folks from our home area. For me, in reference to the early days of racing, it was indeed the best of times. All memories shine with happy days when we were so very young, broke, and involved in racing Sportsman and Modifieds. Yes, we even won a few that helped to make it one more week and then one more month. It seems that the changes of address and names to satisfy the employers caused some further loss of contact. At age eighty one I re established contact with Roy Coghill and now, you know the remainder of that. Pee Wee beat me in almost all of the close ones and he was a mighty good competitor. I noticed that the Lindsey family showed up at one of your recent reunions. I will always have him on my respected memory list along with Ralph, Pete, Reds, and others certainly worthy of mention. I wish all you folks well and if you want to chat.....I will, while time remains. Regards.

Al Torney said:   April 25th, 2012 5:23 pm
We have lost Frank Sagi, legendary former announcer at Hagerstwon, Beltsville and Lincioln Speedways. Viewing will be Thursday from 7pm to 9pm at Minnich Funeral Home at 415 .E. Wilson Blvd Hagerstown with burial on Friday at 11am at Rose Hill Cemetary. Frank was our announcer at our annual reunion and is an In ductee in the Hall of Fame. He was a true ambassador to Maryland stock car racing He will be missed. 

Nancy Jones (Ford) said:   April 14th, 2012 5:57 am
Al, saw your post about Roy Coghill, sorry to report that he passed awat April 12th as his death notice was in the Baltimore Sun today. Thoughts and prayers to the family

Al Torney said:   April 9th, 2012 3:01 am
Just talked to Frank on the phone and he is having a bout with pneumonia. He's been in there for 5 weeks. Tough to shake it. He did sound good and is receiving alot of cards.

Al Torney said:   April 9th, 2012 2:52 am
Frank is at Meritus Medical Center Room 5328 1116 Campus Rd. Hagerstown, Md. 21742

Al Torney said:   April 9th, 2012 1:33 am
This is getting old fast. Just received word that the announcer at Winchester Speedway Saturday announced that Frank Sagi is in serious condition at Meritus Hospital Center in Hagerstown. Frank was known to fans as the announcer at Hagerstown, Beltsville and Lincoln for many years. And of course he is our Reunion announcer. Get well Frank.

Al Torney said:   March 27th, 2012 1:09 am
Received an email that Roy Coghill, driver of the no. 70 modified during the '50's at Dorsey, Ritchie, Hagerstown, Marlboro, etc was involved in a bad auto accident over the weekend. His wife Myrt was killed instantly and Roy is in shock trauma with punctured lungs, fractured pelvis and other injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Coghill Family. Roy contributed a lot to the Maryland stock car website. 

Al Torney said:   March 13th, 2012 2:33 pm
Sorry to report that we have lost two Maryland late model drivers. Don Riley of Cockeysville and Ernie Jones of Westminster.Don raced at at Potomac, Lincoln, Trailways, Delaware International, Virginia Raceway, Hagerstown. Ernie raced at Trailways, Lincoln and Susquehanna..

Bill Heider said:   February 27th, 2012 1:42 am
Yes, Carter I'm still around....Living in South Carolina the last 15 years....Nine race tracks less than 3 hours away.....Sometimes hard to choose.....Drop me a line.....Bill

carter ayres said:   February 26th, 2012 7:05 am
Hey Bill Heider, it's good to know that your still motorvatin. I still remember the days from the mid fifties at Call Carl's Esso station at ga. ave. and colesville rd . Silver Spring, md. My dad took me to that 400 lapper at Lanham that nite. We sat on the backstrech. It was one of the first stock car races I ever saw. Like you, I also remember it was a Nash Rambler that won. Lanham was also the track where I first saw the late Reds Kagle and Wally Campbell race. It's funny how you can remember stuff like that, but can't remember last week. Carter. 

Bill Heider said:   February 24th, 2012 7:24 am
I remember the 400 lap race at Lanham,it lasted well into the night...I also recall Tony Bonadies Rambler..... It was hard to believe a Rambler won the race.......My grandmother owned one and when I told her a Rambler won the race she did'nt believe me until it came out in the newspaper.

Al Torney said:   February 22nd, 2012 1:02 am
I have added the reults of the 1951 NASCAR Short Track Division race at Lanham Speedway to the Lanham page. A pisture of Tony Bonadies in his winning Nash will be posted in the near future.

tony bonadies jr said:   February 8th, 2012 1:12 am
some nice stuff but you have over looked lanham 100miler 1951 wher my dad tony bonadies smoked the competition with his 1951 nash rambler set up at tonys shop in the bronx ny by tony and his crew then the rambler song tony jr 

Al Torney said:   February 3rd, 2012 7:20 am
Photos from the latest reunion will be posted later this month.

Bob Breach said:   January 31st, 2012 10:36 pm
any pic of this years reunion yet? 

Al Torney said:   January 24th, 2012 1:20 am
You can send them to: 

Janice Taylor said:   January 19th, 2012 10:54 pm
Is there a way for me to submit photos online for this site?

Joe FitzGibbon said:   December 18th, 2011 3:27 am
Past crew member for Callahan and Sons Racing.

carter ayres said:   December 16th, 2011 4:36 am
Just wanted to say what a real nice time my wife Sandy and I had at the reunion last month. Really nice to see and visit with some old friends, and to meet some new ones. We always look forward to being there. We were glad to see so many race cars, and street rods there, especially Bernie West's 51 Mercury. That was cool. We want to wish everyone out there in stock car land a very Merry Christmas and happy new year. Take care, Carter.

Alan harman said:   December 11th, 2011 5:40 am
What a great site!!!! Like a lot of fokes on this site, i spent every saturday night at dorsey speedway. Man that was a sad sad day when they put the lock on the gate for last time. I too, like some worked on two cars at dorsey. I was a young boy helping George Kopckack #47 Fg 8 car. We won a lot of races with that 55 chevy. George was always good to me and always tryed to teach me how to do things the right way. Thank you so much George. I also got to work on one of the top late model cars. I know this to be a fact. We rolled up to the pit gate one night, and was told by leeon, orange and white cars don't win tonight. Yes you guessed it. # 98( Rick ) Gary Jones. I relly miss the owner of that car. Mr john Bright. What a great guy. He was a great tercher to. I would just like to say many thanks to all the race car drivers at dorsey. Job well done. One more thing, I always thought Bill Grifin was a great flagmen. But he should have put Will Dilks to the rear more often. : ) just kidding. Merry Christmas everyone and a new year.

Al Torney said:   November 27th, 2011 8:39 pm
I had announced at the Reunion that Pete Kantorsky was in the hospital and not doing very well. I talked to Pete today and he is home and doing fine. A little tired but he is anxiously waiting to return to work. He's tough. 

Joe Haas said:   November 27th, 2011 10:40 am
Very glad to read of the success of yur reunion. I will mail a card and note to Pete kantorsky tomorrow. I would also appreciate an address for the Ed Lindsey family. We had much respect for each other and I would like to tell the family the same. Wish you well and happy days. Joe

Al Torney said:   November 17th, 2011 2:53 am
The Reunion was a great success. More race cars and street rods then ever. In excess of 200 attendees. Scrapbooks galore, movies and the food was outstaning. Over 30 drivers form the past attended. On a sad note John Dodd Jr's son passed away Monday, he was 33 years old. A viewing is planned for Friday at McCauley's Funeral Hall in Pasadena, Md. from 2pm to 4pm. On another sad note, Pete Kantorsky, modified and late model driver at Dorsey and Lincoln Speedways, is in the hospital fighting several ailments. Get well cards should be sent to: 3210 Everlasting Lane Middle River, Md. 21220. I know Pete would like to hear from his many fans.

Fred Krickbaum said:   November 15th, 2011 6:41 pm
Al The other penn mar car was a1935 chevy sedan owned by Paul Hoffman and came from Bunker Hill West Virgina

Bill Heider said:   October 8th, 2011 4:58 am
"Smokey' was a true "Gentleman Racer" he will be missed RIP 

Al Torney said:   October 7th, 2011 1:30 am
1971 and 1973 Hagerstown Speedway Super Sprint Champion Smokey Snelbaker of Dover, Pa. has passed away. 

brian said:   October 6th, 2011 12:58 pm
thanks sylvia

carter ayres said:   October 5th, 2011 7:19 am
I think this is really ( " as K. Schrader would say, this is going to be big " ) going to be huge for old time, 50's, 60's, 70's, maybe 80's, stock car racing. I'd guess the film would take in quite a large area of where stock car racing got it's roots, I really don't know, but to have our area to be considered as part of the film is pretty cool. Our area is rich with it's history, including the late Johnny Roberts and Reds Kagle with NASCAR championships, and Reds on the verge of going Grand National racing before losing his leg at Charlotte. Other area drivers won races at other tracks up and down the east coast back in the day, so our area should be well represented. Every area owner, driver, mechanic, fan, promoter, everyone who ever put thier heart and soul, and money, into trying to get a race car to the track on the weekend,it would be nice to see them get some recognition. I will looking forward to seeing this documentary. 

Al Torney said:   September 28th, 2011 6:31 am
I am all excited. There will be a film production company attending the Reunion to start filming a documentary on the early days of Maryland stock car racing. They will be there to interview the oldtimers and film the vintage stock cars, etc. The company has done documentaries that have been on various cable channels (Discovery, History, etc.) They hope to have the film shown on one of the all documenary channels. The fellow that owns the company was around Dorsey in the '50's when his father owned the car 2Bits that was driven by Don Johannas in the Free State Stock car Racing Assn. This can be a great tribute to the oldtimers. 

Bryan Rees said:   September 27th, 2011 3:24 am
I'm sending in for 3 tickets for the reunion. My father Buck Rees from Hagerstown MD will be attending.

Al Torney said:   September 25th, 2011 1:36 am
We are now gearing up for the 5th Annual Maryland Stock Car Racing Reunion. Tickets are available now. You can get the details on the Events page of the website. This event has become one of the top racing reunions the mid-Atlantic region. There is plenty of good food and drink, excellent scapbooks, memorabilia, Maryland racing movies and music. We also feature two of the finest race announcers in the country, Frank Sagi (Beltsville, Hagerstown and Lincoln speedways) and Doug Watson (currently at Potomac and Hagerstown speedways). It is normal for as many as 40-50 former drivers to attend. Weather permitting there are vintage stock cars and custom cars out front. It's a great oppurtunity for fans to meet and chat with their former stock heros and enjoy the movies of Dorsey, Beltsville, Hagerstown and Potomac.

Sylvia Moore said:   September 17th, 2011 6:32 am
to Brian: Sam Myers still lives in Hanover Md. His son is into drag racing at Capitol Speedway. Hope this helps you in your family tree.

Larry Smith said:   September 10th, 2011 1:37 am
This brings back old memories.

Bill Heider said:   September 8th, 2011 11:53 pm
Pam,I remember seeing your dad drive a black 37 Ford sedan at Manasiss when the track was dirt.Someone should have a picture of this car.It had an nick name on the side that was very different."Little Abie"

Pam Dorfler said:   September 6th, 2011 5:09 am
I was wondering if you have any photos or information on my father Marvin W. Goldberg? From Cockeysville Md, he raced with so many of these men, he has since passed going on 10yrs., this was his passion, he raced with the Hanbury's, Bobbie Able, Yarbourough, and all the old guys, I was just wondering if anyone had anything on him. I have nothing but memories it would be nice to see. Thanks. I know he raced, dirt, asphalt, modified, sprint, you name it he drove it. all the eastern tracks, thanks Pam 

Buddy Guess (Roberts) said:   September 6th, 2011 1:33 am
Can somebody please tell me how to contact Harold Sears? I have not been back to this website since the first time I discovered it on 3/23/11. And I find my cousin, Lynn, has died. OMG. She was only 60 years old. Thank you for telling me. I will pass on the sad news to Lynn's Aunt Hester, my mother, and Uncle Johnny's big sister. Thank you all. Buddy Guess email: 

Al Torney said:   September 5th, 2011 8:34 pm
I am heading south for a long overdue fishing trip. I will approve all Guestbook posts in two weeks when I return. 

Joe Haas - Johnny Stevens 94/104 said:   September 4th, 2011 9:40 am
I believe Reds Kagle (and Hoss) and Elmo and I began racing at about the same time. Reds was more active than I and although we often encountered each other in competition, we did not have the opportunity to hang out together. He did drive for Nick Rose (141) who used engines built by Mel Tarr and I had the same or similar unit...with differences as you might expect. I saw Reds drive in Richmond one night in the seventies and it brought back a lot of memories. He was a real firebrand, a hard racer, with guts and skill and he used both. I got a kick out of the " Brother Backup" confrontation I would encounter from time to time and it added to the fringe of good hard racing. Reds was a great example of what the Pioneer Stock Car Racer was all about. Hard times, tight budget, now quarter given or expected.....Go For It.......I admired him for this.. They were a brother act and it was the best of times for this old fossil. I will miss him and retain the good memories of Reds as long as I can. Wish I could have had more time and occasions to get better acquainted. I wish him peace.

Larry Jendras Jr said:   September 3rd, 2011 4:08 pm
To Bryan Rees, There are some nice photos of your father on the LAP 1 photo website, then go to Gary Miller photos. They are from 1972 to 1977. They are also for sale. Larry

Bryan Rees said:   September 3rd, 2011 5:03 am
Thanks Rick. I have my dads 1958 chevy truck that he pulled his cars with, along with the car trailer, tire rack all with originail paint on them. Il'l have to send you some pics if you like. I love looking at old pics of cars. I dont know what got into me over the last coulpe of years but as a kid I looked at the pics and was like I wish I was with him through the racing years, but I was in a auto accident in 1992 and over the years wishing to race someday.We just never had anytime to race with him maintaing all his rental propertys. I just want to make it happen again just being there with my dad, except me driving this time. If i cant find his old car, guess i'll have to build a chevelle one similair (paint) wise. My dads getting old and want to spend as much time with him as I can. I would love just one ride in the 58 chevy to the track with him just like it was in 1973. 

Barbara Dodd said:   September 3rd, 2011 4:21 am
My brothers and I wish to thank everyone for the surport during these hard times with the passing of our father. Reds Kagle. He was one of a kind and the best father. He traught us how to have courage and strenght. The things that he did in his life time was more than anyone ever could do and he did all with one leg. He never asked for help or laid down and said that he could not do it. He was a man, a father and a best friend to us and wished that everyone out there could have known him as we did,his children, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren have. We will miss hime very much

Al Torney said:   September 2nd, 2011 1:19 am
Received a phone call today from former Winston Cup and Busch Grand National driver Jimmy Hensley. Jimmy raced against Reds on several occassions and wanted the Kagle Family to know that he was sorry for their loss. Jimmy siad that he really enjoyed the few times he got to spend time with reds at the race track.

rick masemer said:   September 1st, 2011 4:46 am
Bryan Rees , the car was Bobby Allens and Ron McBee drove it. if you look at Will Dilks 44. with the 70 style chevelle body i would say that is the car .

Al Torney said:   September 1st, 2011 4:10 am
Reds' Funeral services are as follows: Viewing Monday 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm Tuesday 10am to 12 Service and funeral to follow. Internment at Ft. Lincoln Cemetary

Bryan Rees said:   September 1st, 2011 3:21 am
REWARD!!! This is a long shot but will give a try to find my dads old race car. He talks about it all the time and would like to buy it back. It was owned bought by Bobby Allen or Ronnie Mcbee in 1974-75. It had #55 on it. Brown and white 1970 Chevelle body. Car is on the photo gallary pages. Was driven by my dad Buckley Rees from Hagerstown MD Speedway. Please email me for any info

Al Torney said:   August 31st, 2011 8:23 pm
Funeral arrangements for Reds Kagle are being made today. They will be made at Gasch's Funeral Home in Hyattsville, Md. The website for Gasch's is Details will probably be posted on the website this evening.

carter ayres said:   August 31st, 2011 7:23 am
Truly a sad time with Reds passing. So many menories from a great champion all the way back to Reds days racing at Lanham speedway. A true gentelman, innovator of race car chassis design and setups. One of the best, and super fast and smooth behind the wheel. How lucky I was to be able to sit and talk with him at a wedding anniversary just a few months ago. You couldn't ever forget Reds. 

Al Torney said:   August 30th, 2011 5:36 pm
Extremely sad to report that Maryland Race Car Champion Reds Kagle passed away last night around 6pm. I have no further details at this time but will relay any additional information as I receive it. Like so many others I was without electricity and just got it back hence the late reporting of this sad news.

Paul Zappardino said:   August 30th, 2011 8:15 am
Regretfully and sadly i found out this evening on the Beltsville speedway sight on facebook that Reds Kagle passed away this afternoon, We all have lost a CLASS ACT and an ICON of NASCAR in Maryland, THANKS Reds, you ar eone of the many that made my NASCAR career enjoyable RIP Reds Kagle

Al Torney said:   August 21st, 2011 7:49 am
More bad news. Bob Adams of Richmond, Va. has suffered a severe stroke. Bob was the car owner of the #11 Chevelles driven by Ray Hendrick at Beltsville. Bob really enjoyed our reunions. Yesterday Ray Tilley had a stroke and passed away. Ray was a great super sprint driver from Pa. Ray set several records for super sprints driving for Bud Grim of Randlestown. These were Ford powered sprint cars racing at Williams Grove, Selinsrove and Port Royal. Our prayers to the families of both of these racers. Reds is in Peninsula Hospital in Salisbury, Md. There is no change to his condition. Our prayers are him and his family.

J.C. Morning said:   August 20th, 2011 2:15 pm
My thoughts and prayers for Reds Kagle...May God speed and bless him with a full recovery...

Harold Sears said:   August 17th, 2011 9:10 pm
Praying for the best for Reds! He is and always will be a champion of our sport. On the track or advising how to set your car up or just a great conversation. "TRUE CHAMPION" 

Paul Zappardino said:   August 17th, 2011 3:59 am
Hope the best for Red's, A CLASS ACT! Saw him last at the Legends reunion at Old dominion speedway last September, i worked with Red's when Mike Heath drove for him in 81, my last year in NASCAR , at that event I made sure to tell him "THANK YOU" for letting me tag along and help out, A special man and a GREAT CHAMPION! LOVE YA Red's!! 

butch patterson said:   August 17th, 2011 2:14 am
al thanks for the info us guys from the 50s and 60s could tell a lot of stories about reds and hoss.lets hope and pray things work out we are running out of true oldtime racers ---butch

Al Torney said:   August 16th, 2011 5:59 pm
Very sorry to report that Reds Kagle has suffered a stroke. Have no further details at this time.

BeBe Blythe said:   August 9th, 2011 12:26 pm
I remember the mid 60's I had an old 55 chevy and guys Like Jimmy Hahn and Dave Mullenary, Bernie West, lived near me in Lanham there were a lot of other people into racing back then Red's Kagle was one of best engine builders around Beltsville was a great time I even remember old Lanham speedway up on the hill seems like a 100 years ago 

Al Torney said:   August 6th, 2011 4:43 am
Not stock car related but Baltimore's Gary Nixon has passed away. I have no details. Gary was a national motorcycle champion in the mid-60's and is in several motorcycle and motorsports hall of fames.

Joseph Scaggs said:   July 27th, 2011 6:12 pm
I'm Back Al

Pamela linkenhoker, my dad Robert linkenhoker said:   July 20th, 2011 10:55 am
Could someone please send me information about 2011 reunion. I would like to bring my dad. He was around for many of the races in Maryland during the 60's & 70's. He has many stories to tell. thanks Pamela

bobby wilcher said:   July 15th, 2011 4:53 am

Al Torney said:   July 14th, 2011 1:31 am
Debra: At present I have two sizes of t shirts, large and x-large. You can by them be sending a check for $36.00 made payable to: Al Torney and mail to: 2974 Valley View Rd Annapolis, Md. 21401 This wil cover a hat and t-shirt and $3.00 shipping

Debbie said:   July 11th, 2011 7:13 pm
Going thru some Great memories of Bert Robbins, I came across this amazing site. About the T-Shirts and Hats, for Bert's nephew, Wayne Brown, also a racer, I would like to purchase both a t-shirt and a hat. Is there an order form somewhere? Please let me know ... Thanks

Rick Goswellen said:   July 9th, 2011 6:27 am
A Millions thanks for all the pictures of Dorsey Speedway. LOVED everyone of them. Would love to see some of the past drivers in person. 

carter ayres said:   June 22nd, 2011 6:10 am
I was awful sorry to here about Bert Robbins passing. I was a friend of Bert's, going back to the 1940's in north west Wash, D.C. where he lived up the street from me. We shared a garage for the stock cars in Tacoma park, Md, in 1961, and had many good times there. Bert was a fine body and fender man by trade who could work metal like you would'nt believe. Bert will be missed.

Dave Aycock said:   June 21st, 2011 3:04 am
Two thing I would like to add. 1- Bert Robbins passed away 6/19/11 at the age of eighty 2- I-was proud to serve on his crew from 1958 to 1976 And also on Elmo Langley crew for many years

Ed Ningard Jr said:   June 15th, 2011 1:40 am
Photo`s see if this works have more if it does click on link

Larry Jendras Jr said:   June 12th, 2011 4:14 pm
I was going through some old scoresheets I got from the late John Schuler who did scoring at most of the local tracks. This one was a Late Model race held at Marlboro on Sept. 23, 1956. Look at the names in this final rundown. This is really a top notch field of drivers. 1. Frankie Schneider 2. Charlie Dyer 3. Bill Morgan 4. Elmo Langley 5. Bill Brown 6. John Dodd Sr. 7. Nace Mattingly 8. Pappy Hough 9. Harold Frankel 10. John Dodd Jr. 11. Bill Dove 12. Mack Hanbury 13. Bill O'Dell 14. Mark Bishop 15. Charlie Lydic 16. Bill Tyson 17. Frankie Thompson 18. Marvin Goldberg 19. Hoss Kagle 20. Volney Schulze 21. Wes Morgan 22. Dewey Ryan 23. Buzz Woodward 24. Lucky Sawyer 25. Jimmy Findley 26. Dick Dixon from Ct. 27. Jim Parsley 28. Buzz Wilson 29. Gene Holcomb 30. Lou Spears WOW. 30 late models on the Marlboro Road Course 

Rick Mandelson said:   June 6th, 2011 7:28 am
I really appreciate all your efforts.

JOE HAAS, JOHNNY STEVENS,JOE REBEL, ETC. said:   May 31st, 2011 7:04 am
Employment conflicts required changing names about as frequently as tracks. Found racilng activities to be the second best thrill of my life. As employment required thirteen changes of address and the challenge of getting a ride were very difficult, I did build a car or two on my own and bought some along the way. I was thoroughly bitten by the racing bug and it was a challenge for a father of four who was on a windmill of changing addresses. Family first of course, racing was a close second. Raced in eight different states and managed to win won or two. Dorsey, Marlboro, Manassas, Lanham brought feature wins in the home area and there were a few in other states. The ups and downs, the breakage and repairs and the time required over a period of nine years, proved to me that I was not going to be one of those champions that you mention in your reports. I knew that it needed even more time, money and effort than I had to give. But what a blast it try to beat the best. Too many stories to tell and too old now to remember all of them. I wish all of the Good Old Boys of the fifties the very best...wherever they are. Maybe some day.......

Joe Haas said:   May 18th, 2011 3:00 am

Valerie said:   May 17th, 2011 12:22 am
Do you have any information on Lucky Sawyer? He's my birth father. Thank you.

John H. Pilkerton jr. said:   May 15th, 2011 8:49 pm
Hi, I was wondering if you might have any pictures or more information on my Dad John H Pilkerton jr. who raced at St Mary's and many other tracks But I can't seem to find the information. Any help would be apprieciated. Thank -you.

Larry Jendras Jr said:   May 7th, 2011 8:25 pm
Connie, I can help you with photos of Don File. I have some of him in Frank Rose's #48. There is also a bio on him in a Dorsey program. Larry Jendras Jr.

connie said:   May 5th, 2011 5:00 am
Hi I finally was able to find my father on your web site! He died when I was 6 years old. His name is donald pfeil. He drove under the name donald file. I knew he drove stock cars in dorsey,marlboro and westport, and he was #48. I saw his picturs on your web site. could you please contact me so I can get copies of these pictues. I can also give you some info on him if needed.

Ed Bayes said:   April 16th, 2011 5:38 am
As a small member of a racing family i went to Westport and Dorsey many nights to see some of the greats. I was a big fan of nbr 7. As fate would have it, i was home on leave from the army and went to PA to see some races. As i entered the gates there was a loud crash. I didn't see it, but it was my alltime favorites last time around the oval track he had dominated for years. Ill never forget Johnny Roberts.

Steve Bosley said:   April 14th, 2011 12:45 am
I raced 1 time at Beltsville in 1978, finished 4th. Loved the speedway, racing against Reds Kagle, Jack Bland & with the sponsorship for the weekend from Livingston Fire Protections Jay & Carol Livingston. Wished the track would have been closer, I would have raced there every week, but being from upstate NY, the 71/2 hour ride was tough. Challenging track, very fast, and if I remember right it was pretty narrow for the speed you ran. The first time I was at Beltsville was 10 years earlier, October 1968 when Don MacTavish drove for Jay & Carol Livinston in what was then a race I think they called the Indian Summer 100 or 200, can't recall.

steve mettee said:   April 9th, 2011 1:53 am
hi ,my brother mike mettee raced at dorsey in 59,60,61,62...we have pictures from then I was 6 years old and in the pit crew.he is a regular fixture(spectator) at lincoln now. how can i get these picytures added

Sheri Thomas McCall said:   April 7th, 2011 12:57 am
Those were the days of good ole racing. Does anyone know what ever happened to Julie Ballentine? 

Crystal said:   April 1st, 2011 7:12 am
hello everyone! I was just searching for things on the internet about my grandfather. He was Harvey Brewer Jr..... I really don't know much about him.... my father passed away right after him when I was a teen. If anyone could tell me some fun stories about him or photos I would appreciate it.

Harold Sears said:   March 29th, 2011 8:44 am
Buddy, Lynn passed on Jan. 7, 2011 Patty and John Jr. are still around but do not know where. Buy the way, I is nice to here from you.

Buddy Guess (Roberts) said:   March 23rd, 2011 8:18 pm
Hi, everyone. Does anybody remember my Uncle Johnny when he was alive? My mother, Hester May (Sally) Roberts-Guess is still alive, will turn 89 on May 1st, and I believe the only surviving Roberts kid from her era. She was never the same after Johnny died in July of '65. I do not know if Uncle Johnny's kids are still around, but I hope so. Lynn, Johnny & Patty. Saw them last at Easter of '64, just 16 months before Uncle Johnny died. I know Doris, Johnny's wife, died many years ago, too. I will never forget my Uncle Johnny. He was just a damn good man and one hell of a stud... I am in Sacramento. Been a West Coaster almost all my life, but I have common sense and don't think like the dumb shits. To those of you who loved my Uncle Johnny, thank you. "Let's Roll"

Ray Buchanan said:   March 10th, 2011 1:04 am
Judith, I would love to hear from you.Arlin,Ken,Betty,Cathy and myself were really good friends. I still had the CHECKERED shirt you made for me years ago until my recent move to Florida.This is a super program to check on racing.Please get back with me, Ray

Lou Ann Norris said:   March 1st, 2011 9:20 pm
looking for photos, articles , etc. in reference to my uncle John Sampson, who raced there in late 60's and early 70's

Nancy said:   February 20th, 2011 7:44 am
Al - I attempted to email you but it came but email failed. Can you please email me about the DVD's of Dorsey and Potomac. Thanks and again thanks for a great web site it just brings back so many memories of the 70's and 80's when my Dad ran at Potomac. Thank You

Glenn Ferres said:   February 16th, 2011 8:26 pm
Spent many years at Dorsey Speedway. My favorite drives were Will and Claude Dilks. I know Claude Past away. Was just wondering if Will is still with us. Thanks 

Vic Johnson said:   February 14th, 2011 6:45 am
In answer to Carter Ayers question no, that was not my Dad. As I remember there was a Vic Johnson that lived in Manassas, VA that was an announcer. I had the pleasure of meeting him when he came to St. Mary's Speedway in Lexington Park, Maryland. I was working at the service station that he stopped in to fill up on his way back to Manassas after a night of announcing the races at St. Marys. I spilled gas on my work uniform because of over filling his tank. He was very kind and concerned about my welfare. Besides knowing who he was from hearing him at the race track on several occasions. He paid with a credit card. A real nice fellow.

Carter Ayres said:   February 13th, 2011 8:14 pm
Hi Sue,I don't think I had the pleasure of meeting you , but Sonny Eaton and myself shared alot of good times together also, working on the race cars over at Buddy Shifflett's house in Kensington Md, in the mid 60's. Sonny was driving at the time for Buddy's dad Skip. Lots of good memories. 

glen repass said:   February 12th, 2011 10:00 am
dorsey was like home for a long time. will dilks forever 44

Sue Smith Rogers said:   February 8th, 2011 6:35 am
I spent many a saturday night at Dorsey Speedway in the 70's with Sonny Eaton. The races were a weekly family outing for us. We all loved racing. Thanks for sharing this site with us.

carter ayres said:   February 5th, 2011 9:19 pm
Hi Vic, I have to ask, there was an announcer at Dorsey speedway in the earley to mid fifties, maybe later too, named Vic Johnson. Would that have been, or is your father? Vic Johnson was a really good announcer telling jokes in bewteen races. I talked with him a couple of times when I was just a kid. Take care, Carter. 

Vic Johnson said:   February 3rd, 2011 7:12 am
Have tried to email you some photos of my Dad's racecar from back in the 1950s that was raced at Pomonkey, Marlboro Speedway and St. Mary's Speedway. I keep getting a message saying that your mailfolder is full and my email returned. Thanks for the great website and a big thank you to Ronnie Pegg for all of his info about St. Marys Speedway. Reading the driver's page brought back a lot of memories. Please send me an email address so that I can share my photos with you. Thanks again. Best Regards Vic Johnson P. O. Box 365 California, MD 20619 301-481-2169

John Randle said:   January 26th, 2011 5:34 am
For anyone interested in the Dorsey DVD's, I have been helping Al with dating them. The majority are actually from the latter half of the 1983 season, featuring LM features won by Ronnie Miles, Will Dilks, Mike Hentschel, Larry Stahl, and the season-ending 50- lap race with top 3 finishers Jimmy Skinner, Ronnie Miles, and Vernon Harris. I will be providing him more finishing results soon.

WWF Badboy Barry Hardy said:   January 15th, 2011 10:13 am
I went to Dorsey Speedway when I was 8 yrs old in 1970 n was hooked until it closed on that last sad nite.I loved that speedway and wanna say thank you to the drivers for all the xciteing sat nites I spent there growing up.Awsome site we need more pics from the 70s.Thanks !!!!!

bill stivers said:   January 10th, 2011 9:22 pm
doris lynn roberts wittington johhny roberts oldest daughter passed away friday the 7th of jan just passing the news

mark calvert said:   January 4th, 2011 7:32 pm
great pictures and info

Frank Taylor said:   January 4th, 2011 8:15 am
Thanks Al for posting all the great pictures of the reunion. I spent a lot of afternoons and nights watching the drivers in the pictures racing. What wonderful memories. Thanks again. 

Al Torney said:   December 31st, 2010 9:42 am
Special thanks go to Jim "Flattrack Byff" Kemp for providing almost 200 photos taken at the reunion. I have posted all of them to the 2010 Reunion page. Enjoy.

bobby wilcher said:   December 24th, 2010 5:15 am

Al Torney said:   December 24th, 2010 4:22 am
Jim Wilson called about Dorsey dvd's. I accidentally deleted your message and did not get your phone number correct. Please call again.

J.C. Morning said:   December 22nd, 2010 9:59 am
Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year....WHERE ARE THE 2010 Reunion pics???....

carter ayres said:   December 20th, 2010 7:25 pm
Wishing everyone out there in stock car land a safe and very happy holiday. Carter and Sandy.

Al torney said:   December 10th, 2010 5:12 pm
I was just informed that Mac Hanbury passed away in Florida on November 14, 2010. Mac raced during the '50's and '60's at many of Maryland's speedways.

Harold Sears said:   December 9th, 2010 7:16 am
Condolences, To John and Shirley Mayola for the loss of their son John Jr. this past weekend. May God bless you!

Al Torney said:   December 7th, 2010 11:23 pm
+A nice Christmas gift would be a Md. Stock Racing Hall of Fame t-shirt. I have avery limited supply of tee's left in large and x-large sizes. Cost will be $18.00 plus $4.00 shipping. The shirt can be seen on the memoribilia page of the website. In additon I 4 Hall of Fame hats left with a late model on them. They are $15.00 plus $4.00. Save 4.00 shipping when you purchase a hat and a tee together. Call me at 410-841-6974 if you are interested. In additon I have Dorsey Speedway videos for sale. Two complete shows (2 dvd's) for $10.00 plus 3.00 shipping. One dvd is from 1984 and the other from 1985. I have 14 Dorsey Speedway videos available however I do not not know all of the dates. All are from 1984 and 1985. Everyone loves these videas at the Reunion.

Joe wrightson said:   December 6th, 2010 10:52 pm
Thanks for the great site you have put together. It brings back alot of great memories.My dad raced at all the local tracks in the 50,s and the 60,s. He raced in the hobby division.When I told him about this site, he wants to buy a computer now. He doesn,t know how to turn one on.One of the best memories I have is beltsville on friday nights, in the infield, we would get together with guys like Jim findlay, Ray fanning, Joe michals,don messick, my father George and we would watch the races.You can imagine as a little boy the stories they told, and i would hang on to every word they said. My father says hi,and maybe i can talk him into coming up next year for the you have any t shirts left? THANKS AGAIN

william b barrs said:   December 2nd, 2010 7:45 pm
just and old racing fan to young for some of the tracks and to old for some for others (#32 claimer potomac ) under the lone clan 

Bobby Wilcher said:   November 23rd, 2010 12:37 am
really cool seeing some of the (back in the day) folks from Beltsville, I still was behind Reds even in the pics. thanx to AL for tha Show. BOBBY

Al Torney said:   November 16th, 2010 8:23 am
Many thanks to those who attended the reunion. This reunion just keeps getting better and better every year. I will be posting photos and a list of the drivers and other racing dignitaries that were in attendence. This event is fast becoming a tradition. I've already reserved the hall for November 13, 2011. One fellow leaving the reunion said to my wife as he was leaving " I can't believe I just sat there and watched movies for three hours and couldn't be more happy". 

carter ayres said:   November 16th, 2010 2:37 am
What an (I know the word is overused, but I can't think of one that even comes close ) awesome reunion it was yesterday, at Al Torney's stock car party at Earleigh Heights fire house. If you are a fan of old time stock car racing, to me, it was like John Denver used to sing, almost Heaven. All the really great pictures in the scrap books, the movies, race cars and street rods outside, good food, and for me, you can't beat Frank Sagi on th mike. Just a wonderful time. Really nice to meet Russ Dodge, the man with a ton of great old time stories that he puts together with pictures on 3-wide picture vault. A real thrill for me to be able to talk with my stock car buddies that I used to race with, and my stock car heros from long ago. Thanks a million Al, and everyone else that put it all toghter. Next time can't get here fast enough.

Fred Krickbaum said:   November 14th, 2010 2:46 am
drove the purple and white #75 in the figure 8.was the 83 world dirt fig 8 champion Iem still active in racing in the penn mar vintage racecar club i love bringing my vintage racer to the banquet see you there

mike southard said:   November 13th, 2010 10:54 am
I drive the #5 lmsc at ods and my father raced at beltsville back n the day . Nice to see he cracked into the top five. Thank you

brian said:   November 11th, 2010 11:06 am
Looking for info on sam myers. doing family tree might be a relative think he raced at dorsey durring the 60's and 70's ???

carter ayres said:   November 11th, 2010 6:58 am
12:30 Bobby, lookin forward to seeing you there.

BOBBY WILCHER said:   November 9th, 2010 9:50 pm
can you tell me what time the party starts on sunday

Doug Watson said:   October 25th, 2010 10:33 pm
Al...Would like to come to the banquet again this year. Would love to do some talking as well! Let me know what you think.

Al Torney said:   October 25th, 2010 9:01 pm
You can check out the hats and tee shirt that are now available. Just click on the Memorabila page.

jimmy gardner said:   October 23rd, 2010 2:30 am
i woul like some info on how u get inducted i would like to say my father jim gardner drove at dorsey in the figure 8 the num 99 and then he drove the #12 thank this is a great site

Ed Ningard said:   October 19th, 2010 2:48 am
Jim & Ron McBee story my dad drove a 64 chevelle no.16 bright yellow for Phil Lang and his partner at dorsey 1968 to 1970.They finished 9th in late model pts in 69. Early in 1970 season Phil and partner sold the car, right after the heat on the spot to the Mcbee`s.Sam Myers drove it in the consi that night DNQ.The next week the car was at Dorsey painted blue white no.16 on it with Jimmy driving it.Ronnie drove it later in the season that was when thier careers started. 

rodney byers said:   October 14th, 2010 7:08 am
does anyone know if ronnie mcbee ever drove for raye vest? thanks this is a great site, rodney

Al Torney said:   October 13th, 2010 10:31 pm
Send the names to me at: Include the name of the speedway (s) where they raced. 

Nancy Jones (Ford) said:   October 10th, 2010 2:16 am
Luke & Kathy I so much remember you both, I was going thru some old pics today and came across one of Luke standing at the end of the grandstands and Kathy you in your pink 3X car. I am Lee Ford's daughter he drove the #7 in Late Models back in the 70's at Potomac. We always had so much fun with both of you along with many others(Ray Bowles, Johnny Guy, Will Dilks, Jimmy Skinner, Bobby Mills and many more) I am hoping one of these days to get copies of these pics to Al (website) and get them on here. Take care 

Donald Willey said:   October 9th, 2010 11:14 pm
So many missing names from the Maryland list of drivers that raced in Md.

Amberly Strucko said:   October 7th, 2010 7:56 pm
Helen Wilhelm I am Ed Ningards grandaughter. If you would like to email me I can get you in touch with my uncle.

Luke & Kathy Lukinic said:   September 29th, 2010 3:13 am
Please correct last name spelling to Lukinic for Luke & Bobby. Please add Kathy Lukinic who was the first Women Driver at Potomac Speedway. Thanks

Harold Sears said:   September 19th, 2010 7:56 am
Correction on the date of Hilly Rife's passing. It was Friday the 17th. 

Al Torney said:   September 19th, 2010 5:31 am
Very sad to report that Hilly Rife has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He died Friday in Ormond Beach, Fl. He was 83 years old. Hilly built Lincoln Speedway in New Oxford, Pa in the mid '50's. He also promoted Dorsey Speedway from 1965 to 1967. Our thoughts go the Rife Family. A very important story about Hilly is that he may have saved auto racing in the United States. In 1955 the Feds were thinking of passing a bill to ban auto racing in the U.S. Hilly arranged a meeting between Ed Otto, pormotor at Westport Stadium in Baltimore and NASCAR VP, and then President Eisenhower at a restaurant in Gettysburg near Eisenhower's farm. Otto convinced the President not to support the ban. You can read a more detailed report of this story in the book "Ed Otto-NASCAR's Silent Partner" available from

Harold Sears said:   September 19th, 2010 12:42 am
Sad News! I just read on JAYSKI The passing of Hilly Rife (former promoter of Lincoln and Dorsey Speedways) on friday the 13th. He was 83. full story in the Daytona Beach News Journal.

Larry Jendras Jr said:   September 10th, 2010 4:36 am
To Wayne Widner, I think I have a few photos of the Widner #0. Have Al give you my email. 

Adam said:   September 8th, 2010 9:24 pm
Very nice site ! :) 

Al Torney said:   September 8th, 2010 8:38 am
There has been a change to the Guestbook procedure. I had nothing to do with it. Website Tonight has evidently put a security setting on the my Guestbook. So when you post to the Guestbook you will get a message saying that the post will have to be approved. This is just a formality. I now have to go into my account to approve the post. Which I will do quite frequently. So don't be alarmed if your post does not appear right away. I have had a few posts from spammers which I had to delete. Security, I now have to go and approve this post. Thanks for understanding. This Guestbook has been quite successful in helping users to obtain information, photos, finding old friends, etc. For this I am very proud to help.

paul zappardino said:   September 7th, 2010 10:15 pm
I had the pleasure of attending the event at ODS, it had been almost 30 years since i had been there. went with Mike Heath, lot of memories, spent some time with Reds Kagle, i always make time when I see him, GREAT guy to work for and to know, alwasy had time for me, like Mike, Anthony and Tommy Sego. I went there with mixed emotions, I don't like the direction NASCAR went with the LMS division after 81 and I love the memories I have of my years in NASCAR, My racing career ended at age 26, I had become disenchanted with NASCAR, I mean my home track Beltsville was goneand a big cahnge was coming to the LMS division and I had a hard time accepting it, maybe I over did my disappointment and should have stayed on somehow BUT I have seen more and more since the day I left NASCAR does not care about its roots.I am more than honored to be part of the building block of NASCAR in those days BUT there is always an emptiness and always will be , tthis event gave me a sort of closure on my past and for 6 hours i had fun at a NASCAR track again! THANKS ODS

Al Torney said:   September 2nd, 2010 5:37 am
Saturday, September 4 Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Va. will hold their 1st Anuual Legends Reunion. Stock car practice begins at noon, qualifying at 3:30. Iterviews, Awards and Photos at 5. The feature race will be the "Al Gore 100" and yeas 92 year old Al Gore will be in attendence. Many former Beltsville Speedway drivers will be there.

Mark Widner said:   August 26th, 2010 3:32 am
Hello,my dad Wayne and my uncle Blaine Widner raced at Westport Stadium in the mid to late 50's and were hobby division champions in 1958 and 1959.They won the Bill Heiserman Trophy for their 1958 championship which I have in my den.They ran the #0 and #00 Fords.All of this happened before I was born in 1960.Does anyone remember them or their cars or have any pictures,I have a couple and would like to add some more.Thanks,Mark.

mark widner said:   August 25th, 2010 6:04 am
My dad Wayne and my uncle Blaine raced at Westport stadium in the mid to late 50's and were hobby division champions in 1958 and 1959.They drove the #0 and #00 Fords.Thanks for the great website

Helen E. Wilhelm said:   August 23rd, 2010 8:22 pm
I am looking for pictures, old programs and any information about Bowling Green Speedway, which was located in southern York Cty, Pa. The track was only open for 4 years, and we are a club dedicated to its memories. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Helen

Charles Baublitz said:   August 19th, 2010 6:28 am
My Dad Chales Baublitz Jr. raced number 77 at westport/ dorsey and other local tracks. Sportman modified and then figure 8. I would love to see photo's or hear any stories if anyone know's of him . Late 50's to mid 60's 

CHUCK LAPIN said:   August 16th, 2010 11:09 pm

Al Torney said:   August 15th, 2010 11:17 pm
I'd like to take moment and mention two oldtimers. Diz Dean, Millers, Md., raced for over 50 years. He began his career in the racing in the Balto. area and raced htroughout the md-Pa-De area over the years. The second is Hal Browning, Georgetown, De., who is still competing at Delaware International Speedway in Delma, De. At 72 yrs of age Hal has won a couple of features in the ultra competitive Super Late Model series this year. He also set a Delaware track record earlier in the year. Hal started his career in racing at Westport stium and Dorsey Speedway.

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Michelle Benson said:   August 11th, 2010 7:47 pm
Looking to find any information regarding my grandfather who died as a result from a race in the early 1950's. His name is Joe Wright. He use to race the 8 Ball.

Al Torney said:   August 10th, 2010 10:16 pm
Reunion-Bullroast tickets are now available. The Reunion is on November 14, 2010. The ticket cost will be $32.00. They raised the price of the hall this year. Details are on the Events page of website.

helen wilhelm said:   August 6th, 2010 6:18 pm
I am trying to find out the colors of Ed Ninguard, #88 race car, he drove at Bowling Green for a short time. Our club member has made a model car for his son , we need the colors as it is ready to paint. And I do not have his son's phone #

sds said:   August 4th, 2010 10:38 am

Ronald Pegg said:   July 26th, 2010 9:36 pm
My cousin and I have many photos from my uncle's track (St. Mary's Speedway), we are also looking for ones we never saw. We also have the history of the track, lets talk.

Al Torney said:   July 20th, 2010 6:32 pm
I remember them well. Ace attends the reunion every year. 

Bill Eidman said:   July 20th, 2010 8:52 am
I was supprised to find this site by accident, I have told several people about Westport and Richie and they never heard of them. I am 64 and remember my father working all throught the night and some of the wierd things that went on to get a car ready for a race. Do you remember some of these drivers, Bill & Lou Thomas,Nick & Chris Ess ,Corkey Cullins, Ace Cannup ?

butch patterson said:   July 16th, 2010 12:33 am
al got your pictures great thank you. found the hobbs picture i will get a 8x10 made so you will not have to send it back with the others,thanks again i will stay in touch butch.

Al Torney said:   July 3rd, 2010 9:44 pm
I actually have a tape of the "bug killer" in action at Beltsville Speedway with Bobby Ballentine driving it. There are several photos around of the car. You should get a response from someone who may have one to send you.

butch patterson said:   July 3rd, 2010 9:38 pm
good job mscrhof. i used to live in woodlawn 21207, now in ga. could someone put me onto (to buy) an8x10 photo of johns bug killer.880 ed nichols rd young harris ga. 30582

Mike Biddy said:   July 3rd, 2010 9:22 pm
Hi Harold, They only Bob my wife remembers is Bobby Ballentine who was a car racer also. As far as Dora aka "Dolly" my wife knows Buddy (her father) is living in Baltimore with his stepdaughter Jenny Stephenson. Got to go for now have a great 4th of July. Thanks Mike Biddy 

Harold Sears said:   July 2nd, 2010 9:32 am
Mike Biddy: I do remember a man named Buddy that did seem to always be around tha Starlite. But I did not know he was Johnny's brother. He was a real nice guy. Like I said, we (Johnny and I) had alot of conversations, but none about his boxing career, Even tho I had heard about it back in the Westport days. (early fifties) Is Buddy still around? Thanks, Harold

Mike Biddy said:   July 2nd, 2010 5:35 am
Hi Harold, Yes her uncle Johnny and his wife Doris lived in Brooklyn Park as well as his brother Bud who lived on Richie Hwy. at the Starlight Drive Inn. That was built on to the house that they lived in. As well as the very large machine shop. (Roberts Coin Machines). Where they worked on Pinball and Slot machines, her dad Bud and uncle Johnny worked for their dad. This was her grandfathers place John Fox Roberts. Her uncle Johnny also did some Boxing. But she does not know much about his boxing in the ring but would like to know if you have any info on this part of his life. She also remembers at least 3 of her aunts Helen, Hester and Judy. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for now Mike

Harold Sears said:   July 1st, 2010 10:59 am
Tp Mike Biddy: The Johnny Roberts I knew, that lived in Brooklyn Park with his wife Doris. I have had a lot of conversations with him and he only talked about his brother Bob who I think lived in Cockeysville or nearby. I think Johnny was born in Phoenix Md. around 1924. I do not know if he had any other brothers or sisters. If he did, I never was told. thanks.

Mike Biddy said:   July 1st, 2010 4:38 am
Hi Harold Sears, my wife tells me that her dad's name is Walter "Buddy" Roberts and did not drive race cars. She said she not sure they called him Fireball on the racing circut but that is what she remembers that is what they call him around home when she was young. Thanks Mike

Rick Goswellen said:   June 28th, 2010 7:28 pm
My father took me to Westport a couple of times when I was a kid. My real love was Dorsey Speedway. Boy, they were the days. Love looking at all the pictures of Dorsey. Thanks a million for bringing GREAT memories back. I wonder how many drivers are still living today???

Thomas Hoyle said:   June 28th, 2010 5:25 am
My father Donald Raced stock car @ Dorsey 

Harold Sears said:   June 27th, 2010 4:57 am
Mike Biddy; I remember Bob Roberts (Johnny's Brother) that drove #27 at Westport in the early 50's is he your wifes dad? 

Dora E, Roberts Biddy said:   June 27th, 2010 2:45 am
Johnny F.Roberts "Fireball" is my wifes uncle. We just found your website and she really enjoyed seeing photos and reading about her uncle Johnny. Thanks for keeping these records and posting them on your website. Thank you Mike Biddy 

Harold Sears said:   June 26th, 2010 5:22 pm
John Randle: I think if your grand parents heard anything like that, they would have lowered the boom on him. They were great people also. I miss all of the Miles Family.

John Randle said:   June 25th, 2010 9:48 am
Harold Sears: Thanks for the stories about my uncle, Charlie Miles. I showed your comments to my mother (Charlie's sister). She said she can remember him using foul language a few times when they were teens. Of course, she was the cause of it!! 

Diana Berthod (Molinari) said:   June 25th, 2010 12:26 am
My dad is Dave Molinari (8). I loved going to Beltsville and watching him race as a kid. Alot of great memories and I thank you for sharing the old pictures.

Harold Sears said:   June 7th, 2010 11:14 pm
To Paul, Yes, Van passed about 10 years ago. I have talked with Barney at least once a month for the past three years. I talked to him the end of May and he said he was real sick but manageable. His wife called me the other day to tell me he passed. Junior on the eastern shore of Maryland and I don't know where the daughters are. I asked him recently,"Barney how long have you and been friends?" he said about 40 years! "How come I never knew you drove racecars and competed against Tim flock and those guys? I asked. He said " I did not think it was important" (I had found that info on the internet.) He was nice guy! 

Paul Zappardino said:   June 7th, 2010 8:41 pm
Harold, did Van pass away? I think I heard he did about 10 or more years ago? Was a nice guy lived in Baltimore and stopped by my shop a number of times!

Harold Sears said:   June 5th, 2010 4:08 am
I just wanted to let everybody know, the passing of Barney Hatchell. For those who don't know him, he was a car owner and father of Van Hatchell who drove the #33 at Beltsville. And also owned the #3 Russ Heath drove at Dorsey,Lincoln and Beltsville. said:   June 2nd, 2010 10:38 pm
we at pathundercars would love to have some of the old latemodel guys come out and present trophies if any of them are interested.we sponsor and find sponsors to provide these drivers with the trophies and a cash bonus each week to show how much the fans enjoy this class. we feel this class is as close to we will ever see of the oldschool late models.....

Les Winters said:   May 30th, 2010 4:42 am
I spent alot of nites at the local speedways working on the old 44 driven by Will Dilks. Made alot of good friends, have many good memories.

Paul Shirley said:   May 23rd, 2010 5:28 am
Great job, I dont think people know how many of the drivers that went on to become very well known actually raced on our local tracks. I was so sorry to see them close one by one.

Al Torney said:   May 21st, 2010 6:31 pm
Ebay is the best source. Search :NASCAR record books.

curtis aldridge said:   May 21st, 2010 4:27 pm
Where can I find a 1960 Nascar Record Book?

Terry said:   May 18th, 2010 1:47 am
I miss the seventies and the great races at Beltsville and Old Dominion.

Linda said:   May 17th, 2010 6:48 pm
I really miss the dirt track racing at Dorsey!

butch patterson said:   May 1st, 2010 7:05 pm
great job with mscrhof.remember the coupes and the coaches

Roy Coghill said:   April 28th, 2010 9:57 pm
I will be glad to hear from anyone from the old days.Jus remeber ole number 70

Al Torney said:
   April 20th, 2010 6:45 am
And I didn't think anyone cared. Thanks guys. I'm getting old. Unfortunately the memories are getting older too. Oh just to see a field of 20+ '37 t0 '40 Ford coupes and coaches racing around a 3/8 mile dirt oval or a field of '50's late model sportsman again. Ruth Brown, a great R&B singer from the '50's had a song "Oh What a Dream".

carter said:   April 19th, 2010 6:01 pm
Hi Al, Happy Birthday, hope you have a good one filled with old time stock cars.

paul zappardino said:   April 19th, 2010 5:30 pm
Happy Birthday Al!!!!!!!!!!!

Nancy & Ross said:   April 18th, 2010 9:58 pm
Just had to say we ran into Bud Watson (W&W Racing Tires) at VMS this weekend, it was so nice to talk to him about the "old days" him and Mike Woolford were so great to the drivers at Dorsey, Potomac and other tracks in the 70's we shared some good memories. Thanks Bud

Joe scaggs #5 said:   March 27th, 2010 6:06 pm
These pictures are a great memory.Can't wait to see more

Al Torney said
:   March 16th, 2010 4:54 am
Bowling Green Speedway (closed) in Pa. has a oldtimers group which in turn has a yearbook. Ed Ningard's photo is in that book.

Amberly Strucko said:   March 16th, 2010 12:16 am
Just out of curiousisty does anyone remember my grandfather Ed Ningard? Or my uncle Ed Ningard?

DAVID FLAHERTY said:   March 5th, 2010 12:20 am
My family was friends with the late Glenn Guthrie Of Temple Hills. My Father use to take me to his shop to work on his car. Still to this day it was such a thrill to me .

Mike Kolankiewicz said:   February 28th, 2010 9:39 am
I have enjoyed reviewing your site. When I was a kid living in MD, my parents would take me to Mason-Dixon, Wilmington, Marlboro, and Ritchie. I remember watching live TV of racing at Westport. I like your history on Johnny Roberts. I met him once and got his autograph. He was a great guy. Advise if you can provide info on where I can get a history on Ken Marriot. Mike K.- Huntsville, AL. 

Nancy said:   February 26th, 2010 4:55 am
Billy - Do you remember my Dad?? Lee Ford drove #7 in Late Models and again you would help him sometime at Potomac. I miss those days and wish my Dad was still with us to enjoy the pictures on this site. 

michael flash said:   February 26th, 2010 1:55 am
thanks for the response.i have the vineland and alcyon videos.i actually live in vineland about 2 miles from track.track surface still there.i walk my dogs there alot.again great site!

BILL STIVERS said:   February 26th, 2010 1:35 am

Gary Gore said:   February 25th, 2010 6:25 pm
Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas is planning it's first stock car racing reunion on Saturday, July 17th, 2010. It's going to be fun. Looking for drivers and fans back to day one. Gary Gore

Rob Bateman said:   February 25th, 2010 9:44 am
this is a very good site to tell my sons about dorsey and other tracks

Nancy said:   February 23rd, 2010 6:22 am
See I cant even respond once. One of those days. 

Nancy said:   February 23rd, 2010 6:21 am
Oops Sorry about that. I will try and get my areas straight next time. Thank You

Nancy said:   February 23rd, 2010 6:21 am
Oops Sorry about that. I will try and get my areas straight next time. Thank You

bob wilcher said:   February 23rd, 2010 4:58 am
nancy. there is no water at rushmore. ol faithful is in yellowstone

Mikey MArtinez said:   February 23rd, 2010 4:14 am
Glad to see something about a great sporting arena, didn't get to go very much, but I enjoyed every moment I could get there! My dad used to tell em about Drag Racing there back in the 30's or 40's.

michael flash said:   February 22nd, 2010 9:17 pm
great site love thev old track driver and car photos and histories.even tho im from jersey

Al Torney said:   February 17th, 2010 6:48 pm
Sorry to hear that many time track champion Claude Dilks passed away on 2/16/10. 

Nancy said:
   February 16th, 2010 6:35 am
Billy Thanks for getting back have not been on in a while my computer crashed just got it back. Anyway my email is I will never forget the one night at Potomac and you taking the raditor cap off my Dad's car and the water just shooting up like Mount Rushmore we had some good times back then. Yes email and we can keep in touch.

Larry Jendras Jr said:   February 6th, 2010 11:43 pm
Gary, Condon was located in Eldersburg, Md south of Rt. 26 near Klee Mill Rd. It is now a housing development Ritchie was on Ritchie Highway across from the MVA where Sears used to be. Lanham was located on Defense Highway 4 miles from the Peace Cross. Just inside the Beltway nowadays. Taneytown was located south of town near the circle of 140 near a nursing home. Some of the tracks you are interested in can be seen on Good Luck, Larry Jendras Jr.

Gary Laster said:   February 5th, 2010 10:55 pm
Do you have locations to any of these tracks? I am building a national database of old tracks, logging their positions and collecting aerial so the sites will not be lost to the ravages of time and redevelopment. Lathum, Ritchie, Condon & Taneytown are MIA. I have approximate locations for Westport and Dorsey. I notice that Dara is not listed at all. I do have the location for it, still visible @ 38-57-45.90 N 75-44-37.2 W

Betty Beckmann said:   February 4th, 2010 4:20 am
To Ed Ningard Jr, I would love to see them and maybe get copies if you would be able to. you can reach me at my email address. And Thank you so much for contacting me throught this great website. Hope to hear from you soon

Jonny Oliver said:   January 31st, 2010 10:36 am
I just wanted to say that this is an awsome site and if anyone has any older pictures from Potomac Speedway and if so could you send them to my e-mail, it would be greatly appreciated, I just like looking at all the old pictures thats why I think this is one of the greatest sites and check regularly for updates.

Andrew W. Esposito said:   January 28th, 2010 12:11 am
Looking for information on my uncle, Bill Ward of New Castle Del. I have one picture of him in a early 50`s picture, the car is blue flathead #35. I also his brother Alvin hug around with him. I imagin he would have raced at Wilmington Speedway.

Floyd Ridenour said:   January 26th, 2010 3:57 pm
My dad John Ridenour #79 and my uncle Bud Ridenour #079 both raced the maryland, pa and va tracks in the 50's. 

BILL STIVERS said:   January 24th, 2010 9:51 pm

Bob Breach said:   January 18th, 2010 7:16 am
great site love the Dorsey pictures, raced Limited #6 in the 70's

Larry Jendras Jr said:   January 15th, 2010 5:38 am
Tommie Elliott was one of the best. He and Jack visited Lanham in 1954, but also Dorsey Speedway. Dorsey was NASCAR sanctioned in 1954 and ran on Thursday nights, getting a lot of out of town racers. Tommie and Jack also had a great season at Delmar in 1954 finishing 1 & 2 on 3 occasions. At a 100 lapper on May 30, Tommie beat Jack Chocquette, Frankie Schneider, Ray Kable and Emanuel Zervakis. That is a pretty good top five.

Kevin Newman said:   January 12th, 2010 9:59 am
Hello...just surfed in...Great Site! stepfather Tommie Elliott raced modifieds up and down the East Coast in the 50s and 60s...I beleive he made a few trips to Maryland while chasing NASCAR points back in 1954 (97A) with his team-mate Jack Choquette (97B)...Lanham?

Nancy Ford Jones said:   January 6th, 2010 7:50 am
Al - Looking forward to the book and video. I have pictures and articles that I want to make copies of to give to you if you are interested in posting any or just to add to the books that you had at York last year. Bill Stivers - Question are you the same one that hung out with Ricky and Michael Taylor at Dorsey and youu also went to Potomac a couple of times if so please email be privately you may not remember but my Dad raced the #7 at Potomac and Dorsey and you use to help us out alot have some great memories of those years. I love this site and remembering the good times in the 70's and 80's

Al Torney said:   January 3rd, 2010 9:03 pm
Happy New Year to everyone. I am looking forward to 2010 as I have alot of ideas on the burner. I have alot on new items to post on the website and hope to make a video of some Maryland racing from the past. In addition I am writing a book which should be finished in the not to distant future. I am in the photo selection process right now. Please stay tuned.

BILL STIVERS said:   January 2nd, 2010 10:21 pm

Kevin Dillon said:   December 30th, 2009 12:56 am
Great site! 

bob schaeffer said:   December 28th, 2009 8:49 am
Hey there Dorsey fans, looking for ant photos of Rick Jones in his orange and black # 98 car. he was my favorite driver and would love to hand a picture of his car in my den, email me if you can help. THANKS

carter ayres said:   December 25th, 2009 6:31 pm
Thank you Hall of Fame for keeping the memories alive. Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year to all.74z2k

FRED BAKER said:   December 25th, 2009 6:44 am

Debi Gysegem-Vaeth said:   December 8th, 2009 6:37 pm
I was more or less raised at dad used to drive a push truck in the 60's when the cars still had to be push started!! It's so wonderful to look at the old photos!!

Roy Coghill said:   November 30th, 2009 8:36 pm
Would like to hear from any of you aw from the 1950s time.

carter ayres said:   November 30th, 2009 1:03 am
where could you go and see your stock car heros from fifty plus years ago, actually sit down and eat a really good sunday afternoon dinner with them, listen to them tell great racing stories from the past, old scrap books to look through, go outside under a clear blue sky and see some great old race cars, I'll tell you where, at the Earleigh Heights Vol. Fire Dept. Stock Car Reunion bull roast put on by Al Torney.To Al and every one else who had a hand in putting on such a worthwhile and super event , Thank You, Thank You. I had a great time. Carter.

Al Torney said:   November 16th, 2009 11:08 pm
Thanks to all who attended the reunion yeasterday. Everyone appeared to have a very nice time. Among the drivers who attended were: Reds Kagle, Carter Ayres, Bobby Ballentine, Ed Chaney, Ace Canupp, Pee Wee Pobletts, Bucky Guilfoy, Junior Tauber, Diz Dean, George Lorden, Bobby Sherbs, Mike Heath, Jim Dockery, Kevin Sprague, Chuck Talbert, Mike Tauber, Denny Bonebrake and I know I am missing several. Other notobles attending were racing historians Larry Jendras, Jr. (Maryland's premier historian) and Russ Dodge (Southern New Jersey historian where many of Maryland's finest drivers raced in the late '50's.). And of course Frank Sagi did a wonderful job as our announcer. Doug Watson, current announcer at Potomac and Hagerstown was also present. If you weren't there you missed a classic event. The reunion will take place November 14, 2010 at the same place.

Paul Zappardino said:   November 16th, 2009 9:07 am
"GREAT" reunion Al! Enjoyed it,good to see Mike Heath and Reds Kagle brought back lots of memories, Enjoyed my conversationnwith jody Satlor and Leo Farbar, good to reminicse, worth the time!!!!!!! THANKS!

barry cook (son of Barry cook raced dorsey) said:   November 16th, 2009 6:53 am
Thought i would see if any one is interested in purchasing a 74min dvd of dorsey speedway from june of 1984. i had the video copied to dvd and had a few extra made. just looking to get the $10 copying fee and shipping. please email if you are interested. i except paypal or money orders. has limited late model,late model,street stock and figure 8 racing. My father raced at dorsey in the early 80' email is thanks barry 

Joyce Saylor said:   November 15th, 2009 9:24 am
Correction on the email address:

Joyce Saylor said:   November 15th, 2009 9:22 am
Bobby Welcher: I am Jimmy and Mary Ann's second daughter. My sister, Jody will be at the roast tomorrow, 11/15 with lots and lots of pictures from Dad. Anyone can feel free to contact me if they would like and I would be more than willing to speak to the other sisters to see if we can make available pictures for those who want them! Any old friends are free to contact me also! Beltsville and Manassas were our LIFE for soooo many years. Selling Tri-State since it's inception was probably the BEST JOB I've ever had and heck, for being 54 years old now, that was a REALLY REALLY long time ago. I have pictures also I would love to get on this site. To are sure right, Dave Kreh SHOULD be mentioned, he sure did keep some really great cars out there and was ONE HELL OF A GUY!

Ed Chaney said:   November 13th, 2009 5:01 am
Thanks Al, great job so very glad someone cares !!!

Ed Ningard Jr said:   November 10th, 2009 12:13 am
To Betty Beckman I have a picture of Bud Thiele and my dad including Pete Kantorsky recieving their trophies in 1954 Free State Stock Car Assn. banquet

Betty Beckmann (Thiele) said:   November 6th, 2009 6:44 pm
My father, Bill Thiele and my Uncel Buddy Thiele and Frankie Walls would always be at my Dad's father's brother's house my Uncel Bill Thiele's at 7310 Forest Ave in Hanover,MD. They would work on that stockcar all the time. It was Bright orange, and his pickup truck was to. All of us would go to Dorsey Speedway and the others also but I remember Dorsey the most all that clay would get in my hair and my Grandmother would have a fit. Thank you so very much for putting this website togather I look forward to comeing back many,many times, I will pass this website on to my Dad and my Uncel Buddy. 

Al Torney said:   October 29th, 2009 8:19 pm
Might anyone have any idea as to the whereabouts of Jimmy Hahn? Jimmy drove the #55 at Beltsville and at Westport Stadium.

Al Torney said:   October 26th, 2009 7:57 pm
Rodenhausen bought the car from Whittington

J.C. said:   October 23rd, 2009 2:15 am
A Buick Riviera was owned and built by Clarence Davis? and ran limited at Beltsville with Freddie Wiggington driving. They also ran a 1959 Buick "Batmobile" at Old Dominion. The number was 20, I recall. I think the year of the Riviera was 1963. To say the least, both cars were "different" and had many fans. 

Terry Burnette said:   October 22nd, 2009 10:41 pm
Thank you Al for the response. I sure do wish I could attend the reunion but another committment keeps me away. Maybe next time. Thanx again.

Al Torney said:   October 22nd, 2009 9:47 pm
The bullroast reunion is shaping up nicely. Some of the drivers expected to attend include Reds Kagle, Bobby Ballentine, Dickie Boswell, Pee Wee Pobletts, Pete Kantorsky, George Kopchak, Gil Clements, and a bunch more.

Al Torney said:   October 22nd, 2009 9:44 pm
The drivers name was Stan Rodenhousen.

Terry Burnette said:   October 22nd, 2009 8:43 pm
This is one heck of a neat site for anybody that attended the races at Beltsville and Manassas in the 70's. I really enjoy checking in once in awhile to see what people are posting. I have one quick question. A friend of mine from Fredericksburg, VA mentioned an incident back in the 70's where one of the drivers had built a Buick Riviera for the Late Model Division. Can anyone tell me who that driver was. I do indeed remember seeing the car but don't remember the driver or number. Thanx to anyone that comes back with an answer.

Agnes Marriott said:   October 7th, 2009 2:09 am
My grandfather was Ken (bones) Marriott, If anyone has any information, pictures or remembers him I would like to hear from you. I am interested in hear about him "back in the day". Please email me at 

TERRY MILLER said:   October 6th, 2009 3:33 am
My father (Ray Miller of Manassas Va) raced in the 60's & 70's. He and my uncle Bernard Green raced at Beltsville, Old Dominion, Marlboro, Dorsey, Potomac, Winchester, Hagerstown, ect. He drove an old coupe for years #6, #26 & #46 and #46 in a 55-56-57 chevy. He drove for Charlie Fair, Charlie Ford, Brownie Hayes, and Sonny Ratcliff who owned the #26 chevelle that Danny Collins ended up driving at Manassas. Danny and Reds Kagle had some great races. (think I have a picture of that car). My dad ended up driving #43 at Old Dominion in the 70's for Brownie Hayes in the limited division against drivers like Jack Bland, Dickie Boswel, . I dont know the driver before my father of the #43 but he drove for Brownie who had an Amoco station in Manassas and he got seriously hurt at Beltsville one sunday and could'nt drive anymore. My aunt (Mary Green) had pictures and stuff from the 60's & 70's. I don't know where it all went but she had alot from drivers at Beltsville and Old Domion. I did race myself in the 80, 90's at Winchester & Hagerstown, Terry Miller #55 - B3 - 1m. 

Mark Averi said:   September 18th, 2009 6:37 pm
Great Site! My dad used to take us kids to Dorsey, Hagerstown, and Beltsville in the early 70's. Before that, it was Cloverleaf Speedway when we lived in Ohio. This brought back memories of Roy Gemberling, Denzil Dillman, and Johnny Grum to name a few. My dad raced a few years at Jennerstown Speedway back in the early '50s. His number was 68 and it was a 36 Ford that he built himself. I ended up running at Old Dominion Speedway in the Speedway Sportsman Division through the 2005 season. What a thrill. Driving and reliving these old memories are about the best times of my life. At my best, I had one feature win and 8 2nds, but it was just the culture of being there...

Larry Jendras Jr said:   September 15th, 2009 4:58 am
To Bob Wilcher, I have a photo of the #58 Limited Sportsman and one of an early #02 Chevelle LMS. If you would like a copy email me at 

Sonny Hager said:   September 13th, 2009 7:03 pm
My father used to take us to see the races every friday night at Beltsville Speedway in the early 70's.

Bobby Wilcher said:   September 13th, 2009 12:29 am
I drove a few MERCURY CYCLONES for David Kreh, back in the day at Beltsville and Manassas, made a couple trips to Daytona Too, I think he should be in your Hall somewhere, he did a hell of job keep those cars togeather for me, what a man.

Bobby Wilcher said:   September 13th, 2009 12:21 am
Does anyone out there know how to get in touch with Jim or Maryann Sailors, they took Pic. at the local tracks, lost most of mine in a fire, trying to get a album together, Thanks, BOBBY . 

Country Prince said:   August 30th, 2009 5:47 pm
This is great for all race fans, hope to be in here one day. keep up the great work. Dirt racing is still a big sport today. We need more tracks and support.

Steve Williams said:   August 25th, 2009 11:53 pm
Love your site. Any chance of adding locations of these speedways, I enjoy visiting and photographing old speedways.

Richard Reynolds said:   August 21st, 2009 6:16 pm
Hello again ya'll. I told my dad about this website and he is as excited about seeing it as I am talking to him about it...actually, I'd say even more! Thanks to whoever posted the picture of my dad and his #35 1955 Chevy Belair on the Beltsville pages. That was awesome! My dad told me that he has an "in car" 35mm video that was shot driving around Beltsville speedway during a pre-race practice as well as some of actual races from 1965, 66 & 67. When I get to visit him in the Fall, he told me that we can dig them out of the archives and see about putting them on a DVD or something of the sort, maybe loading them on this site somewhere. I thought I read somewhere that someone was looking to put together a DVD of Beltsville me if so and I'll see what I can do to help out. He also has a few programs, pictures and news articles that will more than likely make their way onto this website somewhere. I look forward to sharing these pictures and video's with, from what my dad tells me, a quality bunch of folks. Bless you all!

Gregory Scott said:   August 20th, 2009 8:09 am
I just wanted to thank who ever put this together!! it`s great!! my mom and dad went to Westport for years then Dorsey! Mt dad passed away in Sept, he worked with Bobby Balintine and Jim McBee! He always talked about the days at those two tracks!! I wish he was around to see your web site!! He would of sat her for hours!! Thanks again scott

John Elliott said:   August 20th, 2009 5:54 am
My dad also raced at Dorsey Les Cronise ran in early-Mid 60's Driving car OJ-2 - He then after I was born worked for both Bobby Allen and John Macburnette (at different times though) We spent every Saturday night at the track up until it closed down sadly. Remember my mom saying the 3 reason she went was 1. Little Hutch 2. French Fries 3. Figure 8's - I so miss Dorsey Speedway - Finding this site and looking back through all the pics was a walk down memory lane - Thanks Greatly

Ron Cook said:   August 18th, 2009 1:21 am
My Dad, Earl Cook, raced in the early 50's.... interested in finding out more about his racing career in the Free State Racing Assoc. He passed away in 1989 and I still remember some of the stories.....but would like to know more...

Raven said:   August 14th, 2009 12:04 am
My dad raced at Westport Stadium in the early 50's. Wilbur "Duke" Martindale ... car #52

Paul Zappardino said:   August 13th, 2009 8:34 pm
Hoss Kagle did a GREAT job, he always treated me well, I owe some of my fun at Beltsville to him. 

Harold Sears said:   August 13th, 2009 12:10 am
Al, I like to recomend a few canidates for our Hall Of Fame. 1, Bill Heiserman (promoter for Westport Stadium). I have stopped by the stadium on many tuesdays to look at the track and find him on the grader or water truck working the track or repairing the rest rooms or painting different areas that needed sprucing up. come end of the season he would move some logs around to direct the water to flow. This was in the 60's and he was up in age, but very active. 2, Jack Coleman promoter of Dorsey Speedway. He also did a terrific job. He would put some sort of calcicum on the track before season opens and work it into the surface to keep down the dust. You might remember after first or second race nights at the beginning of a season, the dust was almost non existant. 3, Hoss kagle, Harvey Henderson, Pete Babb for their contribution working the pits at Westport , Dorsey and Beltsville calming drivers and crews down in hot temperture situations and I know there are others but I have to say all the above did have an affect on the history of this sport that we enjoyed in the good times and not so good times.

Nancy said:   August 12th, 2009 6:22 am
Al, Thank you for the info I must have missed that and appreciate the information. 

Al Torney said:   August 12th, 2009 6:15 am
Ed passed away almost two years ago. Skip: You are correct they should be there and will be ther along with several others that were not racers or mechanics but made the sport enjoyable for all. To be honest I thought I would receive more nominations then I have about this. I have some catching up to do on this subject. 

Nancy said:   August 12th, 2009 6:01 am
Was reading your inductees page and saw that you had a (D) behind Ed Sutton's name can someone please tell me when he passed away?? Have a lot of memories of stories from the 70's & 80's about Potomac, Dorsey, Saluda VA (VIS) and Trailways - Continue to support your local tracks that are left it seems we loose more and more each year. We now live in DE and go to DIS (Delaware Internationl Speedway) formally U.S. 13 and have enjoyed getting to know some of the new drivers but Hal Browing & Eddie Pettyjohn are still wheeling cars around the tracks. Thanks again for the great web site.

Skip Potter said:   August 12th, 2009 5:34 am
Surely a candidate for your Hall of Fame should be Dick & Merrilee Jones, founders, editors, etc of Tri-State Speed Press chronicleing our MD racing from 1965-1982. They still live in their same home in College Park and although Dick is now blind from diabetes, his new hobby is bluegrass dobro and mandolin.

Susan Robinson said:   July 30th, 2009 1:39 am
Love your photos. I have great memories of Westport and Dorsey Speedways on Fridays and Saturdays in the 50's and 60's. Red Fouts #000 was our favorite, he passed away 2 yrs ago. I still go to Lincoln Speedway in PA and still get that rumble in my stomach when the cars go by, nothing like a dirt track. My brother and son are named after #88 Neil Haight. Thanks for your site.

bobby wilcher said:   July 28th, 2009 5:50 am
great Idea, you'll get some great stories,good luck

Jim Carlsen said:   July 27th, 2009 3:22 am
All I have two (2) Bristol Tickets available for sale for the NASCAR Cup race on 22 August 2009. Because of medical conditions I will not be able to attend the race this year. If you are interested, please give me a call at 410-923-3503 or e-mail me at for details. Thanks, Jim Carlsen

Paul Zappardino said:   July 23rd, 2009 11:22 pm
GREAT Idea Al! sure you will get a lot of GREAT stories in that section, THANKS Al, this site just keeps getting better!

Al Torney said:   July 21st, 2009 10:24 pm
Please read the new post on the website. I am looking for your race stories to post to the Memories Are Made of This page. 

Lynn Powell Cumbey said:   July 20th, 2009 1:06 am
I forgot to leave my email address... Thanks Lynn

Lynn Powell Cumbey said:   July 20th, 2009 12:58 am
My Dad Pete Simmons raced at Dorsey Speedway and was on a crew for John Mcburnette as well as my uncles Charlie Simmons and Davie Allen all raced and when I was a little girl I sent every weekend at the track and I loved it !! I still love racing today because of it .. I dont have any pictures of my dads racing or car so if anyone does I would LOVE it !!!

Paul Zappardino said:   July 13th, 2009 10:27 pm
in response to Richard Reynolds, capitol college is built on the sight that Beltsville speedway was, the problem was the apartments that cmae "AFTER" the track was built complained about the noise, The track had a sound barrier, required mufflers and had a curfew of 12 midnight during its last years of operation, The people around ther enow wish the track was still there.I heard someone say and I don't remember who it was but Beltsville could have been the "Bristol of the North" Lot of GREAt memories from that track, people who nevr experinece don't know what they missed. I miss it now anit has been over 30 years but the memories are fresh. Beltsville Speedway 1965-1978 RIP

Richard Reynolds said:   July 12th, 2009 4:59 am
My father is Richard Reynolds and was 4th in points in the Hobby division at Beltsville Speedaway in 1966 driving the #35, 1955 Checy Belair. I was born in Sept 1966 and my mother tells a story of watching my father going "over the wall" while she was about 8-1/2 months along with me...needless to say, unfortunately, my father didn't race very much after I was born. I remember as a young child (4-5 yrs old) my father taking us kids to Beltsville Speedway to meet some of the drivers and watch some good old fashion friday night heat racing. Too bad they built an apartment complex over the old speedway, but you can't hold up progress I reckon'...Long live beltsville Speedway and others like it!!

Joe Westerman Jr. said:   July 6th, 2009 9:59 pm
I hope everyone here had a great holiday, and that we remembered to keep supporting our local tracks.

Kimberly Wilson said:   July 4th, 2009 10:43 pm
I am so greatful to this web site, It really has been a long time, My Brother Butch Kaminski raced at dorsey as well as my cousin Phil Lange. I am ver interested in the book and the DVD. can somone plz contact me and let me know how I can get this for them both QU33NAK1TA@VERIZON.NET Thank you. God Bless Kimberly Wilson.

Wanda Holloway said:   June 20th, 2009 8:25 am
My dad Lee Holloway raced a Dorsey Speedway, B'ville & Westport just to name a few, I would love to buy him DVD's of Dorsey Speedway. If anyone has info on how to get the DVD's I can be reached at Thanks,

J.C. Morning said:   June 16th, 2009 10:28 am
Now I cant stop...Jeez...I started going to B=ville in 1966. Actively helped in the pits beginning in '68 w/ Smokey Driscoll, Ron Garland, Johnny Williams,Tiny Slayton,Tommy Collier, Alan Steele,Dave Krehs many drivers,Jim Southard and Willard Killian, Norman Dean (and his teammate Jim someone) Buddy Young, Chuck Hunter, Bill Green, worked on the wrecker many nights. How many people can recall watching us do a "Flemington Tow"? (Thats a tow truck on each end and shoving a trailer under the wrecked car) Man my brain is in overdrive recalling things that I hope I never forget. The pic of Jimmy Mairs after his flip on the backstretch REALLY did a number on my memory. I was standing on top of my Dodge van in the infield @ turn 3 that night when it happened and Ol' James slung dirt alllll over me...I never flinched and yelled to Jimmy if he was ok...(he was). Darrell Waltrip showed up for a Gumball Rally race one night w/ a DiGard Nova #88 and all night I spent talking w/ Stevie, mostly about dogs. David pearson finished 2nd in a GN race in Roy Tranthams car and got DQ'd for light weight after rubbing the rear bumper off on those unforgiving boiler plate rails. Willard Killian making a convertible out of his '55 Chevy Limited in turn memory banks are overheating!!!...would appreciate emailing/talking to anyone about the old days...and the next reunion I WILL make, God willing. Oh...Thanks again to Doug Hartley and his dad for the loan of their race cars battery after my g/f sat on my hood and made contact with the positive terminal, baking the battery I had just bought. The fried battery got thrown in Beltsvilles infield pond. (hope the EPA ain't reading this)

J.C. (Jimi) Morning said:   June 16th, 2009 10:08 am
Oh dear Lord. Just when I thought I would never find another person who remembered those great days and nights at Beltsville Speedway, I find this site....and am I ever thankful!!! I have many snapshots of races there and even an 8mm film of a season ending race in 1968? that had late model and modified races on a Sunday afternoon. I recall this vividly because one DON MACTAVISH ran the late model race driving Harvey Hendersons #78 Chevelle, and Parker Bohn ran a Mod-Sptsmn coupe that burped a flame out the right side and a HUGE flame in each corner. I will endeavor to find these snaps and films asap and contact you. Man, someone can finally verify that NASCAR DID run in Md....No one down here in Charlotte believes me, nor the fact that in 1961 I sat in the crashed car that ran in that years World 600...John Shaw was a crew member for Ratus Walters and I was buddies w/ John Jr. My email is can contact me and Ill be happy to relate what I know/recall about Beltsville/O.D.

Joe Piccioni said:   June 11th, 2009 11:52 pm
To Bob Welsh My dad (Joel Piccion) was good friends with Preston and I believe was part of his pit crew on occassions.I have picture of my brother and I sitting in Prestons car. I have some very old film and I believe Preston is driving in it. Anyway you can pass it on the my mom and I would love to say Hi to Preston? Thanks Joe Piccioni

Joe Piccioni said:   June 11th, 2009 11:43 pm
I read where Barry Cook is selling a DVD of Dorsey Speedway and I am very interested in purchasing one. How can I go about getting one? Thanks Joe

Roy Martin said:   June 9th, 2009 4:56 am
Holly, email me at and I can connect you with my dad. He knew Mr. Elliott and was at the track the night of the accident.

Carter Ayres said:   June 8th, 2009 5:51 pm
Back in the forties in northwest D.C. I lived up the street from Bert Robbins. In the sixties Bert raced coupes and late model sportsman at Beltsville and Old Dominion. I lost track of him in the seventies. If anyone out there might know how I could get in touch with him, I would appreciate it very much. My Email is My wife and I attended the reunion last fall and had a really good time seeing and talking with old friends, and looking at the scrap books. Al, keep up the good work, this site makes my day.

holly said:   June 3rd, 2009 3:06 pm
Hi, I am trying to find out information about a driver Stacy Elliott he used to drive at the fredericksburg va raceway and he had just bought his own car before he died. He bought the #11 I believe and just want to know what anyone knew of him.

Scott Cross said:   May 31st, 2009 10:28 am
looking at the pix bring back a lot of good memory's. thanks for the walk down memory lane !

Jim Carlsen said:   May 14th, 2009 10:50 pm
Thanks Larry for the information on Eddie Adams of Rising Sun Maryland. Just wondering if anyone else out there knows anything more about Eddie Adams racing career. Thanks again Larry. 

Valerie Myers said:   May 10th, 2009 3:11 am
Thanks for the great website. I used to go to Dorsey Speedway and cheered for Pete Kantorski, No. 23. Was watching Speed chanel and thought I would google Pete's name and I got your site.

Al Torney said:   May 7th, 2009 7:02 pm
Thanks Larry. I should have realized this. They have his name misspelled in the program. 

Larry Jendras Jr said:   May 7th, 2009 2:55 pm
Al, The driver you are asking about is Lou Bee of Dundalk, Md. His real name was Lou Boddice, but used Bee as his racing name. He drove for my father in 1952 & 1953 in #300. He then drove a #049 and Nick Rose's second car #142, also Barke's #82 and in 1957 Frank Rose's #48. In 1957 he won 5 features at Westport including the Langhorne qualifier. In 1960 he drove Art Hopson #0 and had a short time in the mid 60's in Frank Rose's #48 LM in Central Pa. He was the brother-in-law of #4 Joe Michals 

Al Torney said:   May 7th, 2009 8:16 am
I just received a 1955 program for the 100 mile Sportsman Championship race at Langhorne Speedway. It lists a driver by the name of Luther John Boddige from Baltimore, Md. Has anyone ever heard of him? 

Larry Jendras Jr said:   May 5th, 2009 7:08 pm
Jim, I do know that Eddie Adams still raced at Alcyon Speedway in N.J. & Mason-Dixon in the late 50's and perhaps 1960. Both tracks closed shortly after and I never seen his name mentioned again. He was still driving a #39 coupe. Larry 

barry cook (son of barry cook) said:   April 30th, 2009 9:42 am
Thought i would see if any one is interested in purchasing a 74min dvd of dorsey speedway from june of 1984. i had the video copied to dvd and had a few extra made. just looking to get the $10 copying fee and shipping. please email if you are interested. i except paypal or money orders. has limited late model,late model,street stock and figure 8 racing. My father raced at dorsey in the early 80' email is thanks barry 

Paul Zappardino said:   April 29th, 2009 11:43 pm
Hi gang! I am trying to get some photos from the past, as you know I worked with Anthony and Tommy Sego and Mike Heath was the driver, we were only in the LMS ranks for 3 years ran mostly Beltsville and Old Dominion Speedway. I am trying to find any pictures of our LMS Nova #11 I have one picture of our old 66 Chevelle but the pictures of the Nova are hard to find. If anyone has pictures or info where i can get pictures of this car please e-mail me at money is no object i would be happy to compensate anyone for the pictures or copies, THANKS

Gary Wheaton said:   April 25th, 2009 12:40 am
Awesome pictures!! I grew up watching alot of these drivers at Old Dominion in the 70's and early 80' fact bought my first race car from Bert Robbins and I think it may be one of the ones pictured on the wall at Beltsville! Thanks for the memories guys!!

Roy Coghill said:   April 23rd, 2009 7:15 pm
Will be glad to hear from any of the old racers. I have many good memories of all of them. Thanks. Oh yes I have had many good e-mails from Joe Haas' Thanks Joe

Jim Carlsen said:   April 21st, 2009 1:35 am
Guests Does any one know what ever happened to Eddie Adams. He was a stock car racer from Rising Sun Maryland. He finished 2nd in the final point standings in 1954 at Westport Speedway. Would like to know if anyone out there may know. Jim Carlsen

bill stivers said:   April 18th, 2009 10:06 pm
ricky taylor still lives in the same house as he always did

Pam McKay said:   April 18th, 2009 6:36 am
What a wonderful site. It's great to see all the old timers listed who really gave this sport it's start. I used to park cars with the Boys/Girls Club at the Beltsville Speedway in late 60's & 70's..what great memories. 

Kim said:   April 17th, 2009 6:06 am
This is a awsome web site. My dad (Eugene Conlee) and other family members raced their in the late 80's.

James Seldomridge said:   April 10th, 2009 4:42 am
I grew up at Dorsey Speedway, following Will Dilks. I remember all the old drivers....Rick Jones, Ed Cannup, Vic Lewis, Larry Stahl, Jesse Wollford and many others......this website is AWESOME.....i have been looking for some Dorsey info for years!!!!! 

preston welsh said:   April 3rd, 2009 10:33 pm
is there any reunions planned for 2009?

preston welsh said:   April 3rd, 2009 9:45 pm
Preston still is going strong would love to hear from any guys who raced at Lanham or Marlboro

Bob Welsh, Jr. said:   March 31st, 2009 2:49 am
I just came back from talking to my uncle, Preston Welsh who raced from 1947 until the 1960's in modified. At 84 years old he still talked for hours about the old days Of racing. Today I was looking up some history and found this site. If you want to talk to him He still lives in MD. Reply to my email and we'll talk. Glad I found you. Sincerly Robert Welsh, Jr

Seibert Vollmerhausen said:   March 19th, 2009 10:33 pm
Some of the best times I had were racing F-8 at Dorsey. Where is everyone now ?

Mary Zomak said:   March 19th, 2009 8:34 pm
Grand-daughter of Johnny Roberts. I have a photo of my grandfather and his race car. I would like to get more pictures of my grandfather. Please contact me at

Roy Coghill said:   March 10th, 2009 11:46 pm
There nothing as good as finding more old timers. Not many of us left. Thanks

tammy baker said:   March 1st, 2009 12:57 pm
I'm looking for Ricky Taylor that I went to high school and cburch with back in the 70's. Remember my 67 mustangs?

barry cook (son ) of barry cook said:   February 23rd, 2009 10:27 pm
Thought i would see if any one is interested in purchasing a 74min dvd of dorsey speedway from june of 1984. i had the video copied to dvd and had a few extra made. just looking to get the $10 copying fee and shipping. please email if you are interested. i except paypal or money orders. has limited late model,late model,street stock and figure 8 racing. my email is thanks barry 

Larry Jendras Jr said:   February 23rd, 2009 5:47 am
It is not stock cars, but if you want to get a look at some Maryland racing history, go to the Washington Post today, search for Marlboro Raceway and there is an article and a video of some sport car races from the 50's.

Brenda Vermillion Munson said:   February 19th, 2009 6:05 am
Daughter of Vernon Vermillion 1955 Dorsey Speedway. I have a photo of my father and his car when he placed in that race I wouls like to send you to display on this web page in memorie of my father. Please contact me on how I can send this photo.

John Harvey said:   February 18th, 2009 11:23 am
Great site.... lots of memories for me especially the history and old photos! I attended Westport first as a kid with my big sister then see introduced our parents to Dorsey Speedway. We started going to Lincoln Speedway, Hagerstown Williams Grove, Susquehanna, Georgetown on the eastern Shore. We also made the trek each year to Langhorne Speedway for the annual championship. We were going to the races all weekend and my parents took my friends, nephews etc. I one nepphew is still an avid fan and goes to lincoln and other tracksa on the weekends.

George Gwynn, Jr. said:   February 16th, 2009 8:37 pm
Thank you for this great compendium on Maryland racing. Truly a terrific retrospective on our great sport.

Tony Fernandez said:   February 14th, 2009 9:00 pm
Being the brother of Johnny,I would like to purchase one of your capts

Wayne A. Lee said:   February 9th, 2009 2:46 am
To Jackie Pobletts; Please tell your brother hi for me, I used to work with hin at BCDC. Ask him to call or E-mail me to catch up. 410-758-1226. I want to know what he is doing these day's. Thank's , Wayne

Paul Zappardino said:   February 5th, 2009 8:50 pm
Just would like to remind fans that on both February 14th before the 300 and on the 22nd pause a minute in the memory of Don MacTavish, the 22nd will be 40 years since his tragic death in the 300, RIP Don.

Al Torney said:   January 30th, 2009 1:43 am
Please realize that me and this website accept no responsibility for anything advertised for sale on this website unless it is specifically for sale from me. The website derives no compensation for these ads. As long as I feel that there may be some interest from viewers of this website I allow those ads. Any purchase that you make is between you and the seller. I am in the process of having hats and t-shirts made for the website. I already have sold out of the first hats I had made last year. I have the one of the new hats now and will have the second hat in a few weeks. I plan on having a really nice t-shirt available in March. 

Wayne A. Lee said:   January 28th, 2009 2:23 am
LOOKING FOR OLD 8mm MOVIES OF WESTPORT STADIUM STOCK CAR RACING. Back in 1958 a baltimore TV station used to broadcast the feature races on saturday night's at 10:00 PM. (channel 2 or 13) I believe. I wonder if those broadcast"s were saved to tape? Would anyone know how to get an access these stations to see if they would have them in their film archives. I was 10 years old when this was broadcast, (this is a real longshot) but someone who may be retired from one of these stations may be of help. Would like to copy to DVD. n

Wayne A. Lee said:   January 28th, 2009 2:10 am
TO AL: Enjoyed talking to you on Saturday Al, was a great racing show. Hope that video service # can be of help to you. Best regards, Wayne

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Nancy Ford Jones said:   January 25th, 2009 6:32 am
We just returned from the Dirt Trackin Show at York and it was wonderful. However the best part was stopping by your table and the memories the Dorsey and Potomac Speedway Books brought back to me. You see my Dad raced at Potomac back in the early 70's he was never the popular drivers as he did not have the finances to compete with the others but I can tell you from the time he started I was hooked. I have been a huge dirt late model fan since the 70"s and my first driver I rooted for was Pete Kantorsky #23 and then it on from there. I have so many stories from my Potomac and Dorsey days and I had the best day I have had in a long while and just sitting here looking at your web site I can't explain it to you. I wish my Dad was still here to attend your reunion but he passed away almost 3 years ago but he would have loved this. Sorry this is so long but I just can't not stop thinking about those days. I would love to be put on your email list and if there is anyone out there that would like to swap stories please email me at Al, Thank you for such a wonderful day. Nancy Ford Jones Millsboro DE (formally Parkville MD)

barry cook (son ) of barry cook said:   January 17th, 2009 8:56 pm
for all people interested in the Dorsey speedway dvd i have please email me at if you already emailed me and got a response then you dont need to again. thanks barry

Wayne A. Lee said:   January 16th, 2009 11:19 pm
TO BARRY COOK: Interested in DVD from Dorsey and would also like to see one from Westport Stadium. Do you know of anyone with old film coverage of Westport as well? Will try to E-mail you, here is mine . Thanks, Wayne

SUSAN HEWITT said:   January 15th, 2009 12:13 am

barry cook (son ) of barry cook said:   January 12th, 2009 9:45 am
Thought i would see if any one is interested in purchasing a 74min dvd of dorsey speedway from june of 1984. i had the video copied to dvd and had a few extra made. just looking to get the $10 copying fee and shipping. please email if you are interested. i except paypal or money orders. has limited late model,late model,street stock and figure 8 racing. my email is thanks barry 

bill stivers said:   January 11th, 2009 11:43 pm
does anyone know how to get hold of schaefers racing bobby or bobbyjr from dorsey speedway

Wayne A. Lee said:   January 9th, 2009 7:57 am
To: Barry Cook, Please contact me about Dorsey DVD. Wayne- 410-758-1226

Wayne A. Lee said:   January 9th, 2009 7:21 am
Hi Al, You mentioned in your article on the second reunion about some attendee's having video's of racing at Westport, Dorsey speedway's. Has anyone considered tansfering these movie's to DVD? Making them available for $10 or $20 a piece. I think that people that collect memorabilia would be interested in purchasing this, like myself. What do you think? Wayne 

Wayne A. Lee said:   January 9th, 2009 7:01 am
Really liked your report on the second reunion. Bobby Ballantine lived in my neighborhood when I was around twelve years old. He would take two of my freinds and myself to the races with him. We went to Westport and Dorsey Speedway's. He even named one of his son's after me. He was a great guy and always good to us. His heart was just as big as he was. He was a generous man to all who new him. P.S. I'm sixty years old now but remember like it was yesterday. Wayne 

Pete Huey said:   January 6th, 2009 9:38 pm
I didn`t realize my email wouldn`t show in the Pete Kantorski query I just posted. It is

Pete Huey said:   January 6th, 2009 9:35 pm
I have been unable to locate Pete Kantorski; haven`t spoken to him for about four years and the phone number I have has been disconnected. I am not certain Pete is even still alive but if anyone has any information about him I would appreciate it. (Pete helped me out for years with my old Fords. I am trying to find out what became of a particular `34 Ford he had for awhile after I had sold it.) Thanks

Trent Hopkins said:   January 3rd, 2009 7:06 pm
Alot of great memories of great drivers, and great racing! I went to Beltsville, and Old Diminion Speedways from the late 60's- early 80's. Buddy Hopkins was my dad. He had awesome runs from the mid -70's through 1979, and some great wins! He was a great champion, and a great dad! I have numerious Tri-States and Man/ Wheel year books,photos,and some patches(Beltsville). I always thought there ought to be a place for them, and a place to honor the drivers,and crews for there hard work and sacrifice, from Maryland. They put on a good show and help make this sport what it is today. Contact :

Larry Jendras Jr said:   January 2nd, 2009 5:26 pm
Anna, I had seen your father's name in programs and racing papers. I doing Westport research, I found that he won the feature race on June 20, 1953. On that night he beat Ed Spencer (Jimmy's father), Eddie Adams, Russ Hastings and Johnny Roberts. Your dad finished 3rd the next week and grab another feature win on August 19, 1953, beating Vernon Kirk, Ace Canupp, Walt Martin and Johnny Roberts. I think I have one photo of his car at Dorsey. Larry

Anna Christ said:   January 2nd, 2009 3:42 am
My Dad was a stock car racer, His car number was 3 and went by the name Cannonball Poore. Does anyone remember him?

Al Torney said:   January 1st, 2009 10:37 pm
Former Westport and Dorsey s portsman-modified champion Bobby Tester passed away today. Bobby was 75 yrs old. He suffered a severe heart attack. He is being laid out at the Whiddon Shiver Funeral Home 10451 US Hwy 84E Thomasville, GA. Bob started his career in the early 50's and raced through 60's. Won his championships driving the number 75 for owner Mo Mathias. There are many pictures of Bob on the website. He is a member of the Hall of Fame.

WILLY STAFFORD ..... said:   December 31st, 2008 7:32 am

Joe Westerman Jr. said:   December 24th, 2008 6:34 pm
Merry Christmas to everyone and have a great new year.

Ron Rowles said:   December 16th, 2008 9:11 am
What was the sorce of the Westport Statium vidios at the renuion? I would like to obtain a copy. Ron Rowles.

Jeff Strausser said:   November 27th, 2008 10:00 am
Great website ! I recall found memories at Dorsey Motor Speedway on warm Saturday nights. It wasn't until near my father death Bill Strausser, that I learned he and my uncle (Clayton Strausser) who has also passed, use to run a car at the track in the late 1960's. Heard a man in Ownings mills, MD has a large qty of pics from this track. 

Gary Hinkle said:   November 27th, 2008 1:02 am
Spoke to you last year at the motorsports show in York, Pa. My dad was Sid Hinkle who raced from 1952 to 1957. He was the points champ at Lincoln in 1956. Thank you for including his name in you hall of fame. He mostly raced at Lincoln and Lancaster Speedway. My dad passed away on January 1, 1997 after a long battle with diabetes.

Pete Cobb said:   November 22nd, 2008 10:06 pm
Just found out about this sit. Its great to relive the memories of the Maryland Speedways. Am looking for a picture of a #65 coupe driven by Joe Owens and Ty Cobb (my brother)at Dorsey Speedway in 50's.I need to get my pictures out and get them posted some day. GREAT MEMORIES

Bryan Rees said:   November 19th, 2008 8:01 am
I just sent some pics of my father when he raced at hagerstown MD. They are from the late 60s to early 70s. Hopefully they get posted

Dan Harrison said:   November 18th, 2008 7:19 pm
I just wanted to take the time and say what great website this is. My father Jack Harrison raced at Dorsey from the 70's to the 80's. I love hearing stories of him, my uncle and Luke Miller working on the racecar the night before the race. My father got into racing go-karts and I have been hooked ever since. Maybe one year we wil make reuion. 

Harold Sears said:   November 17th, 2008 5:24 pm
To Bryan Rees, Regretfully Ronnie and Bobby are no longer with us. 

Bryan Rees said:   November 16th, 2008 11:06 am
I overlooked the next picture that had ronnie Mcbee #55 car and I noticed that my dad Buckley Rees built that car and sold it to build the house I was going to live in when I was born. He told me about a year ago he wishes he could buy that car back. I know this is 1 in a million chance but does anyone know how I could get a hold of Bobby Allen or Ronnie Mcbee. I know that it was sold down near Balitimore MD. My dad also mentioned that colmen brothers did some work for him on engines. If anyone has any information they can email me at

Bryan Rees said:   November 16th, 2008 10:19 am
Just looking through the pics and saw my dad Buckley Rees that won the coca cola 100 at potomac speedway. Do you happen to have anymore of that race?

Herb Shaw said:   November 15th, 2008 9:34 pm
Wish I could be at the bullroast with so many old friends. All of you are in my thoughts, almost every day. Nostalgia brings a lot of smiles for me. Hope YA'll had a great time!!

Ed Owings Jr said:   November 10th, 2008 7:48 am
my dad ran frige8 at dorsey and other evnts his name is Ed owings Sr he passed away 1997

Darlene Mosley said:   November 3rd, 2008 7:19 am
To Zapp: Paul Zappardino. I am Darlene, Anthony's girlfriend. It was great to see your input in the wesite. I still keep in touch with Tommy Sego and his family. We don't have many pictures left, in fact Tommy only has a few, and some that I have downloaded from the Post Archives. We did have some great great times running back and forth from the races, to the garage to Precision Engine. Those were the days! Anthony was killed Dec 8, 1980, but in the distance you can still the grin on his face and hear the roar of that #01 car as it crossed the finish line. I am trying to compile some pictures and articles that I can find online or anywhere. If there is anything you have that I can share with his family, please contact me at: and I will be glad to purchase or copy them. Great to hear from someone like you who remembers all the glory and fun we had back then. Blessings to you!

Darlene Mosley said:   November 1st, 2008 5:43 pm
Great to see the pictures! I attended Beltsville and Manassass in the early 70's with Anthony Sego (mechanic / car owner) Tom Sego (pit crew) and Mike Heath (driver). Sooo many good memories, Reds, Dickie, Jack all the fun, Bob's Big Boy after the race! If anyone has any photos of Anthony's 01 Limited car, would appreciate seeing them. Thanks for the memories...

JACKIE POBLETTS said:   October 31st, 2008 3:41 am

barry cook (son ) of barry cook said:   October 22nd, 2008 4:32 am
Thought i would see if any one is interested in purchasing a 74min dvd of dorsey speedway from june of 1984. i had the video copied to dvd and had a few extra made. just looking to get the $10 copying fee and shipping. please email if you are interested. i except paypal or money orders. has limited late model,late model,street stock and figure 8 racing. my email is thanks barry 

Harold Sears said:   October 20th, 2008 9:50 pm
To Edward, I don't have any pictures, but I know Don Johannas drove the car. I believe it was a 34 ford coupe

Edward Feuerherd said:   October 17th, 2008 11:02 pm
My father built cars the raced in Maryland in the early 50s. Does anyone have any information or photos of "2Bits Jr." or the Feuerherd Brothers? Thanks 

Carmen Knight said:   October 13th, 2008 8:56 pm
My brother in law's father raced at Dorsey, his name was Bud Thiele, if anyone has pictures that they could send me, I would like to put together a scrapbook for my brither in law. Would appreciate anyones help with this!

Larry Jendras Jr said:   October 3rd, 2008 3:12 am
I have actual scoresheets from Dorsey in 1954. Here is what I found. On 6-3-1954 there was a Ned Campbell driving a #10 who finished 7th in the Consi. Then on 6-17-1954, a Frank Campbell driving a #184 finished 7th in the 3rd heat and 6th in the Consi. On 6-24-1954 Frank finished 3rd in the 1st heat and 11th in the 1st Semi. On 7-1-1954 Frank finished 6th in the 1st heat, 6th in the 1st Semi and 17th in the Feature. Let us know if Willard raced under the name Ned or Frank.

melinda brown said:   October 1st, 2008 10:16 pm
Was told my father raced at dorsey in 1954, name is willard campbell.if anyone has any information or pictures plz share with me.looking forward to hear from you

Pete Huey said:   September 28th, 2008 3:12 am
Holy smokes! I think I forgot to mention my favorite track, Dorsey Speedway. Back "in the day" it was Dorsey on Friday, Westport or Lincoln on Saturday and, occasionally, Williams Grove on Sunday. My hero as a kid was Pete Kantorski, who managed to hold his own against the new small block Chevys with a flathead in a full bodied, and beautiful, `34 Ford 4 door sedan.

"Pete" Huey said:   September 28th, 2008 3:07 am
Great website! I`ve just spent an hour wallowing in nostalgia looking at photos of one of my favorite haunts as a teenager, Westport Stadium. Other local favorites were Ritchie Raceway, Condon Speedway, Lincoln Speedway (A couple of my grandchildren are headed up there next Saturday). There was a great high banked dirt track near Lineboro, MD, Spring Grove, PA but the name escapes me Thanks for putting up the website. Good job!

Chris Schoff said:   September 22nd, 2008 1:21 am
Hello my name is Chris Schoff. I'm a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series driver and testing with a team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, born and raised and still live in MD. I am trying to get some race car drivers together for a charity event/autograph signing for fans. If any drivers or teams are interested please send me an email at and hopefully we can work something out to support a cause.

Larry Jendras Jr said:   September 18th, 2008 4:38 pm
Pikesville Speedway (aka Milford Mill Speedway) was located on Milford Mill Rd. just west of Reisterstown Rd. It sat on property now occupied by Sudbrook Middle School. It did not race weekly, but had special events for the Big Cars (sprint cars) of the time. There seemed to be a new promotor every year. The first race results I could find was Labor Day 9-1-1930. It was listed as Milford Speedway then in the Sunpaper ads. The winner was John Moretti of Philadelphia, Pa. Harley Wells of Balto. finished second and J.H. Gardner of Pikesville was third. I found one on May 3, 1931 taken by Park Culp of Allentown, Pa. It was listed as Pikesville Speedway in 1931 and raced under National Auto Racing Assoc. sanction. Johnny Hannon of Norristown won on 5-16-1931. On July 4, 1932, Baltimore drive Dusty Rhoades won over Art Matz. I have got nthing in 1933, but on July 4, 1934 Gus Ianicone from New Jersey won. The track made headlines on Aug. 3 1935 when driver Joe Marfield was killed testing his new race car. 

Amberly Strucko said:   September 14th, 2008 8:54 pm
my grandfather and i think my uncle both raced at this track. my grandfather was john ningard and my uncle is ed ningard... if anyone has any pictures or stories i would love to see them! thanks

Bill Heider said:   September 14th, 2008 2:31 am
According to Allen Brown's "History of America's Speedways" Pikesville Speedway was a 5/8's dirt oval that operated from 1927 to 1935..It was also named Milford Mills Speedway and yes Bill France started his career there...I beleave he was born in DC...BTW that was before my time..

Gregory Scott said:   September 11th, 2008 7:57 am
Great Website! I love all the info about old tracks!! Hey there was a track in Pikesville, in the late 1930, 1940 that Mr France Seinor raced on and won I think?? Its in a book about NASCAR, I dont know the name of the book but I will find it!!! does anyone have and info about that track??? I hear from old timers that it was around Old Cout Rd!!! thanks!! 

paul zappardino said:   September 4th, 2008 1:31 am
THANKS Al! GREAT additions to the Beltsville section with those pictures wish I had some to contribute but they bring back good memories!

barry cook (son ) of barry cook said:   August 26th, 2008 7:32 am
Thought i would see if any one is interested in purchasing a 74min dvd of dorsey speedway from june of 1984. i had the video copied to dvd and had a few extra made. just looking to get the $10 copying fee and shipping. please email if you are interested. i except paypal or money orders. has limited late model,late model,street stock and figure 8 racing. my email is thanks barry 

Roy Coghill said:   August 21st, 2008 1:50 am
Really enjoyed our meeting today, We look for ward to seeing you and all the other Old Timers at your reunion. Thanks Roy & Myrt Coghill You Can give my E-Mail address to any of the Old timers

Steve Teasdale said:   August 20th, 2008 10:28 pm
Al, Good talking to you today.I love your web site .Will take time to brouse it later. I'm very interested in your affair in November. Thanks, Steve

Judy Blakley - Daughter of Betty and Arlin Combs said:   August 3rd, 2008 6:49 am
My email address: 

Judy Blakley - Daughter of Betty and Arlin Combs said:   August 3rd, 2008 6:37 am
My parents helped run the track and I grew up there with their friends' kids. I miss it as it was something very important to my dad. He passed away in 1994. I'm a writer and I'm interested in interviewing anyone who was associated with Dorsey. I'd like to talk to anyone, not just for interview purposes. I was young, so my memories are not that clear. I'd really love to hear the old stories. 

rusty jones said:   July 29th, 2008 5:08 am
Rusty Jones

rusty jones said:   July 29th, 2008 5:06 am
great web site , and wonderful to see this great history preserved!! I'm trying to find a book / magazine, " The last days of Dorsey", or something like that for my fathers upcoming birthday,he says he had a copy of this book at one time and lent it out, you know how that goes, anyway I'd Really Like to replace it , can anyone help? Please contact me at my e-address THANKS 

barry cook (son ) of barry cook said:   July 19th, 2008 6:49 am
Thought i would see if any one is interested in purchasing a 74min dvd of dorsey speedway from june of 1984. i had the video copied to dvd and had a few extra made. just looking to get the $10 copying fee and shipping. please email if you are interested. i except paypal or money orders. has limited late model,late model,street stock and figure 8 racing. my email is thanks barry 

Larry Jendras Jr said:   July 17th, 2008 2:07 am
Harold, I don't think I was there that night, but I have the Bob Williams photo that shows Ernie and the #7 stuck in the boards. 

Harold Sears said:   July 15th, 2008 7:52 am
To Larry Jendras, Bunky Barkey and I always had a rivalry you know (Ford vs, Chevy) thing it was a lot of fun with him. I really miss those great times. I was there when Ernie flipped his car. Do you remember when Ernie drove my #7 thru the back wall next to the pitgate at Westport?

Larry Jendras Jr said:   July 4th, 2008 5:00 pm
A Maryland Fourth of July racing memory was a rare daytime race at Westport Stadium on 7-4-1961. This is the one where Ernie Tester flipped Bunky Barke's #72 black LM Ford several times in the first turn. Track photographer Bob Williams got the flip sequence on film and Ernie made the cover of Illustrated Speedway News.

Ron Rowles said:   June 24th, 2008 7:52 am
I raced at Dorsey Beltsville and Lincoln from 1965 to 1975. Really enjoy this website. Brings back lots of old memories. Would like to see a article about the late Ed Cannupp who was one of my best friends. We run out of the same shop for many years. Thanks Ron Rowles. Westminster Md.

Ryan Rudy said:   June 21st, 2008 9:44 am
thank you for posting the pictures od danie ferguson he was my grandfather if you have any more, please post them.

John Mairs said:   June 20th, 2008 4:25 am
Looking to buy old photos or publications/programs/videos with Jimmy Mairs Car #0. He used to race at Beltsville Speedway, Old Domion and several others. If your looking to sell, please contact me at

John Mairs said:   June 20th, 2008 4:22 am
Looking to buy old photos or publications/programs with Jimmy Mairs Car #0. He used to race at Beltsville Speedway, Old Dominion and several others.

bob schaeffer said:   June 17th, 2008 8:40 am
Just wanted to express my thoughts on Dorsey Speedway. some of the greatest childhood memories one could ever have. The things I remembered the most aside from great sat. night racing and my favorite driver #98 rick jones was the french fries they served in a snow cone type cup, the dirt that was all over our car after the races were over, and who could forget the bathrooms. Just a cinderblock building with a dirt floor, a few hanging light bulbs and nothing more then holes in the ground for toilets. Man those were the days. 

Bob A. said:   June 15th, 2008 8:47 pm
Just out playing I ran across this site and it brought back a lot of memories. I was 12 when I first started working at Dorsey. I ran the lineups from the pit tower to the starter and the scorer, worked with the pit gate with Mr. Leon Sevison. I miss the saturday night racing, truckers inn or hojo's afterwards. I live in Fl now and attend volusia speedway to get my dirt racing fix, but nothing ever compares to the best drivers and the people I grew up with at Dorsey.

Harold Sears said:   June 10th, 2008 9:29 am
How about you oldtimers out there! Do any of you remember a Nascar short track race at Westport where Driver Ted Chamberlin raced his own '50 plymouth coupe. What was really different about it was on the trunk lid, his number was lit up in neon # 93 incased in a clear plastic box. Just thought I would try to kick-up some memories

barry cook (son ) of barry cook said:   June 10th, 2008 9:20 am
Thought i would see if any one is interested in purchasing a 74min dvd of dorsey speedway from june of 1984. i had the video copied to dvd and had a few extra made. just looking to get the $10 copying fee and shipping. please email if you are interested. i except paypal or money orders. has limited late model,late model,street stock and figure 8 racing. my email is thanks barry 

Wayne Lee said:   June 7th, 2008 7:36 pm
To Carter, For a few years back in the '60's Bobby Ballantine lived in our neighborhood ( Yale Heights). He would take Edgie, Jimmy and myself to the races at Dorsey & Westport. There would be his wife Inneze and his kids, Bobby, Georgie, and Julie his daughter and us three boys. That White Mercury convertable was packed. After the races at Dorsey he would stop at the "Lucky Day's Grill" in Elkridge and he would buy us all milk shakes and cheeseburgers that we ate in the car. It was a great time for us 12 year old kids. He had a heart of gold and was a giving person. He was a great guy to us kids. He also named one of his son's after me, Wayne Ballantine a year or so later. 

Bill Heider said:   June 6th, 2008 12:10 am
While at the Colossal at Lowes Dirt Track in March, I got to meet Humpy Wheeler.I told him about being at the 1st World 600 in 1960 and cheering my hometown hero Rex White,he said "you must be from Silver Spring".No wonder he ran Bruton's track for 30 years,what a memory that guy.

Greg Trumpower said:   May 28th, 2008 7:24 pm
A friend of mind gave me the address for your site and told me to look it , Very good ! Thanks for tell me Ronnie !

Dan Barkhouser said:   May 28th, 2008 1:38 am
I used to sponsor Smokey Stover in 1965 and we ran H'Town quite a bit. Would love to go to a reunion up there sometime. Cumming, Ga

Wayne said:   May 26th, 2008 10:03 pm
I remember every friday about 7 pm a friend of ours would drop jimmy, edgie and myself off just before we got to the stop light at wash.blvd. & dorsey rd. to sneek into Dorsey Speedway. We would run across wash. blvd. down through the farmers field going over two or three fences and sneeking into the parking lot or the pits. We were 12 thru 16 years old back then and never got caught. We did just about everything together back then much like the movie " Stand By Me ". Every friday during the summer we would ride our bikes to Gwynn Oak Park to rides the rides for $1.00 all day. We lived behind Mt. St. Joe school in S.W. Balto., a good 10 mi. ride. We also found out that the Esso station in Irvington had free pass' to the stock car races at Westport Stadium on Saturday evening (1961 & 1962). There was a sign in the window advertising the races. We would be up there every saturday morning asking if "the man " had dropped any pass' off for that night. One of our fahers would take us over and pick us up at 11;00 pm. We would also often walk over to gittings, eikleman's and hammonds junk yards and play in the junk yards and sometimes get chased. We also went out to Five Oaks Swim Club during the week in the summer to. Like I said , much like the movie " Stand By Me ". 

Larry Jendras Jr. said:   May 25th, 2008 7:13 pm
Here are some Maryland Memorial Day racing memories I recently dug up. On 5-31-1964, the ARCA late models from the midwest appeared at Hagerstown for a 100 lap race. Jack Bowsher of Ohio won that day over Iggy Katona and Don Arnold. In 1965, they came East again for a Memorial Day weekend doubleheader on Sunday May 30, 1965 at Hagerstown and Monday May 31 at Marlboro. Iggy Katona won Sunday over Blaine Kauffman and Benny Parsons. Jack Bowsher won on Monday at Marlboro to complete the ARCA weekend.

Ronnie Boone said:   May 20th, 2008 6:40 am
Hello Just a great start to a long rosd of history, Ronnie

Bill said:   May 17th, 2008 5:50 pm
I remember sneaking into those 3rd turn pits by rolling a tire through the gate and chasing it right past the guard...

Harold said:   May 16th, 2008 11:02 am
To Carter, I do remember those memories, Like when the pits where in the third turn ( next to the backstrech grand stand) and some of the drivers I met for the first time Dave Williams, Reds Fowler, Don Johannas, Roy Coghill and I could go on and on, I was lucky enough to see the race at Dorsey's first track which was about 500 to 1000 feet north of where the pits where when you and I raced there.

carter said:   May 15th, 2008 9:01 pm
How many of you out there can remember, and or were lucky enough to have witnessed the sportsman modifieds at Dorsey in the mid to late fifties. I hope a lot of you can say yes. Those warm summer evenings, on a fri.or sat. night, standing behind that chain link fence, next to the second turn, near that little low building that you knew was there, but didn't need to look if the wind was blowing in the right direction. Remember ?. You and your high school buddies just couldn't wait for warm-ups to start. The old water truck just couldn't get off the track fast enough. Pee Wee, Jack Lauterback, Carl Henderson, Bud T. Ace, Eddie Anders, so many really good drivers. Heats are next. They get the green, runnin hard, throwin mud over the fence. All that color flashing under the arc lights. The sound of those flatheads, some two carbs, a couple maybe even fuel injected. Some overheads too. And oh man, the fuel that smelled like shoe polish. That would make you smile. By the time the feature was about half over, you would be spittin dust, and squinting your eyes so hard that you could barely see. But you were loving every minute. The checker comes down, turn to your buddy and say man, what a race. Next, it's down to the pits. Every body is hot and sweaty. banging on bent floater axels, trying to get them out of a bent rear housing so they could flat tow home. Maybe a couple of guys up in each others face, about a bent front end over who had the edge going for a hole that probably wasn't there to start with anyway. What a great period of dirt track history. I'll never ever be able to erase those images from my memory, and that's a really good thing, because they rank right up there at the top. I hope I have jogged some memories. Flatheads Forever.

barry cook (son ) of barry cook said:   May 13th, 2008 7:13 am
Thought i would see if any one is interested in purchasing a 74min dvd of dorsey speedway from june of 1984. i had the video copied to dvd and had a few extra made. just looking to get the $10 copying fee and shipping. please email if you are interested. i except paypal or money orders. has limited late model,late model,street stock and figure 8 racing. my email is thanks barry 

Paul Zappardino said:   May 12th, 2008 11:42 pm
Had an interesting conversation with some NASAR?? fans. They were mentioning of how exciting NASCAR is these days, to which I responded Yes I miss the good old days when the ran Cup (Grand National) at Beltsville. You would not have believed their response, there was NEVER cup races in Maryland!!! Beltsville? I told them I was at the last race at Beltsville 5/16/70 Bobby Issac won followed by James Hylton, and Bobby Allison, they asked who were they? Another example of people forgoing the roots of the sport. I pulled out written proof of these and they were shocked. When they saw that the Grand National division ran up to 60 races a year they could not believe. One of the know-it-alls said ahh they were just small tracks, to which I responded that is how NASCAR got to where it is today, these NASCAR fans of today need a history lesson on this sport. I could not believe thwy wedre questioning my experince and knowledge of Beltsville and NASCAR in the past! I don't want to go on BUT some of these fans are not the sharpest tools in the shed !!!

Chris said:   May 7th, 2008 1:39 am
Great site,I use to crew for Tom Amberman's 07 Creswell cruser. We raced lincoln, Potomic, Dorcy and Delmarva speedways in the "80"s. Sadly Tom passed on in "02",I have nothing but fond memories of dirt track racing.

Bob Herbert said:   May 5th, 2008 10:37 am
Way too many memories here, I started at Dorsey "waaay" back in 1963 and drove all over until a bad back injury caught up with me late in 1987 (while leading a late model feature!, not too shabby for a old fat guy). But the most fun I ever had was band storming up and down the delmarva area with Eddie Owings out of Baltimore. Now there was a racer! he did more with less than ANYONE I have ever met, plus he was just a nice guy, many a night I watched his 8mm movies and went through his scrap books. Eddie started out at Westport in a homebuilt outboard powered midget back in 1959, he raced midgets, supers,Modified-Sportsman, late models, semi lates(1965 Lincoln champ) mini stocks(1973 Lincon champ) and even figure 8s at Dorsey I have been told that he passed away in Fla a few years ago, but other than that I have no info. Too all of you out there that attended the reunion, I remember a lot of you guys from years ago though I doubt too many remember me God Bless to all Bob Herbert #7T 

Bill Heider said
:   April 23rd, 2008 6:32 pm
Congratulations Al,this is a great place to renew friendships....Hope this site prospers as I know it will.

Dale Duncan, Jr. said:   April 20th, 2008 10:20 pm
Back in the day, my father hung out at Bryson's Garage in Elton, Md. Donald used to own the #74 sprint car that ran at Lincoln. I was just a small boy then. I moved back to the area a few years ago after living in Ga. Came across your site. Member of EMMR, past member of Living Legends, GARHOFA and Victory Lane Clubs. I look forward getting together with your club.

Bo Glaser said:   April 12th, 2008 9:21 pm
I used to go to Dorsey Speedway with my father all the time when I was a kid. I loved the Figure 8s very much, my father knew Jim Stafford #00, I used to go in the pits and sit in the car, wow what memories!!!. I was a big fan of Rick Jones # 98 who ran late models. This web site brings back so many memories.Thanks for the memories!!!!!

barry cook (son ) of barry cook said: 
  April 10th, 2008 3:05 am
Thought i would see if any one is interested in purchasing a 74min dvd of dorsey speedway from june of 1984. i had the video copied to dvd and had a few extra made. just looking to get the $10 copying fee and shipping. please email if you are interested. i except paypal or money orders. has limited late model,late model,street stock and figure 8 racing. my email is thanks barry

Don Gittings Jr. said:   March 26th, 2008 6:31 am
Hearing the Schmelyun name brings back Old Racing Memories of the Days Gone By At Dorsey Speedway. I remember watching Rick & Donald Schmelyun from when I was a just little kid as they would come to my dad's Junk Yard just Off Rt 1 to get Race Car Parts. I have many fond memories of going to the races with my dad to watch Rick and other Drivers. Still today over 40 years later I own Race Cars it just gets in your blood. Our Prayers go out to the entire Schmelyun family and Racing community in sharing this loss. 

Bill Heider said:   March 26th, 2008 4:50 am
Rick was one of the smoothest drivers I remember at Dorsey.....His sponser was right down Rt 1 not far.....He drove the car to the track one time that I know of...RIP

Carter said:   March 26th, 2008 1:33 am
Really sorry to hear about Rick Schmelyun. Good racer. I'm glad I had a chance to talk with him at the reunion last Oct. I chased that blue #9 at Lincoln a few times, but never had the speed to get by. I first saw Rick race in the mid fifties at Condon. A really nice guy.

Melvin said:   March 25th, 2008 1:06 am
i still have my father shirt track welder an my unifort shirt from beltsville speedway

Harold said:   March 19th, 2008 9:51 am
To Carter, The car that Johnny is standing next to is the Baltimore-Washington Speedway pace car (Beltsville) This picture must have been the opening night at (wednesday) Beltsville cause we Lost Johnny 3 days later.

carter said:   March 19th, 2008 7:02 am
I sure did enjoy looking at the new pictures from the different tracks and of Johnny Roberts. In looking at Johnny's pics, the one where he is standing with the race offical, please can someone help me out, because it sure looks like Andy Lyle, and could the track be Marlboro? 

DAN PHILLIPS said:   March 18th, 2008 7:07 am
i still have my uniform from beltsville

Steve Kirk said:   March 17th, 2008 12:38 am
Trivia note; The number 44 on the car my Dad drove for Charlie Ryan was not random, or an accident. He chose that number because of his service in WWII. He was a waist gunner in a B-24 Liberator with the 44th Bomb Group in Shipdham, England. That's a whole 'nother story.

John 'Rusty' Collins said:   March 16th, 2008 7:45 am
My Dad raced at Dorsey, Westport and Lincoln after Westport Closed from 1957 through 1962. I have some pictures I bought from Bob Williams when I was running around the track for a Quarter each of some of our favorites. Also a few from the only day time race I had ever been to at Lincoln I believe on Memorial day and my Dad took a few pictures that I still have in I think 1962.

brian rampmeyer said:   March 14th, 2008 9:55 pm
i have some dorsey pictures and info my step father owen sevison raced there in the 70's-80's in street stocks and late models. he just passed away by falling off of roof putting up christmas lights and i would like to have is info posted in dorsey article thankyou please contact me!!!

Joe Westerman Jr. said:   March 7th, 2008 7:36 pm
Great job Al ! The site is looking great. Keep up the good work.

paul zappardino said:   March 5th, 2008 10:19 pm
"GREAT" job on the Beltsville site, Al! Really jolts the old memory, can't wait to see from 68-78, THANKS again for your effort and time put into this site, I think you should be inducted into this hall of fame!!!!!!!

Mary Beth Kirk said:   March 3rd, 2008 9:15 pm
Vernon Kirk's daughter... 1951 Champion... drove Dorsey and Westport

Steve Kirk said:   February 29th, 2008 7:54 pm
INDUCTEES Vernon Kirk-Baltimore, Md. 1951 American Stock Car Racing Assn. of Maryland Champion. Thanks Al

Carter Ayres said:   February 28th, 2008 9:26 pm

paul zappardino said:   February 28th, 2008 5:44 pm
Iam sure I speak for everyone who has experienced stock car racing in Maryland and have looked on this sight, THANK YOU Al!!! Your work and effort is appreciated. It brings a lot of great memories to all,and takes us back to a time when racing was fun and not a corporate billboard. THANKS again for your efforts!

paul Zappardino said:   February 26th, 2008 11:23 pm
To Bill Heider, THANKS Bill, for you message. I really appreciate it. I will pick up a copy asoon as i can! THANK YOU for thinking about me.

Bill Heider said:   February 26th, 2008 7:22 pm
To Paul Zappardino....There is a nice story about Don MacTavish's Modified car owner in the latest issue of Speedway Illustrated....Check it out.

Steve Kirk said:   February 24th, 2008 11:20 pm
Maybe that is cause for my Dad being an inductee to the Hall of Fame? Hmmmm. I'd bet my Dad still has that same program somewhere, since he told me that he's got a record of that championship. 7 days old. You got me beat by about 7 years, since I was born in 1958.

Larry Jendras Jr said:   February 24th, 2008 5:16 pm
I was only 7 days old when this banquet took place. But from the cover of the program, it was held at the Randallstown Community Hall. There are 60 drivers listed in the points for 1951. The top ten according to the program are 1) Vernon Kirk 2) Bob Norris 3)Tie - PeeWee Pobletts & Johnny Fernandez 5)Buck McCardell 6) Pete Kantorsky 7) Tommy Adams 8) Doug Carter 9) George Bopst 10) Ray Kable. I will send a copy to Al to put on the website.

Steve Kirk said:   February 23rd, 2008 7:38 pm
Thanks Larry. Did you attend that banquet? I believe it was held in the Randallstown Community Hall on the second floor in the old Randallstown Bank building, which became a Maryland National Bank later.

Larry Jendras Jr. said:   February 23rd, 2008 5:19 am
The American Stock Car Racing Association was formed in late 1947 in Trenton, N.J. The champions were Wally Campbell for 1947, 1949 & 1950. Tom Bradshaw won in 1948. In 1951, a local chapter was formed called the American Stock Car Racing Association of Maryland. Sure enough, Vernon Kirk was the 1951 Champion. I have this in the First Banquet program, dated Feb. 9. 1952. and just as Steve said, the next year (1952) the Free State Stock Car Racing Association was formed with Bob Wallace as first president.

Steve Kirk said:   February 23rd, 2008 2:17 am
Added note; Vernon Kirk was the only(???) American Stock Car Racing Association Champion with Ray Kable second, and Pee Wee Poblits third. He has his championship documented. I'll confirm this with Dad tonight, but I believe he told me that the American Stock Car Racing Association later became the Free State Stock Car Racing Association.

Steve Kirk said:   February 21st, 2008 5:22 am
Al, the picture looks great on the Westport Stadium page. Thanks. ...and no, the Kirk boys ain't trying to take over here. ;-)

David G Kirk said:   February 21st, 2008 2:59 am
My dad raced in the early 50s at many tracks around Md... His name was Vernon E. Kirk and he drove #2 and #44 for Bud Chevette.... if your from that era im sure you remember him well.... David 

Wallace Tabor said:   February 19th, 2008 8:25 pm
Nothing profound. I used to watch auto racing in Maryland, northern Virginia and southeast Pennsylvania from the late 1940's until 1952. Thanks for the nice site! Wally Tabor

John E. Kirk said:   February 19th, 2008 8:11 am
Vernon Kirk Sr's Son. Thanks Steve for pointing out the site!

Steve Kirk said:   February 19th, 2008 7:13 am
First of all... my humblest apologies to Al, as I thought he had access to more information. I know this site is alot of work, and a labor of love, and dedication to the sport, and it's history here. I plan to show dad the site when he comes over to my house, as I'm sure he'll absolutely love it, and will want to contribute more to it. Harold, if you remember my dad from the Lincoln Mercury dealer, then you'll no doubt have some level of appreciation of the picture I just sent to Al so he could post it on the site. It's Charlie Ryans number 44 car with my dad standing next to it. Sorry again Al. 

Harold said:   February 18th, 2008 9:26 am
To Steve Kirk, Look again in the westport drivers column. as for as pictures, If you have any, send them to Al and I'm sure he would be glad to put them in this website. I remember your dad, He worked at the Lincoln/mercury dealer on Balto. National Pike.

Steve Kirk said:   February 18th, 2008 1:59 am
Very disapointed in ths site No pictures, or mention of my Father Vernon Kirk

Bill Heider said:   February 17th, 2008 10:38 pm
Johnny Roberts used the name "Bobby Johnson" at Marlboro when racing in non NASCAR events because of NASCAR's "Exclusive" rules. Carl Henderson's first name was Gene,I don't know his reasoning,but anywhere but the track he was known as Gene... 

JOE HAAS...JOHN STEVENS said:   February 16th, 2008 8:32 am
I assume that others had multiple racing names in the early days. Employers had no acceptance of stock car racing. I felt my job was in jeopardy most of the time and used about a half dozen different names throughout Northeast U.S. to get a seat, have some fun and try to make a few bucks if possible. It was truly the best of times and my zeal for racing exceeded my ability no doubt. My was fun. Any of my buddies surviving and read this, please contact me by e mail..Wish you all well........Old Fossil Joe

Luke Miller said:   February 10th, 2008 6:39 am
I raced from 75-85 at the Speedway. Figure 8 contact me if you want, at the email address above.

Paul Zappardino said:   February 8th, 2008 3:22 am
Appreciate you thinking of me Bill. I was only 13 at the time and I was not able to coprehend it fully. I did read that Don died instantly, Dad and I talk about it at times and he says if it happened today I would still not let you see it, all he said he was my hero also son! THANKS Bill, I still take a moment on the day of the sportsman race and on February 22nd and pay my respects in slient thought.

Bill Heider said:   February 8th, 2008 1:29 am
Paul , I was there that fateful day and I was in the infield right at Gate 6 and if this helps any, Don never felt a thing.In all my years around racing there is nothing worse than a fatal or near fatal accident....I've seen too many since the first one.Bill

Paul Zappardino said:   February 7th, 2008 11:25 pm
Don MacTavish, don't hear that name mentioned,but him and Pete Hamilton 2 of my early NASCAR LMS heroes from NewEngland, Next February 22, it will 40 years since Don was killed at Daytona. I remember my Dad would not let me watch the telecast of the crash on ABC's Wide World of Sports. When I heard I was already in tears, I remember the photos of the wreck on the front page of the New York Times, I don't remember that ever happening before. The Baltimore Sun did it in the sports section. The picture of the car disinigrating when it hit the wall and the picture of Don slumped over what was left of the front of his car. The pictures should never have been printed, a lot of people thought his wreck was spectactular, NO it wasn't it was "HORRIBLE" He was a bright spot for us in the Northeast. A friend of mine had those pictures and I just looked in terror, I can't imagine what Don went thru ,it was a freak wreck that was fatal, I still have my issues of Stock Car Racing magazine and they did it right they only showed the motor from the car near gate 6! I still cry when i see and think of it! that should be the only picture you need to imagine something of that magnitude. Still think about waht he could have done if his life was not cut short. Heis still my hero even after all these years!!

judy champion said:   February 6th, 2008 10:18 pm
if interested please email 1968, 69 photos and clippings

Judy champion said:   February 6th, 2008 10:14 pm
My husband just recently passed away and he left behind lots of photos and paper clippings for the 1969 and 68 race seasons. some of the photos are singed. and a pamphlet on Don MacTavish by Lou Modestino. Are you interested.

Jeff Slayton said:   February 3rd, 2008 7:03 am
Thanks Al for continually updating the website with information. It is great to read about Maryland's rich history. I am looking for any information regarding the cars Johnny Roberts used to win the 60 and 61 Championships. I am looking to start a project to build a full scale replica of the 37 Ford. If anyone has any information please let me know, also any leads on bodies and frames would be appreciated.

Paul Shirley said:   January 31st, 2008 3:25 am
Thanks for a great website. It sure does bring back some wonderful memories.

Cindy Hudson said:   January 23rd, 2008 11:56 pm
Nice website :)

Ron Graham said:   January 14th, 2008 5:16 am
Congratulations on this great web site! 

Jim Carlsen said:   January 8th, 2008 7:50 am
I have two tickets to the Daytona 500, Oldfield Grandstand, for sale due to having to undergo surgery later this month. Tickets are for face value. If interested call me at 410-923-3503.

barry cook (son ) of barry cook said:   January 7th, 2008 4:55 am
by the way my email is thanks

barry cook (son ) of barry cook said:   January 6th, 2008 9:32 am
looking for anyone who knew my father who raced at dorsey speedway in the late 70's and early 80's in the street stock class. won the 1981 street stock champion ship. also looking for any pictures or videos from that time which he might be in. i have a video which i am putting on dvd if any one is interested as well as some newspaper articles and pictures.he passed away in january of 1992. thanks in advance for the help. barry cook

jim hollister said:   January 5th, 2008 6:54 pm
i use to race motorcycles at dorsey as a kid, i miss that place. i have a brand new t shirt from dorsey speedway in selling. email me at

Harold Sears said:   January 3rd, 2008 7:37 am
To Stephanie Beckman, Your Dad was a great friend to me. I only learned recently of his passing. I go back to Westport, Dorsey and Winchester with him as well as when he open his garage doing work for Parks Sausage. 

Stephanie Beckmann said:   January 2nd, 2008 6:21 am
Finally... someone keeping the Dorsey memories alive. It was great to come across your website. My dad, John McBurnette, was a driver at Dorsey for many, many years. I have photos if you're interested in sharing them on your page. Please keep the Sutton family in your prayers. 

Harold Sears said:   December 25th, 2007 1:08 am
To Herb Shaw It's Great to hear you and Jimmy are still around. Hope tp see both of you at the '08 Reunion in November.

Herb Shaw said:   December 23rd, 2007 3:23 am
I heard about the reunion & some of the attendees from Pete Kantorsky. I sure wanted to be there. I know everyone had a good time. I'm trying to get together with Pete, Rick Schmelyun, Ed Duvall & my old speedshop partner, Jimmy Mullikin sometime next year. Ya'll (as we say in Texas) take care.

Ed Ningard Jr said:   December 18th, 2007 3:45 am
A great site indeed.Dorsey Speedway many fond memories with my dad racing there and part of Ronnie Mcbee`s team in 1985 winning 25 features that year.Also the mini stocks in 1976 thru 1980 C.A.M.S.R.A. You think we can pay tribute to them on the web site?Eddie Owings,Denzil Dillman,John Mayola ect all ran the mini`s Oh the memories Thanks 

Paul Zappardino said:   December 17th, 2007 6:07 pm
Sorry to hear about Glen Guthrie. Respected him a bunch, always had time to talk and was very personable, I remember at Old Dominion during a National Championship race in 78-79 I walked out into the pit lane to check things out and this hand grabbed me and pulled me in and it Was Glen, he told me be careful and keep your eyes open son. He was probably the only driver that I remember that drove a Ford product in the LMS division at Beltsville and Old Dominion, I remember the #99 Mercury Cougar that he drove, there was also a #66 Mercury Cougar sponsored by Maryland Performance and I think that was driven by Tom Wagner. But getting back to Glen Guthrie another legend gone to a better place and we are better for the memories he left us.

Al Torney said:   December 16th, 2007 9:17 pm
The following have passed on: Ed Lindsey, Ralph Smith, Ray Kable, Bud Thiele, Glen Guthrie. I saw Pee Wee Pobletts, Junior Tauber, Chuck Talbert and Bucky Guilfoy yesterday and they are doing fine. Getting up there in age. Was with Danny Woolford this past Thursday and he is doing well. Of course all of these fellows attended the reunion this past October. Pete Kanbtorsky Reds Kagle, Bobby Ballentine and Ace Canupp are doing well. Bob Wallace, noted engine builder from Baltimore passed away on Oct. 20. 

Bryan Rees said:   December 16th, 2007 9:42 am
I was wondering if there is going to be anymore reunions. My dad was Buck Rees #34 car. He seemed to be pretty good back in the day.He probably would like to go to one

Joe Haas..aka Johnny Stevens said:   December 16th, 2007 6:12 am
Read that Pee Wee Pobletts is still with us...have moved out of the area since 1957 and wondered who is still with us. Smith, Lindsey, Kable, Kagle?..any or if not if you wish to communicate, I am ready and willing. Regards to all of the fifties racers .Joe

Bill Heider said:   December 5th, 2007 6:46 pm
Yes Carter that's me.....I was pleasently surprised to see your name on this web site. I believe you were working at the Esso at Colesville & Georgia ave at the time.......That was a couple of "Lite" years ago.....Email me is another reason I love racing and this website thanks, Al

Al Torney said:   December 5th, 2007 5:24 am
Johnny Roberts won the S-M race at Marlboro. The 400 lapper at Lanham was a NASCAR Short Track Div. Race. There were two races at Lanham that year. One on JUly 16 and the other on August 27. I don't which one was the 400 lapper or maybe both were. Jim Reed won both races. The first in a '52 Hudson and the second in a '53 Hudson. A race was also held at Westport Stadium in Baltimore on August 14. Hershel McGriff won driving a '52 Jaguar. How about that.

Carter Ayres said:
   December 5th, 2007 2:28 am
My dad took me to that 400 lapper at Lanham. I'm guessing around 1952 to 1954. I don't remenber who won or anything, but I remember a Nash, or Nash Metropolition being in the race. I also remember the Mod. race at Marlboro. I don't remember what year it was, but a friend of mine, George Davis was entered that day. It was in either the race, or in practice, George lost it near the hairpin, rolled his coupe off the track, then had a heck of a time trying to get out. George was really tall. I used to know a Bill Heider who was a race guy from around the Silver Spring, Md. area in the 50's. 

Bill Heider said:   December 4th, 2007 1:55 am
Does anyone remember the 400 lap race at West Lanham in about 1954 it was Promoted by Red Criss[sp] ,he was a DC Harley-Davidson dealer, and involved foreign cars? I believe a 54 Hudson won it. Also does anyone remember a Modified-Sportsman race on the road course at Marlboro about 1955???

Bill Heider said:   December 4th, 2007 1:53 am
Does anyone remember the 400 lap race at West Lanham in about 1954 it was Promoted by Red Criss[sp] ,he was a DC Harley-Davidson dealer, and involved foreign cars? I believe a 54 Hudson won it. Also does anyone remember a Modified-Sportsman race at Marlboro about 1955???

Joe Haas said:   December 1st, 2007 8:15 pm
As mentioned in our e mail exchange, I will gather up some old photos and send them along. I really appreciate what you are doing as it preserves some of the best of times in the best of years. I sincerely hope you enjoy this effort as it has brought some great memories to quite a few.

Bill Heider said:   December 1st, 2007 1:00 am
My first race track was West Lanham Speedway 1946 I now live in South Carolina and have 11 tracks within 2 hours drive....most are dirt I still love the dirt

Robert Selle said:   November 28th, 2007 10:51 pm
Thanks for the wonderful website.Started going to Dorsey in 1973,at age 7.Hard to believe it's been 22 years already since the track closed due to another mans progress and greed...Still some very vivid memories of the ol joint though..

Mick Cowan said:   November 25th, 2007 6:37 am
This site has brought back many memories. I grew up 2 miles from Dorsey Speedway. I could hear the roar of the engines every Saturday night. I start going in the mid 70's and got hooked on auto racing. In the late 70's I went to Lincoln Speedway and saw my first sprint car race and could not get enough. I love reliving the memories from Dorsey, Lincoln, Hagerstown, Potomac and Beltsville! Sorry to see so many speedways close due to development. It was great to see a car win that was garage built including the engine. 

Racerchaser said:   November 23rd, 2007 10:21 am
I live in Delaware and been with racing for too many years. My first race was when I was 6 years old in 1946 so I do go back a good bit. Was on a team years back that raced at Dorsey. I don't know if remember the 28 car from Delaware that was driven by Wally Ryan or not but we ran Dorsey for a couple of years also George Harrison in the x car ran there.

brian rampmeyer said:   November 15th, 2007 5:21 am
i have some pictures from back at dorsey my step dad owen sevison and his brothers ran there along with my friend george lorden and bobby linton we all are still close and talk about those days alot would love to share some sometime! phone# 410-574-2352 hope to hear from you i have some pictures i would like to get posted?

Scott Fisher said:   November 13th, 2007 7:22 pm
My dad used to run at Condon back in the 50's. Jr. Fisher was his name & he & fellows like the late Bob Gore just had blast taking their jalopies to the track. Nice site with lotsa room for future inductees like Slim Devilbiss, Gary Stuhler, Bill McClelland & host of others.

George (Herb) Shaw said:   November 8th, 2007 1:45 am
Al, We must be about the same age. I was going to Westport about the same time. It was always funny, as a kid, to listen to Doris Roberts react when the fans booed Johnny because he won so much. I heard about your "mission" from Pete Kantorsky, just prior to the bullroast. Pete drove for myself & Jimmy Mullikin when we ran late models. Ralph Ehlers helped on our car. We also owned the "Speed Merchants" speed shop for circle trackers.

Gerry said:   November 6th, 2007 9:11 pm
To Harold,thanks for the information,that is so sad about ED,he was my favorite driver,loved that yellow and black #06

Harold said:   November 5th, 2007 6:21 am
To Gerry, Will Dilks still lives in Baltimore, Claude lives in Delaware and Ed Canupp was Murdered in Brooklyn Md in Jan. 07

Gerry said:   November 4th, 2007 11:58 am
i was wondering if anyone had some information on some drivers that i used to go see at Dorsey speedway,Ed Cannup,Claude and Will Dilks?

RAYMOND FOWLER said:   November 1st, 2007 11:02 pm

raymond fowler said:   November 1st, 2007 5:40 pm
to al torney my address is 5385 fassel place waldorf md 20601 thanks al today is nov 1 54 year of his death 

raymond fowler said:   November 1st, 2007 12:00 am
my grand father REDS FOWLER raced for clay eastridge and was killed at marlboro raceway i never got to know him if anybody has pictures or articles of him please email me at i have only one picture of him sitting ontop of race car with the #13 thank ray fowler

TIM LIGHT said:   October 27th, 2007 9:54 pm

Paul Zappardino said:   October 25th, 2007 9:56 pm
Bob Wallace will be missed,he was our version of Smokey Yunick!! Had the pl;easure of talking to him and visiting his shop, Both him and his son Brad, very good people that know their job and made the racing world around here as better place. When I was involved with NASCAR at Beltsville and Old Dominion I would see him at least once a week and he would ask how Reds and Hos Kagle were doing. I would have to fill him in on the race results and he could tell a story and was a walking book of history and knowledge. Allof us that were ever involved in any type of racing have a big void to fill, Rest in peace Bob,you did your job well and remember his saying "Perfection is a starting point, and you refine from there, and anything else is not an option" good words to live by!

Gayla Lutyk (Eaton) said:   October 25th, 2007 7:05 pm
Thank you Al for the reminders of the greatest part of my life in racing. My father Sonny Eaton would be so honored having his name remembered in such a wonderful way. I too have taken the wonderful experience and started a non-profit that helps kids to continue their dream in racing I do this because my dad would of wanted me to. Keep up the good work and hope to see you at the next event.

Harold Sears said:   October 25th, 2007 7:06 am
I want to thank Al Torney and the group of people who put everything together. It was great to see some of the greatest drivers and owners who help make the best sport enjoyable. and to see some of my friends and associates 

Carter Ayres said:   October 24th, 2007 5:43 pm
My wife Sandy and I had a great time at the reunion/bull roast last sunday. An event, I was sure glad to see happen. Many thanks to all that helped to make it the success that it was. what a pleasure it was to see and talk with long time friends from over forty years ago. To those who may not know, Reds Nininger, who had a great career, and won many races over twenty five years, passed away this past summer. Reds was a real champion. Thanks again to all.

Melenie (Canupp) Maule said:   October 24th, 2007 3:03 am
Thank you for honoring all the drivers and for helping keep their achievements and stories alive to pass on to yet another generation!

Roland Cousins said:   October 23rd, 2007 3:47 am
My early memories were of Marlboro, beginning in 1952. My hero was Reds Fowler, and all these years later I still get choked up when I think of his death at Marlboro in 1953. I also got Elmo Langley's autograph every week. He always had time.

Ed Johnson said:   October 22nd, 2007 6:01 am
Nice to see my uncles name, Lou Johnson from Wilmington, Delaware and his best friend Wally Campbell. Wally died at age 28 in 1954 warming up a car before the race and my uncle passed away in 2001. He was 77. Retired from racing in 1976, but not before he gave us some thrilling race days in the 50's and 60's.

Ed Sutton said:   October 21st, 2007 3:56 am
I am honored to be inducted into the Maryland Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame. I miss the good ole days! Thank you.

JoAnn Kane Marshall said:   October 20th, 2007 1:32 am
I was nine years old and sold programs at Dorsey. Later they had peanuts and I also sold programs at Marlboro track for Mrs.Nitz. Mr Jack Coburn kept a close eye on us kids to make sure we were safe in the crowds. I would wear my brother's stock car helmet so I could get into the pits with the boys. Pee Wee and the Red Rooster were my favorites. I still have an 8x10 of him. This is a nice site. I will check it out from time to time.

jim said:   October 10th, 2007 8:21 pm
thank's for the memories, keep diggin for old race cars.

george marshall said:   September 30th, 2007 10:21 pm
hear a name for your list BOB Geiger 1 win at Delaware International Speedway, 20 at George speedway .in 1980 in the E1 car 

tom fash said:   September 26th, 2007 6:14 am
great site, just found it last night and it made me late for work today stayed up half the night reading it. i was a young boy going to beltsville and seeing my first race and fell i love with it. I plan on going to the bull roast in oct . i was wondering if anyone remembers a guy that raced at dorsey back in the early 60s, his name was Bob Hurt he was crippled in a wreck at Indy during practice. if anyone remembers him email me. i lived next door to his mother growing up. I used to cut her grass and stare at his trophys in her basment. Thanks for any help and keep up the great work

Charlie Frazier said:   September 24th, 2007 8:55 am
Great site. Spent many nights at the races in th 60's and 70's. I will definetly pass this site on to my uncle Ron Garland and my good friend Joe Micheals , they both drove and are always talking about the old days, when it all started.

paul zappardino said:   September 15th, 2007 5:52 pm
Since my last entry have started helping John Mairs with some articles about his dad. More than glad to help him, i remember his dad running including his 7th place finish in the 70 Permatex 300, I think if I am not mistaken he is the highest finishing Marylander in that event. I am getting the items together to mail to him BUT I have the Speedweeks program from 1871 that has the results of that race and a picture iof the car his dad drove. I am curious it was a 66 chevelle #13 in the same paint scheme as Smokey Yuinick's famous chevelle, was it? And Mike Heath got in touch with me, I found a number and called and left a message and he called me yesterday it was good to hear from him, wew talked for a 15 minutes and got contact info and i hope to see him soon, I was sorry to hear about Hos Kagle, good man always treated me well when i was in his company, all i can say is that memories are good to have. Mike says he is going to see Red's Kagle and he will give him my regards, oh only if we could turn back the clock. 

Bill Ore said:   September 12th, 2007 11:01 pm
I lived in Northern Virginia in the mid to late '70's and went to both Old Dominion and Beltsville. Some of the pics here bring back memories of the great racing there was in the area around that time. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures back then so I don't have any to share. As they always say, hindsight is 20/20.

Marc Hutzell said:   September 9th, 2007 5:34 pm
What a great site. I am from the cumberland maryland area and until last night I attended races all year. My driver total his four cylinder last night. if anyone has one cheap? But the stands dont get filled up like they did years ago but the cars arent there either too many other local tracks running same night but hey its dirt track racing at its best THERES NO BETTER PLACE THEN THE ROCK

scott coghill # 70 said:   August 30th, 2007 10:17 pm
I just found this site. What a great site to go back in racing history. I am the grandson of the late reds coghill and nephew of roy coghill in the #70. We still have the 70 car in hopes tp restore it back into show condition. I have some great vintage photographs from dorsey upper marb. and surronding tracks as well as news papers clippings that my grandfather has left me. I enjoy seeing all the vintage race cars as we still have 2 vintage cars that we still race. keep up the great work and where can I submit or email some of my photos and clippings ? 

John Mairs said:   August 29th, 2007 12:48 am
What a great website to find, while looking for old photos, articles and videos of my dad (Jimmy Mairs #0). He raced at Beltsville, Old Dominion and others on the East Coast. If you have photos or videos of him available for sale, contact me at

Paul Zappardino said:   August 26th, 2007 9:38 pm
Miss the track at Beltsville, worked in the pits from 73-81, worked with anthonu and tommy sego, mike heath was the driver and had some GREAT times. We also ran at old dominion speedway and we had our best finish in LMS on 6/14/80 we finished 3rd behind Morgan shepherd and boscoe lowe in a 200 lap national champioship race, mike even led about 4-5 laps Nascar sort of forgets the short tracks and politics took over, Anthony Sego dies in december 1980 and mike drove for Red's kagle and it was just a satisfying part of my life that i will never forget, I have been trying to find mike heath, i am pretty sure he is still in the Washington DC suburbs so if somebody knows hi tell him to get in touch!

Bill Close said:   August 21st, 2007 7:46 am
What a great site! I grew up in Maryland and first went to Beltsville in '71 when I was 9 years old, and missed very few races from then until they closed. We also went to Dorsey, Old Dominion, Hagerstown and a few other tracks from time to time. My father became the "sound guy" and helped Beltsville out with the sound ordinances. He performed the sound study to show that one new set of sound rules were unreasonable and they were changed. People boo'd my Dad thinking he was the sound police, but he was a big fan and only took a family season pass in pay for the help and expertise. I have very few photos and would love to get some good prints from those days. If anyone has some available to share or sell, please let me know.

Jim Carlsen said:   August 21st, 2007 5:53 am
Al Great article on "Memories are made of this". That is absolutely the way I remember it. Matter of fact brought a little tear to my face. They were certainly great years of racing. Thanks for such a great article. Jim

Roddy said:   August 7th, 2007 11:24 pm
Missing one of the most well known Maryland Stock Car Drivers to ever come out of Maryland and raced at Marlboro, Dorsey and Beltsville and went on to become a NASCAR Legend......Elmo Langley - Landover, MD. Driver, Car Owner, Crew Chief and NASCAR official for many years.

DICK JONES said:   August 6th, 2007 5:11 pm

Robbie Carmichael said:   July 30th, 2007 11:12 pm
Love the pictures of Ray hendrick. I grew up watching Ray at South Boston Speedway. My brother is a big Ray fan. He used to talk to Ray after every race. Hard to beat short track racing when you had Ray, Sonny, Tommy, Sam, Butch, Jack I. and Jack Bland , Jimmy Hensley, Bosco Lowe,Gene Glover Ect . in the field on any Sat. Nite

don bageant said:   July 19th, 2007 11:15 pm
loved this website brought back alot of memories, from all the drivers i grew up watching every week at one of the local tracks i went to from age 3 weeks at dorsey to present hagerstown, ods, lincoln,winchester,trailway

Joe Westerman, Jr, said:   July 19th, 2007 8:24 pm
Great site ! This site is loaded with tons of great photos, my father raced at Dorsey and Beltsville for years, it is great to see some photos from the good old days.

Will said:   July 16th, 2007 7:09 pm
Good News! I just recieved a bunch of pictures of my Dads car being built, and raced at Dorsey. I will post a link when I get them up loaded. credit goes to :Barbra Rains, my fathers best friends wife........thanks Mrs Barb !!!!!!!!

Kim Mcgoldrick said:   July 10th, 2007 9:33 pm
My grandmother Betty bedford keep score for the races every Friday night or Sat. She also has alot of photos Tha you could add to your if you want them.You could call her or mail her Her number is 561-687-1421 address is 5985 coconut rd west palm bech F.L 33413 She even was is the powerd puff dreby.She still talk about Dorsey speedy till this day!!She loved it!!

Ray Snelbaker said:   July 10th, 2007 6:39 am
Great site! I've been trying to find any photos or programs from the Lancaster Speedway in Pa. and the Mason-Dixon Speedway in Rising Sun Md. My father raced at these tracks in the early 50's, it was the PennMar Association. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jeff Slayton said:   July 4th, 2007 5:52 am
I am the grandson of Tiny Slayton and have enjoyed reading the information and viewing the pictures of Johnny Roberts. I have so many pictures of Johnny along with my grandfathers racing history. Along with this I have saved a Night Crawlers championship jacket. I would very much like to attend any events that could share some of this history. Please contact me if you would like some pictures. 

Little George / George Chasson said:   June 27th, 2007 3:51 am
I grew up at Dorsey and Westport speedway. My neightor at that time and still a very good friend now is Moe Mathias he build a lot of cars for Bobby Tester in the late 50's and early 60's. My brother-in-law was Harry Grimm he also ran Westport and Dorsey speedway. He ran Figure in the 60's and early 70's. I owe a figure car in the 70's and drove one in the 80's. please contact me if you need any thing that i can help you with about dorsey speedway. It would be very nice to interview Mr. Mathias on the tracks that he ran from the 40's on.

carter ayres said:   June 20th, 2007 6:22 pm
In the early sixties at Dorsey, the flatheads I think were the novice or hobby class. Then around 1963 or 1964 they became the sportsman or limited sportsman class. I think after 1965 the class was dropped. In that sportsman class during those years some of the drivers were Buzzy Flynn, Sam Myers, Donnie Roberts, Ricky Jones, Bernie West, Tom Bartlett, the Dilks brothers,Jimmy Hahn, it was so long ago it's hard to remember all the names, but there were alot more good drivers that raced in that didision also. It would really be something if some of those old photos could be found and put on your site. I really enjoy your site, and the new pieces on Ritchy, and Beltsville. Thanks

will said:   June 7th, 2007 8:58 pm
javascript:openSlideShow(0,93); thats my dad #44 Bill Hynson in this photo. love to see more figure 8 stuff from dorsey

Harold Sears said:   May 22nd, 2007 1:23 pm
What a great site!. I owned a couple of cars at Dorsey and Westport. I also Lettered quite a few of the other cars. In fact Carter Ayers drove for me at one time, as well as Sam Myers, Frank Cline, Ernie Tester, Bud Meeks. Also a big Johnny Roberts Fan.

Jason Murray said:   May 14th, 2007 7:02 am
Danie{Danny}Ferguson is my grandfather and we have his scrapbook with pictures throughout his racing career. I am trying to follow in his footsteps but it is hard.

Will Hynson said:   May 8th, 2007 9:50 pm
just stumbled across your site, looks great so far, I grew up at Dorsey in the 70's, my dad drove the #44 in figure 8 class. I send you a photo pre season 1973. I remember, #44 will dilks,and his bro. claud, #98 rick ???, #13 willy staford(I believe he has passed) Ed Conupp ?#70,#47 jim the painter,#75 fred crickbomb, forgive my memorey I was only 2-8 years old then. I currently am rebuilding a 55 vintage stock to run in a club @delmar DE. take a look Will 

Carter Ayres said:   May 8th, 2007 6:08 pm
what a great site for old time fans, drivers, owners, everyone. As a teen in the 50's, Dorsey, to me was heaven. Carl Henderson # 9, Eddie Anders # 77, Bud T. # 15, Bobby Hersh # 115. Great modified racing. I'm really looking forward to this site. Thank's. 

Bob Tunstall said:   April 29th, 2007 5:35 am
Looking good, keep up the good work.

Jim Carlsen said:   April 26th, 2007 5:23 am
Great Start. Looking forward to viewing your web site in the near future.