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|Two of the best and most popular racers on the Northeastern seaboard
in the late 70s/early 80s were Nova Scotia's Frank Fraser (white driver suit) and Maine's Ralph Nason (#10). Both always drove with a "checkers or wreckers" attitude, and sparks would often fly between them on the track.
Off-track they were both known for speaking their mind, like it or not - also often causing sparks to fly...|
Photo Credit: CTW.com Archives
|Tonight NASCAR will officially crown its 61st champion with all the hoopla Las Vegas can muster.
Check out NASCAR's humble beginnings in the 15th Annual (1963) NASCAR International Victory Dinner program.
Photo Credit: Ken MacIsaac Archives
|It's the starting lineup for a 1968 race at Midway Speedway in
Sydney (NS). Midway Speedway was a 1/4-mile dirt oval in operation from 1966 to 1969; it was located on Route 4 on the outskirts
of Sydney. More Flashback Fotos [here]...|
Photo Credit: Clarke Garrett
|Pictou NS's Rollie MacDonald,a Maritime motorsports
legend, will be inducted in the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame Saturday evening. This Flashback Foto shows
MacDonald at Riverside Speedway in 1969 on a night when he won all three modified races - from the back of the back of the pack every time. On Saturday
MacDonald will join the late Scott Fraser as the only two maritime stock car drivers to be enshrined in
both the MMHOF and the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.2110)...|
Photo Credit: n/a
|Shubenacadie's Frank Fraser was eight years into his
racing career in 1970 when this photo was taken at Riverside Speedway. Fraser retired from full-time competition
after the '96 season, running a part-time schedule until '07 with full season on the CARQUEST Tour. Fraser's storied career
has seen hundreds of wins at short tracks throughout the Maritimes, New England and Ontario...|
Photo Credit: Lawrence family archives
|Now retired five-time MASCAR champion Greg Sewart
started his racing career at Atlantic Speedway (Hammonds Plains, NS) in the sportsman division in
1976 where he won rookie of the year honours and the divsion title. Sewart won the sportsman title again in 1977 and
the modified title in 1980. In '82 he won the late model title at Onslow Speed(newar Truro, NS) and then moved
to MASCAR when it started in '83...|
Photo Credit: Pat Lawrence collection
|It's none other than Nova Scotia's Cy Harvey - the 1977 version.
The photo is from a souvenir program from Atlantic Speedway where Harvey was driving a Don Biederman built, Blair Crooks
rebuilt Camaro in the late model division. Harvey remains active behind the wheel usually in a Legends Car in which
he has visited Victory Lane at tracks from Nova Scotia to Florida. Harvey still "plays" in the late model (now pro stock) class
with two cars in his stable, this past year having fielded a ride for Kennetcook's Roger Miller on the CARQUEST Tour...|
Photo Credit: From the Ken MacIsaac Archives
|Cool photo, eh! It's Fabi Hebert, a top driver in the 50s
when cars raced at the old Dieppe horse track near Moncton NB. Fabi Hebert was held in high esteem for his driving talent
by top NB drivers of the next decade like Adelard Cormier and Caleb Dunn. Fabi (left) is shown with his sponsor Zoel LeBlanc, owner
of Zoel's Service Sation. Many thanks to Ken MacIsaac for sharing this with us..|
Photo Credit: The Halifax Herald, 1984
|Dartmouth's Debby Hallahan was among the 10 inductees announced earlier
this week as new members of the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame. Debby was an aspiring young driver on the MASCAR circuit
when she lost her life in a crash at Riverside Speedway in 1984; her death made an immediate and lasting impact on safety standards in
Maritime stock car racing. Debby was the daughter of Maritime racing legend Jim Hallahan. See the complete list of '09 MMHOF
Photo Credit: CTW.com exclusive
|It's 1988 and NASCAR's Ken Schrader along with his Hendrick Motorsports race team with
Folgers coffee spokesperson country music singer T.G. Sheppard. Schrader will be at Scotia Speedworld tonight. Check out more
Schrader Flashback Fotos [here]. Shrader at Speedworld photos [here]...|
Photo Credit: Unknown
|Stock car racing has been popular sport in Nova Scotia for several decades - as you can see
in this great photo from Yarmouth Speedway in the early 50s when the track was still dirt...|
Photo Credit: Stephen MacMurray
|It's 1969 at Airport Raceway in Saint John, NB. Racecars were staged in the infield
and ready to roll. But - it looks like the drivers (white helmets?) were having a foot race to get to their cars before starting???
This just in... from one of our readers confirming the foot race...Was called a Lemans Start, didn't happen every week,
and added some fun to the events - NO KIDDING!!! Airport Raceway was dozed under in favour of a mobile home park in the 70s. Many thanks to Stephen MacMurray for sharing this
photo with us.|
Photo Credit: Unknown
|Bob Brooks was one of the Maritimes top racing promoters in the 60s and 70s -
heading operations at the speedway in Yarmouth as well as at Halifax-Dartmouth Int'l Speedway in Lower Sackville. Brooks was
also a motorsports photographer; he is shown here in 1971 applying an STP decal to a pace car...|
Photo Credit: Patrick Lawrence
|It's 1968 and Jer Bear (left, aka Jerry Lawrence) with Nova Scotia native and
Canadian short track legend Junior Hanley and his No. 10 "The Hound" racecar.
Lawrence, who has been a fixture in Maritime motorsports for over 40 years as a promoter and announcer, will celebrate his 70th birthday
this weekend. Happy Birthday Jer Bear!|
Photo Credit: Jerry Lawrence
|It's 1977 and the Maritime's own racing legend Rollie MacDonald with his Petty
kit car. MacDonald is one of the regions top and most notable racers having been competing on short tracks throughout North
America for more than 40 years - and is still going. MacDonald was inducted in the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005 - the same year he won the
CARQUEST Tour title...
Photo Credit: unknown
|NASCAR's legendary seven-time champion, now team owner, Richard Petty will
celebrate the 25th anniversary of his record 200th win July 4 2009. Petty is shown here celebrating his July 4 1984 win
with President Ronald Regan (second from left), along with broadcaster and former NASCAR champ Ned Jarrett (left) and car owner
Mike Curb (right)...|
Photo Credit: Alan Meuse
|"Sunday's Flag Baby" ??? So the caption read in June 1969 at Yarmouth Speedway, which was
located at the town fairgrounds. Bill Cummins, from Barrington NS, was deemed the "Flag Baby" by virtue of winning three of four races in the show - driving his
"smooth running Ford."|
Photo Credit: Supplied by Brian Speight
|This photo was taken at Brookside Speedway, which was in Nashwaaksis,
New Brunswick - circa early to mid 60s. Our readers tell us the No. 28 is Jim MacPherson...|
Photo Credit: Supplied by Pat Lawrence
|It's the No. 2 of Terry Clattenburg in 1970 - stopping to fill 'er up on the way
to the track. He won the sportsman division title at Halifax-Dartmouth International Speedway (near Lower Sackville) driving
this car - before switching to late models and then winning four MASCAR championships. Clattenburg was inducted into the Maritime Motorsport
Hall of Fame in 2007...|
Photo Credit: Supplied by Ken MacIsaac
|It's Jim Hallahan in 1976 at Riverside Speedway. Hallahan, now assistant
manager for the CARQUEST Tour, was driving in '76 for Don Alexander - father of current CARQUEST Tour race director Scott Alexander...|
Photo Credit: Anonymous CTW.com Reader
|It's the 60s and Ted Rankin at Hammond River Raceway near Saint John. Rankin was
one of the top regional racers of the era. Hammond River was a paved 1/4-mile oval in operation from the mid-50s to the mid 90s; it
was closed due to environmental concerns of area residents...|
Photo Credit: RacingOne/Getty Images
|Darrell Waltrip (2nd from left) and team owner Junior Johnson (2nd from right)
won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race, held in 1985 and then known as "The Winston." The race was open to the 12 race
winners from the 1984 season. The race carried a $200,000 first prize. The engine on Waltrip's car blew in dramatic fashion just as he crossed
the finish line, adding to the excitement of the event...|
Photo Credit: CTW.com reader
|It's none other than George Koszkulics - in 1982 at Onslow Speedway - in a
"Driver of the Week" souvenir program feature. Koszkulics - now a multi-time winner in regional pro stock races, hails from
New Glasgow NS. For many years he drove No. 6 on the MASCAR and then CARQUEST Tour circuit; of late he's been behind the
wheel of the No. 88 out of the Nova Racing stable...|
Photo Credit: Joan Roué
|It's the Richmond Fairgrounds Speedway (Virginia) in February 1985, with Darrell Waltrip and
Geoff Bodine leading the NASCAR Winston Cup Series field to the green flag; the track is now called Richmond International
Raceway and the series is known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; both Waltrip and Bodine are retired. The facility was totally rebuilt
in 1988 to become what it is today...
Photo Credit: CTW.com
|It's 1995 at Scotia Speedworld with the MASCAR guys staged in the pit area, including
Mike MacKenzie (2), Dean Clattenburg (3), Wayne Smith (44), George Koszkulics (6), Greg Sewart (99) and Roger Miller (80); Sewart
went on to clich his fifth series championship that year. More Flashback Fotos [here]...
Photo Credit: CTW.com Archives
|It's May 30, 1970 at Halifax-Dartmouth International Speedway - showing tight competition
in the Modified division between three top racers of the era: Linwood Giberson (50), Jim Hallahan (28) and Junior Hanley (10).
HDIS was a 1/3-mile asphalt oval located in Lower Sackville, operating from 1968-1973...
Photo Credit: Ken MacIsaac
|It's 1967 at River Glade Speedway near Moncton, NB. Leading the pack is
#81, Ivan Prosser, next is #53, Adelard Cormier, third in line is #8 Jerry Wheaton, fourth in line is #10 Herman Berry Sr.,
fifth in line is #20, Went Marshall, and the last car is #1 Darrell MacCallum...
Photo Credit: Ken MacIsaac
|It's 1969 at Riverside Speedway with Joe Baker. Baker won numerous feature
races in the 60s and 70s driving at Riverside, Drag City (was in Lower Sackville) and the Fraser's Mountain track (near Pictou) driving
"PT109". Fans who were at the Pioneer Coal-sponsored events at Riverside in the late 90s will remember Baker as the
driver of the company tractor-trailer (complete with a load of coal) during the pace laps...
|This Flashback features Ken MacIsaac's photo tribute to legendary New England racer Stub Fadden, who
passed away March 11/09. Ken has put together a wonderful collection of photos from Fadden's racing career - shown here in the No. 16
racing Beaver Dragon at a NASCAR North race at Riverside Speedway in 1981. More [here]...
Photo by Ken MacIsaac|
|A sure sign competition has always been fierce in Maritime stock car racing! It's
1981 at Riverside Speedway - a late model race - showing Pierre Arsenault (84), Dale Richardson (55), Terry Clattenburg (2) and
Frank Fraser (23). Looks like Clattenburg has Richardson's rear wheels just about off the track!!! Thanks (again) to Ken MacIsaac for sharing
this photo with us...
|A forty-year flashback with Paul Hebert at McEwan Speedway in 1969. Hebert went on
to become a top competitor on regional race tracks, winning the 1988 MASCAR championship. McEwan Speedway was a 1/4-mile oval located
near Moncton (NB), in operation during the late 60s. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for sharing this photo with us...
|All we know about this Flashback Foto is it is 1977 at Atlantic Speedway, which was located
in Lucasville, NS, just off the Hammonds Plains Road not far from Bedford. Ken MacIsaac has identified the cars as: Row 1...
Avery Harvey in the 69, alongside is John Howard.
Row 2...Ken Cameron in the 55, and Gary Bonner in the 29.
Row 3... Jim Sewart in the 96, and Ross Bowness in the Nova, 56.
Row 4...not sure* on the inside, but it's Dane Butler in the yellow #7 on the
Last row.... Greg Sewart in the 99. Thanks Ken!!! update *got a note from Scott Alexander telling us the car on the inside of row 4 is
Jim Hallahan Jr...Thanks Scott!
|It's Nova Scotia native Jr. Hanley at New Smyrna
Speedway in Florida in 1982. Hanley, now a longtime Ontario resident, was a regular at the tracks annual "World Series of Asphalt Racing" until a few years ago - and on many
occasions battled with fellow Maritimers who made the trek south. While the Series is running this week, for the first time in
many moons there are no regional racers names on the entry lists...
|The Budweiser Shootout at Daytona kicks off the '09 NASCAR season Saturday
night; it was 30 years ago that the inaugural edition of the event was held. NASCAR legend Buddy Baker (No. 28, leading)
won the '79 race driving an Oldsmobile called the "Gray Ghost." Baker won $50,000 in the 20-lap show at an average speed of
194.384 mph in a field that featured the nine pole winners from the '78 season - a format used to determine the entrants until
this year. More Shootout notes [here]...
|It's a 1983 edition of Frank Fraser, who this week announced
his formal retirement from maritime racing circles. This photo was found in a 1985 Riverside Speedway souvenir program; taken
in Victory Lane at a race Fraser dominated during his driving career - the Riverglade Speedway International...
|It's July 6 1968 at Yarmouth Speedway where almost 4,000
fans packed the facility for a show that featured its weekly racing card along with Paul Ridall and his Imperial Hell Drivers.
The story that accompanied the photo announced a "steep" $6.50 admission price for a NASCAR Grand Touring show later that year - with a
purse that would exceed $15,000 - and a field that would feature Camaros, Mustangs and Javelins. The track was a 1/2-mile dirt
oval from 1952-1965, and a 1/3-mile paved oval from 1966-1969; it was located on the exhibition grounds in Yarmouth...
|It's 1966 at Brookside Speedway - a 1/4-mile oval in Nashwaaksis, NB. Jim Clowater was
in the No. 2 - sitting atop Richard MacArthur's car - check out the open driver's door; they haven't always climbed in through the
windows...Brookside Speedway closed in the mid 70s. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for the photo...
|Canadian stock car racing legend and Port Mouton (NS) native Junior Hanley's late model racing career is
well documented - but how many remember, or even knew, "the Hound" did some modified racing? This photo was
taken at Oswego Speedway (NY) in 1979.
|It's the "Green Growler" of New Brunswick's Walter Dunfield. This '55 Chevy
held the track record at River Glade Speedway (near Moncton) in the 60s - getting around the 1/4- mile oval at 15.9-seconds -
a record that stood until Adelard Cormier broke it with a lap of 15.83-seconds. Many thanks to Cyril Hall for this Flashback Foto.
|It's 1967 at McEwens Speedway and none other than Adelard Cormier with the
checkered flag. Cormier was a top stock car driver in the Maritimes during the 60s and into the 70s. Hailing from
New Brunswick, Cormier's racing career accomplishments were formally acknowledged in 2007 when he was inducted into the Maritime
Motorsports Hall of Fame.
|The year was 1977...The track was Riverside Speedway near Antigonish (NS)...The race was the annual 250...
And the driver of No. 69 none other than "Beatle" Bill Jones from Halifax...And the place was packed!!! Thanks to Pat Lawrence for sharing
this Flashback Foto with us.
|It's 1968 and McEwen's Speedway at Moncton Exhibition Park (NB)- and Moncton's Hinson Ashe with the win. McEwen's Speedway
was a 1/4-mile dirt oval in operation from 1966 to 1970. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for this picture.
|The event widely acknowledged as putting NASCAR on the map - ironically, a fight between Cale Yarborough and the Allison
brothers at the end of the 1979 Daytona 500. Yarborough holds his helmet in his right hand while fighting off Bobby Allison
with his left leg and Bobby's brother Donnie. More Yarborough career pix [here]...|
|It is 1986 at Cayuga Speedway (ON); NASCAR's Bill Elliott and defending ASA champ Dick Trickle were at the Nelles Corner, Ontario facility to participate
in the Molson Export 300, an ASA-sanctioned event. Elliott had a flat with 12 laps to go while leading; he drove
a Camaro prepared by Nova Scotia native Jr. Hanley. Bob Senneker won the race, Trickle was second and Elliott rebounded from
the flat to finish third....|
|It's 1987 and Mike MacKenzie in a photo from the official souvenir program of the
Clarion MASCAR Tour. MacKenzie still runs a competitive No. 02, now on the CARQUEST Tour - scaling back to a part-time schedule in '07...|
|1989 saw young Wayne Smith join the MASCAR Tour, becoming the first series
rookie to win a feature race, capturing the rookie of the year title - and destined to become one of the regions racing stars.
Now - 20 seasons later, Smith is poised to win his fifth touring series title at Saturday's CARQUEST Tour season finale at
Scotia Speedworld - which would give him an amazing 1 in 4 average and tie him with maritime motorsports legend Greg Sewart for
the most regional touring series titles. |
|It's Canadian short track legend - and Nova Scotia native - Junior Hanley, vintage 1982. Hanley
moved from his Port Mouton (NS) home to Ontario in the 70s to establish what would become one of the top racecar building operations, and racing
careers in Canada. Hanley, who raced for himself most of his career, unofficially retired from racing just a few years ago
after burning up the tracks of the midwestern U.S. for a team based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana.|
|Click on the photo above for a special Flashback tribute to Scott Kelly, published in conjunction with
the running of the Scott Kelly Memorial 100 (presented by Parts for Trucks) at Riverside Int'l Speedway Aug. 16/08...|
|It was Halifax's John Flemming in Victory Lane for the inaugural
Atlantic CAT 250 held August 19, 2000 at Scotia Speedworld. Maine's Ben Rowe finished second and "racin" Ralph Nason, also from Maine, was third...|
|A 1976 newspaper clipping reporting Riverside Speedway action -
featuring sportsman drivers Mossey Bouchie, Malcolm MacPhail and Mike MacKinnon. Thanks to Malcolm MacPhail, Jr. for this. .|
|It's 1990 and none other than the Oval Outlaw Wayne Smith (right), along with Frank Jackson - who owned
Smith's racecars for many years and still works with the team. This was Smith's sophomore season on the MASCAR Tour.|
|It's 1977 and the winner of the inaugural Riverside 250: Billy Watson.|
|NASCAR legend Fireball Roberts (47) started on the pole in Smokey Yunick's Pontiac and
won his first race at the new Daytona International Speedway, outrunning Joe Weatherly's Ford Thunderbird convertible (12). The
1959 Firecracker 250 ran caution-free..|
|It's 1977 at Atlantic Speedway on the Lucasville Road in Hammonds Plains, NS - now the site
of Playland Park. Avery Harvey (69) leads, flanked by John Howard on the outside. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for this Flashback Foto.|
|It's Havre Boucher Speedway in the late 60s with Peter MacKenzie (74), Malcolm MacPhail (12)
and Spencer Greencorn (2) lining up for a heat race. Located in Havre Boucher, Nova Scotia (near the Canso Causeway), the 1/5-mile oval operated
in the late 60s...Thanks to CTW.com reader Bob Landry for sharing this Flashback Foto with us.|
|The year is 1974, the track is Michigan Int'l Speedway, and the driver is Earl Ross,
a native of Prince Edward Island. It was Ross' rookie year in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup).
Ross finished second in the race - that was shortened from 400 laps to 360 laps - due to the 1974 energy crisis.
|It's 1966 at Brookside Speedway - which was located Nashwaaksis, New Brunswick.
Jim Clowater is in the No. 2 - whose car sits atop that Richard McArthur - current sponsor of Shawn Tucker. Brookside
Speedway was a 1/4-mile paved oval; it closed in 1975. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for sharing this with us.
|Check out the crowd at Midway Speedway near Sydney (NS) in 1967! And no wonder -
every division - 6 cylinder pickups, flatheads, overhead valve V8's - ran the same feature. Midway was a 1/4-mile dirt oval located just outside Sydney
on Route 4, in operation from 1966 to 1969. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for sharing this with us.
|A section of a 1983 advertising flyer from New Brunswick's Petty Raceway; '83 was
the opening year for the 1/3-mile oval located in Petitcodiac - hosting weekly racing and special through the late 90s. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for sharing this with us.
|Ken Zicker is the winner of the Monster Jam tickets, naming the advertised drivers as
Terry Clattenburg, Bob Yuille, Don Biederman, Frank Fraser, Jr. Kelly, Don Pond, Pierre Arsenault, Greg Sewart and John Archibald.
|Richard Petty's victory in the 1975 Richmond 500 gave him an unprecedented nine wins
in 10 starts at the Richmond (Virginia) oval...
|The cover of a 1954 program from Sackville Speedway, an early 50s 1/5-mile dirt oval
in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. The cover features Frank McMahon - the 1954 Mid-Season Championship Race Winner, and 1953 "High
Point Driver." Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for sharing this with us; Ken was fortunate to have Mr. McMahon autograph the cover for him a few years ago...
|This was the Drag City Raceway complex in Lower Sackville,
Nova Scotia in 1969. The facility boasted a 1/4-mile drag strip (to the left) and a 1/3-mile paved oval, operating as Drag City
1968 and 1969 - then as Halifax Dartmouth International Speedway from 1970 to 1973. Most of the land has since been
developed as a residential subdivision.
|It's 1947, it's Red Byron - the winner of the first race ever held at
Martinsville Speedway in Virginia - the site of this weekends NASCAR races, and the only track that has been on NASCAR's schedule every year since they started in
1948 - when Byron won the series first championship...More Martinsville history [here]...
It's John Chisholm at Riverside Speedway in 1976 on a night he won all three events
at the track he had built in 1969 - in a 1972 Chevelle built by NASCAR legend Bobby Allison. Chisholm has
since handed the keys to the family racecars to his son Donald and in 2006 rebuilt the Speedway to make it one of Canada's premiere
The late Dale Earnhardt (right) won his first-ever NASCAR Cup race when he took the 1979 Southeastern
500 at Bristol International Raceway - the site for this Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races. Bristol has been
on the NASCAR schedule for 47 of NASCAR's 60 years. [more here]
NASCAR pioneer Glenn 'Fireball' Roberts hugs Miss Georgia following his win on July 31, 1960 in the
first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the brand new Atlanta International Raceway. The following year, the track's race date
was moved to March; and remains there 47 years later - as the series competes at the speedway this weekend. Roberts died
less than four years later, at just 35, as a result of injuries sustained in a crash at Lowe's Motor Speedway; he was named
one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Driver's in 1998..
It's Riverside Speedway in 1977 - and the starting lineup for the NASCAR Busch North Series race held
at the venue - in front of a packed house! This very likely was one of those events at Riverside where announcer Jerry Lawrence urged
the fans to squeeze a little closer to their neighbors to make room for more fans...The race was an open comp and featured such short track
legends as Dave Dion, Dick McCabe, Don Biederman and Junior Hanley. It was won by Bill Watson from Ontario...Thanks to Pat
Lawrence for sharing this Flashback Foto - and Kirk Alexander for providing more details...
It's a three-wide finish of the first Daytona 500 in 1959; which took three days to decide the winner - eventually named as Lee Petty...
February 8, 1987 saw the 9th running of the Busch Clash - the event now known
as the Budweiser Shootout. We were fortunate enough to be there to get this promotional poster showing the starting lineup (from top left): Bill Elliott (starting 14th Saturday night), Darrell Waltrip (retired), Terry Labonte (retired), Tim Richmond (deceased), Ricky Rudd (retired),
Alan Kulwicki (deceased), Benny Parsons (deceased), Cale Yarborough (retired), Geoff Bodine (retired), Dale Earnhardt (deceased), and
Harry Gant (retired).
It's the No. 62 of the late Paul Lewis at Brookside Speedway (circa late 60s). The picture was submitted by CTW.com reader
Brian Speight whose uncle, Roger Ferguson, was the track announcer in the tower at the top of the photo. Brookside Speedway
was a 1/4-mile paved oval near Fredericton (NB); it closed in 1975.
It's the early 70's and it's Shubenacadie's Frank Fraser (left) along with crew members Jim Davie (middle) and Mike Pelrine (right).
They ran a sportsman car that year, competing at Atlantic Speedway, Riverside Speedway and Drag City...Thanks to Mike Pelrine for sharing this with us...
It's Adelard Cormier's car at Brookside Speedway (NB) in the late 60s. Cormier was a fixture on Maritime tracks in the
60s and 70s - and his achievements were recently recognized when he was inducted in the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame as a
member of the class of 2007...(Picture contributed by Brian Speight)
It's a page from a 1967 souvenir program at Sea-Breeze Raceway (Lawrencetown, NS) featuring Ron Parker on the left side and the previous meet
results on the right side. For us "veteran" race fans from the Halifax area it's cool to walk down memory lane with this - and see lots of familiar names in
the rundowns. Many thanks to Ron Parker for sharing this with us...
It's Brookside Speedway, Nashwaaksis, NB - circa 1967. The 1/4-mile paved oval closed in the early 70s. Many thanks to CTW.com reader Brian Speight for the picture...
Dean MacInnis sent us this Flashback Foto of himself in 1989 at MacDonald Speedway - which was located in Port Hood (NS). MacInnis
has since made some ARCA/ReMax Series starts, spending the 07 season commuting between Kansas City and the Maritimes where he
ran his late model in
It's Dartmouth's Linwood Giberson in 1969. The photo comes from the Grand Opening program for Drag City (Sackville, NS). Thanks to CTW.com
reader Winston Hart for the Flashback Foto.
It's the unmistakable landscape of Riverside Speedway near Antigonish "back in the day" - the
early days - in 1975. Leading the pack is guest driver Earl Ross on the inside and Shubenacadie's Frank Fraser on the outside.
Ross, from Ontario, made the trip to Riverside on the heels of winning a NASCAR Winston Cup race at Martinsville and the series Rookie of the Year title in 1974 - the only Canadian to win the rookie title in NASCAR's top series.
Second on the inside is Rollie MacDonald in the Petty Kit car he was running at the time; second on the outside is Jim Hallahan in Don Alexander's Mustang...Thanks to CTW.com reader Alan Hogg
for the picture.
It's 1978 at Bud's Speedway in Sydney (NS)...The street stocks were rounding turns three and four heading for the green flag!
Bud's first opened in '75, became Sydney Speedway for a few years in the 80s and then in 1990 became what we now know as
Island Speedway...Many thanks to Ken MacIsaac for sharing this Flashback Foto with us...
Click on the image above to see the cover of the Grand Opening program for Drag City. Located in Sackville, Nova Scotia the dual purpose facility
had a 1/4-mile paved oval and 1/4-mile drag strip, both of which made their debut during a three day celebration held August 31-September 2, 1968.
Thanks to CTW.com reader Winston Hart for this.
Or should we say Flashback Flemming? Three-time CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour champion John Flemming was racing in - and winning in - the
street stock division at Scotia Speedworld in 1989. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for the photo.
Seabreeze Raceway, September 1968 - The popular 1/4-mile oval was located in Lawrencetown, just outside Dartmouth (NS). It
operated from 1966-1969 as a dirt oval then paved in 1970 and 1971...Thanks to Laurie Roué, second on the outside and eventual winner of this
race, for the photo...
It's 1967 at Airport Raceway near Saint John (NB). The oval operated for a few years in the late 60s, early 70s before closing.
1950 on Daytona Beach (FL)...It's Lloyd Moore rounding the south turn on the beach road course; Moore was driving
a '49 Lincoln owned by Julian Buesink, and finished third in the race behind winner Harold Kite and second-place Red Byron.
Don't you think those sitting on the dune would have pulled their legs in about then??? Many, many thanks to CTW.com
reader Reg Houghnot for sharing this great Flashback Foto with us!!!
It's Dan Campbell at Fraser's Mountain Raceway in New Glasgow (NS) in the late 60s. The 1/4-mile paved oval was in operation from
1965 to 1970...Thanks to CTW.com reader Alan Hogg for the photo
A page from a 1966 River Glade Speedway program...Although the owners and staff have changed River Glade continues to operate a weekly racing show from May til September...
It's New Glasgow's Bob Allen in the early 70s at a race in Maine...Thanks to CTW.com reader Alan Hogg for sharing this
It's Dartmouth's Terry Clattenburg taking the checkered flag at Rover Glade Speedway in the early 80's. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for
Lloyd Moore (left) and team mate Bill Rexford (right) ready to leave for the Darlington (SC) Grand National race in 1950. Rexford won the
championship in 1950 and Moore finished 4th in points. They both drove for car dealer Julian Buesink of Finley Lake, New York.
Many thanks to CTW reader Reg Houghwot for sharing this Flashback Foto with us...
It's 1977; it's Frank Fraser!!! Although the only way you might know it is his familiar car No. 23...Fraser will be in
the Geary Woods this weekend at New Brunswick International Speedway for the Peterbilt 250...
This edition of Flashback Friday is dedicated to the memory of Frank (Frankie) Moore
from Saint John (NB). This photo was taken at Hammond River in the early 70s. An avid supporter of Maritime motorsports for over 40 years, Mr. Moore passed away August 15. Thanks to
Ken MacIsaac for the picture.
It's 1991, at what is now Miramichi Speedway in Miramichi City, New Brunswick. It's the second annual
Brunswick 100 with Tim Rodgers in Victory Lane. Rodgers now fields the No. 19 pro stock entry...The track was McKay's
Speedway at the time, ownewd by the late Clarence Patles and Wilfred McKay. Left to right: Kirk Shaesgreen (assistant starter),
Mike Hall (starter), Tim Rodgers, Bob Warner (Moosehead Breweries rep), Wilfred McKay (promotor) and Cyril Hall (announcer).
Many thanks to Cyril Hall for sharing this Flashback Foto with us.
Last week we featured Jr. Hanley's No. 10 racer from 1970; this week we've got Hanley just two years later with the No. 72
he became best known for. This picture is from 1972, the year Hanley changed his number when he moved from Nova Scotia to Ontario.
1970...It's Jr. Hanley at Halifax Dartmouth International Speedway. Hanley, a native of Port Mouton, left Nova Scotia
in 1972 to pursue a full-time career in Ontario building and racing stock cars, becoming a North American short track racing
legend. Hanley still lives in Ontario, but hasn't raced for a couple of years.
It's the early 70s and it's none other than Frank Fraser (center) with Jim Davie (left) and longtime crew member Mike
Pelrine (right). The car is a '69 Dart Fraser bought after it was pulled from the LaHave River on Nova Scotia's south shore. Thanks to Mike Pelrine for the picture.
With the running of IWK 250 upon us, we thought a fitting Flashback for this week would be to remember the man who holds the record for the
most wins in the 250 at Riverside, the late Scott Fraser. Scott won six consecutive 250's between 1993 and 1998. For more on Scott Fraser,
Early 60s - Green Acres Raceway in Nine Mile River, Nova Scotia. A 1/4-mile dirt oval in operation during the 1960s...Ken Parker
leads the pack in No. 51. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for the photo.
Terry Clattenburg - 1970 at Halifax Dartmouth International Speedway. Clattenburg went on to become one of the top
stock car racers in the Maritimes for the next two decades. The four-time MASCAR champion (1986, 1989, 1990 and 1991)
retired from driving in 1996. Clattenburg still resides in his native Dartmouth and remains active in motorsports helping
son Dean, who lives - and races - in North Carolina.
1967 - The Forbes Chev Olds 'Golden Hawk' - driven by Laurie Roué (center). Crew members, Left to right: Andy
MacEachern, Jack Burns, Jerry Lawlor and Blois Higgins.
Yarmouth Speedway, 1967 - Located on the Yarmouth Exhibition Grounds, this track was a 1/2-mile dirt oval from 1952 until
1965, then in 1966 a 1/3-mile paved oval was built inside the 1/2-mile; the track closed after the '69 season.
The track was operated by Yarmouth Stock Car Racing Association.
1966 - Seabreeze Raceway. The 1954 Ford driven by 1966 Seabreeze Raceway track champion Ron Manuel. Danny Gould shared the wheel
with Manuel that year...Seabreeze, a 1/4-mile oval, was located in Lawrencetown just outside Dartmouth, operating from 1966 to 1971. Thanks
to Ken MacIsaac for sharing this with us.
River Glade Speedway, 1966. River Glade Speedway was opened in 1964 by Ernie McLean; a bare bones 1/4-mile dirt oval. In 1965
they added grandstands, concessions, a tower and washrooms - and the track was paved. The McLean's operated the track for 30 years; since then it has
new promoters who continue to offer weekly racing excitement to the Moncton area fans.
Airport Raceway, Saint John, New Brunswick, 1967. This track operated from 1967 to 1970. If you can identify any of the racers,
or can tell us any more about this track, please send an email - click here.
Atlantic Speedway, 1977 - John Howard and Jim Sewart lead the pack of late models to the green flag...Atlantic Speedway was
a 1/2-mile paved oval located on the Lucasville Road in Hammonds Plains, NS, operating from 1970-1980. The site now houses Atlantic Playlant;
part of the oval is still used in the go kart track...Ken MacIsaac photo.
1985 - The Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway (NC) - click on the picture for more historical highlights of the race now known as the Nextel All-Star Challenge...
McEwen's Speedway, 1967 - Adelard Cormier - one of the top drivers in the Maritimes during the 60s and 70s. McEwen's
was a 1/4-mile dirt oval at Moncton Exhibition Park, operating from 1966 to 1970.
1953 at Wagner's Raceway in in the Annapolis Valley community of Granville Center (NS). Ralph Wagner ran an Irving Station
in Granville Center and built this dirt track behind his garage. Ken MacIsaac, who contributed this photo, was fortunate to meet Ralph and
his wife, and have them sign the photo, at the Scott Fraser Roast in Halifax in 2000.
1969 at Brookside Speedway. Jerry Campbell is in the 45, with Richard MacArthur in the 5. Campbell went on to
be the driving force behind the now defunct Petty Raceway, and MacArthur remains involved as a sponsor on Shawn Tucker's car...Brookside Speedway
was a 1/4-mile oval located in Nashwaaksis, New Brunswick on the north side of Fredericton; it closed in 1975...Thanks to Ken MacIsaac
for the picture.
John Chisholm, 1976 at Riverside Speedway (newspaper clipping). Chisholm built Riverside Speedway in 1969 - and rebuilt it in 2006. He retired
from driving several years ago but is still a familiar sight in the pit area with his son Donald Chisholm, who drives pro stock car No. 89 at select events
in the Maritimes.
From the early 50s at Sackville Speedway...It's Clyde Hemeon (left), Jack Dowell (center), and Art Steeves (right) ready
for the demolition derby - Clyde and Art's motorsports debut! They went on to become familiar faces in maritime motorsports, helping
to build the regional sport that we enjoy today. Until three years ago, when he retired, Art was the flashy flagman for the CARQUEST Tour,
and MASCAR before that. Sackville Speedway, near Halifax, NS, was a 1/5-mile dirt oval, on the site that was to become Sackville Downs,
and now houses a shopping complex. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for this photo.
1977 - The Brothers Sewart - Atlantic Speedway. Follow-up to this past Friday's Flashback feature...Caption reads: Jim and
Greg Sewart can do nothing wrong and last Sunday July 24th was no exception with Greg getting the feature win. At this point it appears the
pair are unbeatable. The Sewarts are shows above in a familiar position, one behind the other. Greg (99) races a Chevelle and brother
Jim (96) is in a Camaro, sponsored by Samco Services of Sackville.
From the 1977 Atlantic Speedway souvenir program...Greg Sewart joined the MASCAR ranks soon thereafter and went on to become
the series only five-time champion, earning the titles in 1983, 1987, 1992, 1993 and 1995. Sewart retired from driving his
familiar No. 99 just a few years ago. Thanks to Pat Lawrence for the picture...
It's New Glasgow's very own George Koszkulics in 1978! Posing with him are his daughter Sue and nephew Mike. Many thanks
to John Sheehan for sending to us.
Door-handle-to-door-handle action at Danny's Speed Bowl in the early 80's. Located in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Danny's
1/4-mile paved oval provided racing entertainment from 1968 to 1984. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for the picture.
Scott Livingston - Raceway Park, PEI - 1985. Racing on PEI's famous red clay was the order for the first two years of Raceway Park's
existence (1984-85). The track was paved for the '86 season; a plan was recently
announced to see the track repaved this year. Scott Livingston is familiar not only to PEI fans but also to veteran MASCAR/pro stock fans, having raced his familiar No. 24 on a
limited basis in those divisions since the 90s. Thanks to Ken MacIsaac for this photo.
1976...New Glasgow's Bobby Allen, one of the top drivers of the era -as featured in the Atlantic Speedway program. Bobby's No. 66
was a familiar sight in Victory Lane "back in the day." Atlantic Speedway, a 1/2-mile paved oval in Hammonds Plains NS, ceased
operation in 1980. Thanks to CTW.com reader Pat Lawrence for sharing this memory.
Terry Clattenburg leads Paul Hebert at Onslow Speedway in the late 80s. Thanks to CTW.com reader John MacDonald for sharing this with us. For more Flashback memories click on the
Sydney's Midway Speedway in 1969 - the final season fro the track - which was also known as Central Speedway. Greg MacLeod
and Earl Drysdale (#90) are pacing the field. Many thanks to Ken MacIsaac for this contribution to Flashback Friday.
It's the "Blockhouse Bomber" Dave Pierce in the early 80s at Onslow Speedway. Many thanks to Shawn Pierce, Dave's son, for sending
us the picture. Since retiring from competition a few years ago, Dave remains a fixture at CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour events as a key
member of Shawn's No. 21 race team.
Twenty-two-year old Rollie MacDonald gets a win in 1967 at Havre Boucher Speedway. Maritime motorsports historian Ken MacIsaac has put together a special feature covering the highlights of the first two decades of Pictou's Rollie MacDonald - a member of the Canadian Motorpsorts Hall of Fame, the 2005 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour champ and without question a Maritime motorsports hero.
Click on the photo for more.
CTW.com reader Ian Banks sent us this Flashback Foto of his favourite driver in the 80s...Junior Kelly from Lower Sackville
NS. The picture was taken, and autographed, at Onslow Speedway where Ian's dad worked. Thanks Ian!
Riverside Speedway, 1975 - NASCAR's Benny Parsons (right) was on hand for the Riverside 250. Parsons passed away Jan. 16/07. Click on the picture
for Ken MacIsaac's Benny Parsons Tribute Gallery.
August 9, 1981 - Riverside Speedway: The pace lap for a special 100-lap event, the second-leg of a double-header
weekend shared between Riverside Speedway and River Glade Speedway (Petitcodiac, NB).
August 7, 1981 at River Glade Speedway. A stellar field was on hand for a late model special including Bobby Yuille (33) and
Junior Hanley (72). This picture was taken during the afternoon practice session. The event was the first leg of a
double-header weekend that saw the racing move to Riverside Speedway two days later.
July 30, 1969 - Yarmouth Speedway Racing News. Caption reads: NIP'N'TUCK - Gary Whittaker (No. 180) in his Vic Doucette - John's Auto Body
sponsored Chev. and Carman Christie in his Oland Brewery backed Chev. drive into the second turn. Gary won the 25-lap feature event on July 19.
May 30, 1988 (The Chronicle Herald) - The caption reads: Junior Kelly of Lower Sackville leads Shubenacadie's Frank Fraser and Halifax's
Greg Sewart into a turn during MASCAR stock car racing action Saturday night at the brand new Scotia Speedworld near Halifax. Kelly won the second stop on the
Clarion MASCAR Tour in his No. 50 Trans Am. Click on the picture for the rest of the race story.
1981 - Onslow Speedway - George Koszkulics. Click on the picture for the rest of the story.
1970 - Halifax Dartmouth International Speedway Program. Click on the picture for the rest of the story.
1990 - Dean Clattenburg at Scotia Speedworld. Click on the picture for a November 06 special feature story on Dean Clattenburg.
1969 - Frank Fraser's car owner, Ted Van Erp - a page from the Drag City program. Click on the picture for more...
September 1995 - MASCAR at Petty Raceway (NB) featuring Dean Clattenburg and the No. 3 car he ran in memory of the late Debbie Hallahan for the
'95 season. Of the 35 drivers entered in the event, there are many still competing - how many can you pick out?
July 5, 1969 - The New Glasgow Evening News. The caption reads: Rollie MacDonald of Pictou was the all around winner at Riverside Speedway in James River last Sunday night when he captured first place in
all three modified division races. Rollie started at the back of the pack in all the events, and wormed his way through the pack to gain the lead
and hold it throughout the events. Starter Ron Mullins of Halifax presented MacDonald with the checkered flag after each event.
Many thanks to Riverside Speedway for this "Flash Back" photo.
1966 - Stock car racing in Sydney, NS. (Thanks Ken MacIsaac)
June 1979 - Junior Hanley gets the checkered flag at Cayuga International Speedway (Nelles Corners, ON).
July 1969 - Yarmouth Speedway saw almost 4,000 fans witness their dare-devil show.
September 1968 - Seabreeze Raceway (Lawrencetown, NS).
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