Recently, Alan McDonald put a fantastic treasure on one of the Fonda Speedways Facebook pages - a 1954 Fonda drivers' points roster. Given how hard it is to sometimes ascertain the names, addresses or other information about stock car drivers from the early eras, something like this is such a great resource. The best is - in later years, Fonda did not always publish everybody inthe dittoed or mimeographed points lists it would staple into its programs. This one shows everyone who scored a point.


Courtesy of Alan McDonald


           I don't know if the list is final, although it is in September; but, it surely does give a rare glimpse back to drivers of many areas and many backgrounds. I will attempt here to look at as many of them as I have the knowledge for. The race for the top spot was about as close as it can get.

 


Danish Family Photo
Steve Danish of Cropseyville, shown here with a car from that approximate time, appeared to be winning [or have won] the track title narrowly over Jim Luke of Utica.
Danish fielded his own equipment while Luke [below] was driving for the Burns and Wilson team that year.


Courtesy of Rick Luke

         

        The next three spots in the top five were separated by about fifty points.

 


Herbert Family Collection
Jeep Herbert, with Bob Mott's potent 3NY was 3rd at 620 points.

Otto Graham Collection
Tiger Tom Kotary, with Theron Moore's 112NY was 4th at 608 points.

C.J. Richards Collection
Diminutive George Baumgardner [insert], with Spence Parkhurst's 36NY was 5th at 600 points.

 

         

Courtesy of the Ed Feuz Collection
This 1954 photo takes in several of the drivers and cars mentioned above. 6, Dusty Smith;  9, Harold Murphy [outside pole]; 144, Fred Gerow:
K9, Ken "Pappy" Delong; Nick Carter and Jerry Bohling [interchangeable numbers 25 and 125].

 

        A few of the spots in the top 25 are people for whom I have no photo of any kind - or, it is not in the correct car.


Source Unknown
George Gallup

Russ Bergh Photo
Pete Corey

Bob Mackey Photo
via John Rock

Joe Carter

Bob Mackey Photo
via John Rock

Earl Maille
Henry Caputo 11

Courtesy of Midstate Club
Cliff Kotary

Courtesy of Ed Feuz Collection
Fred Gerow

Courtesy of Ed Mudd
Jim Gerow drove this
Clark Bros 45 [shown here with Jim Luke]. Below is Gerow in another car.

Source Unknown

Courtesy of Midstate Club
Chuck Mahoney


Courtesy of Rick Parry
Jerry Bohlinger
Different Car
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD's
Hank Schmidt
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD's
Don Hendenberg

Courtesy of Rick Parry
The Trinkhaus 62 may have looked like this when Don Wayman drove it.

Courtesy of Ed Feuz Collection
Ken "Pappy" Delong

Courtesy of Jeff Ackerman
D
utch Hoag
   
Courtesy of Midstate Club
Tom Wilson

Courtesy of Ed Feuz Collection
Paul Brozyna
 
Courtesy of Starin Family
Jack Harris [listed as driving 3D] with the 550 [listed as driven by Dick Jones].
 
McDowell Photo
Ladabouche Collection

Joe Wunderlich
Different Car

 
Courtesy of Otto Graham
Al Sanders
Different Car

             

Many of the remaining spots in the points are people for whom I have no photo of any kind - or, it is not in the correct car.

 
Courtesy of Harold Achzet
Red Knoblauch
 
Courtesy of George Caruso
Lee Bliss
 
From Dan Ody's 8MM
Old Speedways DVD's
Johnny Perry

 
Courtesy of Otto Graham
Paul Korman
 
McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller
Walt Roberts
 
McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller
Jim "Trapper" Morris
 
Courtesy of Bud Brooks
Charlie Morse

Courtesy of Rick Parry
Bob Fiske
Maybe a Different Car 
 
Courtesy of Andy Fusco
John "Smokey" Stover
Different Car

Courtesy of Dan Ody
Kenny Gallup
In Ernie Elliott's sprinter 100 around 1949.

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Jolly Ollie Palmer

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Midstate Club
A composite of Dave McCredy's S33 [Grayson Smith inside] and Bernie Ingersoll.


Courtesy of Andy Fusco
Bob Platt
Bob Hoffer's X9 - Most Likely Car
Used by Platt

Courtesy of Joe Grossetti
George Welch
Jim Brush's 27

John Grady Photo
The Warren Daniels 7-11
Here with Paul Marshall
 
Both Bob McDowell Photos
The car 400 [shown with Huck Spaulding].
Harold McCarty insert.

 
McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Dee Goodermotte
 
McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Stan Curtis' 12, shown
here with Jim Morris
 
McDowell Photo
Courtesy of CJ Richards
Spence Parkhurst
 
Both Starin Family Photos
The car 105 [shown with Jack Harris].
Jerry Jerome insert.
 
Romano Family Photo
Herb Dunleavey, with
the first Joe Romano car.
 
Courtesy of Dan Ody
J. Gessinger [?]
Likely, the same car
 
Courtesy of Jake's Site
Bill Blum
 
Courtesy of Ed Feuz Collection
Bob Ruchsdeschel
 
Courtesy of Ed Feuz Collection
Dusty Smith
 
McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Phil Miller
LaVerne Irving
 
 Photos from The Starin Family and Harold Weaver
Stan Bellinger with the 105 [Jack Harris inside].
 
LeFrancois Photo
Courtesy of Jerry King
Jack Barney

Car From 1952

 
Courtesy of Ken Gypson
Lou Hacker

McDowell Photo
Courtesy of Mark LeFrancois
Nelson Moore

Loomis Bros. car
 
Courtesy of Putnam Collection
Art Spoore

Earlier car, with driver Pete Corey
 
Courtesy of Otto Graham
Nick Carter
 
Courtesy of Fonda Book
Herm Buttery
   

 

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