I am trying very hard to get equal coverage for Maine on my website. However, I don't have much access to information on many of the photos I obtain, so there may be errors such as the wrong track involved - and there may be more unidentified drivers than i would prefer. I am doing everything I can to give the Pine Tree State a fair shake. If you see errors or you can help with who someone is please let me know at wladabou@comcast.net.     Thanks.

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The Tracks Oxford Through Spud Are This, The Second Page [Click on the Track Name]


Oxford Plains Speedway  Sanford Speedway  Skowhegan Fairgrounds Speedway 95 Springfield Speedway Spud Speedway
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OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY
Oxford, Maine


Historic Aerials .com Photo
A 1953 Aerial View of The Track When Quite New


MVRCA Photo

I am told this is George Damon, founder of Oxford Plains.


Source Unknown
This is Bob Bahre, the most recognizable figure in the history of Oxford Plains.

 


Historic Aerials .com Photo
Action at the Norway FairgroundsTrack.

Historic Aerials .com Photo
A 1953 Aerial View of The Norway Fairgrounds track in South Paris - a predecessor to OPS.

MVRCA Photo
Otis Perry, with a sedan #49. He usually used #9.
 
MVRCA Photo
Otis Perry, with a usually used #9 on his coupe.

MVRCA Photo
Otis Perry, with maybe wife or girlfriend and the 9.

MVRCA Photos
More Otis 9's.


You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor

 Early crash scene with Packard ambulance.

You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS car, at
speed.

You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS car, getting out of shape
in front stretch.

You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS car, a
Hudson.
 
You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor
Car 80 and that same Hudson.

Zeke Trask Photo
via FantasySpeedway.me
Early Oxford Feature
Start.

You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS car,
sedan #61

You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS car 80, getting out of shape
in front

You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor
Early OPS sedan.

You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor
OPS starter.

You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor
More of that start.

MVRCA Photo

Buddy Colby

 
You Tube Video Capture
Clint Eastwood, Donor

Early crash scene
with Packard ambulance, later than above photo.

MVRCA Photo
Clyde Davis,
Topsham, ME
If the info on the photo is correct

MVRCA Photo
Dick Doyle,
Norway, ME
If the info on the photo is correct

MVSCA Site
Mac Moore

MVRCA Photo
Stan Dodge,
early OPS flagger.

MVRCA Photo
Si Parlin
 
Courtesy of The Andrews Family
Glenn Andrews,
Oxford, ME

A star in Maine and Vermont.
 

MVRCA Photo
Unknown Oxford Plains driver 1.

MVRCA Photo
Unknown Oxford Plains driver 2.
Probably Tiger
White

MVRCA Photo
Unknown Oxford Plains driver 3.
 
Dan St Pierre Photo
via a Dick Glines Facebook Page
An UNK Driver introduced.
 

MVRCA Site
Bob and Larry Tanguay

MVRCA Photo
POS officials work
around one of the
supermods from the
pre-late model era.


Ladabouche Collection
Joey Kourafas
and car owner
Bob Curtiss won
the race that
was to become
The Oxford 250.

 

Lewiston Daily Sun
Two unidentified
winners around the late 1960's.

MVRCA Photo
Elijah "Tiger" White

MVRCA Photo
Tiger White in Victory
Lane


Cavalcade of Racing
Photo
1964 Photo of Marvin Galarneau

Cavalcade of Racing Photo
Dickie Mason,
Greene, ME

MVRCA
Ken Spencer

Cavalcade of Racing Photo
1964 Photo of Craig Goodwin and Charlie "Choo Choo" Huff [kneeling]

MVRCA Photo
NIles Gage,
Wilton, ME

MVRCA Photo
Niles Gage finishes a race at OPS.

MVRCA Photo
Niles Gage
 

MVRCA Photo
More Niles
 
FantasySpeedway.me
Site Photo
An early Lineup


MVRCA Photo
Niles Gage wins on
the annual Kora Temple
night.
 
MVRCA Site
Al Hammond
 

MVRCA Site
Tony DiPompo and Al Hammond

Courtesy of Walder Newell
Al Hammond and his
Chevelle.

Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
An early Dick Glines win.

Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
An early Dick Glines
feature article.

Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Al Hammond's early
late model Crown Vicky.

Zeke Trask Photo Collectioni via Fantasy Speedway.me
Said to be a shot of Oxford
competitor Ray Fanning.


 

 


Both From Zeke Trask Photo Collectioni via Fantasy Speedway.me
Above and below : Shots of an early race start at Oxford. One is an improved version of a photo above.

SHOTS FROM OXFORD PLAINS' EARLIER YEARS FOUND BTY DAN ST. PIERRE
Mostly Special Modified and Supmodified Shows Supplied by Scooter N. Gage

 

 
All Photos From Scooter
Niles Gage via Dan St. Pierre

 Modifieds' "Connecticut
Valley Rocket", Bill Slater, trophied by Capt. Ralph Peterson, representing  the governor.


All Photos From Scooter
Niles Gage via Dan St. Pierre

 After the national championship points modifieds race, officials that include Dick Bahre and Bob Sall check the scoring.
 
All Photos From Scooter
Niles Gage via Dan St. Pierre

 Alabama''s Bobby Allison makes an elaborate fuel stop during the race.
 
All Photos From Scooter
Niles Gage via Dan St. Pierre

 The photographer catches Danny Gallulo out of the race.
 
All Photos From Scooter
Niles Gage via Dan St. Pierre

 Photos of the program that include Bill Slater and Johnny Thompson among others.
 
All Photos From Scooter
Niles Gage via Dan St. Pierre

 
This shot shows reigning NASCAR National Sportsman Champion Rene Charland talking to an official with many onlookers.
 
All Photos From Scooter
Niles Gage via Dan St. Pierre

 This Jeep served as the OPS fire vehicle. Not exactly Whelen equipment.
 
All Photos From Scooter
Niles Gage via Dan St. Pierre

 Captain Peterson talks to the crowd during Bill Slater's trophy presentation.
 
All Photos From Scooter
Niles Gage via Dan St. Pierre

 Capt. Peterson awards
runnerup Johnny Thompson.
 
All Photos From Scooter
Niles Gage via Dan St. Pierre

 A program page showing several of the drivers from that race program at OPS.
 
Photo via Dan St. Pierre
 Local newspaper coverage.
 
Local newspaper coverage.

 


Photo Courtesy of Glines Collection via Dan St. Pierre
Probably an early 1970's poster.


Cavalcade of Auto Racing - Ladabouche Collection

 


Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
As Bob Walker would have
said: Bobby NICK-uls JOON - yah !
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
An early Bob Tibbetts
car with a political sponsor.

Courtesy of Vin Hilliard
This Buddy Leavitt pit stall had its own poured cement foundation.

Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
An earlier Dick Glines entry.

Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
An early Gale Ellis car.


 


Courtesy of Walter Newell
 Kourafas with the
trophy from the first Oxford 250, actualy

Joey then a 200.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
 Kourafas with Another major Oxford win. Despite the caption, he did not win the 200 in this Jay-Lin car but  rather
in Bob Curtiss' 25.

 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Photographer May Have Been Frank Oakes

 Coupes on the track during an earlier era. 
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 A late model car arriving
at what looks like OPS.
 
Courtesy of Rich Benway
 Think this is a Maine
car; couldn't prove it.
 
Bill Balser Photo
Courtesy of Walter Newell

Mighty Mike Rowe, at Oxford in his prime - in the midst of the W.D. Matthews 15 era.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 Really looks like earlier 1960's
at OPS.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 Car 72 arriving
at OPS late 1960's.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 What seems to be a Charger at OPS in the 1960's.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 A mini stock arriving
at OPS late 1960's.
 
From Walter Newell
 Andy Phillips with a
Walter Newell entry.


 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 A very intact Chevy Charger at OPS in the 1960's.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 This Crown Vicky is
probably an OPS
late model.

From Walter Newell
One of Al Hammond's
more familiar LMS cars.


 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Somebody spent a ton of time painting checkers on this car [probably his wife].
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 Very nice looking
car 94 on the way in.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 Been through a few wars ?
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 If this is Willie Wilson, from Hebron, they unloaded it
with that log claw..
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 Car 99 on arrival.
 
Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
 Early OPS photo of
Steady Eddie Flemke.

 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 Long time OPS runner
Willie Buffington in the 1960's.
Doesn't look like Oxford, though.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Photographer May Have Been Frank Oakes

 A mini stock arriving in
what is likely around 1970.
 
 
Courtesy of E. P. Potter
 OPS entry Sid Potter,
Center Conway, NH.
 
Hasynes Photo
Courtesy of 
Walter Newell
 George Babb.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
 Bob Tibbetts with a win.
  .        

SHOTS FROM OXFORD PLAINS' NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL RACE IN THE 1960's
Photos Taken from Team Prepation and During the OPS Race

 

 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Photographer May Have Been Frank Oakes

 Work being done on the Clyde Lynn Car 20.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Photographer May Have Been Frank Oakes

 Work being done on the car 92. No idea who that was.

 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Photographer May Have Been Frank Oakes

 Popping the hood on the Big John Sears Car 4.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Photographer May Have Been Frank Oakes

 Tiny Lund's car sits
awaiting attention.
 
Hasynes Photo
Courtesy of 
Walter Newell
 Unidentified Car 01
made the trip to Maine for NASCAR.
 
Courtesy of Mike Watts Sr.
 Bobby Allison was a
big hit in Maine with this family Chevelle.
 
Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
A view of pit activity prior to the start of the race.

 
Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
The 1967 drivers' roster.
 
Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
Hylton has the early lead.
 
Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
Hylton has now picked
up pursuers.
 
  
Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
Tiny Lund drops out.

Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
Spinout somewhere on the track. Notice one of the infamous sand banked light poles.
     
 
Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
View out the rear window of the pace car at Allison's Chevelle.
 
Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
Cars on the starting
grid awaiting the race.
   

THOSE GREAT OLD OXFORD PLAINS CHARGERS
They Should Have Their Own Section

 

 
Courtesy of  Dan St. Pierre
 Cloyd Martin - one who could be called "Mr. Early OPS Chargers".


Source Unknown
 Stan and his "Big Red Apple" Ford were the first Charger Champs I saw at OPS. Pretty good at baseball, to I hear.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
 Some would argue Windham's Charlie Martin was the best Charger in any particular era .

From Walter Newell
Joey "The Jet" Tompkins, possibly still in one of his
Chargers.

From Walter Newell
Jon JC Marsh, the racin' sign man from Boothbay.
I think this was a later Charger.
  
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 What seems to be a Charger at OPS in the 1960's.

Courtesy of  Dan St. Pierre
 Cloyd Martin photo
collage.
 
Courtesy of  Dan St. Pierre
 Charlie Martin squeezes
his way though a typical Charger S&%$-storm. Why not ? They ahd about 700 of 'em on the track at once.

 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 Willie Buffington with what seems to be a Charger at OPS in the 1960's.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Charger at OPS in the 1960's
with the classic exhaust
holes in the fender.
 
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
 What seems to be the 119 Charger arriving at OPS in the 1960's. 
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
 Racing sign painter Jon
"JC" Marsh with what
looks like an earlier Charger.
 

Lewiston Sun Photo
Jim Fields, Jody Duvall and Dennis Morgan in Vic
Lane for Chargers.
 
Ladabouche Photo
The JC Marsh
Charger from around 1980, supporting the
Oxford 250 program.

Courtesy of Vin Hilliard
Classic OPS Charger
spinning out.

Ladabouche Photo
Jody Duvall's
Charger from  around 1980, supporting  the Oxford 250 program.

A and A Ward Photo
Charger from
the latter period
of their existence
.


 


Vin Hilliard Photo
Agood 'ol 
Charger
spinout.

SHOTS FROM OXFORD PLAINS' SPECIAL SUPERMODIFIED RACES IN THE 1960's

 

 
Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
 A small field of supers and mod coupes that Includes Reino Tulonen
and Dick Wolstenhume.

 
Courtesy of Roger Plummer
 Super #69, which
may be Howie Brown.
 
Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
 An unidentified super
plies the OPS flat track

Courtesy of Steve Pellerin
 An unidentified super
that looks like a NESMRA car from Hudson.
 

Courtesy of Roger Plummer
 Looks like Reino Tulonen might have won the day.
 
 
Courtesy of Ricky Drew
 Seems like Homer Drew and Bob Bushley would have been there that day, as well.


 

                                                       

 

SANFORD SPEEDWAY
Sanford, Maine

s
Historic Aerials.Com Photo


Lost Maine Speedways Page
A stock certificate for central track figure Ray Normandeau,


Dave Dutch, Foster's
Daily Democrat
An old lineup at Sanford Speedway. Sorry it is so small.
 
Dave Dutch, Foster's
Daily Democrat

Ray Normandeau, who ran the track part of its life.
 
Dave Dutch, Foster's
Famed driver and promoter Charlie
Elliott, at Sanford.

Dav
e Dutch, Foster's
Daily Democrat
Future national champion, Ernie Gahan of Dover, NH with the particularly stout Stoney's Diner team.

Dave Dutch, Foster's
Daily Democrat
Popular Roger Rivers, of Dover, NH - with daughter.

McDonald Family
MSSCRA membership cards.
 
Lost Maine Speedways Page
Popular Roger Rivers, of Dover, NH - with crew.
 
Via Steve Pellerin
Lost Maine Speedwaays Page

An unknown Sanford competitor posing.


Via Steve Pellerin
Lost Maine Speedwaays Page

Out of four coming down the frontstretch.
 
Via Steve Pellerin
Lost Maine Speedwaays Page

Off the fronststretch,
into turn 1.
 
Via Steve Pellerin
Lost Maine Speedwaays Page

Another look at turn four coming down the frontstretch.
 
Lost Maine Speedwaays Page

Cars lined up on frontstretch.
 
Lost Maine Speedwaays Page

Phil Libby winning at Sanford.
 
Hist. of NE Racing Book - Lost Maine Speedwaays Page
A field of cars on the track.

Lost Maine Speedways Page
Discarded speedway sign.

MVRCA via Lost Maine Speedways Page
Sanford results article.

 
Lost Maine Speedways Page
Sanford points sheet. I think the date written at top is incorrect. Maybe 1952.


Google Earth Photo
Modern vestiges of the track.


Google Earth Photo
More modern vestiges of the track.

RECENT PHOTOS TAKEN BY STEVE PELLERIN


All Photos by Steve Pellerin
I don't pretend to know the layout, so the rest of the pics won't be labeled.
       

                                                       

SKOWHEGAN FAIRGROUNDS
Skowhegan, Maine


Historic Aerials.com
The track, in 1953.

 

            The Maine Vintage Race Car Association said, about Skowhegan: "  Skowhegan Fairgrounds was, and is, a typical fairgrounds track in Maine. Designed for harness racing, Skowhegan was a half-mile dirt track. On August 18, 1946, Skowhegan Fairgrounds hosted a AAA Sprint car race. The AAA later became USAC, the United States Auto Club. Legendary driver Ted Horn won the 20-lap feature race in 9 minutes 34 seconds, in average speed  of 62.718 miles per hour. Horn went on to win the AAA championship in 1946, the first of three consecutive titles.Reportedly,  stock car races were held at the fairgrounds in the early 1950's but because of the dust generated by the stock cars, the race programs were halted after a couple of races."

 


                                                       

SPEEDWAY 95
[THUNDER SPEEDWAY]
Hermon, ME


From the Bing Search Engine
The current [and always] site of Speedway 95.

               Having been around since 1966, Speedway 95 [obviously named for the interstate very nearby], has operated as modern track in Maine for several decades. I have almost no knowledge of the track due to it being so far away and also because not much data is made available on sites like Wicked Good Racing and Maine Vintage Race Car Association. Charlie Sheehan had posted a photo that he says is a Speedway 95 car [and is obviously from one of the track's first season], so I felt obliged to add the track to this page. I hope to get more stuff - but I can use only older items like 1960's and early 1970's.
           I really want tracks [and states] to be fairly represented; but I also see that I don't need every photo because today's Facebook pages have so many. So, if your car is not represented, just go to the Facebook page and plan on spending a ton of time looking for it. My pages are smaller in volume but more organised.


Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
This shot of Danny Fletcher may be the only Speedway 95 material I have.


Courtesy of Walter Newell
Wayne Elston with an
earlier entry.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
Tom Ellison gets on the
gas with his battered car 0.

Courtesy of Speedway 95 Mem. Page
Tim Reynolds' Camaro.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Teddy Palino. who also ran other tracks like Wiscassett.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Stan Meserve
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Early Meserve equipment.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
The Meserves.
 
Frank Oakes Photo
Sharp looking Ford
out of Bangor.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Randy Stewart.

 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Randy E [Can't read rest of roof].
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Ralph Rideout.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Ralph Rideout [71]
Doug Smith [7].
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Ralph Nason in the first
kit car in an all - too - familiar photo.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Racin' Ralph Nason.
 
Courtesy of Dwight Miller
Somebody's Pontiac.
 
Frank Oakes Photo
Phil Enders, arriving.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
 Norris Willette.

 
Frank Oakes Photo
Mixup on the track.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
A visit from the mini's.
 
Courtesy of Gail Stevens
Mike Perry.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Mike Harnish, Car 22
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Mike Harnish, 1972
Rookie of the Year.
[See Points Below]
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Mike Harnish, 1972
entry.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Slight name variation - 1972 points.

 
Frank Oakes Photo
via Charlie Sheehan
I believe they said this
is Mike Frisbie's car.

 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Mike Frisbie's Cown Vicky.
 
Courtesy of Gail Stevens
Meserve missing the mark.
 
Courtesy of Kimberly Gray
1970's era late models.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Larry Pottle's familiar
Ford product.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Likely an earlier Pottle.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Larry Colston's 0
looking for room to escape.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Larry Cates [11] and
Bath's Skip Cahill.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
You won, John
Shorey - smile !.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
John Shorey's
66 Chrstine Mopar product.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
John and Guy McCullough at it.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Joe McGinnis.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Jim Burns - I've seen that name at a number of tracks.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Ho-mah Drew, with
Miss Maine.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
The dedicated folks from Hermon Rescue.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Hom-mah [J2 Camaro]
with Bill Bailey [30] and larry Hill [25].
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Harvey Sprague.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Presenting a model
to her hero.
 
Frank Oakes Photo
Harold Cliff and his
`1967 entry.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan

George Thomas, racer
and track announcer.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Gary McCullough.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Gary Bickford.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Gary Bickford -
pit work.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Francis Sibley wins
one.


Courtesy of Walter Newell
Harvey Sprague, at speed with his behemoth Torino.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Foster Robinson losing it.
 
Courtesy of
Walter Newell
Fletcher Smith.


Courtesy of Alan Gassett
1976 Street Stock
point results.

Courtesy of Alan Gassett
1976 Limited Sportsman
point results.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Eldred Getchell.
 
Courtesy of Dwight Miller
Ed Salisbury's Pinto.
 
Courtesy of Dwight Miller
Dwight Miller tending to
mundane tasks.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Doug Sinclair. Looks like
it's a good thing he's a track wrecker provider.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Doug Sinclair - earlier
entry.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Another Sinclair entry.
 
Courtesy of Dan St. Pierre
Glines leads Fraser
in a special race program.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Doug Ripley in
Doug LIght's 99
entry.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Don Deluck, having a
good night.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Don Deluck. 
  
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Don Deluck's Camaro.
 
Courtesy of Bruce McAlpine
Derek Mingo.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Dana Graves leads
Pete Silva.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Dana Graves.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Craig Tozier.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Big late model mixup in the earlier years.
 
Courtesy of Cheryl Conlogue
Bruce Kane [1] with
Bill Penfold in the background.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bob Tilton [73] and
others in action.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bob Tibbetts.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bob Tibbetts, eying Pete Silva from the wrong angle.


Courtesy of Dasn St. Pierre
Jackson, NH's Dick Glines [60] and Schubenacadie, Nova Scotia's Frank Fraser, on the pole.

 
Courtesy of Bobby Seger
Bob Seger. Was his crew called the Silver Bullet Band ?
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bob Hallee.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bob Fotter.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bobby Ayer, 1970's
flagger.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bob Harnish.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bob Harnish, looking over his unfortunate handiwork.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bill Tillon.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bill Harnish.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bill Harnish.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bill Harnish, behind
his pickup.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
Wild Bill Carlton -
and Trophy Queen..
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Bill Harnish [23] racing brother Mike.
 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
3 abreast action in the
Thunder Speedway era.
 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Some point standings
in the Thunder Spdwy era.

 
Courtesy of Walter Newell
Andy Montague, car 16X.
 
Frank Oakes Photo
4th turn action.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.


Frank Oakes Photo
1960's cars on the track.



Courtesy of Barry Elston Via Lost Maine Speedways
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Courtesy of Barry Elston Via Lost Maine Speedways
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Courtesy of Walter Newell
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Frank Oakes Photo
Car 90 and another
one off the track.

Frank Oakes Photo
Car 90 and another
one off the track.

Courtesy of Barry Elston Via Lost Maine Speedways
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.

Courtesy of Barry Elston Via Lost Maine Speedways
1960's driver portrait. Don't know who.
 

                                                       

SPRINGFIELD SPEEDWAY
Springfield, Maine


Courtesy of Historic Aerials.com
The site of what was Springfield Speedway, on the old fairgrounds.

                Material on the short - lived track in Springfield, Maine is very scarce. At least once in its history, the track advertised in Cavalcade of Auto Racing, the Oilzum periodical from the 1960's and '70's. That is all I currently have for photos. Apparently the promoter was Clifford Mullens, and they raced on Saturday afternoons. The track appears to have had the typical nice old covered stands that so many Maine fairgrounds had. 


Cavalcade of Auto Racing

Ron Emery with a 1966 win.

Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Bill Houghton with a 1966 win.

Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Booty Osgood wins one with a four door.

Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Curtis Hatch. This gives a view of the grandstands.

Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Fletcher Smith. He later became a Speedway 95 driver.

Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Harold Callahan
winning a 1966 event.

Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Phil Baker also wins one with a four door.

Cavalcade of Auto Racing
Roy Engstrom wins one in '66.

Cavalcade of Yankee Racer
This might be a parking pass for this Springfield track.

                                                       

SPUD SPEEDWAY/ AROOSTOOK COUNTY INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY/
CARIBOU MOTOR SPEEDWAY/ CHALLENGER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Caribou, Maine


Aerial Photo by Costello vuia Jesse Michaud
An earlier aerial view of Spud Speedway.

         Spud Speedway, for those not familiar with Maine, is located about as far up in the state as you can get. It made for a unique and very localized racing exsperience. Especially in the earlier days of the track, there was likely less cooperation or division sharing with other tracks because of the inconvenience of getting up there. [At least, that's how it would seem to me]. The third mile track was built on Thompson Road in Caribou in 1964. It has been through a number of administrations and different classes of racing. The number of names the track has gone through is an indicator of its less - than - stable financial status. I noticed that Northern NASCAR ran one race there, won by Tom Glaser [with a C.A. Crouch car]. I believe the track is currently not operating.

           
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud                           Courtesy of Mike Francis                                Courtesy of Jesse Michaud

                                                      
Courtesy of Marcel Bosse                                                                                                                                Courtesy of Sumner McKane

Two Slipp Ford - sponsored Spud pace cars from the 60's or early 70's.


Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
A Spud decal or patch found somewhere like ebay or a flea market.

EARLIER SPUD PHOTOS

 
Courtesy of Kathy Albert Mobley [who might be in the picture]
Adam Albert, an early Spud participant.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
The caption proabably has the name wrong, I think it should be Betty Wortman.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Betty Wortman with track owner Wayne Susi.

 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Bill Sargent, early Spud
feature winner.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Early feature winner Fred Stevens. Likely, this is a
support class car.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
A Graydon Adams
feature win.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
George Stetson accepts a
trophy for the late Bill
Sargent, driver of this
car. That car 5 was often featured in the paper.


Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
What appear to be support or hobby division cars mix it up. They got a lot of the newspaper attention, early on, because of the chaos.

Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Like we said - chaos.

Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
A spectacular shot of Dick Feaster's 54 vaulting Bill Seward's 00. Both rolled at least two times.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Aftermath of Dick Feaster/  Bill Seward crash. Apparently the
'59 Chevy wagon is the ambulance.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Grab your gear, wheels up in five !
 
Courtesy of Scott Englund
Adam Albert's '58 Ford,
in an earlier late model class.

Courtesy of Scott Englund
Adam Albert's crew push starts his '58 Ford, and he won the race. These cars seem very similar ot Catamount's Flying Tigers of the 1960's. 

 
Courtesy of Brett Alexander
Bill Bellemaine.
 
Courtesy of Brett Alexander
Bob Alexander wins one.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Bill Sargent takes a win.
 
Courtesy of Scott Englund
Bill Bellefleure.
 
Courtesy of Tim Doody
Bob Doody poses as a
crewman works on the 7.
Ernie Levesque's car in the background.

Courtesy of Tim Doody
Bob Doody poses with a
carful of kids. One must be Tim.
 
 
Courtesy of Rich Benway
Ernie Levesque, from Frenchville - right on the ME / QU border.
 
Courtesy of Rich Benway
Ernie Levesque, with flagger Bobby Hicks - after a win.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Early Spud star Rodney "Chink" Maynard.

 
Courtesy of Jennifer Ayotte
More Chink.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Dwight Stickles, Gary Main, and Mally Anderson in an early Spud Vic Lane.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Gary Bellomy and kids.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Glenn Carson [rt] with Spud President Bruce
Tucker.

 
Courtesy of Charlie Sheehan
It is possible that Harvey Sprague may have hauled up from Bangor in the earlier days of Spud.
 
Courtesy of Scott Englund
Leo St. Peter.
 
Courtesy of Scott Englund
Leo St. Peter, on the track.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
An early feature winner,
by the pace car.
 
Courtesy of Jennifer Ayotte
P
lease dad, stop taking
pictures so I can go
to the bathroom.

Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Paul Griffith, with the
'57 Chev of Hardy Ketch.


Courtesy of Scott Englund
Don Paradis' '62 Ford sits
on the front row of the
Hobby feature. I hope the guy next to him doesn't bang much, what with the bumper held on by a chain and all.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Early feature winner -
and crew.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Ernie Levesque, with mechanics Ray Pelletier and Mark LaChance.

Courtesy of Scott Englund
Don Paradis' '62 Ford sits
on the front row of the
Hobby feature. Slightly
different angle. 1971.
 
Courtesy of Scott Englund
More of the 1971 hobby
feature lineup.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Damn, how would a
moose manage to
get in there ?!


Courtesy of Bob Alexander
Another Bob Doody shot.
 
Courtesy of Alan Grass
Phil Grass' Ford.

Courtesy of Stephen Levesque
Stephen Levesque.
 
Courtesy of Jennifer Dicker Trombley
Alden Dicker and daughter, Jennifer.
 
Courtesy of Jennifer Dicker Trombley
Alden Dicker and daughter, Jennifer.

Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Somewhere along here, Tom may, a local cop, won a race called the Policemens' Brawl.

Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Wayne Holmes with a
very early Spud entry.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Wayne Holmes with a
later early Spud car.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Described on the page as an "early "Alexander car".


Courtesy of Scott Englund
Funny attention getter in the program. CJ Richards used to the same thing in the Devil's Bowl program.


Courtesy of Scott Englund
A big crowd in the stands in the 1960's. Contrast that with the crowd in more recent photos.


Courtesy of Jesse Michaud

Some "motorized sled" races. They look a lot likesnowmobiles, eh ?

LATER SPUD PHOTOS [Maybe in the '70's and a little later]

 
Courtesy of Kathy Albert Mobley
Adam Albert's '68 Chevelle.
 
Courtesy of Barb Lawrence Faye
Conrad Kinney.
 
Courtesy of Gary Saucier
Dave McDougall. One of several cars in the
potato Blossom parade.

 
Courtesy of Brett Alexander
Bob Alexander [maybe]
with an alternate number.
 
Courtesy of Brett Alexander
Bob Shaw's Chevelle.
 
Courtesy of Gary Saucier
Said to be Dave McEntee,
probably in a Lawrence
1X car.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Dick Boisvert and his Nova.


Courtesy of Ed. Fitzherbert
Eddie FItzherbert, loading up for Spud.


Courtesy of Bob Lawrence
Eldon, Lester, and
Wilmont Lawrence.

Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Elmer Holmes.
 
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Gary Willette.
 
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Gary Willette.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
George Everett at speed with a well - used car.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Hardie Ketch in the Potato Blossom parade.
 
Courtesy of Keith Thibault
Keith Thibault's ride, complete with chilluns.
Said to be Chink
Maynard's car.

 
Courtesy of Barb Lawrence Faye
Lester Lawrence. Car looks like a Gardiner Leavitt car.
 
Courtesy of Gary Saucier
Mike Cowett in the parade.
 
Courtesy of Gary Saucier
Randy Reitmeyer in the parade.
 
Courtesy of Gary Saucier
Rodney "Chink" Maynard in the parade.
 
Courtesy of Gary Saucier
Richie Harris in the parade.
 
Courtesy of Gary Saucier
Ronnie Sprague in the parade. Gary blurred this one a little.

 
Courtesy of Gary Saucier
Russ Woodman.
 
Courtesy of Jennifer Ayotte
Big John Albert.
 
Courtesy of Pamela Brauneis
An unidentified blue LMS
Ford.
 
Courtesy of Brett Alexander
Hardie Ketch, Bob Alexander, and Dick Wheeler.
 
Courtesy of Glenn Mahan
UNK Chevelle is
hauled in.
 
Courtesy of Gary Saucier
UNK car 48 in the parade.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
George Everett [foreground] and another LM head out.

 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Mark Jones [6] and Chink Maynard in action.
 
Courtesy of Brett Alexander
More Bob Alexander.
   
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Ricky Harris' 1985 car.
 
Courtesy of Jennifer Ayotte
Ralph Nason makes an
appearance.

Courtesy of Mary Flaherty
Randy Reitmeyer runs outside of Ivan Gram. 
 

MORE RECENT SPUD PHOTOS [ '90's and later]
I do not usually cover this time period. I have  added a few shots to give a rounder picture of
how Spud Speedway went along.

 
Courtesy of Teena Chick King
Maine's exceptional Austin Therriault began in Spud's region of the state.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
The 1995 entry of big photo contributor Jesse Michaud.

Courtesy of Teena Chick King
Said to be another Jesse Michaud. Looks
like a newer, more tricked out ride.

 
Courtesy of Ken Dumond
Ken Dumond's car here looks pretty much like the typical late model sportsman of today.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Flying Tigers: Milo Hanet, Elmer Holmes, and Fred Michaud.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Tiger winners Elmer Holmes, Fred Michaud, and Tim Bositrige.
 
Courtesy of The Bardwell Family
Many early race cars sported bullhorns, but...
 
Courtesy of Sheila Tarr
....only at Spud are you gonna see a recent car with antlers.
 
Courtesy of Joe Baril.
More Tigers.
 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
Some Spud Powder Puff
drivers.

 
Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
The caption on the back the Spud Powder Puff
drivers.
 
Courtesy of Gary Saucier
1993 Spud Hobby winners.

Courtesy of Gary Saucier
1993 Spud Sportsman winners.

Courtesy of Gary Saucier
1993 Spud Minis and Tigers.

Courtesy of Gary Saucier
1993 Pro Stock/ Sportsman.

Courtesy of Donald Rideout
The Go Karts get in their time at Spud.

Courtesy of Gary Saucier
Dick Belisle 1994 win.
 
Courtesy of Phillip Adams
A mini stock lineup.

NASCAR NORTH VISTS SPUD [Mid 80's]

 
Courtesy of Jill Willette
Maine's Gardiner Leavitt leads Milt Wright.
 
Courtesy of Jill WIllette
The starting lineup for NASCAR North cars.

Courtesy of Jill Willette
The big dollar ide for the legendary Harmon "Beaver" Dragon.
 
Courtesy of Jill Willette
Future Busch Grand National and Winston Cup driver Kevin Lepage.
 
Courtesy of Jill WIllette
Chuck Bown with the big dollar Skoal team, driving their six banger.
 
Courtesy of Jill WIllette
Some NASCAR North action. Stub Fadden leads Andre Beaudoin [31], Beaver Dragon, and JP LaRose [70].

A LOOK AROUND SPUD


Courtesy of Jesse MIchaud
The entrance gate.

Courtesy of Marcel Bosse
The areas behind the stands; maybe parking.

Courtesy of Marcel Bosse
The spectator area and a concession or photo stand.


Courtesy of Marcel Bosse
Turn one, mostly.

Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
This shot shows a lot of the track, as well as the access ramp from the pits.


Courtesy of Marcel Bosse
Turn Four, primarily.

Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
This shot shows a lot of the track.

Courtesy of Greg Veinote
If this was labeled accurately,
there are beginning to be some
condition issues as the track sits waiting to be sold.

   
Courtesy of Jeffrey Willette
This shot shows a lot of one and two.
Plus, we get the flagstand.
   

 


Courtesy of Jesse Michaud
A more modern poster.


Courtesy of Ken MacIsaac
Still called Spud here.


Courtesy of Teena Chick King
Apparently, Sterling Marlin was once a guest star of the track.

 

                                                       


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