Northeastern Speedway operated from 1959 thru 1966 with 129 weeks of racing.
Only the "coupes" ran 1959 thru 1962. In 1963 a "Sportsman" Division was added.
Some interesting facts surface between the above years, for example:
John Gammell won the first race feature July 18, 1959
Kenny Robinson won the last race feature Sept. 10, 1966
1960 was the longest season ( May 21 thru Oct. 1 ) a total of 23 races.
Jerry Bigelow, Skip Easter, and John Gammell were the only drivers to win features in both divisions.
Stub Fadden won a feature race every year he drove.
Steve Huckins won the first race feature he was ever in. ( Aug.27, 1960)
Bob Fortin won 5 of 13 features (including 3 in a row) in 1966.
John Gammell won 7 of 13 features (54%) in 1959.
Glenn Andrews won 8 features in 1960. ( 3 in a row )
Ronnie Marvin won 9 features in 1961. ( 4 in a row )
Lee Ingerson won 8 features in 1963.
Harold Hanaford won a feature 5 of the 6 years he raced.
The Ingerson brothers combined for 25 wins.
38 different drivers won features
Johnny Gammell and Jerry Bigelow were the only Track Champions to win the Rice Trophy
This is just part of the history that Northeastern Speedway enjoyed for a brief 8 years
If you have some interesting track facts that you would like to share
The Rice Memorial Sportsmanship Award
This award was in honor of Richard Rice, who died in a non racing car accident August 1959
The award was presented to the driver who was the best "sport" for the season. It was voted on
by all the drivers and owners. The trophy was passed on year to year with the winners name engraved
and the year they won it. The following is a small tribute to the recipients of this award.
Pete Racine and Perley Densmore-1959 Mutt Dexter with Joan Rice-1960 The trophy in 1959
Glen Gadapee and Jerry Bigelow- 1961 Duane Remick- 1962
Johnny Gammell- 1963 No Award- 1964 Ken Robinson- 1965
John Gammell Clyde Andrews Kenny's award-1965
Pete Racine Perley Densmore
Raymond Racine (1959) admires dad's
Rice Memorial Trophy ( looks like Pete's thumb in the view finder)
Joan Rice- May 2010 (cute as ever)