A tribute to the racers that have brought us
countless memories over the past half century
of Maryland stock car racing

A tribute to the racers that have brought us countless memories over the past half century of Maryland stock car racing.


The banquet is shaping up quite nicely. Other drivers coming include Kenny Festerman, Joe Westermen and Mike Heath. Kenny raced at Dorsey while Mike raced at Beltville and Joe raced at Westport, Dorsey and Beltsville.

I just had a cd made of a broadcast of a 200 lap Johnny Roberts Memorial race held at Beltsille in 1965. The cd covers laps 90 thru 200. While the announcer is a little rusty the cd is quite good and brings back the memory of the former sportsman-modified drivers. We will play it at the banquet.


As a reminder, you must be a member to attend the Reunion, this includes the parking lot. If you are not a member you will be requested to leave.


Have been notified that the following drivers will be joining the Hall of Fame: Bobby Ballantine. Dave Ballantine, Vernon Kirk, Johnny Dodd, Jr., Ace Canupp, Rick Jones, Gil Clements. These drivers raced at Westport, Dorsey, Hagerstown, Beltsville, Potomac, Ritchie and many of the tracks in Pa., Va., and Del.


Receiving a nice response to the membership drive. Among drivers already joining: Pete Kantorsky, Wes Troup, John Broussard, Duane Lowrey, Jimmy Skinner, Ron Rowles, Ernie Tester. These fellows raced at Dorsey, Beltsville, Hagerstown, Westport, Potomac. They also raced in Pa., Del and Virginia.


Details for the Reunion are on the Events page. Please support the Hall of Fame and Reunion by joining.


Members Page is the new Member page. I have posted what the page will look like.


I've been very lax as far as the site is concerned and I apologize.

About the Reunion. Instead of buying a ticket this year you will be joining the Hall of Fame as a member. Your membership card will admit you to the Reunion. Everyone can join. Just send a check  for $35.00 for individual or $60.00 for husband and wife made payable to Al Torney and mail to 2974 Valley View Rd.  Annapolis, Md. 21401 I will create a page for members. This page will list your name and where you live, city and state not your complete address. It will have some racing info about you. Are you a driver, did you work on a race car, were you just a fan, where you raced or attended races, etc. No personal info will be on the page. Every member will have a number and every month there will be a drawing and numbers drawn will receive some type of Maryland stock car racing memorabilia. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 410-571-5177
The name of the affair will be called The Maryland Stock Car Racing Reunion and Awards Ceremony. We will award the plaques as we did last year.

I am having a new t shirt made this year. It will have a new front design and the back will have the names of all of the drivers in The Hall of Fame. The hats will remain the same with the coupe on the hat.

Website Mission:

The mission of this Hall of Fame is to preserve the history of stock car racing in the state of Maryland and to maintain the memory of those individuals who excelled in the sport. The Maryland Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization created to provide a history of stock car racing in Maryland. Access to the website is free and plans are to keep it that way. Hopefully the Hall of Fame will bring back many pleasant memories of those days spent at the wonderful speedways that once thrived in the Free State. I hope many of you are still supporting our current speedways: Potomac, Hagerstown and Cumberland.
Induction to the Hall of Fame will be determined by the following criteria: a track, state or national championship in the following categories: 1950's Sportsman, Modified, Late Model Sportsman, Sprint Car, Super Late Model and Grand National (Currently Nextel Cup). To simplify things the term Super Late Model will be used for the Late Model class that replaced the Modifieds as the primary class at Hagerstown and Dorsey. Potomac also had a late model class as their primary class. These late models evolved into the Super Late Model class. The Hall of Fame is for drivers, mechanics and car owners who were from Maryland. Drivers from other states that raced in Maryland to win national championships and Maryland speedway championships will also be included. There will be special Hall of Fame categories for promoters, officials and others that contributed to the sport in Maryland.
All of the material contained in the website is from my own personal collection which has been acquired over the years. A special thank you is due Mike and Junior Tauber, Danny Woolford, Bucky Guilfoy and Jim Carlsen for loaning me their scrap books and video tapes. Additionally I would like to thank the following: Doug Johnson, Dick and Merrilee Jones, Harold Sears, the Danie Ferguson Family, George Dilks, Jeffrey Slayton, Franklin Taylor and Roddy Langley. Viewers are welcomed to notify me of any errors that may appear. If you possess any photos, stories or other information that you would like to have included on the website please notify me. I am currently looking for info about Potomac Speedway champions and Hagerstown Modified champions for the 50's and early 60's. Also, if you reproduce anything from the website it would be appreciated that you acknowledge us. Contact us at:

As information: My name is Al Torney and I live in Annapolis, Maryland. I attended my first stock car race in 1953 at Westport Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. I have been a fan ever since. More than anything else I miss the old Sportsman-Modifieds of the '50's and early '60's before they started cutting them down. However, I still love them all.

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