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One of the most special parts of having a pedigree like that of Riverside International Speedway is its heritage – and most especially realizing the depth  of its lineage and those that have contributed to it.

macisaac_thanksWe are fortunate to have an elite group of alumni whose accomplishments in and contributions to motorsports, nationally and in the Maritimes, have been formally acknowledged by their inductions to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame (CMHF) or the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame (MMHF), and in some cases to both of the hallowed halls.

These people have worked in various roles at Riverside and each has helped put us on the motorsports map; they are leaders in the industry; they are the cream of the crop in Canadian motorsports.

They are members of the Riverside International Speedway ‘Wall of Fame’.

Ladies and gentlemen, we salute you.

Bob Allen

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Role at Riverside: Racer

If you went to the races at Riverside Speedway in the 1970s odds were good you saw New Glasgow’s Bobby Allen visit Victory Lane – more than once. He is a multi-time winner at Riverside along with being the 1969 International 100 champion and 1972 late model point champion.

Bobby Allen got his start racing in 1966 at Fraser’s Mountain Raceway – finishing his rookie season as the top driver – and also winning the Most Popular Driver Award. He continued his winning ways at Fraser’s Mountain Raceway and also included Havre Boucher Speedway wins to his resume.

In 1971 Bobby Allen won the Maritime Stock Car Champion crown at Atlantic Speedway – just one year after being sidelined due to a back injury suffered in a wreck at Riverside. He went on to win many more races at Riverside and at Atlantic Speedway, and competed in Maine at Oxford Plains Speedway, Wiscasset Raceway, and Unity Raceway before retiring from racing in the 80s.

Bobby Allen was inducted in the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame November 5, 2011.

Don Biederman

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Don Biederman is one of the most prolific racers to ever make a lap at Riverside. A native of Port Credit, Ontario, he visited Riverside mostly for special events. A three-time winner of the IWK 250 (1979, 1980, and 1981) – he obviously made those races count.

He is the first Canadian to ever run a full season on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (1967) and is one of only four Canadians to ever win the Oxford 250 (1977, along with Junior Hanley, Dave Whitlock, and Derek Lynch).

Two things were certain with Don Biederman: 1) He was a threat to win wherever he raced, and 2) Whether he won or not he would make the show interesting.

The Don Biederman Memorial has become one of the most prestigious annual races in Ontario; ironically Jeff Hanley, son of Junior Hanley – Biederman’s arch rival, has won the last three editions of the event.

Don Biederman was 59 when he passed away on May 31, 1999.

Don Biederman was inducted in the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Jean Paul Cabana

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Role at Riverside: Racer

In his native Quebec Jean-Paul Cabana is known as the “King of Stock Car Racing.” It’s no wonder why. In a racing career that spanned 40 years (1954-1994) he won more than 500 features at too many tracks to mention.

His visits to Riverside were during the NASCAR Busch North era in the late 70s and in the American Canadian Tour era of the early 90s. Highlight’s of Cabana’s career include a 1962 start in a Sportsman division (now Nationwide Series) race at Daytona Int’l Speedway where he drove an ex-Junior Johnson car to ninth place, he dominated north-eastern tracks and had mixed results in ventures further south to tracks in the Carolina’s and Virginia.

According to Cabana he never raced less than three times a week during his career, and usually ran five nights a week. He is credited for helping New England NASCAR standouts Kevin Lepage and Ricky Craven get their starts. After his retirement from the driver’s seat Cabana operated a driving school at Quebec’s Sanair Speedway and even did some announcing at Quebec tracks.

Jean-Paul Cabana was inducted in the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2001.

John Chisholm

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Role at Riverside: Builder, Owner, Racer

John Chisholm had a dream – to build a superior racing facility in his hometown of Antigonish. Riverside Speedway opened 1969 and quickly became known as one of the premiere race tracks in the country.

In 1972 Chisholm climbed behind the wheel of his own race car and was a top modifed racer at Riverside driving cars built by Bobby Allison, Holman Moody, and Ed Howe. Until then most race cars driven in the Maritimes were home-built.

He ran the first Export “A” NASCAR race at Ontario’s Cayuga International Speedway. In 1975 he hosted the Export “A” NASCAR Series at Riverside – and brought in the reigning Daytona 500 winner, Benny Parsons, to drive his ’72 Chevelle. He raced until 1978.

In 1989 he sold Riverside, buying it back in 2005. He rebuilt the facility in 2006 and continues to own and operate it today.

John Chisholm was inducted in the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame November 15, 2008.

He passed away in July 2014 and, in 2015, was posthumously inducted to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Terry Clattenburg

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Terry Clattenburg raced at Riverside in the 70s, 80s, and 90s – before and during the MASCAR era.

Hailing from Dartmouth he started his racing career as a drag racer – winning the 1968 Drag City ¼-mile championship. In 1969 he made quick headlines after switching to stock cars by winning the Halifax Dartmouth International Speedway sportsman title.

1977 saw Clattenburg win the Honda Series Championship at the AMP Road Course. He became known as one of the top racers in the Maritimes and New England as he traveled to tracks far and wide. In 1983 he joined the new-founded MASCAR and went on to become a four-time champion (1986, 1989, 1990 & 1991).

He won the 1990 edition of the Riverside 250; he retired from driving race cars in the mid 90s making a surprise announcement during pre-race ceremonies at a Scotia Speedworld MASCAR event.

Terry Clattenburg was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Adelard Cormier

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Dieppe, New Brunswick’s Adelard Cormier visited Riverside Speedway for special events during the 1970s – a decade when he won an amazing 15 championships at various race tracks in his home province.

Beside titles he grabbed the checkered flag at five Eastern 75’s and two River Glade International’s – both prestigious races of the era.

During his racing career Adelard Cormier won more than 200 races.

Adelard Cormier was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Caleb Dunn

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Role at Riverside: Racer

“Dunn’s the name and racing’s the game”

Caleb Dunn, from Salisbury, New Brunswick, drove for more than 30 years amassing over 200 wins. Dunn competed in stock car races throughout the Maritimes, eastern U.S. as far south as Florida and in Ontario from 1951 through 1989.

He drove to win and win he did; trophy after trophy and honour after honour.

Dunn started racing on dirt tracks and adapted to asphalt with ease. Dunn’s accomplishments in, and contribution to, regional stock car racing were formally acknowledged in 2006 when he became a member of the inaugural class of the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame. He was also enshrined on the Moncton Wall of Fame in 2001.

Caleb Dunn passed away May 28, 2012; he was 84 – and still an avid fan of stock car racing.

Frank Fraser

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Frank Fraser is a two-time winner of the Riverside 250, taking the checkers in 1978 and 1987; the first win was during the open (non-sanctioned) era and the second win under the MASCAR sanction.

Fraser started racing in his native New Brunswick in 1962; little did they know at Airport Raceway near Saint John they were witnessing the birth of a Maritimes racing legend. Now 50 years later, the long-time resident of Shubenacadie, owns hundreds of wins at tracks in the Maritimes, Ontario, and the United States – including a 1979 win in a NASCAR Busch North race.

He has retired from full-time driving (twice) but still competes at select events including the River Glade International, in which he holds the record for the most wins at six.

He has been a driver, promoter, race director, car builder, team owner, and mentor – especially to sons Frank Jr. and Scott.

Fraser remains active in racing as a car builder and as Vice-President of the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in which he was inducted November 6, 2010 – just one day after being inducted in the Colchester Sports Heritage Hall Of Fame.

Scott Fraser

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Role at Riverside: Racer

To this day Scott Fraser holds the record at Riverside International Speedway for the most wins in the annual 250-lap event, now known as the IWK 250. Just as impressive as holding the most wins, at five, is the fact they were consecutive (1994 to 1998).

The Shubenacadie native started racing at just 16 driving street stocks – and scoring the most wins ever in a season at Onslow Speedway. He moved to open wheeled race cars winning the division title in his rookie year; and at the same time was rookie runner-up on the MASCAR circuit. He finished third and fourth in back-to-back ACT races in his series debut and won an ACT race in 1991.

In 1996 he won 12 of 15 MASCAR races en route to his first series championship; in 1998 he repeated the MASCAR title. In 1999 he won the IPSC championship and was named the Nova Scotia Male Athlete of the Year. In 2000 Scott stunned onlookers by qualifying second and leading several laps in his American Speed Association (ASA) debut. In 2002 and 2003 he scored wins at 12 of the biggest shows in the Maritimes and New England.

Scott Fraser passed away March 20, 2004 in a snowmobile accident; he was just 33.

Scott Fraser was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2006, the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Colchester Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Dave Gorveatt

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Dave Gorveatt raced at Riverside Speedway during the MASCAR era – in which he was the series 1997 champion.

He started racing in 1986, honing his driving talents at Raceway Park not far from his home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He moved to MASCAR in 1991 and captured his first series win in 1997 en route to the series title – which he captured by a mere three points over second-place Scott Kelly – still the closest point battle in the Maritime touring series history.

He also remains the first and only “Islander” to win a Maritime touring series title.

In 2001 Dave Gorveatt shifted his focus from Maritime race tracks to compete on the New England-based PASS SLM tour – where he won a feature in May 2002; he raced with PASS until his retirement from driving in 2006.

Dave Gorveatt was inducted in the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

Debby Hallahan

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Debby Hallahan raced at Riverside  Speedway in 1984 with MASCAR. She had started racing at just 15 years of age – no wonder as it was in her blood since she had grown up at tracks watching both her parents drive stock cars.

She competed in the Pony Class at Onslow Speedway as the only female racer. In 1982 she attended Southards Racing School in Florida, where she learned under short-track superstar and then NASCAR driver Dick Trickle.

She won her first race at River Glade Speedway in New Brunswick. Besides Riverside, Onslow, and River Glade, Debby also competed at Atlantic Speedway.

Her father, Jim Hallahan, is also a member of Riverside International Speedway’s Wall of Fame.

Debby Hallahan became MASCAR’s first female racer in 1984; the same year she lost her life in a crash at Riverside Speedway. Her death made an immediate and continuing impact on safety standards in Maritime stock car racing.

Debby Hallahan was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Jim Hallahan

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Role at Riverside: Racer, Promoter

Jim Hallahan has been involved in racing for an amazing 63 years, starting in 1949 at just 20 years of age. He raced at Riverside Speedway during the 70s; during the 80s and 90s he promoted races through his role as President of MASCAR; since 2001 Jim Hallahan has been involved in management with the Maritime (Parts for Trucks) Pro Stock Tour.

Jim is originally from Ontario where he was a top racer winning innumerable races and championships. In the late 60s he was lured to the Maritimes as a celebrity driver for special events; and during one of those visits offered a job selling cars at Forbes Chev Olds, they also offered him a chance to become the driver of the ‘Hugger’ modified they owned. Hallahan moved east – a move that would make an indelible mark on the future of Maritime motorsports.

He continued to drive through the 70s and in the early 80s helped form MASCAR – the first late model/pro stock touring series in the Maritimes. Besides MASCAR and the Maritime Pro Stock Tour, Hallahan has also worked in management with Scotia Speedworld. To this day you will find Jim Hallahan working his driver relations role at Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour events.

Jim Hallahan’s contribution to Canadian motorsports history was formally acknowledged in 2003 when he was inducted to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame, and in 2010 when he was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Junior Hanley

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Role at Riverside: Racer

If there is a name that is synonymous with Canadian motorsports throughout North America it is likely Junior Hanley. He raced at Riverside, his favourite track, during the 70s, 80s, and 90s driving modified, late model, and ACT cars.

A native of Port Mouton, Hanley moved to Ontario in the early 70s to pursue a career building and driving race cars. In the six short years since 1965 when started racing in the Maritimes he had won a modified championship as well as the River Glade International. He set up shop (more of a large garage) in Oakville, Ontario and produced some of the finest short track race cars in North America, evident by his elite clientele including Bill Elliott, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Kyle Petty, Dick Trickle and Darrell Waltrip.

While he built cars Monday to Friday, the weekends were spent driving his race cars, entering big paying special events all over North America. Notable wins include the Copper World Classic (1990, Phoenix AZ), the Oxford 250 (1993), and a two-time winner of the Riverside 250 (1990, 1991). He is a three-time World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing champion (1980, 1981, 1990 at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway), three-time ACT champion (1991, 1992, 1993), and the mid-west’s Iceman Series champion (2001). He won numerous ASA races in Canada and the mid-west, beating future NASCAR stars like Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin.

Junior Hanley was inducted to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2000, and to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Cy Harvey

Role at Riverside: Racer

Cy Harvey started racing in 1969 at Halifax Dartmouth International Speedway, Sackville, NS, with a 1955 Cheville that he won in a poker game. He cut it up to make a stock car.

1970-‘75 drove a Jr. Hanley built sportsman car at Atlantic Speedway in Hammonds Plains, NS.

1976-‘77 raced a modified at Onslow Speedway sponsored by Russell White Lumber. Went to New Smyrna Speedway, FL for Race Week, ran against such drivers as Mark Martin.

1978-‘80 Cy won races at Atlantic Speedway driving a Crooks Racing built car.

1980-‘85 he joined MASCAR and raced different tracks in the Maritimes.

1988-‘92 built a Modified Open Wheel car and raced locally at Scotia Speedworld.

1993 – bought a modified race car from Rollie MacDonald to race MASCAR.

1998 Cy started racing Legend cars at Moosehead Speedway, NS and won the Championship.

1999 he won the Masters Nationals at Charlotte Speedway, NC driving a Legends Car.

2002 raced at Allendale Speedway in the USA winning the feature.

2003 Cy won the Canadian Championship at Berry Speedway in Ontario.

2002-‘03 he also raced locally at Scotia Speedworld with a Legend car. (1998 to present)

2015 won the Maritime League of Legends 3 race deal sponsored by Atlantic Tiltload.

Cy has raced Sportsman, Legends, Trucks, Open Wheel and Pro Stock.

Cy Harvey was inducted into the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2017.

Steve Henderson

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Steve Henderson began his racing career in the driver seat at the age of 16, driving until 1999 when he became a car owner on the regional pro stock tour. He is a two-time car owner champion on the Maritime Pro Stock Tour with both trophies earned with Shawn Turple as his driver. Before Turple he fielded a car for Gordie Ryan. Both Turple and Ryan are multi-time winners on the Tour as Henderson’s driver. In recent years he has expanded his regional racing involvement to include owning and operating R & D Performancenter which services parts requirements for racers on and off the track.

Steve Henderson was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Mike Kaplan

Role at Riverside: Announcer

Mike Kaplan, from Dartmouth, NS, has been involved in racing since 1965. His first interest was that of a drag racer but eventually, in the 1990s, he turned to announcing. At Riverside, his role has been an announcer with several touring series including the Napa Sportsman Series and the East Coast Mini Stock Tour.

Mike Kaplan is a member of the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Junior Kelly

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Lewis Kelly Jr. raced at Riverside Speedway during the 70s, 80s, and 90s, before and during the MASCAR era.

He got his start in racing at just 16 years of age driving in the street stock division at the old Nine Mile River track. It wasn’t long before he moved to the sportsman ranks at Drag City, close to his home in Lower Sackville.

In 1979 he won the sportsman championship at Atlantic Speedway before moving to the modified division, and then to MASCAR when it was formed in 1983. He is the 1985 MASCAR champion. He continued racing in MASCAR until the end of the 1993 season when he retired to help his son, Scott, in his MASCAR career.

He fielded a car for Scott until his passing in 1999. Since then he has remained involved in racing through sponsorship and as a familiar face around the pit area – often lending a helping hand or expert advice, or both.

Junior Kelly’s contribution to Maritime motorsports was formally acknowledged in 2008 when he was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Junior Kelly passed away March 25, 2016; he was 68.

Scott Kelly

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Role at Riverside: Racer

One of Scott Kelly’s greatest triumphs came at Riverside Speedway – in 1998 when he won a MASCAR race while fighting his battle with cancer.

He had started racing just 10 years earlier and quickly moved through the street stock and open wheel ranks to become the MASCAR rookie of the year in 1994. In 1995 he was second in MASCAR points, and in 1996 he finished third in MASCAR points and third in the prestigious Oxford 250.

In 1997 he won his first two races with the series (at Sydney’s Island Speedway and at Centre for Speed in New Brunswick); that year he was second in MASCAR points, runner-up by a slim three points, the closest point battle in Maritime pro stock touring series history.

Scott Kelly continued to race in 1998 after being diagnosed with cancer; he passed away in 1999 at just 28 years of age.

On August 16, 2008 Riverside International Speedway hosted the Scott Kelly Memorial sponsored by Kelly’s loyal sponsor, Parts for Trucks. A special tribute car was entered by multi-time series champion Wayne Smith with its hood autographed by all the drivers before being presented to Kelly’s parents as part of the Victory Lane celebration.

Scott Kelly was inducted in the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in November 2008.

George Koszkulics

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Role at Riverside: Racer, Car Chief

Hailing from nearby New Glasgow, George Koszkulics has been racing at Riverside since 1974. He is a multi-time winner at Riverside, both behind the wheel and as car chief for top drivers like Donald Chisholm, Regan Smith, and Kenny Wallace. In his driving career, George competed at tracks throughout the Maritime provinces as well as a New Smyrna Speedway in Florida and Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. In the 90s George joined the King Racing team and helped with its efforts in the ACT Tour, NASCAR Busch North Series, and the ASA (with Scott Fraser at the helm). In 2006, he joined Nova Racing as driver of the No. 88 and as car chief for the No. 89 driven by Donald Chisholm, winner of the 2014 NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at Riverside, the 2015 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour champion, and winner of the 2016 IWK 250. George has also led the Nova Racing team to wins in the IWK 250 with NASCAR celebrities Regan Smith (2008) and Kenny Wallace (2018).

George Koszkulics is a member of the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Jerry Lawrence

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Role at Riverside: Announcer, Promoter

No matter who is in the booth Jerry Lawrence is, and always has been, the voice of Riverside International Speedway; he was there when the track opened in 1969 and you will still sometimes hear his booming voice over the airwaves at the track .

In the late 70s he co-promoted Riverside along with Ron King. He and King are the founders of the annual “250” at Riverside, hosting the first edition in 1977.

He got hooked on racing as a teenager at Sackville Downs Speedway. For five decades he has entertained race fans behind the microphone at numerous tracks in the Maritimes; besides Riverside including Seabreeze Raceway, Drag City, Atlantic Speedway, Onslow Speedway, Scotia Speedworld, Moosehead Speedway, Centre for Speed, and with the MASCAR tour.

He founded the Atlantic Karters Association and has announced at go-kart races for several decades.

Jerry Lawrence was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Ledwidge Family

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Role at Riverside: Promoter

Ernie Ledwidge got his start in racing at Riverside Speedway as one of the scorers for the inaugural Riverside 250 in 1977.

Ernie continued as scorer at Riverside through 1979 then moved to the same role at Onslow Speedway. In 1983 Ernie became race director at Onslow and so his wife, Cathy, took over the scoring duties.

From 1984 to 1987 they worked at Riverside in similar roles, and included son Mike in scoring the races. In 1988 the trio moved their expertise to Scotia Speedworld where they expanded their roles to cover just about every aspect of race-day control. In 1994 they helped with the planning, construction, and opening New Brunswick’s Speedway 660.

In 1996 they returned to Scotia Speedworld running the competition operations of the facility, and in 2001, when the Maritime Pro Stock Tour was formed, took on the same role with it.

Cathy Ledwidge passed away in 2007; Mike and Ernie remained actively involved in racing until the end of the 2008 season.

The Ledwidge family was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Scott Livingston

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Scott Livingston’s interest in all things mechanical started at a very early age. He began racing in motocross competition, he has raced on ice, and he has raced stock cars. At just 17 years of age he opened ‘Scott’s Cycle’. He is a certified motorcycle mechanic and a registered instructor in the Canada Safety Council’s Motorcycle Training Program. In the 1980s he became active in the family welding shop. He builds cars for himself and for others. He raced with MASCAR and the Maritime Pro Stock Tour. He retired from driving in 2010 after a racing injury but continues to influence employees and former pit crew members, tow that have gone on to become team members on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He serves as the Prince Edward Island Vice President for the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame. Scott Livingston was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2013.

Rollie MacDonald

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Role at Riverside: Racer, Car Owner

Rollie MacDonald entered the first event held at Riverside Speedway when it opened in 1969; to this day it remains his favourite track. He has likely completed more laps at Riverside than any other driver.

From nearby Pictou, Rollie started racing on the dirt in 1965 at Mountain Raceway. His career grew to become one of the most diverse in the Maritimes, travelling to tracks all over North America as both a driver and a car owner. His longest winning streak – 22 in a row at Atlantic Speedway in 1977 – may very well be a Maritime record; ironically what was one of the high spots of his career ended with one of its lows when the streak ended in one of the worst wrecks in Maritime motorsports history.

In 1984 he won the MASCAR championship; in 1986 he won Quebec’s QUASCAR title (and also finished third in MASCAR). In 1994 he ran the NASCAR Busch North Series.

In 1998 he took on the car owner role and joined forces with local hotshoe Scott Fraser. In 1999 they won two races and finished third in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing; in 2000 they made their ASA debut with an outside pole and eighth-place finish. They ran several more ASA races in 2000 and in 2001 scored four top 10s in 13 starts.

MacDonald returned to the driver’s seat after Fraser’s death in 2004, and in 2005 won the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour title.

Rollie MacDonald was inducted to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005, and to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Michael MacKenzie

Role at Riverside: Racer

Mike-MacKen(180)Michael ‘Mike’ MacKenzie became involved in racing in 1973. From 1980 to 1983 he worked with Greg Sewart as a crew member during which time Sewart had many wins and a championship. In 1983 Mike started racing in the MASCAR Tour and was a top contender. He finished second in the points championship in 1987 and 1990. In 1991 and ’92 Mike finished third in the Moosehead Grand Prix through the streets of Halifax. In 1999 and 2000 Mike could be found racing in the Maritime MASCAR Tour and the International Pro Stock Challenge (IPSC). From 2004 to 2008 he had 2 top 5 finishes in the Newfoundland Targa races running against some of the top teams from around the world. In 2007 Mike was NASCAR licensed and ran in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Busch race at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, This was the first NASCAR Busch Series race held on a Canadian track and Mike was one of eight Canadian entries. He has built race cars for several NASCAR, pro-stock and sportsman drivers. Another of his passions is restoring antique Corvettes (for other people). Mike retired from driving stock cars in 2014. He was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2015.

Ernie & Winona McLean

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Role at Riverside: Promoter

Ernie and Winona McLean were Riverside Speedway’s promoter from 1984 to 1989, while at the same time continuing to own and operate River Glade Speedway in New Brunswick which they had opened in 1964. They had already been married three years when Ernie attended his first stock car race at Ontario’s Pinecrest Speedway in 1957. Ernie got “the bug”, bought his first race car (from fellow ‘Wall of Fame’ alumni Jim Hallahan), and started racing.

Before long they moved back to New Brunswick and settled in River Glade. There was no stock car racing in the area so Ernie decided to build a track; it was dirt when it opened in 1964. By 1965 it was paved, with grandstands and outbuildings added; later that year to celebrate River Glade’s first anniversary, they staged the inaugural River Glade International. Before long it was attracting some of the biggest names in Canadian motorsports.

The McLean’s owned and operated River Glade Speedway for 30 years, hosting many a series and guest driver – including Dale Earnhardt Sr. They also helped operate Miramichi Speedway, Brookside Speedway, and Danny’s Speedway.

In 2004 the McLean’s took the helm of the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame and continue to be the driving force behind it.

Ernie McLean was named Promoter of the Year in 1984; he was inducted to the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2000; and Ernie and Winona McLean were inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Stanley Miller

Role at Riverside: Crew Chief

Stanley Miller, from Kennetcook, NS, has been involved in racing since 1969. He has built many top race cars and worked as crew chief for top drivers including his son Roger Miller – a force to be reckoned with in the mid to late 1990s on the regional MASCAR circuit. Stanley can still be found at the track more often than not and for the past few years has been sharing his talent with Newfoundland’s Josh Collins.

Stanley Miller is a member of the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Earl Ross

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Earl Ross raced at Riverside Speedway in 1977, making the stop as part of an eastern swing from his Ontario home-base; his other stop was at River Glade Speedway in New Brunswick – where he added his name to the winner’s list of the facilities annual International.

He started his racing career in the late 60s driving hobby cars and then late models at Delaware Speedway. In 1971 he went to Daytona International Speedway as a spectator and quickly decided he had to find a way to race on the superspeedway.

He became the first Canadian to start the Daytona 500 in 1973, fortunate to have NASCAR legend Donnie Allison as his mentor. On September 29, 1974 he beat Buddy Baker to the finish line to win the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville Speedway, becoming the only Canadian – and Maritimer – to ever win in what is now the Sprint Cup Series. He was also NASCAR’s top rookie that year, another national feat yet to be equaled. In 26 races that year he had one win, five top fives, and 10 top 10s.

Earl Ross continued to race through the 90s, competing a tracks in Ontario, on the ASA circuit, and with CASCAR.

He was inducted to the Canadian Motorsports Hall Of Fame in 2000, the P.E.I. Sports Hall Of Fame in 2008, and the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Greg Sewart

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Greg Sewart raced and won at Riverside International Speedway during the 1980s and 1990s. He retired from racing in 2002 after a broken back cut short a 26-year career.

He started racing 1976 at Atlantic Speedway winning the sportsman rookie title and points championship that year, repeating as points champion in 1977.

In 1982 he was the late model champion at Onslow Speedway and in 1983 he joined MASCAR, winning the title in his rookie year. He repeated as the MASCAR champion four more times (1987, 1992, 1993, and 1995) to become the series only five-time champion.

Sewart also claimed some of the biggest race trophies the region had to offer. He is a three-time Moosehead Grand Prix Late Model division winner (1991, 1992, and 1994), a three-time winner of the River Glade International (1983, 1984, 1987), and a two-time winner of the IWK 250 (1986 and 1993), and claimed the checkered flag in the only 300-lap pro stock feature ever held at Scotia Speedworld.

One of the biggest thrills of Sewart’s racing career came in a second-place finish at the 1994 edition of the Oxford 250 in Maine; he remains the top finishing Maritime racer (ever) in the hallowed event.

Greg Sewart was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2010 and Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in  2012.

Bill Sommerville

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Hailing from Saint John, New Brunswick, Bill Sommerville made select trips to Riverside during the 80s and 90s with his sportsman car. Bill’s first race car was a $75 flathead Ford – that was 1966, and even now, in 2014, he still competes on a limited basis. In the 48 years in between he has raced at tracks all over the Maritimes and into Maine. He is a two-time Petty Raceway track champion, a multi-time Hammond River track champion, and also claimed the pro stock division title at Speedway 660. His best season ever came in the early 90s when he won 13 feature races between Hammond River Raceway and Speedway Miramichi. His favourite racing memory came not long after that when he won a ‘Heroes of the Sport’ pro stock event at Speedway 660, with his son Lonnie finishing second, and his other son Larry, managing the pits for both teams.

William ‘Bill’ Sommerville was inducted in the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame November 15, 2014.

Art Steeves

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Role at Riverside: Racer, Starter

From nearby Pictou County, Art Steeves raced at Riverside in the 80s and since then has flagged virtually all of the MASCAR and Maritime Pro Stock Tour events held at Riverside. Art has had two separate careers in stock car racing, the first nearly ending after an accident in 1970 resulted in a broken neck. After eight years he made his return to the driver’s seat and competed until the late 80s when he retired from driving and started his career as a flagman, since becoming one of the most recognizable in the industry. His style makes him part of the show and has taken him to tracks across the Maritimes and into New England. He has officiated all of the biggest races on the eastern seaboard at one time or another, including the Oxford 250, the IWK 250, the Atlantic Cat 250, and the Speedway 660 250.

William ‘Art’ Steeves was inducted in the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame November 15, 2014.

Alan Vincent

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Role at Riverside: Racer

Alan Vincent is a member of the Prince Edward Island fraternity in Riverside’s Wall of Fame; he raced at Riverside Speedway during the 80s and 90s in MASCAR events.

Throughout much of his 33-year racing career he remained loyal to Chrysler products, it was only in his first few years (1966-1968) that he drove a Ford.

In the early 70s, when it looked like stock car racing was doomed on Prince Edward Island, he convinced his local Kinsmen club to rent Freetown Speedway; Vincent worked day and night to help get the track in shape – and help save racing on the Island.

Most weekends he ran double-headers: Saturday at River Glade in New Brunswick, and Sunday’s closer to home on the Island. During that time he won Most Sportsmanlike Driver Awards four times, as well as a Fan Favourite Award, and Modified championships. In 1992 he joined the MASCAR circuit driving a Dodge Daytona; he raced with MASCAR until his retirement in 1999.

Alan remains a familiar site at Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour events, perhaps the biggest fan of our 2010 IWK 250 winner Kent Vincent, Alan’s son.

Alan Vincent was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Bob Yuille

Bob Yuille (Ken MacIsaac photo)

Bob Yuille (Ken MacIsaac photo)

Role at Riverside: Racer

Bob (Bobby) Yuille began racing drag cars and soon moved to stock cars where he competed at tracks throughout the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, and in New England. In 1983, he was the inaugural feature winner on the MASCAR Tour. In 1991 he competed in a NASCAR Busch North Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Besides MASCAR and Busch North, his stock car resume includes super late model, ACT and super modified divisions. He took a break from racing between 1995 and 2006 to grow his auto repair shop ‘Yuille Auto Works’. In 2007 he finished second in the Newfoundland Targa Road Race, and in 2010 he made a return appearance in that event where his was the only penalty-free team after three days of racing.

Bob Yuille was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2013.

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