Archive for April, 2003

Former West Peabody Speedway President “Matty” Greer Passes at 81

     Matthew M. “Matty” Greer

Matthew M. “Matty” Greer, 81, died suddenly on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose, MA. Matty was the owner operator of the former Greer Garage on Lebanon St. and later on Broadway, Malden where he worked for 45 years.  Matty was born in East Boston and educated in the Malden School system. He was a graduate of the Class of 1941. After high school he joined the US Army in April of 1943. After returning home from the war, Matty worked for the Fore River Ship Yard in Weymouth as a welder. He later opened the Greer Garage on Lebanon St. Malden in 1947. After six years he changed the name to Maplewood Motors and moved to Broadway in Malden. His younger brother Ralph Greer came into the business and the two worked together until Matty retired in 1992. Matty was a lifetime member of the Malden Chapter #1910 of the Loyal Order of the Moose. He loved dancing to country & western music and was an avid fan of auto racing and was at times an owner of cars himself. He was the former President of the West Peabody Speedway and was also an avid photographer. Matty lived in Malden for the last 65 years.

He is survived by his wife Marie C. (Plummer) Greer, his sons Charles M. Greer of N. Reading, Matthew M. Greer II of Saugus and his daughters Grace L. Costanza of Lynnfield, Dawn M. Zanazzo of Malden, Laura L. Greer of Randolph, his brother Alfred Greer Jr. of Hooksett, NH, Alvaro Greer of Framingham, George Greer of Wolfeboro, NH Ralph Greer of Malden and his sisters Theresa Whooley-Locke and Edith Smith both of Malden and his fourteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Hossfeld Grabs FMS Checkers; Fornoro & Berndt Score Open-Wheel Wins; Gentes, Docherty, Boss, & Viens Cool in Icebreaker 03 at Thompson Speedway

Thompson, CT — In the last two weeks it seemed as if the Icebreaker ’03 at Thompson might be the impossible dream but the event, postponed by one week for inclement weather, finally was held under spectacular conditions. On Saturday morning it looked like it would once again be a wash but the sun came out allowing for two action-packed days of racing. Chuck Hossfeld was the star on Icebreaker weekend earning a victory for the Mystic Missile team of Bob & Joan Garbarino of Mystic, CT. John Blewett III from Howell, NJ came home second followed by local hero Charlie Pasteryak.

Drew Fornoro of Newtown, NJ continues to rack up Northeastern Midget Association victories. This time Fornoro did not cross the line first yet he was the victor anyway. It appeared that Bobby Santos III had put the famous #29 into victory lane but post race technical inspection found the Seymour-owned entry to be in violation of the club’s width rule. Santos took a commanding lead early and went on to take the checkers by a sizeable margin over declared winner Fornoro. Young gun Adam Cantor had charged to the front to finish second followed by Randy Cabral, Howie Bumpus and Joey Payne, Jr. Kudos go out to rookie Sean Caisse of Pelham, NH who finished inside the top ten in his first-ever Midget start.

Eric Berndt of Rocky Hill, CT proved to be the car to beat in Sunday Sunoco Modified action as he wired the field. In vast contrast to Saturday night’s event, the Sunoco Modifieds cruised through their second feature of the weekend with only a single caution. In the early going a great battle for the lead was brewing between Berndt and Bo Gunning. Berndt jumped up to the lead from his pole starting position with Gunning in tow. Gunning peaked the nose of the TS Haulers entry inside Berndt’s #54 several times before the caution flew on lap six.
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The Season Officially Commences at Thompson Speedway with Malave & Hutchings in Victory Lane; Zach Sylvester Earns First Bud Pole

Thompson, CT: A new season, a new ride, and new trophy for Jeff Malave of Manchester, CT. The Sunoco Modified division spent a little time working out the bugs on Saturday night but in the end it was an exciting finish. Malave, who took over the driving responsibilities of the Interstate Diesel #6 for owner Don Bannister, held off the advances of Kerry Malone, Eric Berndt, and Bert Marvin to post the victory in the first of two Sunoco Modified features scheduled for Icebreaker ’03.

Bo Gunning took the lead on lap one and looked as if he would be the season’s first winner. After going three wide for second position, a lap one restart set the front row of Gunning and Malave. With Gunning comfortably out front, there was hot and heavy action behind the leader with a handful of cars dicing for position. Malave, Kerry Malone and Jim Civali ran in a tight pack behind the leader with Bert Marvin and Teddy Christopher, who had marched back into contention after brining out the first caution of the event, close behind.

The complexity of the event all changed on lap 15 when Gunning and Civali made hard contact collecting Christopher. Malave managed to avoid the wreck to take over the top spot. When green flag racing resumed Malave got little breathing room as he headed to the checkers. Coming out of four there was a three-car battle behind the leader with Eric Berndt charging from the fourth position to take second ahead Malone and Bert Marvin.
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