Three drivers, two owner/builders and three from the promotional side make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2009. Drivers John Fitch, Bobby Dragon and Paul Richardson, promoters Bob Bahre, Jim McConnell and Tom Curley and car owner/ builders Rollie Lindblad and Art Barry will be inducted on Jan. 25, 2009 at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT. Tickets, $42 apiece, will go on sale in November on the New England Antique Racers website NEAR1.com.
Still to come are three selections form the Veterans Committee along with the Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award and the Danny Pardi Memorial Award winners. Currently the president of the American Canadian Tour and the co-owner/promoter at Vermont’s Thunder Road International Speedway, Curley, 65, has been RPM’s Northeast Promoter of the Year three times. A one-time competitor, he’s been on the promotional side since the late 1979s. Guiding the fortunes of NASCAR North, ACT and a number of individual tracks, his resume includes the ’04 RPM North American Promoter of the Year, 1992 Trackside Magazine Promoter of the Year and 2003 Lowe’s Motor Speedway Short Track Promoter of the Year.
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