PA's Fallen Heroes

A work in progress by Jim Bubb

Steve has been working on this tribute, remembering all the drivers and riding mechanics who have been killed on PA racetracks.  This list includes both automobiles and motorcycles.  This list is far from complete and Steve invites anyone with additional info to share it here.

Date First Name Last Name Age Hometown Track Track Location Type Notes
10/2/39 Johnny  Gailet     Ackerly Fairgrounds Scranton    
10/1/39 John Hoffman 28 Cementon, PA Ackerly Fairgrounds Scranton Midget Jimmy Hoffman?
9/26/38 Frank Breeder 27 St. Louis, MO Allentown Fairgrounds Allentown   Crashed 9/24
9/24/38 Roy  Lake 31 Fairbanks, CA Allentown Fairgrounds Allentown    
9/23/22 Walter "Ruff" Lezotte   Philadelphia, PA Allentown Fairgrounds Allentown   Originally from France
9/20/52 Bill Schindler 43 Freeport, NY Allentown Fairgrounds Allentown Big Car  
9/24/60 Johnny  Thomson 39 Boyertown, PA Allentown Fairgrounds Allentown Big Car  
9/1/24 Joe Boyer Jr.   Detroit, MI Altoona Speedway Tipton    
6/15/29 Ray Keech   Philadelphia, PA Altoona Speedway Tipton   Declared the winner in the race.
9/4/23 Howard "Howdy" Wilcox   Indianapolis, IN Altoona Speedway Tipton    
9/2/40 Ammon Kelchner 28 Lebanon, PA Altoona-Tipton Speedway Tipton    
7/7/35 Robert  Bell 23 Etna, PA Arden Downs Washington    
9/7/36 Mike Casic   Steubenville, OH Arden Downs Washington    
8/12/67 Joe Csiki 32 West Willington, CT Bedford Speedway Bedford Sprint Car  
10/12/58 Bobby  Boone     Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Bloomsburg Midget  
9/10/07 Rex Reinertsen   Allegheny, PA Brunots Island Pittsburgh Touring Car  
7/18/37 George  Wallace Jr. 25 Brunswick, NJ Bucks County Fairgrounds Quakertown    
0/0/1926 Harry Cohn     Butler Fairgrounds Butler    
0/0/1924 William Hickson     Butler Fairgrounds Butler   Brother of Mike Hickson
9/9/33 Frank Kelly   Edinburg, PA Butler Fairgrounds Butler   Frank Kelley?
5/2/37 Joe Bob 32 Richmond Hills, NY Central Speedway Bird In Hand   Joe Bobb
9/19/35 Harry Shollengberg     Central Speedway Bird In Hand   Test session crash
7/5/30 Lee Carnes   Youngstown, OH Clarion Fairgrounds Clarion    
7/4/28 William Pfeiffer   Ambridge, PA Clarion Fairgrounds Clarion    
10/18/24 Kenneth Burke 20 DuBois, PA Clearfield Driving Park Clearfield   Same person as Kenny Quinn?
10/18/24 Kenny Quinn 22 DuBois, PA Clearfield Fairgrounds Clearfield   Same person as Kenneth Burke?
5/30/63 Neal Radaker   Brookville, PA Clearfield Speedway Clearfield    
8/22/03 Charles  Colegrove 48   Clinton County Speedway Lock Haven Stock Car  
7/4/15 Archie Lejeal     Corry Driving Park Corry Motorcycle  
9/20/30 Mike Hickson 29 Pittsburgh, PA Dawson Driving Park Dawson   Brother of William Hickson
6/25/47 Harry "Hap" Pierson 33 Philadelphia, PA Dorney Park Speedway Allentown Midget Crashed on 6/21
9/13/20 Philip  Hensher   Sykesville, PA DuBois Driving Park DuBois Motorcycle  
8/11/47 Joe Selzer 32 Lakemore, OH Ebensburg Fairgrounds Ebensburg Midget Joe Seizer?
5/23/27 Lawrence Hoadley   Erie, PA Erie Expostition Grounds Erie   Lawrence Headley?
9/7/57 George Graboske 36 Nanticoke, PA Evergreen Speedway St. Johns Stock Car  
9/8/40 Charles  Lingo 21   Gable Hill Speedway Meadville Jalopy  
10/15/39 Fred Kump 21 Westfield, PA Gaines Jalopy Track Gaines Jalopy  
9/10/27 Ammon Curry 17 Swatara Station, PA Harrisburg Fairgrounds Harrisburg    
9/10/27 Earl Kennedy 25 Montoursville, PA Harrisburg Fairgrounds Harrisburg    
7/3/48 Howard Ashenfelter 33 Phoenixville, PA Hatfield Speedway Hatfield Midget  
7/16/65 Ernie Borelli   College Point, NY Hatfield Speedway Hatfield Midget  
10/15/32 Vernon  Cook     Hatfield Speedway Hatfield    
6/15/58 George Fonder 39 Lansdale, PA Hatfield Speedway Hatfield Midget 1957?
7/17/64 George Gancarz 27 Bristol, PA Hatfield Speedway Hatfield Midget  
10/9/49 Jimmy Gibbons   Richmond, VA Hatfield Speedway Hatfield Midget  
9/16/39 Paul Levan 23 Lehighton, PA Hatfield Speedway Hatfield    
7/4/36 Kenneth McCollough 28 Los Angeles, CA Hatfield Speedway Hatfield    
7/4/35 Robert  Nelson 26 Maple Shade, NJ Hatfield Speedway Hatfield    
5/31/37 Horace "Doc" Walker 33 Philadelphia, PA Hatfield Speedway Hatfield    
7/4/35 Nevin "Ned" Witte 26 Baltimore, MD Hatfield Speedway Hatfield    
9/27/59 Pete Panaia 30 Braddock, PA Heidelberg Raceway Heidelberg Super Modified  
7/4/54 Robert  Topi 30 Baltimore, MD Heidelberg Raceway Heidelberg Motorcycle First race he entered
7/26/58 Chauncey Whitehorse 22 Pittsburgh, PA Heidelberg Raceway Heidelberg Motorcycle  
9/2/68 Bert Brooks 48 Fairfield, PA Hershey Stadium Hershey Midget  
9/2/40 Jim  Storm 23 Philadelphia, PA Hershey Stadium Hershey Midget  
5/20/39 Harold Thomas 26 Philadelphia, PA Hershey Stadium Hershey Midget Opening Show on 5/18.  aka Billy Owens
  Robert  Galloway     Hesston Drag Strip Hesston   Killed in a practice run while drying the track after a rain shower
9/17/67 Ronald Clinger 34 Shannondale, PA Houtzdale Speeway Houtzdale Stock Car Injured 8/29/67
8/17/85 Charles Carberry 24 Levittown, PA Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown Sprint Car  
8/25/79 John Draucker 26   Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown Sprint Car  
9/2/30 Mazie "Speed" Fusco     Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown Big Car  
9/2/68 Forrest "Sonny" Horner 35 Johnstown, PA Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown Super Modified  
5/29/33 Roy Jones 24 Johnstown, PA Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown    
7/4/36 Paul Snyder 32 Washington, D.C. Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown    
7/4/36 Joe  Ventre 26 Altoona, PA Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown Big Car Joseph Bentry?
8/14/99 Randy Witkum 26 Westford, MA Jennerstown Speedway Jennerstown Super Modified  
9/28/47 Charles "Ducky" Pehlman   Reading, PA Kutztown Fairgrounds Kutztown    
6/24/56 Ralph "Hap" Brown 34 Canadaigua, NY Lancaster Speedway Herrville Midget  
9/19/35 Ray Don Schollenberger 26 Reading, PA Landisville Fairgrounds Landisville   Brother of Wayne Schollenberger
6/21/53 Frank Arford 42 Indianapolis, IN Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Stock Car  
6/19/60 Jimmy Bryan 33 Phoenix, AZ Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Big Car  
3/20/55 Larry  Crockett 26 Columbus, IN Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Big Car age 28?
9/1/46 Andy Drobeck   Reading, PA Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Motorcycle  
6/29/58 Nick Duino Jr. 21 New Brunswick, NJ Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Midget  
8/7/26 Louis Fink   Philadelphia, PA Langhorne Speedway Langhorne   Former Boxer
9/1/56 Milt  Hall 30   Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Motorcycle  
5/15/39 Bud Henderson 31 Akron, OH Langhorne Speedway Langhorne    
6/15/35 Charles Hilderbrand     Langhorne Speedway Langhorne    
6/13/49 Len Koenig 37 Palmyra, PA Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Midget Palmyra, NJ?
7/4/28 George MacKenzie Jr   Langhorne Speedway Langhorne    
4/7/63 Bobby  Marvin 23 Columbus, OH Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Big Car  
9/2/40 George Matheson 32 Paterson, NJ Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Motorcycle  
4/26/56 John  McVitty 32 Raleigh, NC Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Grand National Stock Car
5/1/55 Mike Nazaruk 32 North Bellmore, NY Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Sprint Car  
0/0/1933 Archie Powell     Langhorne Speedway Langhorne    
7/1/62 Hugh Randall 28 Louisville, KY Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Champ Car  
9/1/52 Carroll Reese 17 Norfolk, VA Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Motorcycle  
9/5/54 Henry Robitaile 27 Lownsdale, RI Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Motorcycle  
6/10/34 Joe Russo 35 Detroit, MI Langhorne Speedway Langhorne   Crashed on 6/9/1934
6/22/41 Mitchell Siemienski 30 Philadelphia, PA Langhorne Speedway Langhorne   aka Metz Simmons   6/14/1941?
9/14/52 Larry  Zuckerman 26 Yonkers, NY Langhorne Speedway Langhorne Grand National Stock Car aka Larry Man, Larry Mann
8/1/37 Leroy Sweigart 19 Reading, PA Latimore Valley Fairgrounds York Springs Jalopy Maried previous day
9/15/40 Howard Evans 25 Shepherdstown, PA Lebanon Fairgrounds Lebanon Jalopy  
11/1/36 Lawrence "Al" Gasta 26 Lebanon, PA Lebanon Fairgrounds Lebanon    
8/29/38 Lem Young 24   Lebanon Fairgrounds Lebanon Big Car  
11/1/38 Paul Young   Lancaster, PA Lebanon Fairgrounds Lebanon Speed Car  
5/17/36 Jimmy Zohner 26 Reading, PA Lebanon Fairgrounds Lebanon    
0/0/1936 Donny Harrison     Lehighton Fairgrounds Lehighton   Danny?
10/20/90 Clifford Haas 41 Gibsonia, PA Lernerville Speedway Sarver Enduro  
7/10/65 Rosel Dolin 25 Mifflintown, PA Lewistown Fairgrounds Lewistown Stock Car  
8/26/34 Bill Wiedergott 26   Lewistown Fairgrounds Lewistown    
8/9/75 Steve Howard 24 Langhorne, PA Lincoln Speedway  Hanover Sprint Car  
7/24/65 Johnny  Roberts 42 Baltimore, MD Lincoln Speedway  Hanover Modified  
7/23/55 William Winand 23 Abbottstown, PA Lincoln Speedway  Hanover Stock Car  
  Adam Dietzel     Linda's Speedway Jonestown 4-Cylinder Stock Died from a heart attack while racing
9/8/00 Tom Garland 32 NJ Linda's Speedway Jonestown 4-Cylinder Stock Suffered a heart aneurysm while leading the feature
9/6/41 Harry Harper 34 Chester, PA Lycoming County Fairgrounds  Hughesville    
7/25/47 Steve Jars   Philadelphia Mahanoy Twp Stadium Speedway Mahanoy City Midget  
4/25/71 John Rakowski 23 Chester Springs, PA Maple Grove Drag-O-Way Mohnton Sportsman Drag  
7/24/88 John Zentner     McKean County Raceway East Smethport Sprint Car Only ESS fatality
6/17/72 Clark Reefer 41 Greenville, PA Mercer Raceway Mercer    
6/4/21 William Arthurs     Mill Park (Pottstown Speedway) Pottstown Motorcycle  
6/4/21 Edwin Wagner     Mill Park (Pottstown Speedway) Pottstown Motorcycle  
8/22/25 Fred "Nat" Fetterman     Monongahela Speedway Monongahela    
9/20/87 Robert  Fink 47 Pittsburgh, PA Motordrome 70 Smithton Street Stock  
8/6/50 Pete McKewen 46 Prospect Park, PA Nazareth Speedway Nazareth Big Car Pete McKeon?
8/23/64 Jack McLaughlin 30 Thorofare, NJ Nazareth Speedway Nazareth Modified  
5/10/53 Donald  Guseman 19 Uniontown, PA New Uniontown Speedway Uniontown Stock Car Track owner's son.  Track closed after this.
7/29/81 Robert  Kling 35 Allison Park, PA North Hills Raceway Pittsburgh Go-Kart  
10/1/10 Samuel Killiam     Old Lancaster Fairground Lancaster    
8/22/14 George Evans   Toledo, OH Old Reading Fairgrounds Reading Motorcycle  
5/10/70 Frederick Hardacre 31 Akron, OH Pittsburgh International Dragway Bridgeville Jet Car Garth Hardacre?
6/13/48 James Monda 33 Bridgeville, PA Pittsburgh Speedway Large Jalopy  
9/4/27 William Engleseardt   Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh-Bridgeville Speedway Bridgeville   Englehardt?
9/17/89 Don  Pratt 32 Lima, NY Pocono Raceway 3/4 mile Long Pond Modified  
5/4/69 Troy Ruttman Jr 19 Dearborn Heights, MI Pocono Raceway 3/4 mile Long Pond Super Modified Opening event
8/4/02 Robert  Goldfarb 45   Pocono Raceway Road Course Long Pond Sports Car  
6/26/87 Michael Webber 33 Woodbridge, VA Pocono Raceway Road Course Long Pond Motorcycle  
11/24/06 Earnest  Keeler 26   Point Breeze Philadelphia      
9/3/47 Frank Bailey 33 New Brunswick, NJ Port Royal Speedway Port Royal    
9/1/58 Harold "Hal" Hoose 32 Troy, PA Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Stock Car  
5/27/72 Dennis Snyder     Port Royal Speedway Port Royal    
6/23/73 Randy Thompson     Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Stock Car  
9/16/27 Eugene "Dooley" Chirano     Pottstown Speedway Pottstown   Name spelled Chicano in some papers
10/2/27 Julian "Slim"  Everett   Wilmington, DE Pottstown Speedway Pottstown    
9/1/24 Wayne  Hawkins     Pottstown Speedway Pottstown    
8/4/35 Dave  Harris     Pottsville Fairgrounds Cressona    
7/4/35 Wayne  Schollenberger 23 Palmerton, PA Pottsville Fairgrounds Cressona   Brother of Ray Don Schollenberger
8/17/62 Charles Bubeck 43 Schuylkill Haven, PA Reading Fairgrounds Reading Stock Car  
8/28/70 John  Evans 37   Reading Fairgrounds Reading Modified  
11/29/78 Mike Grbac     Reading Fairgrounds Reading Modified  
9/19/76 John  Hubbard 35   Reading Fairgrounds Reading Modified  
6/11/66 Jud Larson 43 Indianapolis, IN Reading Fairgrounds Reading Sprint Car  
6/13/53 George "Ringy" Lloyd 27 Reading, PA Reading Fairgrounds Reading Stock Car Brother-in-law of Bobby Rolland
6/8/62 Leon McMinn 26 Coatsville, PA Reading Fairgrounds Reading    
6/11/66 William "Red" Reigel 34 Leesport, PA Reading Fairgrounds Reading Sprint Car  
6/13/53 Bobby  Rolland 26 Reading, PA Reading Fairgrounds Reading Stock Car Bobby Rowland?  Brother-in-law of George Lloyd
6/3/69 Robert  Wilkey 31 Boyertown, PA Reading Fairgrounds Reading Midget  
9/4/54 Melvin Ressler 26 Cogan Station, PA Riverview Speedway Williamsport Stock Car  
7/4/59 Johnny  Hargett 23 Falls Church, VA Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove    
0/0/1970 Patrick Hoover   Falls Church, VA Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove    
4/20/76 Ronald Keister 28 New Berlin, PA Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove Late Model  
8/17/52 Lerue Ulshaffer 22 Bloomsburg, PA Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove Stock Car  
6/5/76 Billy  Wertz 50 Strausstown, PA Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove Sprint Car  
6/21/03 Joe Whitcomb 35   Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove Sprint Car  
8/10/60 Merl "Hoppy" Fissel 34 Oberlin, PA Silver Spring Speedway Mechanicsburg Stock Car Injured 7/23/60
9/4/04 Bill "Wild Bill" Heckert 62   Silver Spring Speedway Mechanicsburg Super Sportsman  
9/23/27 Edward Harvey 22 Oakdale, PA Somerset County Fairgrounds Meyersdale    
8/19/51 Donald  Sanders 26 Alexandria, VA Somerset County Fairgrounds Meyersdale Big Car  
10/6/40 Amos Deems 40 Fairmont, WV Somerset Speedway Somerset Motorcycle Amos Deem?
6/11/61 Richard Edwards 26 Montgomery, PA Susquehanna Speedway Newberrytown Stock Car First race he entered
7/31/55 Carl  Lindquist 47 Oil City, PA Temporary Course Warren Sports Car track described as "grass road course"
10/10/47 Howard Ackerly 23   Towanda Fairgrounds Towanda   Howard Ackley?, 8/10/1947?
8/4/56 Jimmy Shoemaker     Towanda Fairgrounds Towanda   Jimmy Schumackey?
6/5/78 Buddy  Barris     Tri-City Speedway Franklin Sprint Car  
8/24/63 James Seese 35 Akron, OH Tri-City Speedway Franklin Super Modified  
8/12/39 D. Henry "Hank" Bruning 28 Carbondale, PA Tunkhannock Fairgrounds Tunkhannock Midget  
6/19/14 J. E.  Shafer 28 Pittsburgh, PA Uniontown Hill Climb Uniontown Stock Car  
11/28/16 Frank Bush   Pittsburgh, PA Uniontown Speedway Uniontown Champ Car Riding Mechanic
12/4/16 Frank Galvin   Indianapolis, IN Uniontown Speedway Uniontown Champ Car Injured 12/2/1916
11/28/16 Charles Heist 23 Sharpsburg Uniontown Speedway Uniontown Champ Car  
12/2/16 Hughie Hughes 31 Los Angeles, CA Uniontown Speedway Uniontown Champ Car Originally from London, England
12/2/16 Gaston Weigel 28 Paris, France Uniontown Speedway Uniontown Champ Car Riding Mechanic, living in Indianapolis, IN
7/14/32 Gordon Condon 29 Altoona, PA VFW Driving Park Hollidaysburg   Killed in a practice run on the 13th when he hit a large rock placed on the track by people unhappy with the track.
8/26/34 Harry Fasnacht     West Chester Fairgrounds West Chester    
9/9/34 George Winnerly     West Chester Fairgrounds West Chester    
6/20/08 Theodore Shultz 30   Wilkes-Barre Driving Park Wilkes Barre Motorcycle  
7/5/64 Tony Bonadies 47 Bronx, NY Williams Grove Speedway Williams Grove Midget  
7/29/51 Walter "Walt" Brown 41 Masapequa, NY Williams Grove Speedway Williams Grove   age 39?
6/15/56 Tom Gillispie 31 Towson, MD Williams Grove Speedway Williams Grove Jalopy  
4/17/88 Daryl  Gohn     Williams Grove Speedway Williams Grove Sprint Car  
4/14/46 Joseph Hrycenko 34 Elizabeth, NJ Williams Grove Speedway Williams Grove Big Car aka Joseph Sanko
7/19/59 Van Johnson 32 Pittsburgh, PA Williams Grove Speedway Williams Grove Champ Car  
9/24/39 Lloyd Logan   San Diego, CA Williams Grove Speedway Williams Grove    
4/13/58 George Petit 29 St. Petersburg, FL Williams Grove Speedway Williams Grove Sprint Car  
7/25/46 Harry "Tom" Collins 29 Norristown, PA Yellow Jacket Speedway Philadelphia (G St.) Midget  
5/19/41 Harry Felton Jr 31 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Jacket Speedway Philadelphia (G St.) Midget  
7/24/47 Harry   Hart 42 Denver, CO Yellow Jacket Speedway Philadelphia (G St.) Midget Racing out of Tampa, FL
8/25/51 Len  Krouza 28 Cartoret, NJ Yellow Jacket Speedway Langhorne Midget Name also spelled Lou D'Krouza and Lon Krouza
  Charles  Meyers   Philadelphia, PA Yellow Jacket Speedway Philadelphia Midget Son of Zeke Meyers
7/4/34 Harold Wright 26 Lemoyne, PA York Fairgrounds York    
7/13/74 Richard Huffman 25   York US 30 Dragway Thomasville Sportsman Drag  
7/4/07 J.B. Herman       Grafton    

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