2017 News Stories
(Most Recent Appearing First)
Our Racing Community:
Ward Crozier Passes
5/5/17: Sad word has reached us on the passing of Ward Crozier.
A true renaissance man of our sport... Ward truly did it all.
Ward Crozier behind the wheel of his #26 Coupe at Nazareth (top left - Jack Kromer photo), and in his Gremlin (top right - Rich Young photo.) Ward at Mahoning Valley conducting a driver's meeting in the summer of 2006 for the Kart and Micro Stock racers (center left - 3Wide photo), and looking out over the speedway from the pit office (center right - 3Wide photo.) Ward stops the water truck and helps with the removal of those watching from an unsafe view from the trees (bottom left - Jack Kromer photo.) Ward talking to fans at the 2017 Phillipsburg Mall Dirt Track Heroes event (bottom right - Jack Kromer photo.)
...a driver, a pit steward, a promoter.... and much more...
I was fortunate to meet Ward when he took over the Sunday Karting program at Mahoning Valley back in the mid 2000's. Wall had cancelled their Kart series for that year, leaving my son and I no place to race, so I reached out to Ward, about the possibility of racing at Mahoning, and he told us "come on up! Ward and his wife Dottie made my son and I, and all the other racers that came up from NJ feel very welcome, and the hospitality that they extended, along with the great memories from those Sundays at Mahoning, is something that I will always be grateful for.
My condolences go out to the Crozier family on the passing of Ward.
Services: A public viewing will be Tuesday, May 9th from 4 – 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday 10 – 11:00 a.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton, PA 18067. At this time, family and friends will have an opportunity to share special memories.
Additional information found at: http://www.reichelfuneralhome.com/obits.php?id=575&p=&search
Sportsman/Modified Racer Bobby Ayres Passes
4/18/17: Sad news has reached us of the passing of Bob Ayres, driver of the the #69 sportsman coupe (top photo), and the #69 Gremlin modified (middle photo), and later, the Dale Clickner #32A coupe pictured above.
Bob decided to go racing in the mid 70's, and from what I remember, sold his motorcycle to buy a proven winning #9A sportsman car from top running Dean Applegate. Bob left the color pretty much the same on the #9A, but changed to the #69, and very quickly became a top runner in that division.
Bob had a lot of fans because of his smooth driving style, and because he was just one of those racers that everybody wanted to see do well. Bob had a way of getting the most out of a car, and could find a way of being near the top when the checkered flag waved.
We are grateful to have the memories of watching Bob Ayres race.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Bob Ayres.
Sportsman Racer Dusty Malsbury Passes
4/9/17: Sad news has reached us on the passing of Dusty Malsbury. Many East Windsor Speedway fans will remember Dusty not only racing in the sportsman division, but dominated the division in the late 60's. I'm not sure, but I think it was 1969 that Dusty won 14 or 15 sportsman features in that year alone!
Those local to the Hightstown/Windsor area will remember seeing the #777 parked outside the Esso gas station on Route 130, not far from Jim's Country Diner.
Dusty was an early favorite of mine, and the photo above is one of the first driver photos I ever purchased at the speedway.
Our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Dusty Malsbury - Always a favorite of ours here in The Vault.
Joe Macfarlan - 3Wide's Picture Vault
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