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70's Modified Racer Bob Nixon Passes

Bob Nixon, driver of his self owned #200 modifieds throughout the 70's has passed away.  Always a steady runner in the very tough modified division, Bob represented to many of us the independent racer who worked weeknights on the racecar so it'd be ready for the upcoming weekend's races.  I watched Bob compete at East Windsor, Flemington and Bridgeport, and always remember his cars wearing the very unique #200.

Bob Nixon behind the wheel of his #200 machines (Flemington Speedway.)

After putting away his helmet, Bob stayed involved with racing through son Robbie's 1/4 Midget efforts, and later with their modified #00 which competed at New Egypt and other tracks.

Bob, wife Teresa, and son Robbie working on the #00 in the pits at New Egypt (2007).

Over the past few years I got to know Bob because of his top soil/mulch/stone business on Rt. 539 in Cream Ridge NJ, which he successfully ran, where Bob would load your truck up using his frontend loader, or could deliver using his dump truck.  On my trips there, once he got my pick up loaded, I'd usually ask a few questions about his racing days, to which like most racers from back then, he'd just kind of tilt his head and add like it wasn't anything special, "That's just what we all did..."

Bob leads the pack in his Mustang bodied #200 at Flemington Speedway in this 1970's Paul Irving photo.

I'll miss seeing Bob in the pits, or when stopping by his business, and talking about the #200's.

My condolences go out to the Nixon family on Bob's passing.

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Calling Hours:

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Monday, June 24, 2019
Tilghman Funeral Home
52 Main Street
New Egypt, New Jersey,

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60's/70's Racer and Long Time Championship Winning Car Owner John Chemidlin Passes

John Chemidlin in victory lane with driver Ryan Godown at New Egypt Speedway in this 2012 photo.

Sad news has reached us on the passing of John Chemidlin.

Although John drove a #007 early in his career, it is the #747 that John will always be known for, from his early days behind the wheel of a coupe, followed by a Pinto, to the decades of ownership of modifieds and sprint cars, all with the easily identifiably signature "John Chemidlin Edison Generator #747," always blue & white, and always immaculate.

John drove this gold #007 in the mid/late 60's

In the early 70's, John would begin using the #747... first as a driver, and then later as a championship winning car owner.

In additions to his successful years as a modified owner, including multiple Modified Championships at East Windsor Speedway, and New Egypt Speedway, John was a very successful businessman.  John owned the Edison Generator facility on Rt 1 in Edison (many will remember the upside down car outside, with the very catchy sign saying, "Does Your Car Turn Over in The Morning?"), and later opened up other locations, including the Edison Generator Automotive Center in Dayton NJ, which became one of the area's most successful independently owned full service repair shops.

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John and driver Davey Sammons in the pits at New Egypt (August 2011).

John with Ryan Godown in New Egypt's Victory Lane, May 2012

John was also inducted into the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club (GSVSCC) Hall of Fame in 2013, for the decades of involvement and success in New Jersey short track racing.

I had the opportunity to say a quick hello to John who was up from Florida earlier this year for a visit to New Egypt Speedway to watch Davey Sammons wheel the #747 in the modified division.  Davey won the modified feature that night, and John was able to once again stand in victory lane, as the winner that he was, and as the winner that he will always be remembered as.

We send out condolences out to John's daughter Jenn, and to the entire Chemidlin Family and friends on John's passing

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Staten Island Crew Member Paul Stolpinski Passes

Paulie at Weissglass Stadium with the Filbrun's.  Early 1960's.

6/10/19:  We received word on Monday from Roger Laureno that legendary Staten Island crew man, Paul "Big Paulie" Stolpinski has passed away. 
Roger added, "A fixture in the pits at speedways accross the northeast, Paulie helped many local racers as well as playing a big part in the success of the Norcia 81 during the Billy "O" days."

Good friend and race driver Bob Hoke added, "
Paulie and the Filbruns were always very close." (see top photo.)
Paul and I were friends for 60 yrs.  He had quite a run with John Norcia with Osmun and Beavers driving."

Paul (2nd from right) with Billy O and the Norcia #81 Team

Paulie died peacefully at home in Yulan NY.  He was 75.

We offer our condolences to the friends and family of Paul Stolpinski.

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5/20/19 -   Sad news has reached us of the passing of racer Bryan Coffey.  Bryan ran at Flemington (left photo - pictured here in 1980 sportsman action), at Bridgeport, and also in the late 90's/early 2000's at New Egypt Speedway (right photo.)

We offer our condolences to Bryan's brother, noted engine builder Wayne "Tea Bag" Coffey, and to the friends and family of Bryan Coffey.

Calling hours are Sunday 5/26 between 2:00 to 4:00 at The Schneider Funeral Home 431 N York Rd. Hatboro,Pa. 19040


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