Over 240 riders have been killed on the course, six in 1970 alone.
Conor Cummins, a soft-spoken Manxman, is the local hero.
Gardner was flat out when he noticed a child had somehow wandered onto the track. Many railbirds believed that the suddenness of Gardners reaction to seeing the youngster in front of him may have been related to an incident at Californias Legion Ascot Speedway eight years earlier.
Gardner slammed the wall there and a fence board broke loose, killing a 12-year-old boy. Last weekend the Permatex Follow A Dream funny car was on display right next to the Coastal 181 booth at Frank Marattas Auto and Cycle Show in West Springfield, MA.
The track had gone to open competition in its top division, and the field was mixed.
It all came to an end, however, time-trialing at Flemington, NJ, on September 3, 1938.In 2010 he had a horrendous crash, literally launching him down the mountain. Though Cummins had to fight mightily to overcome depression and to heal his thoroughly broken body, there was little question for anyone that he would be back. From #993 - Around the turn into the 1960s, a buoyant early supermodified wave flowed over the Northwest at facilities such as Portland (Oregon) Speedway.Quite a few competitors used the division as a stepping stone to national competition, Len Sutton, Art Pollard, Bob Gregg, and Les Anderson among them.Leading was Bob Bushley, a local driver from North Windham, ME, in kind of a funky, home-built machine.Bushley, part of one of Maines most respected racing families, later updated to a sprint car but died in July 1974 when he crashed heavily into that same concrete wall.