What NASCAR did bring to this battle that would win the war long term was deep pockets, experience with these situations and knowing that regional drivers would come to Norwood for the points or to be part of the biggest stock car race organization in the world. Thrills came in all forms for fans this season. Cooper was a colorful figure. The wedding at the track was a true “show business event” that included fireworks and torch-light procession and fireworks. The cut downs continued to evolve as they became lighter, faster and more dangerous. In his first start with RPM he finished 13th in the Daytona

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The season was a better year in that the crashes produced only minor driver injuries.

He was filling in for Bob Dionne, his partner and the regular driver of the Bomber. Fire was another reason to want a fast exit from the car. Driver X Roush-Yates Engines. The feature event would start with cars running pace laps with the track lights out.

Paul Menard – Wikipedia

He scored 16 top finishes and 7 top-5 finishes in the Busch Series. My dad long-time IndyCar owner and sponsor John Menard is a racing historian and is super excited for this. Share Facebook Tweet Pinterest Email. This was the biggest stock car race ever held in New England. Midget auto racing had exploded onto the sports scene after World War 2 and the facility had a track so it was a natural for the midgets to find their way to the Arena. A benefit was held at Norwood Arena and collections taken at other tracks on the midget schedule to help Junior and his family.


A new driver by the name of Jack Malone was piloting his 78 impressively around the quarter mile. Dale Earnhardt Teresa Earnhardt. To start ofMenard survived wrecks in the Daytona and brought home a 5th place finish after a menatd cars ran out of gas. Archived from the original on He capped his season in the latter series with a last-lap pass of veteran Ken Schrader for the Phoenix victory.

Slater ruled the track for Motorsports Leo Jackson Motorsports. That’s how he got the 78 on its side. The cut downs continued to evolve as they became lighter, faster and more dangerous. Powerful and lightweight, these cars were incredibly fast.

On the flip side, Norwood Arena continued to grow in cars and fans as it continued to advertise click link and pay out the biggest guaranteed purses in New England.

The management changed with the ownership of the facilities shortly after the first few seasons of operation. Blaney gave the team its 99th victory last summer at Pocono. Doc exited out the passenger side door.

Paul Menard ready to make NASCAR history with Wood Brothers Racing

There was a new excitement in the air. By the end of the season, Red Cummings had captured the first Norwood Arena stock car track championship. The loose rules of the “almost anything goes” cut downs and the relaxed rules for the non-Fords ran up the cost of fielding a competitive car.


By the time the season came to a close Bill Menarc had the Yankee and 11 feature event wins. Driver Stan Woods, who turned laps in both midgets and stock cars at Norwood Arena, died in a plane crash in New Hampshire. Red lost by 9 points.

This didn’t end well for the protesting party. Jack Lundin’s celebration turned somber mnard his father-in-law, William Hrinchuk, suffered a fatal heart attack after the race on June 29, Norwood Arena, in particular, was growing and didn’t need the cut downs. Carl Merrill returned a year later but in an official capacity.

Mario “Fats” Caruso was in his second year of racing at Norwood Arena and new comer Leo Cleary was showing some promise, driving anything that was offered to him. Coincidently, Northeast Airlines ended operations and merged with Delta Airlines in August ofa few weeks before Menars Arena would run its last race forever.