Hall of Fame 2009

Class of 2009 Hall of Fame






Al Hammond

Al Hammond’s illustrious forty-five year racing career began in 1964 at Oxford Plains Speedway. He has raced on the short tracks of Maine to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. But, Oxford Plains Speedway was “home” for Al as he won 81 of his career 91 victories. He captured three track championships (1970, 1972-73) and three Triple Crown Series titles (1967, 1970 and 1973). In 1991, Al was presented the ‘Promoter’s Cup’ for his accomplishments in and contributions to the sport. Al had the opportunity to race at Daytona on three occasions for Dick Bahre – once in the Grand National division (NASCAR Cup Series) and twice in the Late Model division (NASCAR Nationwide Series). He also competed in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Trenton (N.J.) Speedway for Bob Greeley. Al and wife Delores reside in South Paris, Maine.

Dick McCabe

Dick McCabe’s forty-year racing career began innocently enough when he built his first race car – a six-cylinder powered ’36 Chevy coupe – at fourteen years old. When he retired from racing in 1995, Dick had gone from the wide-eyed teenager to racing with and against stock car racing’s biggest stars. He began racing six-cylinder coupes, first at Dover (N.H.) Speedway and later at his home track – Beech Ridge Speedway. He graduated from the Class ‘B’ bombers to drive Supermodifieds and Modifieds. Dick joined the NASCAR North Tour in 1976 where he became known as the “Irish Angel”. He won back-to-back Tour championships in 1981 and 1982 and four consecutive Oxford Open Comp Series titles from 1981-84. In 1988, he won the OXFORD 250, a victory he says was the biggest of his career. In 1992 and 1993, Dick won back-to-back NASCAR Busch North Series championships. Three times Dick qualified for the “Goody’s 300” NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. He finished eleventh in 1984 and twelfth in 1985. Dick was inducted into the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. Dick resides in Kennebunkport where he owns a trucking business.

Winfield “Wimpy” Millett

In the earliest days of racing in Maine, one man took the lead from the start at the newly constructed Oxford Plains Speedway – Winfield ‘Wimpy’ Millett. Wimpy not only won races from the very beginning but he also made a name for himself – as well as the sport and the speedway – by capturing the track’s first three championship titles (1950-52). As such, Wimpy became one of the areas first racing stars – an attraction that new race tracks needed in order to attract fans and get their fledgling businesses off the ground. Wimpy did not limit his winning ways to Oxford Plains, he won races at the Norway Fairgrounds, the Lewiston Fairgrounds and the New Gloucester Fairgrounds. He also pioneered racing sponsorship’s in those first years. Wimpy came into the sport with the support of his employer – Welch Pontiac. Wimpy Millett was the very first driver to register his support of inaugural Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee George Damon’s start-up speedway in Oxford. He set an early and important pace for racing in the Western Maine region. Wimpy retired from racing in the late 1950’s and moved to Florida where he lived until his passing.

Kenneth “Ken” Spencer

Ken Spencer’s racing career spanned the dirt racing surfaces of the 1950’s and the paved tracks of the 1960’s. Ken cut his teeth racing at Oxford Plains Speedway on the dirt half-mile in an old Ford coupe. Even though he was a consistent top ten finisher on the dirt, it was the asphalt surface where Ken found victory lane. His only win at Oxford Plains was in October 1965. But, the following year, Ken would call a brand new speedway his second “home track” – Speedway 95. Ken won the inaugural race at Speedway 95 on Sunday, July 3, 1966. Over the next two and a half years, Ken won nearly thirty races and two track championships (1966-67) at the new track. Ken retired from racing following the 1969 season to spend more time with his growing family. However, he came out of retirement at the age of 70 and raced in six races in a four-cylinder car at Oxford Plains. Ken and wife Margarite live in Sabattus.

Bob and Larry Tanguay
Drivers/Car Owners

The Tanguay brothers – Bob and Larry – raced their way into the Beech Ridge Speedway history books as one of the track’s most notable and successful sibling drivers. Both drivers created marked careers for themselves on the track, while simultaneously epitomizing and enjoying the family sport for which auto racing is known. Larry won three track championships at Beech Ridge. His first two titles occurred in the ‘C’ Class five years apart – 1965 and 1970 (a tie). Into the 1970’s, Larry competed in the ‘B’ Class driving the #V8 Willy’s coupe built by himself and brother Bob. After a brief hiatus from racing, Larry returned to the driver’s seat behind the wheel of the Coutermarsh #61 Modified and won the 1982 division championship. Bob won his only track championship in the ‘C’ Class three years after his brother won his first (1965). Bob shared the driving duties of the family #V8 with Larry before eventually racing the coupe full time. Bob and Larry both reside in Windham with their respective families.


Donna and Dick Whitney
Track Promoters/Officials/Car Owners

Donna and Dick Whitney became synonymous with the Unity Raceway throughout four straight decades beginning in the 1960’s. They were one of Maine’s noteworthy husband-and-wife racing duos, helping to anchor the Unity racing program throughout their tenures. Donna began her career in the concession stand at Unity, but it wasn’t long before her involvement migrated into larger roles. Dick’s career came later when his new-found interest in stock car racing led him into car ownership roles as part of Unity’s fabled “Hoss Hill Gang” of drivers. Over the course of fifteen years, his drivers included Norris Ouellette and Larry Pottle. When Ralph Nason purchased the raceway in the early 1980’s, he quickly sought out two people he knew and trusted to manage the tack’s affairs while he continued to fulfill his own legendary racing career. Dick and Donna became managing operators of unity, wearing the hats of countless administrative roles. For a term, the Whitneys leased the track and operated it successfully as their own business. Throughout Unity Raceway’s history, Donna and Dick Whitney remained reliable and stabilizing figures to competitors and fans alike.