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Charlie Cregar
Bloomsbury, NJ

Charlie "Red" Cregar's racing career in the NASCAR Modified, Sportsman and Grand National divisions was during the dirt track heydays of the 50's and 60's. A Bloomsbury, New Jersey native, he tore up the northeastern tracks, including that of Flemington Fair Speedway.

Cregar made an annual trek to Daytona to race on the beach in 1955, 1956, 1957 and to the first race at Daytona International Superspeedway in 1959, where he started a respectable 15th and finished 28th after an engine failure on lap 70 of the 100 lap qualifier.

Mechanical failures plagued most of his Grand National appearances (as shown below in statistics) as he drove for himself and owners James Gess in '54-'55 and Happy Steigel in 1959.

Cregar never finished on the lead lap in any of his GN races, however he led 8 laps at Darlington in the 1954 race, starting 11th and finishing 20th in a James Gess Plymouth.

His best GN finish came in 1957 at Concord (started 15th) and Wilson (started 10th) where he finished 8th in each race in his own Plymouth.

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A Look at Dorney Park Speedway   By Steve Bubb

(Excerpt from above story...) Getting back to Dorney Park, in 1954 the racing at the Park was sanctioned by NASCAR for the second year.  The early plan was to race on Wednesday and Saturday nights.  That plan was changed as crowds dropped off.  Management at the Park went with Saturday night racing and the attendance went back up.   The stock cars were still the headline class in 1954, with Red Crise promoting.

The first winner of the 1954 season was Jack Rudy.  In week two Charlie Cregar went to victory lane but one week later two drivers received winning honors.   Newt Reinert and Marty Acker were so close at the finish line that it was declared a tie and both were given credit for the win. (Whole Story Here)

Trenton Speedway   Aug.  3, 1958
100-Mile National Championship
Sportsman-Modified Stock Cars
NASCAR Sanctioned

Winner - Bob Malzahn

  1. Bob Malzahn (NJ)
  2. Jack Murphy (NY)
  3. Budd Olsen (NJ)
  4. Ed Lindsay (MD)
  5. Bill Wark (NJ)
  6. Glenn Guthrie (MD)
  7. Charlie Cregar (NJ)
  8. Al Tasnady (NJ)
  9. Ed Soden  (NJ)
  10. Jim Metzler  (NJ)
  11. Reds Kagle  (MD)
  12. Bobby Abel  (PA)
  13. Bill Berry  (NJ)
  14. Vince Conrad  (PA)
  15. Mickey McGonnell  (NJ)

Wall Stadium Track Champions

Hall of Fame
Year Modified/BRS Mod Sportsman/MAD "Old Sportsman" Modern Stock Street Stock
1951 Bill Pfister -- Gordon Oldford -- --
1952 Bill Chevalier -- Charlie Dyer -- --
1953 Parker Bohn -- Charlie Dyer -- --
1954 Tommie Elliott -- Lenny Brown -- --
1955 Bill McCarthy -- Pete LaVance -- --
1956 Lenny Brown Joe Laga Jack Hart -- --
1957 Pete Frazee Joe Severage Don Stumpf -- --
1958 Bob Malzahn Kip Mitchell Charlie Cregar -- --
1959 Al Pomponio Bob Briegel Jack Hart -- --
1960 Tommie Elliott Bob Howard Sr. Jack Hart -- --
1961 Don Stumpf Stan Van Brunt Jack Hart -- --
1962 Tommie Elliott Bob Vorhees Chubby Hower -- --
1963 Bill Chevalier Jack Kriska Bill Brice -- --
1964 Joe Kelly Bob McGuire Don Stives -- --
1965 Bill McCarthy George McDowell Parker Bohn -- --
1966 Jim Hoffman Ray Shea Parker Bohn -- --
1967 Tommie Elliott George Clayton Parker Bohn -- --
1968 Charlie Kremer Jr. Norm Janwich Parker Bohn -- --
1969 Charlie Kremer Jr. Norm Janwich Johnny Luhrs -- --
1970 Bob Rossell Bob Schultz Joe Severage -- --
1971 Don Stives Sonny Rostein Ed Leip -- --
1972 Charlie Kremer Jr. Terry Cain Joe Severage -- --
1973 Gil Hearne Pat Keeley Parker Bohn Nels Warren --
1974 Gil Hearne Sonny McCurdy -- Richie Verardino --
1975 Joe Severage Jack Buck -- Walt Rogers --
1976 Jim Hendrickson Larry Patterson -- Walt Rogers --
1977 Gil Hearne Chip Graves -- Ray Evernham Jr. --
1978 Gil Hearne Eddie Bohn -- Frank Biddle --
1979 Charlie Kremer Jr. Doug French -- Vinnie Green --
1980 Tony Siscone Jim Ransom -- Harold Dauncey --
1981 Gil Hearne Tom Mauser -- Lee Taylor --
1982 Tony Siscone Doug Wolcott -- Bob Ormsbee --
1983 Tony Siscone Steve Golembeski -- Steve Springsteel --
1984 Tony Siscone Donny Ling Jr. -- Glenn Osborn Joe Kafka
1985 Gil Hearne Martin Truex -- Bob Haberstick Rich Mongeau
1986 Tom Mauser Dave Michel -- Bill Cameron Nat Reynolds
1987 Gil Hearn Dave Michel -- Ron Hyer Don Burns
1988 Tony Siscone Matty Ricco -- Scott Davidson Gary Burton
1989 Tony Siscone J.J. Jensen -- Bob Haberstick Rich Mongeau
1990 Pete Brittain Jack Lippett -- Jeff Carpenter Rich Mongeau
1991 Gil Hearne J.J. Jensen -- Ray Gastelu Rich Mongeau
1992 Eddie Bohn Brian Scisco -- Ray Gastelu Frank Van Arsdale
1993 Robert Schlechtweg -- -- J.R. Helberg Kenny Reaves
1994 Mike Carpenter -- -- Ray Gastelu Scott Parkstrom
1995 Jerry Cranmer -- -- Billy Cole Paul Jason Burdge
1996 Dave Michel -- -- Jim Willis Paul Jason Burdge
 

Flemington Fair Feature Winners 1963 24 Races 8 Different Winners
Race 6 June 08, 1963    Charlie Cregar 1 Win

Flemington Fair Feature Winners 1964 22 Races 7 Different Winners
Race 6  Aug 22, 1964    Charlie Cregar 1 Win 

Flemington Fair Speedway All Time Dirt Modified Winners of The 60s 1960-1969
204 Races 31 Different Winners
19th Overall with 2 Wins Charlie Cregar..........2 Wins: June 08/63  and Aug 22/64
Complete Flemington Stats

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Grand National Driver Statistics

Year Age Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn Miles
1954   5 of 37 0 0 0 0 857 8 405 40 11.0 25.8 876.9
1955   2 of 45 0 0 0 0 47 0 0 213 21.0 32.5 55.8
1956   2 of 56 0 0 0 0 74 0 0 232 23.5 37.5 37.0
1957   3 of 53 0 0 3 0 356 0 500 57 20.3 8.7 178.0
1958   1 of 51 0 0 0 0 127 0 100 156 6.0 30.0 127.0
1959   3 of 44 0 0 0 0 496 0 560 34 17.7 19.0 725.1
6 years 16 0 0 3 0 1957 8 1,565   18.3 23.9 1999.8

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Grand National Owner Statistics

Year Driver Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led Earnings Rank AvSt AvFn Miles
1956 Charlie Cregar 2 0 0 0 0 74 0 0 232 23.5 37.5 37.0
1957 Charlie Cregar 3 0 0 3 0 356 0 500 57 20.3 8.7 178.0
1958 Charlie Cregar 1 0 0 0 0 127 0 100 156 6.0 30.0 127.0
3 years 6 0 0 3 0 557 0 600   19.0 21.8 342.0

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Grand National By Race Statistics

Race Site Cars St Fin # Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Money Status Led
1954-14 Raleigh 35   15 4   Plymouth 221/250 100 running 0
1954-21 Mechanicsburg 41   40 4   Chrysler 24/200 0 wheel 0
1954-31 Darlington 50 11 20 64 James Gess Plymouth 313/364 280 running 8
1954-33 Charlotte 25   13 49   Oldsmobile 171/200 25 running  
1954-34 Langhorne 64   41 49 James Gess Oldsmobile 128/250 0 crash 0
1955-04 Daytona Beach 48 26 42 349 James Gess Oldsmobile 10/39 0 transmission 0
1955-12 Hickory 23 16 23 349 Engler's (James Gess) Oldsmobile 37/200 0 rear end 0
1956-06 Daytona Beach 76 28 54 505 Charlie Cregar Chevrolet  /37 0   0
1956-08 Wilson 32 19 21 505 Charlie Cregar Chevrolet 74/106 0 transmission  
1957-04 Daytona Beach 57 36 10 505 Charlie Cregar Plymouth  /39 200   0
1957-05 Concord 20 15 8 505 Charlie Cregar Plymouth 173/200 150 fan belt 0
1957-06 Wilson 21 10 8 505 Charlie Cregar Plymouth 183/200 150 running 0
1958-20 Trenton 34 6 30 27 Charlie Cregar Ford 127/500 100 engine 0
1959-14 Trenton 18 9 13 16 Happy Steigel Pontiac 95/150 150 rear end 0
1959-26 Daytona 37 15 29 16 Happy Steigel Pontiac 70/100 110 engine 0
1959-36 Darlington 50 29 15 16 Happy Steigel Pontiac 331/364 300 running 0

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Thanks to Dale Porter for his request


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