Seven Set To Join Maine Hall Of Fame
AUBURN, Maine — The Selection Committee of the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame has chosen seven individuals to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as the class of 2014.
The seven nominees are all race winning drivers with nearly 500 trips to victory lane among them. They are Bobby Alexander, Jimmy Burns, Bruce Elder, the late Leland Kangas, Rodney “Chink” Maynard, Mike Rowe and Bobby Tibbetts.
Presented by the Maine Vintage Race Car Ass’n, the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 dinner and induction ceremonies will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on April 5. The Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame was founded in 2004 and presently has 72 members.
The new inductees:
BOBBY ALEXANDER — A driver and race car fabricator, Alexander won more than 100 races during his 22-year racing career (1968-1990); raced primarily at Speedway 95 in Bangor, Unity Raceway and Spud Speedway in Caribou. Alexander often raced on Friday at Unity, Saturday at Speedway 95 and Sunday at Spud. Alexander is credited as one of the first at Spud Speedway to keep precise records of chassis information and was quick to lend a hand to those who needed help with their setup.
JIMMY BURNS — Burns began racing at Unity Raceway in 1969. He won track championships at Unity and Oxford Plains Speedway (1981-1983). He also raced and won at Wiscasset Speedway and Speedway 95 and competed on the NASCAR Busch North Series for O’Connor GMC.
BRUCE ELDER — His involvement in racing began in high school helping Bob Bushley Sr. and began driving in 1966 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough. He won ‘C’ Class championship in 1971 and retired from racing in 1977. He served as a Maine State Stock Car Racing Ass’n official from 1977-1982, last three years as president. He was also Beech Ridge Motor Speedway’s announcer for 12 years.
LELAND KANGAS — Began racing in 1972 at Oxford Plains Speedway and was a four-time Oxford track champion. He secured 48 feature wins and was the 1980 NASCAR North Tour Rookie of the Year.
RODNEY “CHINK” MAYNARD — Maynard began a 27-year racing career in 1965. He was a five-time track champion at Spud Speedway and won more than 100 races during his career. Maynard received the largest number of votes of the class of 2014.
MIKE ROWE — Rowe started racing in 1969 at Oxford Plains Speedway and continues to race. He has won 150 races and six track championships at Oxford. He has also won track championships at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (two); Wiscasset Speedway, ACT Tour, New England Pro Stock Ass’n and Pro All Star Series Super Late Model Southern Tour. Rowe has also won the prestigious Oxford 250 three times.
BOBBY TIBBETTS — Tibbetts launched his career in 1964 at Oxford Plains Speedway. He was the first Oxford Board of Directors member named in 1964 and raced sportsman/late model sportsman cars at Oxford, Wiscasset Speedway and Unity Raceway.