VOLUME 1, NUMBER 2                                                                                                                         SATURDAY JANUARY 31, 2009

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Featuring Stories, Results, Photos and Articles From Northeast Racing's Past


Georgiades Gains Stock Glory At Cherry Park-1950
The Nutmeg Racing Club got off to a good start today when a power packed field of cars descended on Cherry Park Speedway and thrilled an audience who was horse at the end of the fracas. Full Story>>

Danny Galullo, Johnny Manafort Take Plainville Opener-1964
Danny Galullo of Waterbury scored a big victory when he copped the opening 25-lap Open Competition feature race of the season at the Plainville Stadium, Sunday afternoon. Young Johnny Manafort of Hamden joined Danny in the winners circle when he snagged the 25-lap Novice main event. Full Story>>

Slater Victor in Special Match Race at Speedbowl-1958
Wild Bill Slater of Danielson won the 15-lap ten-car special match race at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl tonight. The $500 race was the highlight of a program, which was interrupted by intermittent showers. Full Story>>
Moody Garners Lonsdale Modified Stock Feature-1950
One of the most spectacular accidents of the season wound up Sunday night’s modified stock car feature event at the Lonsdale Sports Arena and gave Ralph Moody of Taunton, Mass., his first win of the year over the one-third of a mile oval. Full Story>>

The following article was written by current SpeedwayLineReport.com columnist Phil Smith in 2004 for the now defunct Raceway Media Magazine.
The article contained only 2 photos, so I added some more.
Remembering Lenny Boehler
By Phil Smith

From the June-July-August, 2004 - Raceway Media Magazine

By Phil Smith, Page 1 of 6

By the grace of God and 600 horsepower!
Those words describe those that drive and own the Modifieds. Car owner Len Boehler was one of those. For over forty years Boehler owned and built Modifieds that won from the deep woods in Maine at the Oxford Plains Speedway to the sands at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida .

His credits include six NASCAR National Modified Championships, three in a row with Bugsy Stevens as his driver in 1967-68-69, Wayne Anderson in 1994 and with Tony Hirshman in 1995 and 1996. Fourteen track championships including seven at the Thompson Speedway, three at the Stafford Motor Speedway, three at the Seekonk Speedway and one at the Norwood Arena. At Thompson, Boehler won four titles in a row with Fred DeSarro and with Stevens he won titles in 1966, 1968 and 1969. The three titles at Stafford came with Stevens in 1968 and with DeSarro in 1972 and 1976. At Seekonk, track titles came with Stevens in 1965, Leo Cleary in 1979 and Bruce ”Gomer” Taylor in 1986. Boehler's lone track championship at the Norwood Arena came in 1966.

In four decades Boehler's cars amassed over 300 wins. Among his major wins were the Trenton 200 in 1967, the Dogwood 300 in Martinsville, Va. in 1968, The Thompson 500 in 1969, the Islip 200 in 1971, back to back wins in the Fall 100 and the Cardinal 500 at Martinsville in 1971, the Spring Sizzler at Stafford in 1972, the Race of Champions at Trenton in 1974, the Oswego 200 in 1985, the Richmond 200 in 1992 and four wins at Loudon, New Hampshire including three in a row with Tony Hirshman in 1996.

Len Boehler was the consummate racer. He built his own chassis until he died and engines well into the 1980's when his competition was going to professional chassis and engine shops. His head, hands, and the local junkyard were the ingredients. He was also the master of deception. His ball joint coolers made from Maxwell House Coffee cans received national recognition in the Stock Car Racing magazine.

Photo From Raceway Media Magazine

He wore shoes that were taped up and shirts that had other people's name on them. His engines looked like something that had been pulled out of a swamp. His competition would see all of this and walk away laughing and shaking their heads. It was Len Boehler who would have the last laugh as his cars always ran up front and hardly ever broke. Bugsy Stevens, who drove Boehler's cars from 1964 until early 1971, stated, “Lenny built bullet proof motors”. Boehler's diversions would keep his competition at bay, as many would never take a closer look at what he really had.

Boehler began his career as a car owner-builder in 1957 with Tony Cortes as his driver in 1957 through1962, Don Hall in 1963 and Ed Hoyle in 1964. Racing primarily at Seekonk and Norwood, Boehler never achieved the success he desired. At Seekonk Boehler became friendly with a young upstart by the name of Bugsy Stevens. Hoyle didn't like the big track at Thompson; so on June 14, 1964 Boehler asked Stevens to drive his car at the fast 5/8-mile oval. The first time out they won, went back the following weekend and won again. Boehler was committed to Hoyle for the balance of the 1964 season and let him go at season's end.

Boehler and Stevens became a team in 1965 concentrating their effort at the Seekonk Speedway. A dynasty was begun and the legend of Ole Blue was born. Stevens won nine of the twenty-one events run at the D. Anthony Vendetti owned ¼ mile speedway. At season's end, Stevens `had won Boehler his first track championship. On Columbus Day weekend they ventured to the Langhorne speedway in Pennsylvania for the 200 mile Race of Champions where they finished third behind Bill Slater who won the prestigious event. That third place finish gave Boehler the confidence that his cars could compete on a national level.

In 1966, Boehler and Stevens left Seekonk to compete at the NASCAR sanctioned Norwood Arena, which at the time was considered the hotbed of Modified Stock Car racing in the Northeast. In their first outing, Bugsy brought Ole Blue home in third spot behind Freddie Schulz and Fred DeSarro. It was quite an accomplishment as the best in the business including Leo Cleary, Eddy Flemke, Bill Slater, Hop Harrington, and Fats Caruso, to name a few, ran there every Saturday night. At season's end, Ole Blue had carried Stevens to three wins and a second track championship for Boehler. They also raced at Thompson where another track championship was served up. The Stafford Speedway was in its last year as a dirt track. Stevens drove for John Koszela at the half mile and despite going winless, won the track championship, which made it a grand slam for Stevens. Ernie Gahan won the 1966 NASCAR National Modified Championship. Stevens, in his first year of NASCAR competition, finished second. It was also during 1966 that Lenny and Bugsy went into partnership in an auto salvage yard in Assonet, Massachusetts.                           CLICK HERE NEXT PAGE>>

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