PAST MODIFIED CHAMPION ANDERSON TO BE
HONORED AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY
NASCAR Will Also Recognize Three New Jersey Champs
As part of a season-long celebration of 60 years of
Modified champions, 1994 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour titlist Wayne
Anderson will be honored at the Miller Lite 140 on Aug. 2 at
Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway.
NASCAR will honor each of its 31 all-time Modified champions
throughout the season. Anderson, who hails from Yaphank , N.Y. , on
Long Island , will be recognized for his 1994 title and career
accomplishments at Riverhead, his home track.
Anderson, who last competed full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified
Tour in 1995, has been a regular in Riverhead’s Modified division of
the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. He will participate in this
year’s Miller Lite 140.
In addition to Anderson , NASCAR will posthumously recognize the
championship seasons of a trio of drivers from New Jersey . Wally
Campbell ( Trenton ), the 1951 NASCAR Modified division champion
will be honored along with 1950 titlist Charles Dyer (North Bergen) and 1958 winner Budd Olsen (Paulsboro).
The 1994 season was a high watermark for Anderson ’s racing career.
In his first year driving the No. 3 “Ole Blue” car for owner Len
Boehler, Anderson used a strong start to launch his title campaign
as he finished in the top 10 in each of the season’s first 10 races.
“I got hooked up with Lenny Boehler because he needed a driver and
a motor,” Anderson said. “I had my motors so I asked him if he’d put
me in the car and see what we could do. Then we went out and won the
In 21 total starts in 1994 Anderson finished with 12 top-fives and
17 top-10s. Although Reggie Ruggiero would finish just 20 points
behind in the final standings, Anderson essentially secured the
championship with a win in the Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.)
Motor Speedway with one race left on the schedule.
“Lenny put a great car under you that would always finish races,
and I was a pretty consistent driver that wasn’t out front knocking
the wheels off all the time,” Anderson said. “So the combination of
the two things really worked well for us.”
Following his 1994 title run, Anderson ran full-time just one more
season on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and then took two years
off from racing. He got back in the car in 1998 and has since drove
in the weekly series at Riverhead. Since 2002 he has made nine
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour starts, including eight at Riverhead. In
153 career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races Anderson has recorded
three wins, 37 top fives and 79 top 10s.
During the early days of NASCAR the Modified division was at the
forefront of organized racing and drivers from New Jersey were major
players in intense competition for a national title. As NASCAR’s
first sanctioned division, the inaugural Modified title chase was in
1948 with drivers collecting points at tracks throughout the eastern
seaboard by running multiple times a week. In the first 11 years of
the division, four winners were crowned from the Garden State , and
nine others made runs that placed them among the top five national
Following in the footsteps of NASCAR pioneers Red Byron and Fonty
Flock, who won the first two Modified titles, Dyer became the first
northern driver to take home the trophy in 1950. To earn the
championship Dyer had to distance himself from legendary drivers
such as Curtis Turner, Fonty, Tim and Bob Flock, Fireball Roberts
and Ralph Earnhardt. His ultimate competition, however, came from
fellow New Jersey native Jerry Morese. Dyer was able to finish 213
points ahead of the Newark driver.
Dyer, who would later register two top-10s in three NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series starts in 1955, passed away from an apparent heart attack
at the age of 39 in 1957 while racing in Fredericksburg , Va.
Campbell would follow the path that Dyer had blazed just a year
earlier when he captured the 1951 NASCAR Modified title. Campbell
came to NASCAR with a pedigree of success with three American Stock
Car Racing Association championships already earned. After finishing
fifth to Dyer in 1950, Campbell kept the Modified national title in
New Jersey as he racked up 33 feature wins in 1951. The superb
effort lifted Campbell to a 436-point margin of victory over Bill
Pfister, also of New Jersey .
Campbell’s career also included 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts
and three wins in the NASCAR Speedway division, which no longer
exists. Like his predecessor, Dyer, Campbell ’s life would also be
tragically cut short in a race car. Campbell died while practicing
for a sprint car race in Salem , Ind. , in 1954.
For the third year in a row, a New Jersey driver was able to win
the NASCAR Modified title in 1952. Frankie Schneider, who still
calls Lambertville home, was in attendance to be honored earlier
this year at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway for his
Six years would pass after Schneider’s title before the NASCAR
Modified crown would return to New Jersey , but Olsen ended the
drought in 1958. After finishing fifth in points the year before,
Olsen drove to a 400-point margin of victory ahead of Al Tasnady,
another resident of New Jersey .
The present day NASCAR Whelen Modified drivers will get back behind
the wheel after three weeks off when they return to the asphalt at
Riverhead on Saturday, Aug. 2. For ticket information, please visit
Riverhead’s official Web site (riverheadraceway.com).