‘Ikey’ Dorr recalled as friendly, helpful

Posted June 09, 2009, at 12:03 a.m.

Addison’s Warren “Ikey” Dorr III loved racing stock cars. That is exactly what he was doing when he died Saturday night of an apparent heart attack at Hermon’s Speedway 95.

The 56-year-old Dorr stopped his car on lap 11 of the Super Streets feature, waved to the wrecker to give him a push and, when the car started rolling toward the infield, the wrecker crew got out to discover Dorr unconscious at the wheel. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Wiscasset native had raced at Speedway 95, off and on, for 21 years.

“It was sad that the Good Lord took him so early from us. But, hopefully, he went peacefully and quickly and didn’t suffer. And he went out doing something he loved to do,” said Cherryfield native Andy Santerre, who began his career racing with his Washington County friend.

“He was a great guy who loved racing. I don’t think he had an enemy in the world. Everyone liked him. He was a lot of fun,” added the four-time NASCAR Camping World East points champion and owner of the Andy Santerre Motorsports team in the Camping World East Series.

Milbridge’s Ernie Rice, Dorr’s longtime friend, said Dorr “would help everybody out as much as he could.

“There were times I was up there in the points [standings] and I would be having trouble with my car. He would give up a night of driving his own car just to help me with mine. I was more than welcome to use his car. That’s the kind of fellow he was,” said Rice.

Rice said he and Dorr got into racing together and used to travel together to tracks across Maine and in Canada.

In addition to racing stock cars in a variety of different classes, they also spent a couple of years racing dragsters at Winterport Dragway before switching over to stock cars.

Rice said there were a bunch of stock car drivers in Washington County who would help each other out and work on each other’s cars.

He said each one of them would have an area of expertise and “we’d all work together.

“We all enjoyed making cars go. It was a lot of fun,” said Rice.

“He was very down-to-earth and he was pleasant to race with. He was a wonderful guy,” said former driver Clarence Suydam of Milbridge.

On Saturday night, Dorr was driving a car formerly owned by Suydam.

“Some guys bought it for him last year,” said Suydam.

Suydam said Dorr was a clean racer.

“We raced side-by-side many times,” said Suydam. “There was no slamming or banging. We might rub fenders but that would be it.”

Dorr had a heart condition and it probably contributed to a bad accident he had at Speedway 95 several years ago, according to Rice and Speedway 95 co-owner Del Merritt.

“He drove through the infield and into the back tire wall,” said Merritt.

“He broke his nose and did a lot of damage to his face,” said Rice.

Dorr didn’t race for several years after that but returned to racing at Speedway 95 late last season, driving Suydam’s old car, according to Rice.

“He loved racing a lot,” said Rice, who noted that even when Dorr wasn’t racing, he would come up to Speedway 95 to watch the races.

Merritt called Dorr a “great fellow” and said they plan to honor him at Speedway 95 after consulting with Dorr’s family members.

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