Friend to honor driver

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Posted June 12, 2009, at 10:20 p.m.

Ikey Dorr idolized the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.

So his close friend, Chuck Hall, has decided to have a Chevy Caprice decked out in an Earnhardt color scheme with the No. 3 on it to honor Dorr on Saturday night, June 20, at Hermon’s Speedway 95.

Dorr died of an apparent heart attack last Saturday night while racing at Speedway 95.

Dorr will be honored before they drop the green flag and Hall said the Caprice will be entered in the Street Stock race. Hall or Clifton’s Jimmy Carr will drive it.

“It’s not just a show car,” said Hall, a native of Cherryfield.

Hall said they will put a digital re-creation of Dorr with a checkered flag and one of his first race cars, a white 1990 Chevy Nova, on the hood of the Caprice.

“They’re dedicating the races to him. There will be a few speeches [about him] before the races,” said Hall.

Drivers will pass the hat to raise money for the family.

In addition to the Caprice, Hall said they will also bring the car he was driving last Saturday on to the front stretch for the ceremony. And Dorr’s family will be in attendance.

The funeral for Dorr was held earlier this week and Hall said “must have been 550 people” at the gym in Addison where it was held.

“He was loved by a lot of people. He was a great man. The racing community lost a good person. He was buried in his racing suit, with his Earnhardt hat on and his sunglasses,” said Hall. “That’s the way he would have wanted to go out.”

Hall met Dorr in 1987 and they began racing bomber cars in 1988 at Speedway 95.

“He won a ton of races between 1991-95. He was the best wheel man I ever saw. The only thing he loved more than racing was his family,” said Hall.

Hall added he was grateful to Speedway 95 co-owners Del Merritt and Alice Baker for their support.

http://bangordailynews.com/2009/06/12/sports/friend-to-honor-driver/ printed on July 24, 2014