Cherryfield’s Chuck Hall wants his longtime friend, Ikey Dorr, to be remembered.
He figured what better way to honor him than organize a race in his late buddy’s name.
Addison’s Dorr died two years ago of a heart attack while racing at Hermon’s Speedway 95.
He was 56.
Hall said the 50-lap race for eight-cylinder Street Stocks, Wildcats and Outlaw cars will be held July 14 at 7 p.m. at Speedway 95.
The race is being sponsored by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington and its Wreaths Across America project which puts decorative holiday wreaths on more than 5,000 headstones at the Arlington National Cemetery.
“It will be called the first annual Wreaths Across America Ikey Dorr Memorial Race,” said Hall. “I’d like to do it every year. I want it to get bigger and better every year. And with the cooperation of the track and the drivers, there’s no reason it can’t be to Street Stock cars what the Oxford 250 is to Late Model cars.”
Hall said they will pass the hat at intermission and the proceeds will go to the Wreaths Across America project.
“We want to honor Ikey, but we also want to raise money for our (fallen) veterans,” said Hall.
Hall has already paid homage to his friend by putting his picture on the hood of a Strictly Street car driven by Clifton’s Jim Carr Jr. last year.
“I dedicated the car to Ikey,” said Hall, who owned the car and watched Carr win the points championship in it.
“It was the greatest thing to ever happen (to me in racing),” said Hall, a former racer. “We fought hard all year to stay in the points race. It came down to the last race and we won it. We won it in Ikey’s memory. That’s what we wanted to do.”
Hall is hoping the field of cars will match the counts they used to get when he and Dorr began racing together back in the 1970s and ’80s. They used to drive up to Speedway 95 together.
“I’d like to get more than 40 cars. Hopefully, we will. When Ikey and I started racing, we’d get 40-45 cars every Saturday night,” recalled Hall.
He predicted that the spectators will get their money’s worth.
“There will be a lot of beating and banging,” said Hall. “Fenders will be flying everywhere. It’s everything fans like to see.”
Hall said other prominent sponsors include John Linnehan Jr. and Banners & Signs Unlimited in Hermon.
“All of our laps are sponsored. The drivers will receive $20 for every lap they lead in addition to the purse money,” said Hall.
Hall said 38 cars will qualify for the race and “we’ll have a couple of provisionals. One will go the driver who travels the furthest (and who fails to qualify during the heat races).”
One of the novelties, according to Hall, is that the top three drivers will receive their payouts in cash after they pass postrace technical inspection.
Hall said all the money he raises for the race will go directly to the drivers.
“As of right now, the winner will receive $1,000, the second-place driver will earn $750 and third will pay out $500,” said Hall. “If we get more sponsorship money, the purses will go up.”
The track will pay the drivers who finish fourth through last, he said.
“I’d love to see it reach the point where everyone who qualifies earns at least $75 to $100.”
In addition to the purses, Hall said the trophies provided by Banners and Signs Unlimited are “bigger than any I’ve ever seen.”
The drivers will be allowed to use a variety of tires as Hall is hoping to attract drivers from all over the state, New England and Canada.
Hall said he is looking for sponsors and volunteers to work at the race and said anyone wishing to do so may contact him at 598-5914.
The race will be held three days before the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“Speedway 95 will be the only track having racing on that (Thursday) night,” said Hall.
Busy racing weekend set
Speedway 95, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Oxford Plains Speedway and Unity Raceway will all have full race cards Saturday night, while Spud Speedway in Caribou will hold its program Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.
Unity Raceway lists a 6 p.m. start, OPS and Beech Ridge get going at 6:30 p.m. and Speedway 95 begins its heat races at 7 p.m.