Fred Dillow was a late model driver who raced at dirt tracks in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania until 1989. In 1990, he lost a two-year bout with Leukemia and in 1995 the 1st Annual Fred Dillow Memorial race was held in his memory. Fred was well-liked and respected by race fans and drivers and the idea of having a race in his memory was initiated by Delmas Conley and Gary Cheek.
Boone Coleman Construction in 1957
Portsmouth Raceway Park in 1990
IN MEMORY OF BENNETT "PAPPY" HARSHBARGER
Born January 23, 1924 Died November 9, 2009
He was one of the last drivers of the Old Huntington Motor Speedway. The Harshbarger name has been very pominent throughout the tri-state region for the last 50 years in dirt track racing. His two sons (Al and Wilford Harshbarger) and two great-grandsons (Brandon Holley and Joshua Tickett) are still following "Pappy's" racing footsteps. He won his last race with Jesus (the great flagman of all time) on November 9, 2009.
IN MEMORY OF AUDIE SWARTZ, SR.
Audie was a former driver for many years in our area, driving many different types of cars, but mostly the ole Modifieds and Sprint Cars. He was the Father of Charlie Swartz and Grandfather to Audie Swartz along with Jimmy and Brian Stinson.
IN MEMORY OF DARREN PENDLETON
A Friend, Racer, Sponsor
Darren enjoyed his life to the fullest, and life was always an adventure for him. He loved driving his #88 dirt track bomber car at Portsmouth Raceway Park as well as other area tracks. He was a true businessman who loved to work at the business of selling trucks and cattle. Darren had a huge heart and was very generous with others and he would gladly help any person who was in need. He was deeply involved in 4-H, where he participated in the livestock auctions. He also sponsored area ball teams and many other community events.
25648 State Route 73, West Portsmouth, OH 45663
Located 1 mile West of Portsmouth, Ohio on SR 73/104
(Directions: Take US 52 West from Portsmouth and follow the signs.
Take the 2nd St. Bridge out of Portsmouth, turn right at the end of the bridge.)
PAUL DAVID FITZPATRICK, 72, of South Point, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The world has lost a great man, a simple man filled with pride and honesty. Dave was best known to be a hard-working, tell-it-like-it-is kind of man who immediately gained the respect of anyone in his presence. He had a great sense of humor and always knew how to handle any situation. He was always proud of his family name, Fitzpatrick, and because of him, that pride will forever live on and be cherished. Dave was a carpenter by trade, but dirt track racing was his passion.