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October 5, 2012

Pines Speedway 10th anniversary set

GROVELAND — Thousands of race car enthusiasts are expected to attend this year’s 10th anniversary Pines Speedway reunion.

Members of the Groveland Historical Society will present their annual “Walk Down Memory Lane” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the site of the original quarter-mile track.

This year the society will honor Dave Grantz, Frank Conway, Frank Carter, George “Choppy” Baldwin and “Mountain Man” Moe Farmer (posthumously) at this event, which will be held rain or shine at the Pines Recreation Area on Route 113 next to Groveland Town Hall.

A monument honoring Pines Speedway drivers who made the races in Groveland so popular will be unveiled. Organizers say the monument was made possible through the dedicated planning, designing and financial backing of Kendall Smith and Russ Conway.

“Thousands of fans, race car enthusiasts, drivers and race car owners continue to make this event one of the most popular racing programs of the year in New England,” said Claire Walsh, president of the Groveland Historical Society.

Those being honored this year include:

Frank Conway, No. 57 of Chelmsford, Conway initially started racing in the Class B Division and moved up to Class A’s a few years later. Conway became very competitive after building a Class A No. 57 and frequently finished a close second at the Pines.

Frank Carter, No. 20 from Tewksbury, started in the Class A Division at the Pines in 1950 at the age of 17. After demolishing his Class A car on Easter Sunday 1960, Carter switched to the Class B Division and went on to a very successful career and a Pines championship.

Dave Grantz, No. 79 from Lowell was another top star at the Pines Speedway. Grantz started in the Class B division at the Pines until the Pines closed in 1972. He won three Pines championships and accumulated over 200 feature wins.

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