We have lost one of the most prominent figures in the northeast racing community. Russ Conway died yesterday August 20th. He was brought to his first race by his father Paul in 1956 at the Pines Speedway. His father worked on the fire rescue team at the track. His passion for auto racing and its people lasted for his entire life. He got his start writing for the Pines Speedway as a teenager and then attended Northeastern University and got his first major assignment covering the Boston Bruins in 1967 at age 18.
Russ teamed up with Ken Smith and Charlie Elliot in the late 1960s to build Star Speedway and formed NESMRA which ran supermodified races up and down the east coast for over 20 years. He was the co-founder to some of New England's biggest auto races which are still going strong today. These events include the Star Classic, World Series of Speedway Racing, Oktoberfest of Racing. He worked at the Eagle-Tribune for years and his investigative journalism efforts helped bring down Alan Eagleson on charges of corruption with the National Hockey League Players Association. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame. He was a part of the original 6 board members with the North East Motor Sports Museum and created its first major annual event, Legends Day.
Visiting hours are at the Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 334 Main Street, Haverhill, MA, on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 3pm to 8pm.
The Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Noon at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 Washington Street, Groveland, MA. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the North East Motor Sports Museum, 922 NH Rte 106, Loudon, NH 03307 or Pines Speedway Reunion, c/o Groveland Historical Society, P.O.B. 178, Groveland, MA 01834.