Ernie Gahan’s 28 year racing career
started in 1948 at New Hampshire’s Dover Speedway. By the time he
drove his last race at Thompson in 1975, he had amassed over 300
His greatest achievement was being
the first New Englander to win a NASCAR National Modified
championship in 1966. He was equally successful on both dirt and
asphalt. He won a record 21 features on the old dirt at Stafford
Speedway in the late 50’s and early 60’s.
Ernie has eleven starts in Grand
National (now Winston Cup) competition, and has two top ten
finishes, one of which was in the 1962 Daytona 500. He also had
competed at the old Daytona Beach course.
In 1963 Gahan was credited with
saving the life of Marvin Panch by pulling him out of a burning race
car at Daytona. For his courage he won the Shuman Award and the
Carnegie Medal for Bravery