Ollie Silva starting racing in 1949 at
the Dracut Speedway and drove for 31 years, retiring in 1980.
During his long career Silva
scored approximately 500 victories. He won races in 12 different
states including Florida, California, and Ohio. Ollie was the NASCAR
champion at Star Speedway in 1967, 68, and 78, and was the Can-Am
Classics champion in 1969, 70, 71, and 74.
Other career highlights include
being a four time US Winter National (Florida) champion and winning
the 1972 Thompson World Series.
Siva has driven modifieds,
supermodifieds, pro-stocks, late models and sprint cars.
Veteran race-goers remember a 100
lap race at the Waterford Speedbowl in which he lapped the entire
field, not once, but twice. In 1978 he won the URC Sprint Car
Championship at Thompson, then went on to Star and won the Can-Am
race there the very next day.