Dave Humphrey has competed with, and
beaten, the best. He’s raced sprint cars against men like A.J. Foyt,
Mario Andretti, and Johnny Rutherford. In midgets, he’s run with Lew
Duncan, Gary Bettenhausen, and John Andretti. In supers, he’s
competed against Eddie West, Howie Brown, and Ollie Silva. Driving
stock cars, Dave has run with Ed Flemke, Fred DeSarro, Bugs Stevens,
Richie Evans, Ron Bouchard, and Leo Cleary.
Dave’s first race was at the
Seekonk Speedway, in 1947. The next year, 1948, he won his first
feature, driving a stock car. By the time he retired, Dave had won
championships at Seekonk, West Peabody, Norwood, and Waterford. The
Waterford championship came in Waterford’s first year, 1951. He beat
“Moneybags” Moe Gherzi by two points, in what is still the closest
point battle in Waterford’s history.
Humphrey’s accomplishments in
racing are many. He has run a Grand National (Winston Cup) race at
the Thompson Speedway. He competed in URC, where he drove sprint
cars to 10 feature wins. In 1958, in his first visit to Claremont,
NH, Dave took down the feature win. Running midgets in NEMA, he won
6 championships between the years 1967 and ’78. His 72 NEMA feature
wins is second to only Drew Foronoro on the all time wins list.