Charles "Buddy" Krebs racing career
spanned 26 years, from 1948 to his retirement in 1974. During these
years, he won an estimated 200 features, competing in the modified,
sportsman, and grand national ranks.
Krebs was probably most known for
his accomplishments at the Riverside Park Speedway, where he won
three modified, two sportsman, and two grand national championships.
He also took down six Riverside 500 wins, with his 1st coming as a
teammate of Jocko Maggiacomo. Other Riverside 500 wins came with
teammates Benny Germano, Gene Bergin, Ed Flemke, Sr., Jerry Humiston,
and Ed Patnode. Buddy was a winner at the Westboro Speedway, as well
as at the Plainville Stadium, Millers Falls, and Candlelight
Stadium. He won at Thompson and Stafford, as well.
Buddy has run at tracks up and
down the East coast, including Langhorne, PA. and Daytona. Fans
remember him driving the #502 at tracks like Candlelight Park,
Plainville, and Riverside. He drove the familiar 10 pins car at
Riverside, Stafford, Thompson, and Westboro. He was also strongly
associated with the “Flying Zero”.The Eastern States track was
another one of Krebs’ “regular” stops.
Buddy is a founding member of
NEAR, and was inducted into the Riverside Park Hall of Fame in 1997.
In 1998, he was voted as one of the Stafford Speedway’s fifty