George Lombardo
Driver
Class of 2008

     

       George Lombardo raced from the late 1940’s through the mid 1960’s.  During that span, he took down over 125 wins, at Riverside Park, Waterford Speedbowl, West Haven Speedway, and Plainville Stadium.  At Plainville, he won a pair of track championships, in 1962 and ’63. 

      Running in the United Stock Car Club, George drove for several owners, including Leo Woitja, Norm Keis, Bob Oliver, and the Nogiec brothers.  He also had success driving the Dalena Auto Parts #XD-2.

       One race George remembers fondly is a race that he didn’t win.  Teaming with Dan Gaudiana, George drove the Jake Mosher owned #439 for almost 490 grueling laps in the Riverside 500, after the #999 broke an axle early in the race.   “We (George and Dan Guadiana) ended up as good friends”, George chuckled.  “It wasn’t always that way.  We were fierce rivals early on.”  George remembers an on track incident with George Clark in the #999 at Plainville, where Lombardo and Clark started a fight that turned into a riot when the fans in the stands emptied onto the track.  “People fighting everywhere, the police firing their guns in the air……it was a mess!  Danny and George and I laughed about it afterwards….Well, several YEARS afterwards”, George laughed.   We welcome George into the NEAR Hall of Fame.