Bob Bahre
Track Owner/Promoter
Class of 2009

     

        Bob Bahre started in racing as the owner of a midget team, in the late 1950ís and early 1960ís.  By 1964, Bob had purchased the Oxford Plains Speedway, a track he owned and promoted until he sold it in 1986.  During his tenure, he ran the inaugural Oxford 250, a race that has become one of the most prestigious short track races in the country.  Known today as the TD BankNorth 250, the race regularly draws top notch drivers from around the country, including the LaBonte brothers, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Jeff Gordon.   Retired drivers who have competed include Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Geoff Bodine, and Bobby Allison.

      In 1989, Bob fulfilled a longtime goal in building New Hampshire International Speedway.  After a few years of running Busch races, he convinced NASCAR to have a Cup race in 1993.  Later, he bought Ĺ of the North Wilksboro track, along with Bruton Smith.  They split the trackís two cup dates, with Bob moving 1 to NHIS, and Smith giving the 2nd date to his other track, Texas Motor Speedway.

      Bob is a longtime supporter of modified racing, and most would agree that the Modified Tour puts on some of the most exciting races held at the Loudon facility.