Sad to hear from Drake That our ol Stock Car buddie is no longer with us. Lot of Danbury-New Milford Racers went to Ken’s shop in New Milford for ‘racing’ Radiators.The cross over connection of Dover And the SNYRA -Danbury Racearena is quite large. When Dover closed…a lot of Drag Racers Turned Stock Car guy. Elsea-Riley- and many that fabricated and did engine work for Dover Guys got into driving and owning these Stock cars. Ken Had been a Top Champion there ,since the 50’s on the old dirt track in N.Y. From flathead Coupes to the switch to small block Chevys & Fords in late model bodys….. Ken Dominated with pure Old Skool building savvy and awesome driving talent.Very ‘cagey’ individual.Remember some of his tricks…like putting things in the car to just confuse the other guys and work on them with psycological warfare.Like the night he painted a gold stripe on his M&H’s and ‘started ‘ the rumor -he had expeimental tires from Marv.Would put strange pieces on his motor like grease fittings to plug vacuum holes in the carb AND use a grease gun to Make believe he was doing some ‘New Trick”. Only in the later years ,was the LaJoie effort able to run along side and start beating him.The Battles at that track where firece,usually ending in massive crashes and unbelievable “under Yellow” repairs. Ken’s Team of back yard mechanics showed the big bucks guys how to do it. You woudn’t see him coming in your mirror …then without notice -he was past you. Did the “Dale” go low -fake out -then pass you on the outside ,Before Dale .Knew “just” where to ‘pop’ you ,so it looked like YOU spun out on your own. He was kind of All Business -and loved to “Get You” in a conversation ….than break out in that coy smile …. with his ever present ‘Cegar’.Couldn’t put anything past old Kenny…He knew already.I lettered some of his cars and was there every Sat night ,to watch him show the Kids ,how its done. “The Deuce”….. a Legend IN HIS OWN TIME. Gone for the final Checker …He will be Missed.Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Family.
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Kenneth Webb | Danbury News Times
Kenneth Webb, age 79 of New Milford, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, died peacefully in the arms of his wife on Friday, September 17, 2010. He was born in Somers, N.Y. in 1931 to Frank and Elmira Webb, and sibling to Dorothy Gallo, Margaret Ford and Frank Webb. At age 17 he joined the Navy and served from 1949 to 1952 during the Korean War. Ken had a passion for racing. A founding member of the Southern New York Racing Association and three time champion, he raced at Danbury Racearena until its closing in 1981. Ken is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara; four daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Chuck Gregory, Wendy and Todd Kadota, Kim and Jeff Harrington and Kristin and Matt Schell; one sister, Dorothy Gallo; 15 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Remember him as a man who would give the shirt off his back or go out of his way to help a friend. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT A viewing will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 in Lillis Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers please send donations to “Litchfield Little Britches Therapeutic Riding,” P.O. Box 120, Woodbury, CT 06798.
My first experience at Danbury Fair Grounds was watching Kenny Webb win every week.
The fans loved him.
He was the Track Star.
That place had some bleachers.
Could have been converted to a beautiful drag strip.