Year:  July 9th, 1959 Second: 60's Third: 1963, possibly Ď64
Flagger:   Teddy Ryan
Contributed by:

Top Photo: LVC Fan

Second Photo: LVC Fan

Third Photo: Joe Grossetti

Photo Credits:  

Top Photo: Matt Buda

Second Photo: Matt Buda

Third Photo: Momma Grossetti

The Back Story:

Top Photo:Hereís flagger Ted Ryan throwing a yellow in 1959. Ted flagged from the track surface, like most starters did back then. Martin Beberwyck continued the tradition into the Mid 70ís, Until he was hit starting a Heat Race. Soon after, if not immediately, all flagging was done from on top of the starters stand on the front stretch.

   That's George Gowie in the Lazy 1 looking to see if Tedís serious, which by all accounts, he was, and he always meant business.

The 2nd picture is of Ted attending the always popular LV banquets in the 60ís.


After dodging errant race cars on the front stretch of LV, Ted owned and operated the successful Firestone tire dealership on South Street in Pittsfield.


LVC fan.

Third Photo:LVC was saddened to hear the news that former head starter Ted Ryan had recently passed away.In Lieu of the news, LVC visitor and contributor Joe Grossetti wanted to share this picture of his Dadís team, driver Link Petit and Teddy.We thank Joe for informing us of the sad news, and following that up with a special picture of Ted and his Dadís crew.

This motley group, the ďBarrington Racing AssociatesĒ, or BRA, were from left to right:

Mario Morelli, Primo Grossetti (Joeís Dad), driver Link Pettit, starter Ted Ryan, Tom McCarty, and Paul Larkin.


Edward "Ted" Ryan

1932-2010 NEW LEBANON, NY Edward "Ted" Joseph Ryan, 78, of Mooresville, N.C., formerly of New Lebanon, N.Y., died Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the Gordon Hospice Center, Statesville, N.C.

He was born on Apr. 11, 1932, in Providence, R.I., the son of the late Edward J. and Mabel Carrier Ryan.

He faithfully, and honorably, served his country in the National Guard, as a Marine Veteran of the Korean War and as part of the Marine Reserves until 1959.

He enjoyed a successful career at Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, where he retired after 25 years of service, and was proud that he "never missed his quota". After Firestone he decided to take to the open road and drove an "eighteen wheeler" until 2001.

Ted had many interests, but stock car racing was his passion. It culminated in his introduction into the New York Stock Car Association Hall of Fame in 1989, after serving as the head starter at Lebanon Valley Speedway for many years.

He was active in his community and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion , Floyd Carlton Post 1236, where he served as Commander numerous times, and the Lions Club in New Lebanon.

Ted leaves his wife, Dorothy Young Ryan, of Mooresville, N.C., and the couple would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on May 25, 2010.

He also leaves eight children, Patrick Ryan and wife, Anne, of Denver, N.C., Jane Ryan and the late Peter Harty of Huntersville, N.C., Susan Ryan and Ron Rickert of Old Chatham, N.Y., Colleen Thurston and husband, Charles, of Denver, N.C., Shirley Van Wormer of Lanesboro, Mass., Michael Van Wormer of Johnstown, N.Y., Nicholas Van Wormer of Gloversville, N.Y., and Eric VanWormer of Albany, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Alannah Farnham and husband, Ed, Chadd Ryan and wife, Stacy, Jennifer Ryan, Sean Ryan, Kenneth Ryan and Charles "Ryan" Thurston; three great-grandchildren, Austryn Ryan, Riley and Cameron Lynch.

Ted is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his nephew, Edward VanWormer.



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