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Tom Curley, race promoter and speedway owner, dies

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat May 06, 2017 5:27 am

Tom Curley, race promoter and speedway owner, dies

Thomas M. Curley, co-founder of the popular ACT auto racing tour and former owner of the famed Thunder Road International SpeedBowl in Barre, Vermont, has died. He was 73.

in a Facebook post at about 10:30 Friday night, just two days before his ACT Tour was set to race at Devil's Bowl in West Haven, Vermont.

Well wishes poured in despite the late hour of the announcement as word spread throughout the racing community.

Curley, alongside journalist Ken Squier, founded the NASCAR North Tour for Late Model Sportsman cars in 1979, and quickly built that tour into a force in the Northeast. In 1986, he and Squier formed the independent American-Canadian Tour, changing over to the Super Late Model and Pro Stock cars used more widely across the country at the time.

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Re: Tom Curley, race promoter and speedway owner, dies

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun May 07, 2017 4:43 am

Tom Curley, ACT founder, remembered by many he touched

...“Beaver Dragon and I were teammates at MGM,” Rowe said from his home Saturday afternoon. “Tom was always telling us we had to be straight, because he owned the car. There was no gray area there.”

Curley always ran a tight ship on his tour, and his driver's meetings were legendary. Rowe says if you did something wrong, he definitely got his point across.

“He was tough, but he also cared for the racers and acted in our best interest. He was just a great guy and was top-notch in everything he did. This has been a sad week to lose Wally, Bob and now Tom.”

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