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The racing community is often referred to as a family for a reason - whether it's a driver, a crew member, a spectator, or a loved one who passes on, there is a widespread sense of loss felt throughout.

The staff and management here at Yates County Speedway wish to remember some of those who have gone ahead of us. If there is someone you feel should be included on this page please contact the site administrator webadmin@BlackRockSpeedway.com


Dory Hoag

Doris "Dory" Hoag

Doris "Dory" Hoag - Age 79, of Spaulding Drive, Bath, NY, died Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL. She was born in Cohocton, NY, June 23, 1927, the daughter of Wallace and Alta Loveland Jackson. She was an animal lover and contributor to the Finger Lakes Humane Society and charities in the Bath area. She was a longtime volunteer at the Salvation Army in Bath. She and her husband, Dutch celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary March 17, 2006. She is survived by her husband, Donald Hoag; her daughter, Donna (Lee Osborne) Johnston of Penn Yan, NY; her son, Dean Hoag (Patricia Hobbs Bennett) of Corning, NY; her sister, Rosemary (Lester) Ovenshire of Kanona, NY; four grandchildren, Alex Hoag of Bath, NY, Erica (Murray) Streicher of Wilmore, KY, and their mother, Kathryn Warren, Denee (John) Stirpe of Webster, NY, and Kristie Howe Herington of Bath, NY; two great-grandsons, Michael Joseph Stirpe and Noah Herington. She was predeceased by her half sister, Francis Mary Hogan; and son-in-law, Michael Johnston.


Jack Christensen

Jack Christensen

Jens “Jack” R. Christensen, age 60, of 224 East Main St., Penn Yan died peacefully at home on Friday, June 29, 2007. Funeral services for Jack were held at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 11am with the Rev. Ellen Knight of the Dresden United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Penn Yan with Full Military Honors.

Memorials may be made in his name to Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam’s Way, Randleman, NC 27317; the Ontario-Yates County Hospice, c/o Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, 756 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456-1336; or to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Rd. North, Rochester, NY 14609-5896. Jack was born in Penn Yan, NY on September 12, 1946, to son of the late Robert and Alyce Meaker Christensen. He retired from NYSEG after 32 years of service as a welder at the Grenich Station in Dresden. For 30 years Jack was the well known voice of his “Chasin’ Racin’” radio show. Jack was a member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion, Life member of the VFW, Moose Lodge, the Dresen Masonic Lodge, Seneca Lake Duck Hunters, life member of the Himrod Conservation Club, and the Eastern Motorsport Press Association. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Chris; children, Allen (Linda) Christensen and Tracey Keech; son-in-law, Ron Keech; grandchildren, Haley and Corey Christensen, Tyler and Hannah Keech; brother, Charles ‘Chuck’ (Linda) Christensen; and several brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Robert and Alyce, Jack was predeceased by his grandchild, Jordan Keech.


John Blewett

John Blewett III

John R. Blewett III died Thursday, August 16, in Thompson, Connecticut, following a crash at the Thompson Speedway. Born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, John remained a life-long resident of Howell, New Jersey, working in the long established and well-known family business, John Blewett Auto & Scrap Recycling of Howell, that was started by his grandfather, John Blewett, Sr. John loved the sport of racing, starting at the age of 5 with go-carts. At the age of 18, he was a NASCAR Modified Champion. Over the past 15 years, John won numerous NASCAR Championships. In 1996, he won the Northeast Regional Championship, and finished second in the national points. John's biggest fan is his 7 year old son, John William Blewett, of Howell.

In addition to his son, John is survived by his father, John Blewett Jr., and his step-mother Jessica Blewett of Howell; his mother, Linda Lopez of Howell; his girlfriend, Crystal Kistner of Howell; his former wife, Seychelle Blewett of Howell; one brother, Jimmy of Howell; three sisters, Danielle Neff and her husband, Alex, of Brick, Janice Blewett of Farmingdale, and Shelly Blewett of Howell. John is also survived by his paternal grandparents, John and Helen Blewett, and his maternal grandparents, Bill and Sue Dennis, in additiona to his two nephews, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Richard D. Bixby Jr.

Richard D. Bixby Jr.

Richard D. Bixby Jr., age 32, of Smith Road in Lodi, died unexpectedly on Thursday (May 12). The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Monday, (May 16) at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street, Ovid, NY. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday (May 17) at Ovid Federated Church, 7137 N. Main Street in Ovid, with Pastor Diane Walker officiating. Prayers of committal will be held at Ovid Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation in Richie's memory to his children's future education to the Bixby/Travers Memorial Fund, c/o Community Bank, PO Box 279, Interlaken, NY 14847.

Richie was born on February 7, 1979 in Canandaigua and attended South Seneca Schools upon moving to Ovid in 1991. He was a graduate of the SSCS Class of 1998. He had been a race fan for many years, driving competitively for two years. He was a self employed contractor, working in various types of construction and maintenance and was currently enrolled in business classes through South University.

Richie was so very proud of his children and strived every day to be the best Dad he could be.

Richie's legacy will live on through his children, Michelle A. Bixby, Caden T. Travers, Rickey Bixby and Ryan Travers; his parents, Rich and Debi Bixby of Ovid, his devoted brother, Jeffery A. Elliott sister, Jessica A. Elliott and half brother, Zachary Elliott; his grandparents, Charles (May) Whitmore of Marion, Helen (Walt Robinson) Whitmore of Brockport, Doris Keukelaar many nieces, nephews, cousins, a large extended family, and LOTS of friends. Richie was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Richard and Joan Bixby.


Richard D. Bixby Jr.

Jacob E. Davis

Jacob Edmond Davis, 14, of 4239 Upper Swale Road, Cameron, NY, died suddenly on Friday evening, October 19, 2012 in the Town of Addison.

Jake was born in Hornell on Apr. 30, 1998, the son of Robert and Amy Peoples Davis. He was a 9th grade student at Jasper-Troupsburg Central School.

He was very active in athletics in school, playing baseball, soccer and basketball. He may have been a small package but he played sports with the heart of a giant. “Jake the Snake”, as his pals called him, loved hanging out with his many friends and classmates and was truly loved by all in school. He loved to hunt with his family and friends and enjoyed supporting his Dad in his racing at Woodhull Raceway. Jake was a NASCAR fan with Carl Edwards being his favorite driver.

Jake is survived by his parents, Amy & Bobby Davis of Cameron, his sister, Kierstin Davis (Chris Lafler) of Canisteo, his brother, Kristopher Davis of Cameron, his nephew, whom Jake adored, Chase Lafler of Canisteo, his maternal grandparents, Kenny & Millie Peoples of Addison, his paternal grandparents, Barb & Donald Davis of Cameron, his paternal great grandmother, Ruby Bradley of Florida, many aunts, uncles and cousins, and countless friends and school mates, including close buddies, Tucker Simons, Brandon McNalley and Deven Brutsman.

Jake was predeceased by his uncle, Lewis Martin and cousin, Darwin Davis.

The family will receive friends at the H.P. Smith & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St. Woodhull, NY on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 7-9 PM and again on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral services will be conducted there on Thursday at 11:00 AM. Rev. Adrian Essigmann will officiate.

Burial will follow in Martin Farms Cemetery, Town of Woodhull.

Memorials in Jake’s name may be made to the Jasper-Troupsburg Sports Booster Club.