This past weekend was a very difficult weekend for the short track racing community in the Northeast as two well-respected track promoters passed away. The short track racing world lost Bobby Webber Sr., owner and promoter at New Hampshire’s Star Speedway and Hudson Speedway, as well as Cliff Krause, the promoter of New Jersey’s Wall Stadium Speedway.
Krause passed away on Saturday after suffering a heart attack on January 19. Krause is survived by his wife, Diane, his daughter Emily and his son Andrew.
Krause and his wife began promoting Wall Stadium Speedway in 2011 and had just announced that they had secured the lease to once again have racing at the Jersey Shore in 2019.
Webber purchased Star Speedway in the 80’s and soon after purchased Hudson Speedway. Webber had a love for Supermodifieds and helped establish the Star Classic as a crown jewel event for Supermodified racers. The track’s Facebook page announced over the weekend that the Star Classic will be known as the Bob Webber Sr. Memorial Classic 150 moving forward.
One of Webber’s greatest inventions as a promoter may have been the annual Halloween Howler, an Enduro race held at Star Speedway. Each year, hundreds of race cars and thousands of fans pack the quarter-mile New Hampshire bullring.
Even while Webber was fighting his disease, some nights he could still be found behind the wheel of his truck in the pit area helping to score and run the show.
Webber, 70, is survived by his wife, Jeanne, his son, Bobby Jr., and his daughter-in-law, Jennifer. Webber also has two grandchildren, Timothy and Jaime.
His son, Bobby Webber, Jr. has controlled the day-to-day operation at both race tracks in recent years and will continue to do so moving forward.
The thoughts and prayers from all of us at Speed51.com go out to the families of both Krause and Webber.
-By Speed51 Staff