9 Time NASCAR National Modified Champion


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Richie Evans' racing career began after leaving his father's farm in Westernville, N.Y. at the age of 16 to become a mechanic at a gas station. His first racing experience was as a drag racer, but he soon switched to running stock cars starting in the Utica-Rome Speedway Hobby Division in 1964.  Richie won his first NASCAR National Modified Championship in 1973 and didn't win his second until 1978, but from 1978 through 1985 he  won eight consecutive NASCAR Featherlite Modified titles. Richies 8 straight Championships is a record for any NASCAR Division to this day. For 13 years Richie finished 1st nine times and 2nd twice, only finishing out of the top 10 once.  Evans also won a record nine Most Popular Driver Awards.

He won over 30 track championships, including two at Stafford, four at Thompson, and one at Riverside Park.
In 1980 he won 52 out of 84 races he entered.

Richie was a 3-time Modified Race of Champions winner.  Winning on the1.5 mile Trenton Speedway in 1973 and was the last driver to win on the big 2.5 mile Pocono Raceway Track in 1979 before his next win in 1980 when he was the first driver to win on the 3/4 mile Pocono Track.  Richie won the Daytona International Speedway Modified race in 1979 and repeated the victory in 1980.

Richie was the 1980 Riverside Park Speedway Champion and is 7th on the all-time
Riverside Park Speedway win list with 32 wins between 1978 and 1984 in only 7 seasons of competition.  The drivers in front of him competed in 10 to 23 different seasons.

Richie was killed in a practice accident at Martinsville in 1985, while preparing
for the final race of the season for the NASCAR Modified Tour.


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