"Steady Eddie" Flemke


EDDIE was without a doubt the "GREATEST MODIFIED DRIVER OF
HIS TIME & MAYBE ALL TIME."  Eddie did most of his racing 
in an era where points and championships did not pay much 
money, and winning races did!  As Ed once said "you can't 
eat trophies." Ed would most often race at a track that was 
paying a large purse then one that was giving a lot of 
points,  which is why his name is not on the list of 
National Modified Champions.  Ed was the original "EASTERN 
BANDIT" who went to the Southern Short Tracks and took all 
their money.  Eddie was the innovator of the split spring 
front end which became known as the "FLEMKE FRONT END" and 
was a genius in understanding the working of the race car 
chassis when no one else even thought about it. Ed had over 
600 wins that can be documented, and probably another 300 
to 400 there is no record of.
 
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1978 Racing Times Article
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1973 SCR Magazine Article

A SMALL AMOUNT OF ED's ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Eddie Flemke never won a National Championship, Only Because he NEVER pursued it! Ed finished 2nd in the National Modified Standings in 1961 and 1962, when every other driver in the top 10 was South of the Border, including a young driver who finished 8th in points in 1961 named Bobby Allison. Ed also finished 4th in 1967, 7th in 1968, 4th in 1970 and 4th in 1973, when Richie Evans won his First Championship. Ed also finished in the top 10 in the National Sportsman Points in 1963 and 1964, which would many years later become the Busch Grand National Division. At that time the Sportsman would run with the Modified Division with limitations on the engines. While Ed was taking all the money from the south in the 1950's he also managed to win Two RIVERSIDE PARK SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIPS ,  in 1956 and again in 1958.  Ed is 11th on the all-time Riverside win list with 22 wins between 1953 and 1979,  although he didn't compete in any races at Riverside between 1959 and 1978, except several in the ALL-STAR RACING LEAGUE and other special races.


Ed with one of his many prodigies and good friend Richie Evans.

 

Ed was a mentor to many young Modified Drivers, including Richie Evans, Ron Bouchard, Don Moon, Dennis Zimmerman, Don MacTavish and Pete Hamilton and many others. Pete Hamilton, on National Television after his 1970 Daytona 500 victory, credited Eddie as the person most responsible for his success and dedicated the 500 victory to Ed. Despite all of Ed's accomplishments in racing, Ed always said it was his most memorable moment in racing, except for standing on the infield at Riverside Park Speedway and watching Ed, Jr. taking his first laps on the track.

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