began racing in 1960 and completed his 48th racing season in 2007.
All of these seasons he has been driver, owner, and mechanic. He started
in the Hardtop division which evolved into the Coupes, and later in
the Modifieds. He has raced Late Models and Semi-lates that he has
owned and has driven Pure Stocks and 6 Cylinder Modifieds. In 1970,
he won the point championship at Lernerville in the Coupes, while
also competing it the Late Models. He has always been very consistent
thus earning the nickname of “Mr. Consistency’’
for many years. He rarely finished out of the top ten in points and
for many years was in two divisions at multiple tracks. For years
he raced 3 or 4 and sometimes 5 times a week. Since Lernerville opened,
Carl has only missed a handful of nights.
Carl competed…in Pennsylvania...Blanket Hill, Butler, Central
PA Speedway, Challenger, Clearfield, Green Valley, Hickory, Indiana
Fairgrounds, Hummingbird, Jennerstown, Latrobe, Lernerville, Meadville
Fairgrounds, Marion Center, Mercer, Mon-Duke, Motordrome, Nazareth
Mile, North Hills, Pine Valley, Reading, Ruffsdale, Sportsman’s
Speedway, Stateline, Thunder in the Mountain, Tri-City, Warren Sports
Speedway, Windber OP
Buckeye, Eldora, Expo Speedway, Ace High/Raceway 7, Schmucker’s,
Sharon, St. Clairsville, Wayne County. In New York...Hamburg, Little
Valley Speedway, Middletown, Ransomville…In West Virginia...Pennsboro,
Tyler County, Wheeling Creek…Other Speedways...Hagerstown, MD,
Flemington, NJ, Merrittsville Speedway, Canada
and victories in special events include the 1970 Championship at Lernerville
in the Modifieds. The 1984 & 1986 Modified Championship in the
Pittsburgh Circle Track Club,
1974 was a good
year with wins at Sportsman Speedway…in the Late Model Memorial
Day Race, Mid-Season Championship Race…in 1975 the Late Model
Mid-Season Championship Race and the Memorial Day Special
He received the
Sportsmanship award from Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown.
His efforts in
the Coupes at Sportsman in 1975 were very successful with wins in
the Mid-Season Championship Race, the 4th of July, and Memorial Specials.
1977 another big win at Sportsman’s plus the big win in 1979
with the Modified on Labor Day at Tri-City.
Speedway Milestone in Racing Award. In recognition of a quarter century
of competitive driving in the coupe/modified diving 1968-1992
2002 Mercer Raceway
Park Outstanding Achievement Award. For finishing in the top ten in
the modified points for 13 consecutive seasons 1989-2002
Speedway Appreciation Award. For participation, support, and spirit
of camaraderie at Lernerville for the past 35 years.
Speedway Lifetime Achievement Award. Five decades of the love and
dedication to racing in western Pennsylvania.
In 1998 Carl
took his car to Syracuse for his son Dave to race. That year he got
to meet Smokey Yunick. And Richard Petty. Carl raced against Bill
Elliott, Neil Bonnett, Bobby Allison, Tony Stewart, and Dave Blaney.
Carl ran the
late model for nine years and has run in the coupe/modified division
for 48 years. 2008 will be his 49th year.
Carl Murdick and
2007 Hall of Fame Inductees Frank Perpetua, Carl Murdick, Ted Wise (daughter), Dave Pegher, and Dick Curry