#4 Car driven by Rollie
Rollie got his
start in stock car racing at Samson’s Speedway later renamed
Mon Valley Speedway located outside of Monongahela, PA. He was a mechanic
on a car driven by a friend. Rollie entered four of these events and
won all of them. He realized that racing the cars was a lot more fun
than fixing them.
He built and
maintained several of his cars in the early days. He raced at Mon
Valley Speedway and other tracks in the area until 1955 when he became
a regular with the Pittsburgh Racing Association. He competed at Heidelberg,
South Park, Mon Duke, and William Penn Speedway.
car was the V8. Other cars that he ran in the PRA were, 38, 27, 44,
and 24. In 1962, he became a regular competitor at the Greater Latrobe
and Jennerstown Speedways. When Motordrome Speedway opened in Ruffsdale,
he ran there on a regular basis. Although the V8 was his favorite
car, he had the most success running the George Kittey, McGill Motors
#4. He continued to race in the late 60’s and early 70’s.