NYSSCA TAPS HOAG AND MOTT FOR HALL OF FAME HONORS
Dutch Hoag of Bath, N. Y.
began his racing career after leaving the Army in 1949. He put together his
own 1937 Ford V-8 coupe. There were no wins the first year but he honed his
racing skills and began his assault on the racetracks of the northeast.
Dutch Hoag with the
checkered flag after a win at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway in the early
1970's in his famous Genesee Beer No. 7.
His first win came at the New York Memorial
Stadium in Corning, N.Y. Later that year he drove at Monroe County and then
the Lord Brother's at Langhorne.
After winning championships at Monroe County
and Bath Speedway he became New York State NASCAR title holder in 1953 and
1954 while driving the red and white No. 96 "Penn Yan Express."
Dutch won the Race of Champions driving for
Bobby Burns. Hoag returned to the Langhorne victory lane in 1960 in the Dave
McCredy car and in 1963 Hoag drove to his third Langhorne win in the Bill
Wimble back up car.
Next Hoag proved himself on the asphalt and
won the 1967 Langhorne Race of Champions on the paved Pennsylvania oval. The
same year he returned to win on dirt at the New York State Fair Championship
In 1968 Dutch drove for his own team made up
of Clay Ovenshire, Don French and Gene DeWitt. His car was now blue and
yellow and numbered with a 7. His home tracks were Spencer, Shangri-La and
Fulton. The same year he won his fifth ROC.
Dutch took one turn at Daytona, in 1969
driving a Dodge Grand National car that he and Gene DeWitt purchased from
Ray Fox. He finished second to LeRoy Yarborough.
He ended his racing career on dirt as it
started. In the seventies he ran regularly at Weedsport. After retiring he
worked with his son Dean who drove super modifieds at Oswego. He now
supports his grandson, Alex as the third generation of Hoag racers at New
Bob Mott of Schenectady, NY,
was one of the pioneer drivers at the brand new Fonda Speedway. Before
coming to Fonda Mott won races at many other speedways, Stateline Speedway,
Empire in Menands, etc.
Around mid-summer 1953, Bob named driver Jeep
Herbert to pilot his famous Yellow 3. The Mott/Herbert team proved to be a
successful move and over the next couple years, they piled up numerous
victories and top five finishes including the 50 lap Eastern State
Championship in 1955.
In 1956 Bob put Fonda hot shoe Pete Corey in
his yellow No. 3, another great move. The team piled up 8 feature wins and
12 top five finishes.
In 1957 the Mott/Corey team continued their
winning ways and top five finishes, to include a victory in the biggest race
of the year, a 100-lap event. While in victory lane that night Bob put the
now famous, "Mott's Yellow #3" up for sale. Paul Pankorik, owner
of Jimmy Luke's #113, immediately purchased it, and the #3 returned to the
speedway, renumbered #213, as the team car to Luke's #113.
This ended Bob's ownership of stock cars, but
not his involvement as he later teamed up with Irv Taylor to build the #111
owned by Henry Caputo and piloted by Taylor. This car also found it's way
into victory lane several times.
Bob Mott passed away in 1999, but for those
of us who were around racing in those "Pioneer Days", we will
always remember the famous "Mott's Yellow 3".