Jack Greedy

Inducted 2004

Jack Greedy started racing in 1954 in the jalopy division at Pinecrest Speedway, where he was named Rookie of the Year. He progressed to supermodified racing at the CNE Speedway, where he was the track champion in 1963, the year it closed. During the mid-’60s, he won track championships at Delaware Speedway, Nilestown and Flamboro and was known to one and all as “Smiling Jack” because of his cheerful disposition. In 1968, Greedy often travelled to Oswego Speedway in New York state where he won a feature over the acknowledged king of the supers at that time, Jim Shampine. Several weeks after the 1968 Oswego Classic (in which he finished fourth), he was involved in a horrific crash with Bentley Warren and both their cars were destroyed. Amazingly, Greedy’s car – which started life as an A.J. Watson roadster that was driven in the 1963 Indy 500 by Roger Ward – was repaired and back at the speedway the following Saturday. Owning a construction company, in which several employees were also members of his pit crew, helped. Greedy retired from driving at the end of the 1969 season after purchasing, with a partner, Delaware Speedway near London. He enlarged the track from a quarter to a half-mile, started a low-dollar beginner division called Rat Racers and, with Cayuga Speedway management, started the Export A Super Late Model series for serious racers. Greedy was manager of Carling’s NASCAR Grand National team (Earl Ross, driver) and headquartered the team at Delaware. He sold the racing plant in 1975 but continued in the sport, supporting his son John’s racing. He passed away in 1988.

Image via Delaware Speedway

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