River Cities Speedway remembers recently inducted Hall of Famer Danny Roy of Langdon, N.D. who passed away on March 16.
Roy ran a hobby stock and a street stock in the early 1970s, then moved up to a semi-late model.
After he got out of the driver's seat and turned his focus to business, he owned a modified driven by Eric Hennager. Hennager competed regularly at West Fargo’s half-mile but put on miles competing all over the region. After Hennager hung up the helmet, Roy got into sponsoring several other drivers.
Fifty-plus-year racing veteran Tom Corcoran has been a friend of Roy’s since about the time he got into racing.
“Danny and I first got to be friends in the early 70s. That goes back to the old Kittson County Speedway days in Hallock,” said Corcoran. “We were friends ever since then.”
In the late 1990s, Roy’s D&B Motors became a sponsor on Corcoran’s late model. D&B Motors has been donned on the side of the familiar T1 ever since.
“Danny was one of the guys that were instrumental in me being able to continue racing for all of these years, but over and above it all he was my friend and someone I had the utmost respect for,” said Corcoran.
“The biggest thing I can say about Danny is racing was his third priority,” continued Corcoran. “Family was everything to him and community was huge. His love of racing was kind of the third thing.”
Among many others, Roy was also a long-time supporter of River Cities Speedway track champion, Lance Schill.
“Danny has been one of our supporters since we started. He was there when we got our first late model win this summer,” said Schill. “He came down to victory lane and we got a picture with him. That was pretty special.”
“He was a great man… a damn good family man, a damn good businessman and a pretty good wheelman back in his day too,” said Schill.
River Cities Speedway extends its condolences to the entire Roy family.
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Grand Forks ND 58203
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East Grand Forks, MN 56721