Received via email from Buffy Swanson:
Hall of Fame Driver Ralph Quarterson Passes
Weedsport, NY (June 25, 2020) — The Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame conveys heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and many fans of Ralph Quarterson, one of the all-time greats in Western PA racing, who passed away on June 23 at the age of 80.
Quarterson, from Hermitage, PA, was inducted into the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame in 2010.
Starting in 1959 in a cutdown #66 coupe owned by his father, Ralph scored his first win in his rookie year, at the long-gone Ashtabula County Fairgrounds in Ohio.
Equally proficient in both Sprint Cars and Modifieds, Quarterson decisively stamped his mark on both, pulling double duty for much of his career, many times "sweeping the night."
Quarterson will go down in history as "The Master of Mercer," as no other driver could ever get around that tricky egg-shaped track like he did. From 1965-80, Ralph racked up 149 wins at Mercer Raceway — 97 in Sprints, 48 in Mods, and another four in a Late Model Camaro in the sole year that class ran weekly at the track. His 14 championships in three divisions solidify his standing as Mercer’s most accomplished driver of all time.
Ralph’s resume also includes four titles at Lernerville and a pair at Butler Speedway. He won the Western PA Sprint Championship five times, twice topped the #1 Cochran Cavalcade Sprint Car Series, and claimed the inaugural All-Star Circuit of Champions title in 1970.
In addition to his election to the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame, Quarterson was also inducted into the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Hall of Fame in 1993, the Lernerville Speedway Hall of Fame in 2010, the Mercer County Hall of Fame in 2012, and was nominated to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, IA.