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Bob Bahre Remembered by Racers, Fans at Oxford Plains Speedway Service

Bob Bahre, former owner of NH International Speedway, was 93 when he died Friday. Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR
Bob Bahre, former owner of NH International Speedway, was 93 when he died Friday. Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR

Bob Bahre Remembered by Racers, Fans at Oxford Plains Speedway Service

By: Randy Whitehouse

OXFORD — On “a perfect day for racing,” about 500 mourners gathered on the Oxford Plains Speedway track and grandstand that Bob Bahre built to remember the man who became synonymous with Maine and New England auto racing.

The one-hour service at the Route 26 facility included prominent speakers from the racing world, including Ricky Craven and Ken Squier. It concluded with the hearse carrying Bahre’s casket for one last lap around the third-mile oval as mourners waved small checkered flags.

Bahre died Friday at his Paris Hill home at age 93.

The speakers and mourners remembered him not only as a racing visionary and entrepreneur who brought legendary racers to Oxford and started the renowned Oxford 250, but as a brilliant businessman, mentor and friend.

By: Randy Whitehouse Sun Journal