"The Flying #5"

A young 15 year old Teddy Renshaw started pitting for his friend from Stevensville, Jerry Winger, in 1955.   In 1958 the Jalopy division was formed, and Jerry Winger helped Ted get started as a driver and car owner, sponsoring his first effort.  This continued for three years, and Ted continued to race in the Jalopy division as the J-5, since he could not take the J-10 since Bill Losier, had already taken it.  Ted continued to compete, even after his close friend Jerry Winger died in 1959.


For 1961 Ted would drive for Ray Stevens in the jalopy division and won 6 “holiday feature events” enroute to the NARA high points jalopy championship.  This was the last year for jalopies since the late model division would replace it.


At that point, Ted would move up to the sportsman division and drove the #5 Sweet’s Motor Sales coupe for Wall of Fame car owner-engine builder Jimmy Binks.  Ted would evolve into a front runner from 1963 to 1966 driving the Jimmy Binks coupe, Friday nights at Speedway Park and Saturdays at Merrittville, however he drove for Ray Stevens, Sundays at Humberstone, winning the points championship in 1964.



From 1967 to 1974 Ted took the asphalt route, but came back to drive dirt for Terry Page in 1975, 1978 and 1979.


During the 1980’s Ted drove both asphalt and dirt, but returned to Merrittville in 1989 driving for Scott Whitley in the sportsman division until 1991.


In 1992 Ted and Scott moved up to the modifieds but returned to run sportsman at Merrittville in 1993-1994.  At the end of 1994 Ted Renshaw retired from active competition after a 40 year involvement in the sport.  In 1996 Ted joined Rick Kavanagh as the founding members of the Merrittville Speedway Reunion Committee, with track manager Jim Irvine and Wall of Famer-Bruce Swartz.  For nine years Ted has been devoted to help make our events successful.  In 1999, Ted took a solid 1936 Chevrolet tudour  and converted it into his pride and joy the #5 vintage modified, you see here tonight. 


Congratulations Ted, its now your turn, to join your friend Jerry Winger, on the Merrittville Speedway Alumni Wall of Fame.



Rick Kavanagh

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