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