Ernie Gahan
Class of 1998

Ernie Gahan’s 28 year racing career started in 1948 at New Hampshire’s Dover Speedway. By the time he drove his last race at Thompson in 1975, he had amassed over 300 career victories.

His greatest achievement was being the first New Englander to win a NASCAR National Modified championship in 1966. He was equally successful on both dirt and asphalt. He won a record 21 features on the old dirt at Stafford Speedway in the late 50s and early 60s.

Ernie has eleven starts in Grand National (now Winston Cup) competition, and has two top ten finishes, one of which was in the 1962 Daytona 500. He also had competed at the old Daytona Beach course.

In 1963 Gahan was credited with saving the life of Marvin Panch by pulling him out of a burning race car at Daytona. For his courage he won the Shuman Award and the Carnegie Medal for Bravery.