Bugsy Stevens
Class of 1998

Born Carl Steven Berghman, he assumed the alias when he drove his first race at the Pan American Speedway in Texas in 1957 while he was stationed in the service and his racing was unauthorized. He kept the name when he returned to a New England racing career that eventually lead to his winning 3 NASCAR National Modified championships in 1967 through '69 driving the Len Boehler #3.

Along the way he went on to become Stafford Motor Speedway’s winningist driver with 72 modified feature victories. He often ventured down to Martinsville, VA where he had 7 wins.

His numerous track championships include Stafford Motor Speedway (4), Seekonk Speedway, (3), Norwood Arena, (2), Albany Saratoga, Catamount and Thompson. His big wins include the '73 Spring Sizzler, a pair of 500 lappers at Thompson and several victories at Trenton and Martinsville.

His sudden switch in rides with fellow Hall of Famer Fred DeSarro, to the Koszella #15 was a major media event. Bugsy was a darling of the media and his last modified race at Stafford in '87 was a premier event.

In 1970 Stevens tried his hand at Grand National (now Winston Cup), driving at the Atlanta, Darlington, and Charlotte super speedways. His sixth place finish at the World 600 earned him rookie of the race honors.