Year:  Late 70's ,Second 1989
Driver:   Ricky Hussex
Photo Contributed by: A friend of Lebanon

Second Photo: Chalmitty B

Photo Credits: A friend of Lebanon

Second Photo: Kustom Keepsakes

The Back Story:

Mystery Driver #23

Longtime Lebanon Valley supporter Ricky Hussex of Windsor Locks CT. gives the high banks a go back in the early days of his racing career.Ricky was competing at Lebanon when most kids his age were still in the stands begging their mothers for some cash to buy toys from the novelty booth or pictures of their favorite drivers.Ricky was competing with, and winning against the divisions heavy weights.

After a successful Mini Stock career, he dove into the newly formed sportsman division and chalked up 3 career victories before moving up to the modifieds in 1989, where he scored a victory in his rookie year on September 2nd.

Sadly, Ricky passed away last year at the very young age of 50 in his hometown of Windor Locks.Ricky will be sadly missed, but not forgotten by the LV fans who enjoyed his enthusiasm and love of the sport.

Ricky R. Hussex, 50, of Windsor Locks, beloved husband of 32 years of Kathy (Hadlow) Hussex, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital following a stroke.

Ricky was born in Pittsfield, Mass., son of Robert and Diana (Lawson) Hussex of Windsor Locks, and was a resident of Windsor Locks most of his life. He was an operating engineer with Brunalli Construction of Southington for the past 30 years and also was in business with his father in R. Hussex and Son in Windsor Locks. A race car enthusiast and race car driver he raced in Lebanon Valley, N.Y., and at various other tracks. He was a member of the Polish American Club and the Italian American Club, both of Windsor Locks.

Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by his daughters, Julie Hussex and Jennifer Hussex of Windsor Locks; his best buddy, his grandson, Cole Michael; his 95-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Lawson of Windsor Locks; a niece, Melanie Berube of Windsor Locks; several great nieces and great nephews and many friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Judy Boutwell Hussex.

Second Photo: Ricky poses next to his potent modified in his Rookie season, a season with which he would record his one and only big block triumph at Howard Commanderís high banks.


Additional Comments:  

Winners in the Mystery Driver Contest: Rod Fifield, clocking in before daughter Chrissy could guess.
LVC regular Bert Poland, Doug Olds, Arnie Ainsworth,
Steve Fifield, apparently with no help from Mom, Stephen Forward
Ed Forfa, who was lucky we accepted "Ricky Hussicks"
Jerry Bruce, the official "Longtime LV fan" and John Harper.



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