MEMORIALS: Maynard Troyer
Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s Maynard Troyer was a name that was synonymous with winning in Modified competition. Troyer spent most of his life residing in the Central New York region which is an area that fellow Modified legends Richie Evans and Jerry Cook were based. Along with many other Modified heroes of the era, Troyer was a traveling racer with an innovative outlook on the cars he raced.
Some of Troyer’s most notable victories included the 1976 Race of Champions at Trenton (NJ) Speedway (now closed), the 1977 Race of Champions at the 2.5 mile Pocono (PA) Raceway, and three consecutive Spring Sizzlers at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway (1977-1979). He made fourteen appearances in NASCAR Cup Series competition with a best finish of fourth in the 1971 Yankee 400 at Michigan (MI) International Speedway.
Maynard Troyer worked for many years as a mechanic at Nagle Ford (now closed) in East Rochester, NY. It was there that his Modified racing team operation was housed. In 1977 Troyer quit his job at the dealership and started building Modifieds. He established Troyer Engineering which continues to be a successful dirt and asphalt Modified chassis building outfit. In the year 2000 he decided to sell the business to a long time business partner. Troyer was inducted into the Eastern Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 1985. He died on May 10, 2018 at the age of 79.
Maynard Troyer 6 racing Richie Evans 61 at Thompson (CT) Speedway in 1981. (Photo by Howie Hodge)
Maynard at Stafford (CT) Speedway. (Howie Hodge photo)
Maynard Troyer at Stafford Motor Speedway in 1977. (Howie Hodge photo)
Maynard Troyer at Stafford Motor Speedway in 1981 in a car known as “The Bandit”. (Howie Hodge photo)
Maynard in 1979. (Photo by Howie Hodge)