Long-time USAC and Supermodified standout Bentley Warren celebrated his 77th birthday this week. The Kennebunkport, Maine native has spent many years behind the wheel of race cars and earned the reputation of being an entertaining character and an outstanding racer.
Warren has racked up a large amount of victories in his racing career with his first win occurring while serving in the Army. Since active military servicemen were not allowed to race in that era many racers would create fake names. Warren’s first victory came at Dude Ranch (VA) Speedway (then dirt, now paved and known as Langley Speedway) under the assumed name “Kid Bent”.
The accomplishments quickly accumulated over Warren’s tenure behind the wheel. He won championships at Hudson (NH) Speedway, The Pines (NH) Speedway (now closed), Oswego (NY) Speedway, and Star (NH) Speedway. His series titles included the New England Super Modified Racing Association and International SuperModified Association (ISMA).
Some of Warren’s greatest victories included the Oswego International Classic at Oswego Speedway (6x), the Little 500 at Anderson (IN) Speedway (2x), and the Copper World Classic at Phoenix (AZ) International Speedway. He also started in the Indianapolis 500 in 1971 and 1975.
Bentley Warren was inducted into the New England Antique Racers Hall of Fame in 2007. He is the owner of Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel, Maine. The saloon is a nationwide motorcyclist’s destination point that is full of racing memorabilia and vintage motorcycles.
Bentley at Stafford (CT) Speedway in 1985. (Howie Hodge photo)
The Bentley Warren book, “Wicked Fast”, can be ordered at Coastal181.com.
Bentley at Thompson Speedway in 1979. (Howie Hodge photo)