Sparky Belmont (Michael Belmonti) was a long
time racer, starting with midgets in the 40's,
but finding most of his success in the Modifieds.
Sparky won 3 features at Riverside Park Speedway,
the first in October of 1949 and the last in May
of 1963, besides his many wins at Plainville Stadium,
and many other Northeast Tracks. Sparky died of a heart
attack in the pit area of Plainville Stadium while celebrating
his victory in the 100 lap feature that night in 1969.
Sparky was one of the early drivers to always wear a dapper
driving uniform while racing, bringing some class to the early
days of the sport. Sparky pictured at Riverside Park around 1950 to 1953.
This picture of the #45 was taken at Plainville Stadium
around 1964. Photo Courtesy of JIMBO of Berlin, CT
Sparky in the North End Auto Parts #54 at Plainville Stadium.
This Ronnie Berndt owned car was also driven to many wins by
the likes of "Jap" Membrino and Ron Wycoff. Photo Courtesy of JIMBO of Berlin,CT
Sparky after a victory at Plainville Stadium in the SILVER 6,
known for it's GMC Straight 6 cyl. engine,
which won a bunch of features against the V8's.
Sparky with the Richie and Ray Garuti #28 at Riverside Park
Speedway in the 50's or very early 60's. The Garuti Bros.
cars won many races over the years with the likes of Sparky,
Ed Flemke, Smokey Boutwell, and Jocko Maggiacomo
behind the wheel. Photo Courtesy of JIMBO of Berlin CT.