Fred DeSarro

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Frederick John DeSarro (July 3, 1937 - November 1, 1978) was an American racecar driver. He was the 1970 NASCAR National Modified Champion. In NASCAR's Modified All-Time Top 10 drivers, he was ranked eighth.



DeSarro started his Stock car racing career at the then New London Waterford Speedbowl, then moved over to the Norwood Arena.

In 1970 Fred won the National Modified championship driving the Sonny Kozella "Woodchoper" Special #15.

In 1971 he started his association with Lenny Boehler and the "Ole Blue" #3, while Bugsy Stevens, his friend, took over driving the Kozella "Woodchopper" #15.

In 1972, DeSarro won the inaugural Spring Sizzler and went on to win the Stafford Motor Speedway Championship, and again won the Stafford Motor Speedway Championship in 1976.

In 1974 DeSarro won the first of four (1974–1977) consecutive Thompson Modified division track championships, winning 14 feature events alone during the 1974 season. Fred also won the Race of Champions at the Trenton Speedway in 1974 as well.

Fred DeSarro was critically injured during a practice session at the Thompson International Speedway on October 8, 1978.[1] He died several weeks later.[2]



  1. ^ "Fred DeSarro Badly Injured At Thompson". Hartford Courant. 1978-10-10. p. 56B. 
  2. ^ "Fred DeSarro Dies Of Crash Injuries". Hartford Courant. 1978-11-02. p. 67. 

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