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2014, Tuesday April 15: You’re invited to join us at the next FSHS monthly meeting, when the Katona family will be our guest speakers. Gloria Katona will be joined by her father Les and her uncle Larry. Flemington Elks Lodge 1928 (165 Route 31, Flemington, New Jersey) will open their doors for us at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 15. The Elks kitchen will be open, food and drink will be served. FSHS memberships and souvenir merchandise will be available for purchase. As always, the meeting is open to the public and admission is free. We hope to see you there.

1987: From Jack Kromer’s portfolio comes this Stock Car Racing Magazine cover shot of daughter Gloria Katona and father Les Katona.

Brothers Les and Larry Katona began racing at Flemington Speedway in 1958. The peak of Les Katona’s Flemington success came as a Sportsman driver in the mid 1970’s. From 1974 through 1978 Les Katona won 10 Sportsman features. Les Katona also won two “Reverse Races," and the 1975 Flemington Speedway Sportsman Track Championship.

Gloria Katona began her Flemington Speedway career in the 1978 Rookie division. That season she raced Sportsman against her famous dad, who won three more features, including the annual 100 lapper.

In the Saturday night Sportsman feature of August 20, 1983, Gloria Katona recorded her first top five finish - the first top five feature event finish for a female in a race that wasn’t comprised entirely of women. Coincidentally, father Les finished third in the Modified feature that same night. His third place Modified finish was, at the time, also a career best.

For his career, Les Katona had five Flemington dirt Modified top fives, and twenty-three top tens. His best career Modified finish was a second place to Billy Pauch in the first of three 20’s on July 14, 1984. His last career Flemington dirt Modified top ten was that same night, taking ninth in the second twenty lapper.

August 11, 1990 Gloria Katona became the first woman in Flemington Speedway history to win a Sportsman feature. In Flemington Speedway’s competitive dirt Sportsman division, Gloria Katona had seven career top five finishes: 1 win, 2 seconds, 2 fourths, and 2 fifths.

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