not forgotten . . .

Jack "Little John" Conley


Brighton, Michigan
27.Feb.1930 - 10.May.2017

 Age 87, a lifetime resident of Livingston County, passed away of natural causes surrounded by family on May 10, 2017. He was born on February 27, 1930 a son of Charles and Mary Irene (Comisky) Conely in Brighton, MI. A man of many talents and gifts, he is most remembered for his racing and engine building career. A Motor Sports Hall of Fame inductee, he was nationally recognized for his work with Ford and Chevrolet as well as for his contributions to well-known Indy, IMSA, ARCA, USAC, and NASCAR race teams. His passion for helping others overshadowed anything else he ever did. Those who knew Jack knew that he was quick to lend a hand to anyone in need. Jack was an Air Force Veteran, serving when he was a very young man. He overcame many obstacles in his youth and credited much of his success to the time he spent at Father Flannigan’s Boys’ Town in Nebraska.

 In 1969, Jack Conley won a rained out feature the week before the Classic, then closed the season with a feature win. Conley was a real character, he had a charming personality and a line of "bullshit" that wouldn't stop. Fellow Michigander, Nick Rowe, said of Conley, "He would rather spin a tale, even if telling the truth were easier". But everybody loved him anyways. And then there was that "ratty" looking car of his. I think he went out of his way to make it look bad, like painting fake sutures on cuts in the sheet metal body. But it was all good equipment under the ugly sheet metal and it ran with the best competition of the day. Besides his two wins, Conley had a third place in the Classic that year.
  . . . from "Oswego Speedway The First Fifty Years" by George Caruso, Jr.

September 7th 1968

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1968

Sep 13th, 1969

Sep 20 1969, Jack got second behind Bentley in this 75 lapper

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1971

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  • please links, stories or images so we can all remember Jack Conley.
  stats
  • Won the Sandusky Classic twice ('59 and '72)
  • 3rd in the '69 Oswego Classic
  • Two Oswego feature wins (13 top 5's)

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