|Date: 4/5/2009 8:03:23 PM|
Beers Gang Patriarch, Dale ‘Pops’ Beers Passes
By DINO OBERTO
Dale “Pops” Beers, a well known and respected car owner from Northampton, PA passed away on April 1 from heart failure at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. Beers was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing which included his lovely wife, Dorothy “Dottie” Beers whom he had been married to for 52-years. He was 70-years old.
Beers was the patriarch of the Beers Gang on famous Mud Lane in Northampton were another famous racing family also resides, Tony and Matt Hirschman.
Since 1962, Beers fielded a slew of winning cars which included Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks and Enduros at such Eastern tracks as Nazareth, Grandview, Dorney Park and Evergreen in Pennsylvania and Flemington Fair Speedway in New Jersey.
His son, Eric Beers, is a standout on the NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour and with the wishes of his father, competed this past weekend at Thompson International Speedway in the Icebreaker 150. He currently drivers for DeLange Racing of Lockport, New York.
"Eric, no matter what happens, I want you to race at Thompson this weekend." Those words were spoken to Eric on the day prior to his passing.
In that Sunday race, Eric started 17th and finished 11th.
Prior to joining the NASCAR Modified Tour, Eric drove for his dad and rose to stardom competing at Mahoning Valley and Evergreen, winning Rookie of the Year and track championships at both facilities. He is among the all-time leaders in Modified feature wins at both tracks as well, with the majority of those victories coming in mounts prepared by his father. Eric is also a regular on the Race of Champions Pavement Series and was the 2006 Central Points champion and won the prestigious 200-lap Race of Champions in 2004.
Another son, Jason also raced and won in Street Stocks and Enduros.
His wife Dorothy was considered a master at craft of race car scoring and worked weekly at such venues as Nazareth, Mahoning and Evergreen. Daughter, Lori Kerper, also worked alongside her mom in the same capacity. Oldest daughter JoAnn Scherer, worked in the office at Evergreen and laterwhen it became Mountain Speedway. Her husband, Bob ‘Heavy Scherer, was among the many winning drivers who drove for Beers.
Easy going and so well liked by everyone in the racing community, Beers was an iconic figure at the tracks and always quipped about asking for tire money.
He was the owner of Dale Beers Aluminum Siding Company which was the main sponsor on all his cars.
Beers was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryville. He was also a member of the Allen Township Fire Company, Travelers Protective Association, Fred Snyder American Legion post 353 and a lifetime member of the Raccoon Club in Northampton.
Surviving are wife Dorothy, daughters, JoAnn S. wife of Robert ‘Heavy’ Scherer, of Northampton, Lori A. wife of David Kerper Jr., of Northampton, sons, Eric A. Beers and wife Cherie, of Northampton, Jason C. Beers Sr., and wife Brandy, of Fleetwood. Eight grandchildren, Bobbi Jo and husband Greg Martin, Beverly Scherer and fiancée Willis Curry, Brandi Scherer, Justin Bunce, Jason Beers Jr., Kailyn Beers, Shaye Kerper and Austin Beers. A Brother, David Beers and wife Pearl of Cherryville and sisters Gladys Werley of Bath, Olivia wife of Lewis Romanishan of Bath, Ruth Edelman of Chapmans along with several nieces and nephews. Dale was predeceased by a son, Dale M. Beers Jr. and for a number of years a memorial race in his name was held at Dorney Park Speedway. He is also preceded by 11 brothers and sisters.
Viewing will take place Monday, April 6 Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st Street, Northampton and Tuesday, 10 - 11 a.m. in the church. The funeral service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryville on Tuesday, April 7.
Cards of sympathy can be sent to the family at 451 Mud Lane, Northampton, PA 18067 or via email at www.beersmotorsports.com.