Don Rounds
Class of 2001

Don Rounds began racing stock cars at the Kingston Fairgrounds in 1948. He took down his first feature win 3 years later, driving the familiar #101, a ’37 Ford flathead powered coupe.

Predominantly a dirt track competitor, Don raced in those early years, from 1949 to 1953, under the sanction of the Interstate Stock Car Racing Association, led by Lou Gulianno.

Don competed at dozens of tracks throughout the Northeast, including Lakeville and Millers Falls in Massachusetts, Beech Ridge, Maine, Bennington and Rutland, VT, and Keene, N.H. He stormed through New York, racing at Meadow Metowee, Lebanon Valley, Rhinebeck, Victoria, Middletown, and Fonda.

In 1959, Don took down the State of Connecticut Sportsman Championship, still driving his flathead powered #101. He took down one of only three features run at Waterford when the track was dirt. Working with Lou Kelley, who wrenched for Rounds for over twenty years, the team raced in the sportsman division at Stafford Speedway. At the time, Stafford combined the modified division with the flathead powered sportsman division. In 1959 and 1960, running in the sportsman class, Rounds took down 17 “Best in Class” wins, and 3 overall feature wins.