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Scott W. Pursell

Scott W. Pursell

Scott William Pursell, 57, of Milford, NJ passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at his home.

Born in Doylestown, PA, Scott was a graduate of Delaware Valley Regional High school. He was an auto mechanic by trade and had been self-employed for many years.

Well-known as a fun-loving person with a clever sense of humor, Scott enjoyed listening to music, having played the drums in his youth, and he relished a tasty steak dinner. In addition, he was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan and was a great admirer of John Elway and Tom Brady. Scott prided himself on being an amazing giver and receiver of hugs and was a friend to all animals. He was a kind and caring man.
But his lifelong passion was auto racing, and he became an accomplished, respected and successful race car driver, winning many races and capturing multiple track and State championships.

Scott began racing go-karts at the age of 14 and after a few successful years progressed to driving full-bodied stock cars at Nazareth Raceway at age 17. He was a fierce competitor and he devoted himself to improving his skills and meticulously maintaining his race cars, which led to consistency and victory.
He was crowned the Flemington Speedway Sportsman Champion in 1983 and 1984; the New Jersey State Sportsman Champion in 1984; the Nazareth Raceway Small Block Modified Champion in 1987; and the East Windsor Speedway Small Block Modified Champion in 1990 and 1991. He was also popular with the fans, being named Most Popular Driver at Flemington and East Windsor Speedways.

Later he competed in a sprint car with the United Racing Club, winning multiple feature events. He was particularly proud that his uniform and helmet are on display at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville, Iowa.

Scott is survived by his sister Diane Pursell Tracy and her partner David Pratt; dear friend and former wife Dawn Cimpko Pursell; several cousins; friends and competitors; and his feline friends Action Jack and Metallica (Mel). He was predeceased by his mother Barbara (Lines) and father, William.

The family will receive relatives and friends for a visitation on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 6-8 PM, followed by words of remembrance at 8 PM at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Holland Township, NJ. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10 AM at the Milford Union Cemetery in Milford, NJ. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, face masks and social distancing will be enforced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local animal shelter or to the Checkered Flag Fan Club Injured Drivers Fund, PO Box 79, Kutztown, PA, 19530.


From: Barbara Raifsnider
Sorry to hear of Scott's passing. When I traveled with United Racing Club our team often chose to pit next to Scott's. He was fun and helpful. RIP Scott. Barbara Raifsnider

From: Scott Fleck
Rest in Peace

From: Michelle (Lippincott) LaBreche
I am so very sorry to hear of Scotts passing. My brother Keith and him were very good friends. My deepest condolences to his sister and her family and also to Dawn.

From: Linda and Rob Castagna
We are deeply sorry for your loss, Diane. When I think of Scott I am so grateful because years ago when he was selling tires, his wisdom saved my life. He actually was the only person to listen to me when I told him that my tires were causing my car to hydroplane all over the road. He found the problems and changed the tires. This was during the time that a tire manufacturer had faulty tires. And of course I had four of them. We remember Scott as cheerful and kind. Always grateful that he saved my life! Fortunately I had the opportunity to thank him in person.

From: Nick Taylor
Didn't know Scott personally, but, knew and crewed for the famous Wally Marks. ANY, and I repeat, ANYBODY that drove at Flemington Speedway (espcially between the 1970's-1990's) is an unsung hero. There is only 1 speedway left in the United States that even comes close to Flemington that's almost as fast. And that's Eldora Speedway. Scott did drive at Flemington in those years. He is exactly my age. He was just a kid. On behalf of myself, and, my wife Deborah, he will be remembered and is now with other participants AND fans from Flemington that followed him for years.

From: Janice Svanda Woolley
Diane & Dawn, I'm truly sorry for your loss. I had some fun times with Scott in the early 80's. May he rest well.

From: Janet Rollero
I’m so saddened for your loss. Too much too soon!

From: Janet Rollero
I’m so saddened for your loss. Too much too soon!

From: Elnora Webb
“God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)

From: Frank Lorenzi
Rest In Peace Scott

From: Frank Lorenzi
Rest In Peace Scott

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