"Stub" Fadden won over 230 feature races during a career that spanned fivedecades
<span style="font-family: Tahoma">Stanley Frederick Fadden, Jr was born in North Haverhill, New Hampshire, USA. He started working on farms in Vermont and New Hampshire and also painted houses in New Jersey. But in 1951 he went to work for Clinton “Slim” Hazlett at Slims Service Center in North Haverhill, as a mechanic and his love of cars and racing began. In 1957 he started his own business as Stub’s Service Station, later changing the name to Fadden Automotive, Inc.
Stub’s racing career started with flathead-powered Coupes and Flying Tiger cars at tracks like Thunder Road in Barre and Northeastern Speedway in Waterford in the early 1960s and went on to span five decades.
His racing highlights included being a multi-time Track Champion at Thunder Road, Barre, VT and Catamount Stadium, Milton, VT, being Track Champion in 1980 at Mount Laurier, Quebec, two-time winner of Vermont’s prestigious “Vermont Milk Bowl” at Thunder Road, winner of the first ever Molson Bash at Thunder Road, and Triple Crown winner of the NASCAR North 250, held in Nelles Corner, Ontario.
Stub won the New England 200 and New England 300 held at Catamount Stadium, the Don McTavish Award in 1976 and the NASCAR North Tour Sportsmanship Award in 1968, 1981, and 1990.
Over his career he won over 230 short track events before moving to the Nascar Touring Series. Stub had 13 wins over 200 starts in NASCAR events.
Fadden's grandson Mike Olsen competes in the Camping World Series East and ARCA Re/Max Series. Olsen got his start at Thunder Road in the Flying Tigers in the late 1980s, and has since become a two-time CWSE Champion. Olsen's brother, Todd Aldrich, is a top Late Model driver at New Hampshire's White Mountain Motorsports Park, and grandson Travis Fadden is a top driver in the track's Strictly Stock class.
Stub and Mike Olsen were the only Grandfather/Grandson Team in NASCAR history. Stub retired from full time racing in 1998 but participated in special events in 2001 and made his final start behind the wheel at the 2003 Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road. Stub was inducted into the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame, February 2, 2003.