Caldwell, who hailed from Perrysburg, Ohio, won the very first
feature event at Fremont Speedway in 1951. He would go on to record five
feature wins and the track championships in 1951 and 52. Known as “The
Gobbler” because he “gobbled up the competition,” Caldwell won the Motor
City Speedway championships in 1949 and 1950; the Fort Miami Championship
in 1951 and 1953; the Michigan State Championship (sportsman division of
NASCAR) in 1952; the Raceway Park Championship in 1954 and 1955; the Sandusky
Speedway title in 1957; and was winner of the Atlanta Peach State 200 in
Caldwell also campaigned
the first cage and roll bar on a modified to run as a sprint car in 1957.
He ran championship cars from 1960-68. Throughout his career, Caldwell
scored 400 feature wins
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