Former Baer Field Speedway Promoter Tom Isch Dies (VIDEO)

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Former Baer Field Speedway promoter Tom Isch died Tuesday after a long illness, track officials announced.

He was 74 years old.

Isch came to Baer Field in 1993, leasing it from the Lipkey family. He also was promoter of Avilla Motor Speedway and Capitol Speedway in Plymouth, Ind., in the late-1980s and early-1990s. He would manage all three tracks on a given weekend.

Isch sold his stakes in Avilla and Capitol to solely focus on Baer Field until his retirement at the end of the 2012 season.

Under Isch, Baer Field saw construction of alternate turns 1 and 2, a 1/10th-mile go-kart track and a motorcross/dirt track, and the Baer Field Hall of Fame.

Isch is survived by his wife, Peggy, children and grandchildren. His family was with him when he died.

Funeral services are pending.

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