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The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Launches All New Website

Walton, Kentucky (April 24, 2020) - The Officers of the Board of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame (NDLMHoF) are pleased to announce the launch of their all new home on the World Wide Web. The newly refurbished website offers a very clean and easy to navigate layout by Thomas Clarke Performance. The website is still accessed at www.ndlmhof.com and the site is mobile friendly. Fans can find information on everything about the NDLMHoF including how to nominate someone for consideration.

"We appreciate the hard work that Thomas put into the new site. It looks nice while being very easy to read and navigate. We wanted to make it as easy as possible to find information about the NDLMHoF and I think that is what we have accomplished with the redesign. All of our classes are on there, including the 20th Anniversary Class which will be inducted this August. It also has contacts for all of our officers in case anyone has questions. Of course, we also hope that this will open new streams of revenue as we move forward with enhancing our building." offered NDLMHoF President and CEO Gerald Newton.

The NDLMHoF is a 501c3 non-profit organization which is maintained and operates solely on donations and fund-raising efforts. We host a large memorabilia auction in conjunction with our induction event which is on the same weekend as Florence's North-South 100. The NDLMHoF also handles the 50/50 ticket sales at Florence Speedway, the Gateway Dirt Nationals, the Dirt Track World Championship and other select events. To learn more about the ways you can help support the NDLMHoF please contact one of our board members from the Contact page of our website.

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame is located on the grounds of Florence Speedway at 12234 US 42 in Walton, Kentucky (41094). Visit the NDLMHoF on the World Wide Web at www.ndlmhof.com and be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @NDLMHoF to stay on top of all the latest happenings at the newly renovated National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.

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20th Anniversary National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Class Set for August 2020 Enshrinement

The Officers of the Board of Trustees and the Voting Members of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame are very pleased to introduce the 2020 induction class. The Induction Ceremony set for August of 2020 in conjunction with Florence Speedway's North South 100 will mark the 20th Anniversary of the institution which is located on the grounds of the Speedway in Union, Kentucky. The class made up of 5 drivers and 3 contributors to the sport was announced to during this past weekend's Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway. Along with the inductees 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented.

The NDLMHoF 2020 class is led by drivers: Dick Barton, Ashville, N.Y.: A legendary standout on the famed Stateline-Eriez circuit in western New York and Pennsylvania, the retired Barton racked up 47 career track and series titles and reigns as the winningest driver at Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y. He scored more than 225 career feature victories at 14 tracks in four states, including STARS (1991) and World of Outlaws (2006) victories at Stateline, where he was a 10-time champion. Amid a career stretching longer than 40 years, Barton's heyday came driving the The Bolt Place-sponsored No. 28B owned by Ron Nielson that he steered to 172 victories from 1993-2009. His 80th career Stateline victory in 2014 (at age 59) broke the 79-victory mark of Bobby Schnars. Major non-Stateline victories included 1996's Budweiser 101 at Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa.; 2003's Fall Classic at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio; 1994's Race of Champions at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway; and 2002's MACS Fall Fest at Challenger Raceway in Kent, Pa., his richest victory at $15,000.

Kevin Claycomb, Vincennes, Ind.: The driver for a tight-knit family that operated Prestige Auto Service on weekdays and barnstormed Midwestern dirt tracks on weekends was one of the Hoosier State's most successful racers during a 25-year career that included a 1991 UMP (now DIRTcar) crown. With father Bill building engines, brother J.R. turning wrenches and mother Barb providing support with other family members and friends, Claycomb was a two-time UMP runner-up before capturing his title during an 87-race season. Claycomb, now 59, scored his first major victory in 1986 by overtaking Billy Moyer on the final lap of the Thrush 100 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., and went on to hundreds of feature victories. Major wins for his family-owned team came at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway for the Kenny Simpson Memorial (1993 and '99), at Richmond (Ky.) Raceway for the Butterball Wooldridge Memorial ('91), at Paducah (Ky.) International Raceway for the USA World 50 ('96) and at Florence Speedway in Union, Ky., for the Spring 50 (1996). The family team shut down after the 2004 season, but a 47-year-old Claycomb got behind the wheel again for Scott Clippinger Racing in '08, adding another Florence Spring 50 victory and a DIRTcar Summer Nationals triumph at Paducah, his career fourth on the tour. He was a four-time World 100 starter with a best finish of 11th in 1987.

Terry English, Benton, Ky.: The richest UMP weekly champion ever with 2002's $100,000 points fund windfall coming after a 44-victory season, English dominated at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway and Paducah International Raceway for years as the generation's best western Kentucky dirt racer. His six-figure payout came amid UMP founder Bob Memmer's most lucrative season and followed a 2001 campaign when English won an astounding 34 features in 41 races. Along with his weekly domination from the late 1990s through mid-2000s, the now 57-year-old English captured major victories including 1999's Magnolia State 100 at Jackson (Miss.) Motor Speedway, 2000's Ice Bowl at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala., and 2005's Hoosier Dirt Classic at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway. He was a four-time winner of Paducah’s USA World 50 ('98, '00, '02 and '04), five-time winner on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and two-time winner on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, where he finished fifth in the 2007 standings. His first Lucas Oil victory in 2005 came over a 110-car field at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. He was a five-time World 100 starter with a best finish of 10th in 2001.

Tommy Joe Pauschert, Carlisle, Ark.: The Arkansas native was a top competitor on pavement in Springfield, Mo., and other tracks before shifting to dirt track racing to become one the region's top drivers in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Pauschert, now 64, racked up more than 350 career feature victories, most of them driving his famed No. 10-4 car. He captured track championships at tracks in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi and major victories including during the National Dirt Racing Association’s opening season at Crawford County Speedway in Van Buren, Ark. Pauschert finished third in NDRA points in the tour's final season in 1985. Other major victories for Pauschert included 1977's Midwest Dirt Track Championship at Thunderbird Speedway in Muskogee, Okla.; 1978's Southeastern Winter Nationals at Volusia County Speedway in Barberville, Fla.; and 1978's FINA Missouri State Dirt Track Championship in Bolivar, Mo.

Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.: Following the tire tracks of his legendary father, Missouri's winningest Dirt Late Model racer over 25 years won more than 200 combined races and 10 titles on a pair of regional tours along with two national crown jewel victories. Still active, the 53-year-old Phillips won four Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association titles (1994, '96, '15 and '17) and six MARS Racing Series championships ('00, '04-05 and '08-10) while posting series leading totals of 116 MLRA victories and 94 MARS victories. His first major victory came in 1995 in the $25,000 MLRA-sanctioned Route 66 Showdown at Joplin (Mo.) 66 Speedway. He added a 1999 crown jewel victory in the Show-Me 100 at West Plains (Mo.) Motor Speedway and another in 2013 at Batesville (Ark.) Motor Speedway's Topless 100, his lone Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph. The 10-time World 100 starter had a career-best fourth-place finish in 2001 at Ohio's Eldora Speedway. He's among the winningest drivers in Arizona's winter Late Model racing and scored a $100,000 dirt modified victory at Batesville in 2005.

Three contributors to the sport will also be enshrined including: Mike Allgaier, Hoosier Tire Midwest: The man who in 1971 founded D&M Speed Shop in Springfield, Ill., from an apartment with his wife Dorothy evolved the business into Hoosier Tire Midwest in the heart of United Midwestern Promoters country. The business included providing parts at area tracks, evolving into dealer sales and a second location in Indianapolis, Ind. Allgaier's is the father of NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier, the 2008 ARCA Series champion who came up through the Dirt Late Model ranks as a teenager in cars fielding by his father.

Sanford Goddard, Warrior Race Cars: The brother of 2008 Hall of Fame inductee Herman Goddard, he founded the Knoxville, Tenn.-based chassis manufacturer in 1984, developing it into one of the sport's most successful car builders with crown jewel victories and national touring championships. Also operating Goddard Performance Parts, Goddard built thousands of chassis for drivers including Hall of Famers Freddy Smith, Scott Bloomquist and Dale McDowell. Warrior Race Cars captured dozens of Late Model touring championships and major events, including the World 100, Dream, Dirt Track World Championship, USA Nationals, North-South 100 and Topless 100. Goddard, 68, sold Warrior to longtime employee Mike Nuchols in 2018.

Dick Murphy, Volusia County Speedway: The longtime owner of one of the nation's most famous dirt tracks near Daytona Beach, Fla., known as "Dickie" was also a National Dirt Racing Association championship-winning car owner on the National Dirt Racing Association. Murphy owned and operated the Barberville, Fla., oval from 1982-92, then repossessed the facility in 1998 and continued operating it until 2005 (it's now owned by the World Racing Group). As a team owner, Murphy fielded Mike Duvall's famed Flintstone F1yer machine that he drove to the 1982 NDRA title and World 100 victory at Eldora Speedway.

In addition to the induction class Ohio's Larry Boos who has been one of the long-time leaders of the management team at the world renowned Eldora Speedway and Tennessean Jimmy "Pup" Thomas who spent many years as a representative of Hoosier Racing Tires in the Dirt Late Model market will both receive the Hall of Fame's Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony. Visit the NDLMHoF on the World Wide Web at www.ndlmhof.com and be sure to like our Facebook page to stay on top of all the latest happenings at the newly renovated National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.
 

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National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Set to Induct It's 19th Class August 10th

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame will present its 19th Annual Class Induction Ceremony on Saturday, August 10th on the grounds of the King Family's Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. For the first time since it's opening, a luncheon along with the ceremony will be conducted at the Hall of Fame building’s patio annex which is situated just outside of the turn 4 fence at the historic facility. Seating is limited but lawn chairs will be welcomed for the ceremony.

During the induction five drivers and three contributors will receive honors and be welcomed into the Hall of Fame. Also, three members of the industry will be recognized with Lifetime Achievement awards which will also be presented during the ceremony. This year's class members are drivers: Wayne Brooks of Arkansas; Georgian Stan Massey; Alabama's Billy Thomas along with a pair of Illinois racers in Lil' John Provenzano and Kevin Weaver. The contributing group consists of Kentuckian Jack Cornett of Cornett Racing Engines; Arkansas racing promoter Mooney Starr and late Iowa race promoter Keith Knaack. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to drivers Ronny Adams from Texas, Ohioan Art Ball, and driver and contributor Mike Bechelli from Indiana.

Several exciting things are happening during this year's induction weekend. The always popular NDLMHoF Memorabilia Auction will be held at the facility at the conclusion of the Induction Ceremony at approximately 3:30 PM. A number of the sport's top competitors such as Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard and many others have generously donated items such as door panels, uniforms, helmets, gloves and other pieces of memorabilia to be auctioned off. Several industry companies have donated items such as racing parts, magazine and website subscriptions and race tickets which will also be auctioned off. All proceeds go to the HoF.

After extensive efforts and for the first time ever the North-South 100 will have a 50-50 raffle inside the gates of the facility. The 50-50 sales will take place all 3 days of the North-South weekend. Tickets are $1.00 each and will be available from roaming sellers as well as several locations around the facility. The staff of the Hall of Fame will also be selling raffle tickets for a brand-new Textron Off Road 4-Passenger Prowler EV. This 72-volt electric vehicle is a full-time 4wd ATV which has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity and has an MSRP of $10,499. Tickets are $10 each. The drawing for the Prowler will be at the 2020 North-South 100.

Return visitors will be met with many changes and upgrades to the current Hall of Fame building. Much of the building has been completely revamped and modernized. Be sure to check out all of the new additions to your National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. As always these activities are held in conjunction with the annual running of the Lucas Oil sanctioned Sunoco Race Fuels North-South 100 weekend which runs from Thursday through Saturday evening at the Kentucky oval.
 

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19th Annual NDLMHoF Induction Set To Go

August 4th, 2019

On Saturday August 10th the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame will present its 19th Annual Induction Ceremony for this year's class at the King's Florence Speedway located in Union, Kentucky. Five drivers and three contributors will receive induction honors into the Hall. A trio of Lifetime Achievement in the Sport awards will also be presented during the ceremony.

For the first time in its history the affair, which will commence at 1:30 PM ET, will be conducted on the Hall of Fame facility's patio annex, located outside of the speedway's fourth turn. Seating capacity is limited, but lawn chair seating will be welcomed.

This year's honored recipients are drivers Wayne Brooks of Arkansas, Georgian Stan Massey, Alabama's Billy Thomas and Illinois racers Lil John Provenzano and Kevin Weaver. The contributing group consists of Jack Cornett of Cornett Racing Engines, Arkansas race promoter Mooney Starr and late Iowa race promoter Keith Knaack. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to drivers Ronny Adams from Texas, Ohioan Art Ball, and driver and contributor Mike Bechelli from Indiana.

An auction to benefit the Hall will be held at the HoF facility following conclusion of the Induction Ceremony. A number of the sport's top competitors have generously donated door panels and pieces along with other memorabilia to be auctioned off. All proceeds go to the HoF.

Activities are to be held in conjunction with the annual running of the Lucas Oil sanctioned North-South 100 contested Saturday evening at the Kentucky oval.

 

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Iowa Hall of Fame Legend Passes

July 16th, 2019

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame regrets to inform that 2007 class inductee Verlin Eaker has passed away, he was 86. The Hall would like to extend its condolences to Verlin's family and friends, as well as the entire Iowa racing community for its loss. Verlin will be remembered as one of the greatest to ever strap a helmet on, and will be dearly missed.

 

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Two Hall of Fame Contributors Pass Away

May 6th, 2019

In recent months, the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame was sorry to lose two of its contributing inductees. Morgan Chandler, legendary car owner from the Kentucky bullrings passed away on March 9th at age 80. Joe Garrison, founder and operator of GRT Race Cars passed away May 1st at age 60 after a battle with cancer. The Hall would like to extend its condolences to the families of Morgan and Joe. Both were instrumental in the growth of Dirt Late Model racing, and will be greatly missed.

 

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2018 Inductee Don Hoffman Passes

November 28th, 2018

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame is saddened to report the recent passing of 2018 Inductee Don Hoffman. Hoffman, a life-long veteran of the Iowa dirt wars, passed on November 15th at the age of 77. The Hall sends its condolences to Don's family and his legion of fans.

 

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2019 National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Class Revealed

November 11th, 2018

Following its annual selection process, the voting board of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame has once again selected yet another fine collection of five drivers and three contributors for its upcoming 2019 class.

Arkansas' Wayne Brooks, Georgian Stan Massey, Alabama's Billy Thomas and Illinois veterans 'Lil' John Provenzano and Kevin Weaver, all long time dirt stock car artists on a regional and national level, will be inducted next August at the Hall's 19th annual Hall of Fame ceremony during North-South 100 weekend at the Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky.

Contributors who will join the Classes' driving group are the Kentucky based Cornett Racing Engines, Arkansas race showman Mooney Starr and the late Keith Knaack, Iowa motorsports newspaper publisher and promoter.

In the driver's category, Mableton, Georgia's Stan Massey earned well over 300 victories on southeastern dirt tracks and was the winningest racer in history at the famous Dixie Speedway in his home state during his 29 years on the ovals.

Wayne Brooks has over 500 feature wins on his 50 plus year resume, many at the wheel of his familiar UFO lettered race cars. The Bald Knob, Arkansas speed merchant still competes today in dirt modifieds in his region along with tutoring young racers at the Brooks/Shaw Racing School.

Streator, Illinois 'Lil' John Provenzano has racked up 10 track season points titles and over 500 career feature victories through five decades of competition capped off by capturing a record tying five National Clay Track 200's at the defunct Santa Fe Speedway near Chicago.

Fellow Illini classmate Kevin Weaver, a former UMP National Champion and UMP Summer Nationals Champion, has over 300 main event victories and multiple season points titles at various Land of Lincoln tracks and was a consistent front runner of major dirt late model events nationwide. The veteran Gibson City, Illinois pilot also continues to participate today on Midwestern dirt venues.

Billy Thomas of Phenix City, Alabama was a top runner in early NDRA series racing, capturing over 200 career checkereds across the south along with creating, with his father Jimmy Thomas, the highly innovative Jig-A-Lo Chassis back in the mid-1970s.

The trio of selected contributors begin with the Somerset, Kentucky based Cornett Racing Engines, one of the sport's winningest power plant manufacturers on a national level, established by the late Ira Jackson "Red" Cornett and carried on to this day by his son Jack. The late Keith Knaack of Vinton, Iowa will be posthumously inducted following 46 years in the sport as an accomplished race promoter along with founding the popular Hawkeye Racing News publication. Also to be honored will be Mooney Starr of Batesville, Arkansas, the flamboyant and innovative promoter of the Batesville Speedway and creator of the highly competitive Mid-America Racing Series (MARS).

 

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Winning 50/50 Ticket To Still Be Claimed

August 29th, 2018

Due to time restraints, the 50/50 drawing for the Mansfield Million on Saturday night August 25th was held after the event. The winning ticket was not claimed.

The winning number is: 414911

If you have the winning ticket, please get in contact with the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame to claim your prize: 937-725-5790

It will be well worth the trouble. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

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New Class Induction August 11th

August 2nd, 2018

The 2018 NDLMHoF Class will be inducted on Saturday August 11th at 4:30 EST on the front-stretch stage of the King's Florence Speedway in Union Kentucky prior to the running of the Lucas Oil sanctioned North-South 100.

This year's class includes Indiana's Steve Barnett, Iowa's Don Hoffman, Wisconsin's Jimmy Mars, West Virginia's Steve Shaver and Arkansas' Wendell Wallace in the drivers category. Honored contributors to be added to the Hall are car owners Dottie and the late Lee Byers, Cedar Lake Wisconsin Speedway founders the Cook family and longtime Dirt Late Model photographer Tony Hammett. Lifetime Achievement awards will be presented to shock specialist the late Mike Farr and veteran dirt campaigner Bubby James.

An auction to help benefit the Hall's building expansion fund will be held at the Hall of Fame facility at 1:00 PM on Saturday afternoon August 11th. A number of items have been generously donated to be bid upon including door panels from many of the country's top Dirt Late Model performers such as Scott Bloomquist's from his recent 600th career win. Also available will be a number of special race ticket packages and various Dirt Late Model related pieces. Everyone is welcome to attend to help support the Hall's future.

 

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Still Going Strong

August 2nd, 2018

Happy 80th birthday to Kentucky legend and Hall of Fame Inductee William "Fats" Coffey.

 

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2018 National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Class Selected

July 4th, 2018

 

For the 18th consecutive year the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame voting membership has selected yet another deserving class of five drivers and three contributors to be inducted this August, scheduled for the annual North-South 100 weekend at the Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky.

The all-star driver roster loaded with multiple series and track champions and Crown Jewel event victors includes Indiana's Steve Barnett, Iowa's Don Hoffman, Wisconsin's Jimmy Mars, West Virginia's Steve Shaver and Arkansas' Wendell Wallace.

Contributors who will join the driving group in the class are long-time Chicagoland car owners Lee and Dottie Byers, founders and past owners of the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin, the Cook Family and veteran Dirt Late Model photographer Tony Hammett.

This year’s Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to the shock and set-up specialist, the late Mike Farr, and Kentuckiana barnstormer Bubby James.

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame is located at the King's Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky and is open during race event weekends. It is a 501C3 non-profit organization which operates solely on donations.

 

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In Memory of...

July 4th, 2018

Over the last couple of racing seasons, we've unfortunately lost some of our great inductees. The Hall of Fame would like to pay respects to:

 

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Fulmer Lance
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Carlton Lamm
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Mike Duvall

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Pat Patrick

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Leon Archer

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Doug Kenimer

 

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We're Back

July 4th, 2018

Since we've seen you last, we've inducted two great classes of Dirt Late Model excellence.

2017 class Dale McDowell, Roger Dolan, Rick Eckert, Kenny Simpson, and Joe Merryfield. 2017 contributors David & John Draime, Joel Hedrick, and Jim Wilson. 2017 lifetime achievement award winners Gerald Dixon and Roy Trabue.

2016 class Tom Hearst, Tony Izzo Sr, Fulmer Lance, Tiny Lund, and Leon Plank. 2016 contributors Steve Norris, Ed Petroff, and Lee Roy Rumley. 2016 sportsman award Dustin Linville. 

 

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2015 Hall of Fame Class Inducted

February 11th, 2016

Back on August 8th, 2015, the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame presented its 15th Induction Ceremony. Driving inductees present were Tennessee's Skip Arp, Iowa's Curt Hansen, Pennsylvania's Davey Johnson, Georgia’s Leon Sells and the family of the late Iowa legend Red Droste who accepted his honors posthumously.

The classes' contributors were represented the families of the late Jim Butler (photographer) and Al Frieden (race promoter) while Ashley Ness accepted for Wayne Kindness (editor/columnist) who was unable to attend due to health issues.

Lifetime Achievement awards were given to late Kentucky racer Butch Shay and longtime Hoosier Tire representative Craig Cowan. The Hall's Sportsman Award, presented annually by Circle Track Magazine, went to West Virginia runner Eddie Carrier Jr. The program concluded with the RPM Driver of the Year award going to young Illini phenom Bobby Pierce Jr.

The late afternoon affair staged on the front straightaway of the Florence Kentucky Speedway prior to the running of the annual North South 100 was emceed by Lucas Oil announcer and HoF VP James Essex. Other presenters were Hall of Fame founder Bill Holder, Dustin Jarrett, Adam Stewart, Ashley Ness, Hall of Fame secretary Kelly Carlton and Induction Director Bob Markos. Inaugural Hall of Fame class member Larry Moore served as the ceremony's host presenter. Once again it was a sentimental and emotional affair well enjoyed by those on hand.

The program was videotaped in its entirety by Steve Gigeous of Sports Plus Video and can be purchased through his website: www.sportsplusvideo.com

Please enjoy this short video highlighting the weekend's events courtesy of Markos Racing Media. Additional footage supplied by Steve Gigeous. VIEW VIDEO

 

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Kosiski 50-50 Raffle Helps Support HoF Again

February 11th, 2016

Once again the Kosiski family, proprietors of the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE, held a 50/50 raffle at the running of their premiere season event, the Silver Dollar Nationals.

A check was presented to the Hall for $2,500 through the hard work and generosity of these great people. Once again a huge thank you to Joe, Steve and the rest for their continued support.

 

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Bechelli Continues Swartz Cheesewedge Restoration Project

July 6th, 2015

Mike Bechelli of M&M Recycling in Elizabethtown Indiana, a long-time supporter of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame continues the restoration of the original 1982 World Dirt Track Championship winning Charlie Swartz "Cheesewedge" car. Bechelli in the past had a huge hand in the restoration of the 1986 Jeff Purvis Rayburn, Russ Petro Rayburn wedge and the 1995 Jack Boggs Mastersbilt that are prominently displayed at the Hall. Thus far Mike has provided a number of important parts and is in the process of assembling it for future display at the Hall.

For Mike's dedication to our sport the Hall proudly displays his sign on the front of the Hall's building. The Hall also wishes to thank Eldora E-Mod Racer and race mechanic Warren Shingleton for his added assistance in this remarkable project. Warren was initially involved in the assembling of the 2002 raffle Dirt Late Model which raised the funds to build our original building. Our thanks go out to these two fine gentlemen for their continued support.

 

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Thanks To Our Media Friends

July 6th, 2015

The Hall of Fame wishes to give a shout out to the folks over at Dirt Late Model Magazine, the sole publication devoted to the coverage of our great sport. Publisher and editor Mike O'Connor continues to do a first rate job presenting Dirt Late Model racing both past and present and is a fine supporter of the Hall of Fame. Also, Bill Holder's "National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Corner" and Lee Ackerman's "Blast From the Past" are a "don't miss." A subscription can be obtained by phoning 888-806-4611 or via their website at www.threewidemedia.com .

 

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Inductee Franklin Passes

July 6th, 2015

Back in April, 2004 Hall of Fame Inductee Rodney Franklin passed away at age 61 following a battle with cancer. Rodney, a White Post Virginia resident was known on the ovals as the "Virginia Leadfoot" and was one of the East Coast's all-time top runners with over 300 feature victories. Our condolences go out to his surviving wife and children, he will be missed.

 

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Famed Eldora Speedway Founder Earl Baltes Passes

March 25th, 2015

Inaugural class inductee Earl Baltes of Rossburg Ohio passed away March 23rd, 2015 at the age of 93. Baltes was instrumental in the development of dirt late model racing promotion, as well as the founder and longtime owner of Eldora Speedway. Our condolences from the Hall of Fame go out to Earl's family. He will be greatly missed. (black and white photo appears courtesy of Ted Van Pelt, color picture appears courtesy of Tony Hammett)

 

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Performance Bodies Continues As A Hall of Fame Supporter

March 25th, 2015

The good people at Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls Iowa continue to be a fine supporter of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Also joining us this year are the fine people at G-FORCE Racing Helmets. We are proud of our sponsors and hope that you all continue to support these great businesses.

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Performance Bodies have graciously reproduced a door panel for 2015 inductee Curt Hansen to be displayed at the Hall. Be sure and stop in this August to see it.

 

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HoF Don Bohlander Parkinson's Fund Racers To Hold Event March 7th

February 25th, 2015

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame would like to pass along a message on behalf of 2011 inductee Don Bohlander, and the Illinois-based not-for-profit organization the Don Bohlander Parkinson's Fund Racers:

The Don Bohlander Parkinson's Fund Racers is a not for profit organization that raises awareness, education and dollars for the fight against Parkinson’s disease. They represent not only Don but the hundreds of others in Central Illinois that suffer from this terrible disease.

On March 7th 2015, 4pm at the Pekin, Il Moose Lodge they are having our 7th annual Pulled Pork for Parkinson's event. It's a pulled pork dinner, live auction with raffles, bake sale, good food and a great time. All proceeds of the dinner and other special events in 2014/2015 are donated to Dr. Craig Cady and Bradley University's Parkinson's Research Team. They are just shy of $100,000 donated over the past 6 years and would love to have your support. Our 501 (c) 3 number is 45-2639952.

Ways to donate/sponsor:

1. Become a corporate sponsor for their events. $1000+ Largest logo on shirt, they will hang your banner, numerous mentions during the event, receive a reserved table of 8 including dinner. This sponsorship will also double for the Don Bohlander Tribute race at the Peoria Speedway in April of 2015.


2. Shirt sponsor - $500 (large logo), $250 (medium logo) or $100 (name on shirt). This doubles as a sponsor for the dinner event at the Moose and at the Don Bohlander Tribute race in April at Peoria Speedway.


3. Donation of a gift basket/merchandise/gift card to be sold at the dinner as an auction item or raffle item.
 

4. Hang their flyer and help spread the word and "like" us on Facebook under Don Bohlander Parkinson's Fund RACERS.
 

5. Check out our website www.heartstohands.org for more information or Cord Blood Donations.
 

6. Here is a YouTube link to the 2013 event www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wBoygdFTog .
 

7. See what you helped create with your donation or see what you are missing out on!

 

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Late Model 101: An Afternoon With Seven Iowa Greats Now Available

January 6th, 2015

Last September the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame made its annual good will trip to the Knoxville Sprint Car Hall of Fame museum and helped put on the Late Model 101 seminar. In our latest installment, we brought some of Iowa’s greatest dirt late model icons together for an afternoon of stories and history.

As with our past two years, this new seminar is now available on DVD for $12 with $2 for shipping and handling. The whole production clocks in at an hour and a half and features Iowa greats Verlin Eaker, Curt Hansen, Fred Horn, Tom Hearst, Joe Merryfield, Ed Sanger and Ken Walton. All proceeds from this DVD will go towards the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame building fund.

You can see a theatrical trailer for Late Model 101: An Afternoon With Seven Iowa Greats at the following link: VIEW VIDEO

 

To purchase Late Model 101: An Afternoon With Seven Iowa Greats: CLICK HERE
 

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Hall of Fame Expansion Project On GoFundMe

December 19th, 2014

In light of beginning our recent project to expand the Hall of Fame, we have started a GoFundMe fundraiser. Now, with the help of GoFundMe.com, any interested parties can donate directly to our cause for expanding our facility.

All donations are greatly appreciated and go towards preserving the longevity of the Hall of Fame.

For more information on how to donate, please go to our GoFundMe page: www.gofundme.com/j112f0

 

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Hall of Fame Receives Facelift

December 19th, 2014

National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Appoints New Officers

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame recently announced an entire overhaul of its executive administrative staff. Gerald Newton of Arizona Sport Shirts has been appointed President/Executive Director of the non-profit organization headquartered in Florence, Kentucky. Newton will take over the executive duties established by Hall of Fame founder Bill Holder. Holder will remain on the board and maintain an active role in the group's future decision making matters. "Bill has done just a magnificent job laying the foundation for the Hall of Fame," Newton stated. "I am extremely honored and excited to be given the opportunity to take it to its next level." Newton has chosen announcer and PR professional from the Lucas Oil Late Model Series, James Essex to serve as Vice President for the group. The new Board of Directors will consist of fifteen members which includes: Larry Boos, Kelley Carlton, Tom Deery, Bret Emrick, Tom Helfrich, Jim Klette, Josh King, Tim Lee, Ritchie Lewis, Bob Markos, Brian McLeod, David Poole, Carl Short, Chris Tilley and Terry Young. A twelve member Marketing Committee comprised of a number of the sport’s industry leaders has also been named.

"I am deeply moved by all of the hard work and sincere dedication that Bill Holder and his crew have accomplished. Without his work and vision, there would not have been a Hall of Fame for Late Models. I am honored that they have elected me to take the Hall of Fame forward and work towards even further growth and improvement. There will be exciting new plans unveiled at the Performance Racing Industry Tradeshow & Conference (PRI) and the upcoming months. The number one goal will be to build a bigger building and with that we need help of all types."

If you are interested in helping with the Hall of Fame or volunteering, please contact Gerald Newton. Parties interested in donating and/or sponsorship can contact any of the names detailed on this release.

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame, founded in 2001, has an induction membership of 91 drivers and 39 contributors through its first 14 class selections. Its museum building is located on the grounds of the Florence Speedway located in Walton, Kentucky. Visit the NDLMHoF website located at: www.ndlmhof.com .

 

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Inductee Bob Miller Passes

November 18th, 2014

Longtime car owner and sponsor Bob Miller of Leburn Kentucky passed away on November 4th at the age of 73. Bob, a member of the 2004 class of the NDLMHoF was a familiar face through out the years at dirt tracks and his Miller Brothers Coal and Hawkeye Trucking logos were forever displayed on the sideboards of many of the sport’s top runners.

The NDLMHoF would like to extend our condolences to Bob's wife and family. He will be missed.

 

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Kosiskis Hold Hall of Fame 50/50 Raffle At I-80 Speedway

November 18th, 2014

Earlier this year during the summer racing season, Steve and Joe Kosiski and family held a 50-50 raffle to benefit the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. A large contribution was made and presented to the Hall at our 2014 Induction Ceremony held in August at Florence Speedway. The contribution was donated to help with the future building fund of the Hall of Fame. Steve and Joe, both current inductees, were joined in the Hall this year by their father Bob, longtime Nebraska late model campaigner. The Hall would like to congratulate the Kosiski family on all three of their inductions, as well as thank them for their support and contribution.

 

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2015 Hall of Fame Class Announced

October 25th, 2014

Last weekend at the Dirt Track World Championship held in Portsmouth, Ohio, our 2015 National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame class was announced. As always, this year's class features a wide array of talent from all over the country. Here is a bit of information about our new class:

Skip Arp: The Georgetown, Tennessee racer famous for his #31 race cars began his career at age 15 at the Cleveland, Tennessee Speedway in 1978. Since Arp has driven to close to 300 victories and a number of track titles at Volunteer State tracks such as Atomic and Smoky Mt. He has victories with Hav-A-Tampa, the Southern All-Stars and many other groups and major victories in Fla., Pa., Ky., Wis., Ga., and a number of other states. Arp also known for his driving schools is still active on the ovals today.

Red Droste: Known as the Father of Eastern Iowa dirt racing Lavern Red Droste was a legendary figure in Iowa racing circles and across the Midwest throughout the 1950's, 60's and early 70's. The Waterloo Iowa native compiled close to 700 feature victories and over 30 track season titles in his long and illustrious career. He retired in the mid-1970's from active racing and passed away in 2011 at age 85.

Curt Hansen: A huge fan favorite across the state of Iowa Hansen began his racing career back in 1964 at the old Nashua Speedway in his home state. The Dike, Iowa native in his popular #9 racers scored over 300 feature victories and took a number of wins and invitationals all across the Midwest, also including Florida and Canada. He was a many time track titlist on the tough eastern Iowa dirt circuit and a 3-time All Iowa points Champion. Hansen retired from active racing in 1981.

Davey Johnson: One of Western Pennsylvania's most decorated dirt late model racers Johnson, nicknamed "Juice" was a 3-time Renegade STARS national series points champion and is second on the all-time STARS win list with 50 career victories. The Latrobe, Pennsylvania veteran has a long list of achievements including multiple major victories in the Hillbilly 100, the Pittsburgher 100, along with the Jackson 100, the USA Nationals and many more. Johnson is still active behind the wheel today.

Leon Sells: The Mableton, Georgia great began his 35 year career driving for car owner Ed Massey back in 1953. Since, the man nicknamed Slick around race ovals has scored hundreds of victories at places like Lakewood, the Peach Bowl, West Atlanta, Senoia, Dixie, Rome, and Toccoa in his home state and across the Carolinas. Driving his always familiar #77 race cars Sells was a regular with the tough Tri-Racing circuit in the Peach State and also an early member of the legendary NDRA group. He retired from competition back in 1988.

Contributors

Jim Butler: A long time and very popular photographer of dlm racing on a national level from Clearfield Pennsylvania. Jim passed away in 2012.

Al Frieden: Long time car owner and promoter of a number of Iowa dirt tracks for over 25 years. Al passed away in August of 2000.

Wayne Kindness: A journalist for many years, Wayne was also the very popular executive editor of Southern Auto Racing News.

 

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New HoF Logo Introduced

October 25th, 2014

We here at the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame are happy to introduce our new logo, which will be featured on all HoF related media and merchandise. The new logo design comes to us from our great friends over at Arizona Sport Shirts.

 

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Induction Ceremony Another Great Time

September 9th, 2014

On Saturday August 9th, the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame once again took center stage with their induction of their 2014 class prior to the running of the North South 100 at the King's Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. Driver inductees Denny Bonebrake, Steve Francis, Bob Kosiski and Ken Walton were on hand to receive their induction accolades generously supplied by Arizona Sport Shirts and Hoosier Midwest. Driver inductee Ed Gibbons’ award was posthumously accepted by his father, son and grandson.

Also in attendance were contributing category inductees Allan Brown of the National Speedway Directory and Iowa race car owners Larry and Penny Eckrich. Former series tech inspector Walter Burson's honors were presented posthumously to his wife and daughter.

The Hall’s Circle Track Magazine sponsored Sportsman Award was presented to oval track icon Red Farmer, and the RPM Magazine Racer of the Year Award for the 2013 season was earned by last season's World of Outlaws Late Model champion, Josh Richards.

Special Lifetime Achievement awards were given to local and regional Pennsylvania champion Luke Hoffner and long time car owner Fred King.

The afternoon's activities were emceed by Hall of Fame Executive Director Bill Holder, Lucas Oil Series announcer James Essex, Southern All-Stars PR Director Chris Tilley, Dirt on Dirt Editor Michael Rigsby and Hall of Fame Induction Director Bob Markos. Past Hall of Fame Inductees Eddie Carrier Sr., Larry Moore and Carl Short served as the ceremony's host presenters. It was once again another fine and emotional affair to be long remembered for generations to come.

The Hall of Fame also wishes to thank the many people who helped and contributed raising money at the auction during Hall of Fame weekend. We also wish to thank Michael Doyle for helping make the 50/50 raffle a great success, as well as his many years of assisting during Hall of Fame weekend.

The ceremony was video-taped in its entirety by Steve Gigeous of Sports Plus Video and can be purchased through his website: www.sportsplusvideo.com

 

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Moore Book Signing Set For HoF Weekend

August 6th, 2014

Dirt late model legend and 2001 inaugural Class Hall of Famer Larry Moore will be on hand National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame induction weekend August 8th and 9th at the Hall of Fame building on the grounds of the Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. Moore and his recently released autobiography "On Top Of The World" written by popular motorsports author Dave Argabright will be available throughout the weekend for a personal book signing. The book covers Moore's illustrious career on the ovals documenting the origins and history of the sport of dirt late model racing.

 

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Induction Ceremony Activities August 8th and 9th

July 27th, 2014

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be inducted Saturday afternoon August 9th at 4:30pm EST on the main straightaway of the Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. The induction ceremony is held annually prior to the running of the Lucas Oil sanctioned North-South 100 at the Kentucky oval. This year's class of driver's include: Maryland's Denny Bonebrake; Kentucky's Steve Francis; South Carolina's Ed Gibbons; Nebraska's Bob Kosiski; and Iowa’s Ken Walton. Contributors to be honored are Allan Brown, Publisher of the National Speedway Directory; race series technical inspector Walter Burson; and car owners Larry and Penny Eckrich. The Hall's annual Sportsman Award will be presented to long-time Alabama racer Red Farmer.

An auction to benefit the Hall will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday in front of the Hall of Fame facility located outside of turn four at the speedway. A number of today's top racers have generously donated door panels and other memorabilia to be auctioned off. All proceeds collected go to the Hall of Fame.

Other Hall of Fame weekend activities call for a "Late Model 101" history seminar to be held in the Hall of Fame building on Friday August 8th at 4:00 pm. A history of a number of the race vehicles on display at the Hall will be discussed. Guests for the seminar include HoF inductees Larry Moore, Chuck McWilliams and John Mason, along with Tommy Boggs, the son of the late Jack Boggs. Admittance to the Hall and the seminar is free of charge.

 

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One Great Afternoon… Now Available On DVD

April 2nd, 2014

Our Late Model 101 seminars, recorded at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum in Knoxville, Iowa are now available for home purchase.

These approximately one-hour-long dirt racing historical presentations are available on DVD, which offer two sit down forums with legendary Iowa Late Model artists Verlin Eaker, Curt Hansen, Tom Hearst, Fred Horn, Joe Merryfield, Ed Sanger, Ken Walton and Gary Webb. These two priceless group conversations with the greats of the game cover the early years of the Yankee Dirt Classic at Hawkeye Downs and the Iowa winners of the early World 100's in Rossburg, Ohio.

Both DVDs are now available for purchase by check, money order or credit card with all proceeds going to the building fund for the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in Florence, Kentucky.

Each DVD costs $12.00 plus shipping, or you can purchase a set of two for $20.00 plus shipping.

For the theatrical trailers and purchase information, please see below:

 

Late Model 101: Early Yankee Dirt Classics Trailer: VIEW VIDEO

 

To purchase Late Model 101: Early Yankee Dirt Classics: CLICK HERE

 

Late Model 101: Iowa World 100 winners of the 1970s Trailer: VIEW VIDEO

 

To purchase Late Model 101: Iowa World 100 winners of the 1970s: CLICK HERE

 

To Purchase Late Model 101 DVD Set: CLICK HERE

 

Please make out all checks and money orders to:

National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame

Send check and money orders to:
Bob Markos
6549 Beechwood Ave
Portage, IN 46368

 

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Hurry'n Hoosier Passes Away

March 18th, 2014

Dick Potts, known on the ovals as the Hurry'n Hoosier, passed away back on January 22nd, 2014 at the age of 76. In a career that lasted over 50 years on the ovals, Potts of Morocco Indiana drove to over 500 feature wins on both local and national levels and over 20 track and series titles. Dick was inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2006 and was a very proud and active member. He will be missed by many and our condolences go out to his wife and family. All contributions upon his passing were directed to the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. We wish to thank all those who generously contributed in the name of Dick Potts. We will surely miss the Hurry'n Hoosier.

 

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Two HoF Inductees Pass Away

January 23rd, 2014

On January 8th the motor racing world lost one of its all time greats with the passing of Ernie Derr at age 92. The Keokuk, Iowa stock car veteran was a 12-time IMCA champion and the all-time winningest driver on the national circuit. Ernie drove through four decades and was a legendary figure on both dirt and asphalt venues across Middle America. He was inducted into the NDLMHoF Class of 2010. Condolences go out to Ernie's family.

Doc Lehman, a 2006 NDLMHoF inductee, passed away at age 56 on December 10, 2013 following a long battle with heart disease. Doc, of Orville, Ohio, spent his entire life involved in motorsports as an accomplished track promoter, PR representative, radio broadcaster and journalist. The Hall wishes to extend our condolences to Doc's wife and children.

 

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World Famous Track Chaser Visits Hall of Fame

January 23rd, 2014

Randy Lewis known as the "World’s #1 Trackchaser" and a great supporter of the Hall of Fame sent us two excellent videos of his visit to the Hall and our past induction ceremony. Randy, who was a huge Darrell Dake fan, was tickled to be there to help and participate with Darrell's induction. We hope you enjoy his presentations and check out his website at: www.randylewis.org

 

NDLMHoF 2013 Induction of Darrell Drake: VIEW VIDEO

 

NDLMHoF 2013 Induction Into The Hof: VIEW VIDEO

 

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NDLMHoF Hosts Seminar At Sprint Car Hall of Fame

November 22nd, 2013

On Saturday September 28th, during the Knoxville Late Model Nationals weekend, the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame joined forces to present its annual Late Model 101 history seminar. The afternoon's presentation, held upstairs at the Sprint Car Hall of Fame museum, was well received by a nice crowd of history minded fans. Special guest participants were Iowa stock car legends Verlin Eaker, Curt Hansen, Tom Hearst, Fred Horn, Ed Sanger, Ken Walton and Gary Webb. These fine gentlemen spoke on a number of events from days past and their great careers. A special thanks to National Sprint Car Hall of Fame director Bob Baker and curator Tom Schmeh for their efforts and hospitality.

While in Knoxville, a number of contributions were collected for our future expansion building fund. A very successful memorabilia auction was held, MC'ed by Kathy Krafka Harkema and auctioneered by Lynn Richards, in which a portion of the proceeds were presented to the Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. We would like to also truly thank the personal contributions given generously to our Hall from supporters Michael Gibson, Denny and Brad Osborn of Waterloo Auto Parts, Gary Crawford of Crawford Farms, Doug Cue of Superior Cleaning Services and retired racers Ed Sanger, Ken Walton, Curt Hansen and Karl Sanger. Again, thank you all so very much for your kindness in helping preserve the history of our sport.

All contributions to the Hall are non-taxable 501-c.3 charitable contributions. Proceeds for our expansion building fund can be sent to:

National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame
3811 Berryleaf Court
Riverside, OH 45424

 

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Fred King Visits Hall of Fame / Our New Volunteers

November 22nd, 2013

During Fall Classic weekend at Florence Speedway, Indianapolis businessman Fred King dropped by the Hall of Fame for a visit. He enjoyed the K-1 Russ Petro wedge car assembled and donated by Mike Bechelli. Fred was a long time sponsor and partner with Hall of Famer Petro during his heyday.

 

The Hall of Fame would like to make special mention and give thanks to our two newest weekly volunteers, Michael and John Klein. These two will be in the Hall assisting our curator Jim Klette. Thanks for your help, fellas.

 

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Red Farmer Car Added To Hall

November 21st, 2013

The Hall of Fame has recently received the F-97 Racer campaigned a number of years by 2002 inductee Red Farmer. The car was delivered to our Hall of Fame facility by Red himself and long time Pennsylvania dirt late model campaigner Luke Hoffner. Luke, known as the "Turbotville Tornado" on the ovals, has raced for over 33 seasons and befriended the "Redman" a number of years ago calling him his childhood racing hero. The car was purchased from Red by Luke back in 2012. Together they brought the car to us for permanent display. A special thanks from all of us to both Red and Luke, two fine racers and great contributors to the sport.

 

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NDLMHoF 2014 Class Announcement

October 8th, 2013

Following its annual selection process the 2014 Class of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame was announced recently to the public. The upcoming class features five driving greats: Denny Bonebrake, Steve Francis, Bob Kosiski, Kenny Walton and the late Ed Gibbons.

Denny Bonebrake recently retired from competition following an illustrious career which spanned 45 years. A Maryland native, Bonebrake is one of Hagerstown, Maryland Speedway's all-time winningest racers. Steve Francis, known as the "Kentucky Colonel", remains active today and is a former World 100 and Dirt Track World Champion, along with countless major victories on America’s national circuits. Bob Kosiski, the patriarch of the famous dirt racing family from Nebraska, was a top contender on the tough IMCA stock car circuit and a short track winning icon for many years across the upper Midwest. Kenny Walton, a 1978 World 100 champion, has also a NASCAR Weekly Regional championship and multiple NSCA circuit titles on his long and successful resume. Ed Gibbons, a second generation South Carolina dirt star, drove to over 400 victories and was a top southeastern runner for a number of years until his untimely passing following an automobile accident in 2009.

This classes' Contributing Category includes: Allan Brown, journalist, historian and founder of the National Speedway Directory; Renegade STARS and World of Outlaws late model group technical inspector Walter Burson; and long time prominent Iowa car owners Larry and Penny Eckrich.

The Hall's Circle Track Magazine sponsored Sportsman's Award will be presented to veteran Alabama racing great Red Farmer for his years of dedication as an ambassador to the sport.

The 2014 induction class ceremony will be presented at the North-South 100 weekend next August at the Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky.

 

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The NDLMHoF Visits The Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame

September 17th, 2013

Recently we visited the Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame located in Weedsport, New York. The site contains many classic dirt modifieds from over the years, one of which was driven by our own inductee Kenny Brightbell. Curator Jack Speno and Office Manager Pam Forney made us feel quite at home, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them.

You can learn more about the Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame at their website here:
www.dirthalloffame-classiccarmuseum.com

The museum is located on the grounds of Cayuga County Speedway in Weedsport, New York.

 

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2013 Induction Ceremony

September 17th, 2013

Another fine induction ceremony was presented on Saturday August 10th prior to the running of the North-South 100 at the King's Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. Driver inductees, Eddie Carrier Sr., John Gill, Bill Frye and Willy Kraft were on hand to receive their induction accolades generously supplied by Arizona Sport Shirts and Hoosier Midwest. Driver inductee Darrell Dake's awards were posthumously accepted by Iowa race promoter and long time friend Keith Simmons.

The Contributing Category saw veteran announcer Bret Emrick and chassis builder Joe Garrison there to receive honors and car owner Jack Starrette receiving his place in the Hall of Fame posthumously. The Hall's Circle Track Magazine sponsored Sportsman's Award was presented to top dirt late model competitor Don O’Neal and the RPM Magazine Racer of the Year Award for the 2012 season earned by Darrell Lanigan.

A special lifetime achievement award given each year to a past local and regional racer was presented to Ohio veteran driver Wally Heminger. A contributing lifetime achievement award also went to videographer Steve Gigeous of Sports Plus Video for his many years of dedication to the sport.

The day's events were emceed by Hall of Fame Executive Director Bill Holder, veteran announcer James Essex, Southern All-Stars PR Director Chris Tilley, Dirt on Dirt Editor Michael Rigsby, long time car owner Brownie Brown and Hall of Fame Induction Director Bob Markos. 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Don Hobbs served as the ceremonies host presenter. It was once again another sentimental and emotional affair to be long remembered for generations to come.

 

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Induction Ceremony Coming August 10th

July 9th, 2013

The 2013 Induction Ceremony for the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame is coming up Saturday evening August 10th, prior to the running of the North South 100 at Florence Speedway in Kentucky. This year's class includes drivers Eddie Carrier, Darrell Dake, Bill Frye, John Gill and Willy Kraft, as well as contributors Bret Emrick, Joe Garrison and Jack Starrette. The Sportsman Award will go to Indiana's Don O’Neal. Come and see these greats receive this high honor as we welcome them into the Hall.

Earlier in the afternoon a meet and greet will be held at the Hall of Fame building located in turn 4 at the speedway. Come join us and meet these greats of the game. An auction is also planned to raise money for the Hall at 1 PM, including a wide array of items such as many of today's top racer's panels, t-shirts and other memorabilia.

The 2013 Hall of Fame collectible program will be available that weekend with proceeds to help the Hall.

 

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New Hall of Fame Support Sponsor

July 9th, 2013

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame wishes to thank Performance Bodies out of Cedar Falls Iowa for becoming a support sponsor of the Hall of Fame. PB have been in business since 1980 and is a great place to go for all your performance needs.

On behalf of all of our inductees and board members, thank you for your kind support and for coming on board. Your generosity will help with our future and continued growth.

Get to know Performance Bodies here: www.performancebodies.com

 

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HoF Inductee Rance Phillips Passes

January 9th, 2013

Late last year we received the unfortunate news that 2011 class inductee Rance Phillips of Jacksonville Florida passed away. He was 78.

Phillips will be best remembered for conquering and dominating the Southeast region of dirt track racing for more than 40 years. Over that time he racked up 10 track championships, and 700 career wins.

In 1981 and 82 Phillips brought home 77 main event trophies. He gained national attention when a bounty was issued to any driver who could beat him at Speedway Park in Jacksonville. Phillips continued to go undefeated and collected the bounty himself. He was later inducted into the Jacksonville Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.

We here at the Hall are very sad to hear of the passing of the "Fugitive" and send our condolences to his family and friends.

 

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HoF Inductee Newton Passes

October 25th, 2012

Bob Newton of Lakeville, IN, founder and president of the Hoosier Tire Company passed away September 26th at age 85. Newton, known as "Mr. Tire," was a 2004 HoF Class Inductee following his many contributions over his six decade involvement in the sport. Our condolences go out to his family.

 

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2013 Hall of Fame Class Announced

September 12th, 2012

The announcement for the 2013 induction class of the NDLMHoF was made Saturday evening prior to the running of the 42nd World 100 at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway. For 2013, voters selected five drivers and three contributors in the class along with the Hall's annual Sportsman Award.

This year's group includes Kentucky runner Eddie Carrier Sr., late Iowa legend Darrell Dake, top Arkansas veteran Bill Frye, Indiana driving star John Gill and Minnesota touring pro Willy Kraft. The contributing category includes longtime race director and renowned announcer Bret Emrick, chassis wizard Joe Garrison of GRT Racecars and Southern Late Model sponsor and supporter Jack Starrette. The Hall’s Sportsman Award went to popular Indiana racer Don O'Neal.

Eddie Carrier Sr. of Burgin, KY began his career in late models in the late 1960s, which saw him eventually dominate Eastern and Central Kentucky dirt tracks for a number of years. Carrier driving for car owners such as Bobby Paul, Donny House, Bob Miller and others won a number of big events from Ohio to Florida. Now retired, Carrier serves as crew chief for his son, Eddie Jr., who is a top dirt late model competitor.

Darrell Dake racing out of Cedar Rapids, IA motored his famous number 8 racers to over 400 wins covering five decades of a sterling career. The veteran Hawkeye racer who passed away in 2007 participated in IMCA, USAC and NASCAR but was King of the Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois dirt track region, earning countless big victories and titles along the way.

The semi-retired Bill Frye rose to fame piloting the GRT house car to a number of national victories. The Greenbriar, AR star is a 5-time MARS series champion, also having won hundreds of victories with other groups such as MLRA, Southern All-Stars, STARS, Hav-a-Tampa, NCRA, SUPR, UMP and others.

John Gill, known as the modern day cowboy, is one of the sport's most popular figures. In a career that began in 1981, the Hoosier state veteran has driven to over 300 wins and a number of titles including the inaugural UMP Summer nationals in 1986 and a pair of UMP National series championships.

Lakefield, Minnesota's Willy Kraft drove to over 350 wins in his familiar famous numbered 83 race cars. Kraft was a national traveling pro on dirt tracks throughout much of the 1980's and 90's, winning races from South Carolina to Pennsylvania, to South Dakota to Arizona. He was also the USAC National Late Model driving champion in 1988.

One of the most recognized voices in Dirt Late Model racing, Bret Emrick began his career as a track steward and announcer at Lakeville Ohio Speedway back in 1980. The Ohio native has worked at the mike at a number of America's speedways and has also served as race and competition director with STARS, UDTRA and the World of Outlaws.

Joe Garrison founded his GRT Race chassis company back in the early 1980s and quickly became one of the top manufacturers of race cars in the business. Through the years the Arkansas car builder's racers have won from coast to coast and have conquered about every notable Dirt Late Model event and series title in the sport.

Known by many as Mr. Jack, Jack Starrette will be long remembered as the Southern Ambassador to Dirt Late Model racing. The Augusta, GA trucking magnate, who passed away back in 2010, was a longtime generous sponsor of dozens of race teams throughout the Southeast.

 

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Walk To Hall of Fame Project

September 12th, 2012

The HoF is now accepting donations toward the purchase of personalized bricks to be laid in front of the museum structure. All proceeds collected will benefit the expansion of the Hall of Fame. The cost for an engraved brick is $30.00 each for individuals or families, and $45.00 each for a business. To order please print the available form here, fill out and mail in. We thank you for your support to help continue the Hall’s future. VIEW FORM

 

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2013 Class Announcement / Auction Scheduled For World 100 Weekend

August 29th, 2012

The 2013 induction class for the NDLMHoF will be announced Saturday September 8th prior to the running of the World 100 at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway. The announcement will be presented at 5:30 on Eldora's victory stage. The HoF would wish to thank Roger Slack, Larry Boos and the management of Eldora Speedway for allowing us the time slot.

A memorabilia/souvenir auction will be presented on Saturday September 8th at 2:30 pm in the Eldora Fan Zone building behind turns 3 and 4. All proceeds raised will help benefit the HoF. Over 70 side panel pieces from the top dirt late model drivers in the sport have been generously donated for auction. Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, Steve Francis and all your favorites will have pieces on the auction block. Also available will be driver apparel, programs, trophies and many other items. Please attend and help the future of the HoF.

 

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Inaugural Class Inductee Buck Simmons Passes Away

August 15th, 2012

2001 Class inductee Buck Simmons, a Georgia native, passed away Sunday August 12th at age 66. Simmons was one of the all time greatest in the sport of dirt late model racing. His career spanned over 40 years and yielded over 1,000 main event victories on both asphalt and dirt surfaces. Our condolences are with his family, he will be greatly missed by all in the racing community.

 

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Induction Ceremony August 11th / Jack Boggs, Ray Godsey Cars To Be Unveiled For Display At Hall

August 7th, 2012

The induction ceremony for the 2012 Class of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame will be Saturday August 11th at the Florence Kentucky Speedway at 6:00 pm prior to the running of the annual Lucas Oil North South 100. This year's inductees are West Virginia's Mike Balzano, Pennsylvania's Kenny Brightbell, Illnois' Ray Guss Jr., Indiana's Don Hobbs and Texas' Doug Ingalls. All driver inductees have made serious indications they will attend. Contributing Inductee honors will be presented to chassis builders Keith and Tader Masters of Masterbilt Chassis and the family of the late long time sponsor Raye Vest. This year’s Sportsman Award will be given to Tennessee campaigner Jimmy Owens. A special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the family of late Kentucky racer Walter Combs. The inductees will be on hand during the afternoon at the Hall of Fame building for a meet and greet with the fans. All fans are welcomed and invited to attend.

The Hall will also proudly have on display the new additions of former race cars of Hall of Fame inductees Jack Boggs and Ray Godsey beginning induction weekend. A great degree of work went into the reconstruction projects of both of these famous race cars of the past. Godsey and 2006 Inductee Dick Potts will be personally on hand for autographs and photos. Potts delivered his 1980's circa C.J. Rayburn chassied car which has been on display at the Hall since early spring.

Also during induction weekend the Hall of Fame will be introducing its "Walk to the Hall of Fame" program in which fans can now become a permanent part of the Hall of Fame. Four by eight inch ceramic bricks will be available by purchasing through donation in your name to be displayed in the future of the Hall's building. Further details on this project are being worked out and information will be available by Induction weekend.

 

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First Class Hall of Famer Passes

July 16th, 2012

2001 inductee Jimmy Mosteller, lovingly known as the "little man with the big cigar," passed away in early July at the age of 85. Mosteller, a big friend of racing for many years, helped make Hav-a-Tampa cigars and late model racing famous. Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time.

 

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Ray Godsey Car To Debut At Hall of Fame

June 8th, 2012

2003 inductee Ray Godsey's Rayburn chassis wedge car will preview for display at the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame building during induction ceremonies for this year's class. Ray Godsey will be on hand for the special presentation. Also on hand this year will be 2006 inductee Dick Potts presenting his Rayburn late model from the 80s. Both will be present on Saturday August 11th for autographs and pictures.

The following Ray Godsey video is available courtesy of Burning Rubber Radio and TV: VIEW VIDEO

 

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New Concrete Pad Laid In Hall's Annex / Other News

April 1st, 2012

Visitors to the Hall of Fame this year will be pleased to find a new 40 plus feet by 40 plus feet concrete pad has been laid through generous donations in our tented annex structure. Of course a building structure for the annex area is planned for the future when sufficient funds are raised.

Other news briefs are our annual HoF memorabilia auction will be held this year at Eldora Speedway during World 100 weekend. A number of the nation's top racers have donated panels along with other items that will be auctioned off to benefit the Hall. Further details will come later.

Also, recently David Poole of Ripley, Ohio has been selected to the Hall of Fame Governing Board. David's help and participation along with his knowledge to DLM history makes him a welcomed addition to the Hall's board.

 

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1995 Winning Jack Boggs Car To Be Added To Hall of Fame

January 31st, 2012

The HoF is proud to announce a 1995 Jack Boggs car is in the process of being re-assembled for future exhibit for the Hall of Fame building. The original Mastersbilt chassis from Jack’s award winning season from Mike Bechelli has been transformed into a roller with the overseeing of fan David Poole. David has done a ton of work organizing the project beginning with only wondering, "Jack was a great driver, why isn't one of his cars in the HoF?" Jackie Boggs, son of our great inductee, and racer Gary Engles are also involved in this venture, doing the assembly work to complete this anticipated project. The car will be ready for the showing in the Hall sometime this summer. The Hall sends a special thanks to David, Jackie, Mike and Gary for all of their hard and honored work.

 

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NDLMHoF Facebook Page Is Open For Business

January 31st, 2012

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame's Facebook page is now open for business and can be found here: www.facebook.com/NDLMHOF/

Visitors can find pictures and information about our current and upcoming inductees. Contact information and message capabilities are also available. Feel free to get in touch and follow.

 

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HoF Announces New Member To Its Governing Board

October 25th, 2011

The NDLMHoF has recently selected former car owner James "Brownie" Brown to the group's governing board.

Brown has been in and around dirt racing for over 40 years. He was car owner for top dirt racer Ray Cook for many years along with contributing sponsorship to a number of other dirt late model teams. His knowledge, history and business end of the sport will be a great benefit to the hall of fame.

 

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2012 Hall of Fame Class Announced

September 23rd, 2011

Prior to the running of the recent annual World 100 at Eldora Speedway, the 2012 National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Class was announced. This year's selections are:

Drivers
Mike Balzano from West Virginia
Kenny Brightbill from Pennsylvania
Ray Guss Jr. from Illinois
Don Hobbs from Indiana
Doug Ingalls from Texas

Contributors
Keith and Tader Masters from Mastersbuilt Chassis in Indiana
Raye Vest, car owner from Maryland

Sportsman
Jimmy Owens from Tennessee

 

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2012 Hall of Fame Class To Be Announced At World 100

September 6th, 2011

The 2012 class for the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame will be announced Saturday night at approximately 6 PM at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway prior to the running of the 41st annual World 100. Next year's coming class will be five drivers and two contributors and the Hall's annual Sportsman's award. The Hall of Fame wishes to thank Larry Boos and the entire Eldora staff for allowing us time for this presentation. Be there to find out which legends will be chosen.

 

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2011 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

August 20th, 2011

In between rain drops the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame presented its induction ceremony for its 2011 Class at the Florence, Kentucky Speedway prior to the running of the annual Lucas Oil sponsored North-South 100. Driver inductees Don Bohlander, William "Fats" Coffey, Kevin Gundaker, Bill Morgan and Rance Phillips were on hand to receive their accolades. Ramo Stott could not attend but was contacted via phone hook-up and interviewed during the presentation by track announcer Brad Greer. Car builder Roscoe Smith was in attendance to accept his Contributing Induction and 2004 Inductee Ronnie Johnson was there to receive induction posthumously for his parents Joe Lee and Doris Jean Johnson. During the ceremony the Hall's annual Sportsman Award went to racer Dale McDowell while a Lifetime Achievement Award was given to long time promoter Dean Miracle. Spirit Awards were also presented to drivers Bub McCool and Jeep Van Wormer for their charity work projects. Racer Jonathan Davenport received the R.P.M. 2010 Driver of the Year Award and race promoter and 2003 Hall of Fame inductee Carl Short served as this year's V.I.P. guest inductee.

Bill Holder, Directing Chairman of the Hall of Fame, hosted the affair, while Bret Emrick of WoO, James Essex of Lucas Oil, Chris Tilley of STARS, Tim Lee of Illustrated Late Model Magazine and Bob Markos of the Hall of Fame combined efforts to emcee the event. It was once again another touching and sentimental ceremony enjoyed by these greats of dirt late model racing and their many followers and fans.

Special appreciation goes out to the King Family and Florence Speedway for allowing the Hall of Fame time for the presentation and to Arizona T-Shirts and Hoosier Midwest for the plaques and jackets presented to the inductees. An early afternoon auction held at the Hall was well attended and quite successful to help benefit the organization. The Hall would like to send thanks for the generosity of the drivers and teams who donated items to be auctioned off.

 

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2011 Induction Ceremony / Auction Coming Soon

July 12th, 2011

The induction ceremony for the 2011 Class of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame will be Saturday August 13th at Florence Kentucky Speedway at 6:00 P.M. prior to the running of the annual Lucas Oil North South 100. This year's driver inductees are Illnois' Don Bohlander, Kentucky's William "Fats" Coffey, Missouri's Kevin Gundaker, South Carolina's Bill Morgan, Georgia's Rance Phillips and Iowa's Ramo Stott. All driver inductees have made serious indications they will attend. Contributing awards will be presented to Roscoe Smith and the family of Joe Lee and Jean Johnson. This year’s Sportsman Award will go to Georgian Dale McDowell and popular Dirt Late Model racers Bub McCool and Jeep Van Warmer will receive Hall of Fame Spirit Awards. A benefit auction will also be held earlier in the day beginning at 1 p.m. at the Hall of Fame building. A number of race car panels from some of today's top racers will be auctioned off with proceeds going to benefit the Hall of Fame.

 

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Reunion Approaching, Charlie Swartz / Iowa Georgia Legends To Be Present

April 29th, 2011

With the NDLMHoF reunion approaching June 4th at Florence Speedway, a number of inductees are confirming their appearances. 1980 World 100 winner Charlie Swartz will be making an appearance along with past World 100 winners Ed Sanger, Verlin Eaker and Charlie Hughes. Race promoter Carl Short and past Eldora Speedway owner Earl Baltes, who just celebrated his 90th birthday will be in attendance. A number of others including Jeff Purvis, Larry Moore, Rodney Combs, Dick Potts, Billy Teagarden, Bob Pierce, Ray Godsey, Rick Aukland, John Mason, Donnie Moran, Pat Patrick, the Thomas Family and Larry Shaw have expressed strong interest in being present for the festivities.

The ceremony is from 12 PM to 3 PM at the Hall of Fame building at Florence Speedway.

(Wedge photo courtesy of John R Messinger)

 

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Inductee B.J. Parker Passes Away

April 14th, 2011

Well respected promoter and contributing member to the 2002 Hall of Fame Class B.J. Parker passed away April 4th. A pioneer in promoting auto racing, Mr. Parker began by operating the Dixie Speedway in Midfield Alabama back in 1967. He would organize his ever popular Southern All-Stars Late Model group in 1983 and would continue until selling the sanction in 2004. Thru the years about every top DLM driver in the country has competed with SAS, which was a true testament to its founder. B.J. Parker was 78 years old and will be missed by many. The NDLMHoF sends its condolences to his family, surviving wife and daughter.

 

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10 Year Reunion On June 4th

March 28th, 2011

It seems hard to believe, but there have been ten induction ceremonies for the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame (NDLMHoF). In all, there have been almost a hundred inducted during that period. Officers of the Hall of Fame have decided that it’s an occasion worth celebrating.

To that end, there will be a ten-year reunion at the Hall of Fame on June 4th, the afternoon of the Ralph Latham Lucus race. The response has been outstanding with a high percentage of the inductees indicating they will attend. The hours for the gathering will be 12pm to 3pm with all fans invited to attend free of charge and mingle with their favorite drivers of years past.

Hall of Fame sponsor Arizona Sports Shirts has prepared a collectable T-shirt which can be purchased, and which carries drawings of all the inductees’ cars. It will be a great piece of memorabilia to have many inductees sign.

Some of the inductees who have indicated that they will be attending include Jeff Purvis, Larry Moore, Rodney Combs, Dick Potts, Billy Teagarden, Bob Pierce, Ray Godsey, Charlie Swartz, Rick Aukland, John Mason, Donnie Moran, Pat Patrick and many others.

It should be quite a gathering. Put it on your racing calendar!!

 

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Hall of Famer Ronnie Johnson Receives Award

March 1st, 2011

Congratulations to 2004 Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson for receiving the first Bob Cross Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award given to him at the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Awards Banquet. It is well deserved.

 

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HoF Inductee Passes Away

February 22nd, 2011

2003 HoF Class Inductee Johnny Johnson of Morning Sun, Iowa passed away February 19th at age 75. Johnson, an inductee in the Contributors category for his known generosity and support to racers and race series was also a promoter and racer himself. His long time sponsorship, J&J Steel, was seen on the sideboards of racers for many years, including fellow Hall of Famers Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Freddy Smith, Ronnie Johnson and Rodney Combs, among many others. Johnson's work as a promoter covered a number of dirt tracks including 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa. He was also a major sponsor of the IMCA Late Model Dirt Series. His driving career was quite successful, winning a number of races and qualifying for the World 100 on three occasions. Johnson's best season behind the wheel was in 1976 when he captured 16 feature victories. He was an avid supporter of the NDLMHoF which sends its condolences to his entire family.

 

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Kris Patterson's Car Added To Hall / Other To Follow

December 12th, 2010

On December 11, the NDLMHOF was happy to accept a racecar from 2009 Inductee Kris Patterson. The car was installed and now sits on display in the hall on a rack under the Bob Pierce car. This is the sixth car now on display at the Hall. The car is a 1995 winning MasterSbilt done in Kris' characteristic red and yellow color paint scheme.

For many years, the HoF has wanted to have parts of, or a complete car of inductee Jack Boggs. Recently, it has all come together with most of the body panels, the original chassis, and several other parts have been donated to the HoF. It is hoped that the car will be completed for the induction ceremony on August 13.

 

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Hall of Fame's 10th Anniversary Reunion Tentatively Planned

October 31st, 2010

Florence Speedway's Lucas Oil sponsored Ralph Latham Memorial date for 2011 has been selected for the 10th anniversary reunion for the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. HoF Director Bill Holder has had a great amount of response from past inductees and a number of them are making plans to return for the program. Further details on the big anniversary weekend will be released in the future. A commemorative t-shirt will be produced by Arizona Sport Shirts to mark the occasion.

 

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Hall of Fame Meets Hall of Fame

October 31st, 2010

This past September during the Knoxville Dirt Late Model Nationals we were courteously invited by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame to visit and join in their weekend activities. Induction Director Bob Markos was invited to participate in a panel discussion on preserving Dirt Late Model history. Others on the panel were historian Lee Ackerman, columnist Barry Johnson, and editor of Dirt Late Model Magazine Mike O'Connor. The weekend also housed a former Knoxville Late Model winner presentation that featured 2008 Hall of Fame class inductee Chuck McWilliams. An auction was also held in which a portion of the proceeds were kindly donated to the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. The weekend saw 2002 Hall of Fame inductee Billy Moyer take a clean sweep of all three nights, earning his first Knoxville Late Model National Championship.

A special thanks to National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Curator Tom Schmeh and Executive Director Bob Baker for their hospitality. Looking forward to returning next year and continuing our group’s growing relationship.

 

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HoF Announces Two New Members To Its Governing Board

October 7th, 2010

The NDLMHoF has recently selected Southern All-Star Director Kelley Carlton and DLM historian Joe Wilson to the group's governing board.

Carlton has been in and around dirt racing for nearly 40 years. He began as a track official at the Laurens County South Carolina Speedway and eventually worked to competition director there. He recently is serving as competition director for the famed Southern All-Star Racing Series. Kelley is also a freelance writer and columnist for Dirt Late Model Magazine and Dirt on Dirt.com.

Ohioan Wilson has become somewhat of a DLM historian having attended races and has been around motorsports basically his entire life. Joe has also been involved in a great degree of labor work around the Hall’s building for the past three years.

Both new members are perfect candidates for their roles, very knowledgeable and much welcomed additions to the NDLMHoF Governing Board.

 

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NDLMHoF Announces 2011 Class

The NDLMHoF announced its 2011 induction class Sept 11th at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway prior to the running of the 40th annual World 100. This stellar class consists of six drivers and two contributors to the sport and our sportsman award winner. Here are the inductees with some details on their significant careers:

Drivers:

Don Bohlander (Illinois): A 7-time Illinois State Champion, Don raced for 45 years collecting over 350 feature wins and 9 track titles. (retired)

William "Fats" Coffey (Kentucky): Has over 500 career feature wins and many invitational events, along with multiple track titles across Kentucky and Tennessee. (retired)

Kevin Gundaker (Missouri): An NSCA Champion, Kevin tallied over 300 career feature wins competing successfully with a number of major organizations. (retired)

Bill Morgan (South Carolina): Has over 700 wins and 14 track titles along with multiple Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina State Dirt Late Model championships. (active)

Rance Phillips (Georgia): A legendary figure on southern Georgia, northern Florida dirt tracks with over 700 wins and 14 championship titles in his career. (retired)

Ramo Stott (Iowa): Second in all-time IMCA Stock Car wins with 96 and over 300 career wins. Ramo was also an ARCA and USAC Stock Car champion.

Contributors:

Joe Lee and Doris Jean Johnson: The late couple were successful long-time promoters of the Cleveland Tennessee Speedway and parents of 2004 inductee Ronnie Johnson.

Roscoe Smith: A successful racer turned chassis builder and parts distributor was known nationwide for his innovative cars and equipment.

Sportsman Award:

Dale McDowell: Known as "Mac Daddy", he works as an ambassador to the sport and is always there for the fans, the promoters and to lend a hand to fellow competitors.

Following the announcement at Eldora, the Hall of Fame presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Ohio promoter Dean Miracle for his over 30 years of participation and contributions in the world of Dirt Late Model racing.

 

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Ernie Derr Says Thanks

September 19th, 2010

Keokuk Iowa's Ernie Derr, who couldn't make his induction ceremony this past August due to health reasons, sent along this note and photo to tell all thank you. We thought the fans would like to see Ernie with his induction award - looks pretty proud. Well congrats Ol' Dusty on an incredible career and a most deserved award.

 

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2010 NDLMHoF Class Inducted / Hommel Honored With Hall's Spirit Award

August 26th, 2010

2010 NDLMHoF Class Inducted

The 2010 induction class ceremony for the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame was presented Saturday evening, August 14th, at the Florence Kentucky Speedway prior to the running of the Lucas Oil sponsored annual North-South 100. Following almost a one hour rain delay the class members were gathered on the front straightaway stage and the affair commenced. Included in this year's class were Iowans Ernie Derr and Ronnie Weedon, Nebraskan Steve Kosiski, Illinois' Roger Long, Mike Head of Georgia, and Billy Scott of South Carolina. Contributors in this year's class were long time car owner Bobby Paul and the Thomas Family from Alabama. The Sportsman Award presented each year by Circle Track Magazine was given to Freddy Smith.

The program opened with the presentation of the Hall's "Spirit Award" given this year to Duayne Hommel, former up and coming Tennessee dirt racer who has been incapacitated since a 2002 highway accident. Fellow Tennessee dirt racer Jimmy Owens made the presentation to Duayne. Driver ceremonies followed with Mike Head of Ellenboro, Georgia telling those in attendance "I'm just blown away, I'm honored. I'm not worthy, but I'll sure take it!" Mike came to the Hall with over 600 career wins and a number of series titles. Steve Kosiski of Omaha, Nebraska joined his brother Joe, elected to the Hall in 2008. Steve spoke of being honored and thanked his wife, family and crew who had become his close friends throughout the years. Steve was a career 300 feature event winner and a 7-time NASCAR Busch Tour Champion. Roger Long of Fithian, Illinois was quoted as saying, "how do you wrap up 32 years of racing in 3 or 4 minutes? Well, I’m going to try my best". Roger was well known in UMP circles all around the Midwest winning over 350 career feature events. Billy Scott of Union, South Carolina spoke of his family and close connections to the Earnhardt Family in a career that began in 1955 and brought over 500 victories. Ronnie Weedon of Pleasant Valley, Iowa had his award given posthumously, with his wife Delores and many family members proudly there to accept. Delores talked of being by Ronnie's side for many years of racing and wished he was here, saying he would be very proud of his achievement. Ernie Derr of Keokuk, Iowa could not attend due to health reasons, but his outstanding career of 12 IMCA Championships and over 400 wins were mentioned.

In the Contributing Category Bobby Paul, formerly of Danville, Kentucky and famous for his Paul's Pipeline race cars, also could not attend. Of the Thomas Family, Billy, Bobby, Ben and Beverly were in attendance with Billy speaking that his late father Jimmy would be very proud of everything here and what’s going on. The Thomas' were involved in the promoting, car building, and mechanics of the sport since the 1940's.

The Sportsman's Award was presented to 2001 HoF Induction Class member Freddy Smith for his long years of cooperation to the fans, promoters and other drivers. The ceremony concluded with the annual driver of the year award given to Wisconsin's Jimmy Mars for his outstanding 2009 season.

Despite the inclement weather it was a wonderful time for all involved as so many of the inductees brought scores of family, friends and followers. It was also a very sentimental and moving presentation.

This year's ceremony emcees were southern race track announcer Duane Goins, Lucas Oil's James Essex, West Virginia Motor Speedway announcer Pete Secret, Illustrated Late Model’s Tim Lee and Hall of Fame representatives Bill Holder and Bob Markos.

Earlier in the afternoon the Hall had a very successful memorabilia auction to help raise needed money for the NDLMHoF. A special 2010 inductees class program was on sale Hall of Fame weekend, and for those who missed it can be purchased through the mail for $5 which includes shipping and handling by contacting:

Bill Holder
3811 Berryleaf Court
Riverside, OH 45525

 

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The Passing Of Two Hall of Fame Legends

June 22nd, 2010

The Hall of Fame has recently suffered the loss of two of its past inductees. On May 6th Pennsylvania great Herb Scott passed away at the age of 82. Scott was a career 500 feature winner along with multiple track titles. He was inducted to the Hall in 2007. May 25th brought the bad news of the passing of 80 year old Floyd Gilbert, a longtime Kentuckiana legend. Gilbert was also a 500 career feature winner along with a World 100 victory in 1973. He was inducted in 2004. The Hall of Fame sends its condolences to the families of both inductees. This great pair of HoF chauffeurs will be remembered at this year's induction ceremony in August. They will both be missed but honored forever in the Hall of Fame.

 

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New Car, Class Announcement And New Addition

June 14th, 2010

It’s been a busy spring for the NDLMHOF.

Work is progressing on the famous Russ Petro driven/ Fred King owned "K-1" wedge car. Both Petro and Mike Bechelli are working on this project. It will be on display during the 2010 Hall of Fame weekend, August 12-14, with both the driver and owner available to the fans.

It has been decided that future Hall of Fame induction announcements should be moved around to other venues in years to come. The individuals of the 2011 Hall of Fame Class will be announced during the World 100 event at Eldora Speedway just before the racing begins on September 12th. Director Bill Holder and Induction Chairman Bob Markos will deliver the announcement. The Hall would like to thank Carl Short for his courtesy to put the time aside to allow us to make our announcements at the past Dirt Track World Championships.

Construction is expected to start within the next week or so on the addition to the Hall of Fame. The addition will be 30×40 feet and provide much needed additional space. The main purpose of the addition will be to house the half-dozen additional cars that are expected over the next couple years. The addition will be a tent-like structure and will be located at the back garage door of the annex.

 

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2010 Class Announced

February 13th, 2010

NDLMHOF Announces 2010 Class

As is its annual custom, the NDLMHOF announced its 2010 Induction Class at the Dirt Track World Championship event at Lawrenceburg Speedway last October. The strong class consists of six drivers, two awards for contributions to the sport, and the Sportsman Award winner. Here are the inductees with some details on their significant careers:

Drivers:

Ernie Derr (Iowa): This 12-time IMCA Late Model Champion has had a career showing over 450 feature wins. He is also an 11-time winner of the Dakota State Fair race.

Mike Head (Georgia): With over 650 feature wins, Mike is a legend in southern dirt racing. He's won many big races including the 1982 Dixie 100, the North-South 100 in 1990, along with winning both the 1991 Northern All-Star Florida Speedweek Championship and the 1991 Southern All-Stars Series Championship.

Steve Kosiski (Neb): Steve is the second member of the Kosiski family in the HOF, being preceded by his brother Joe. He has won over 300 feature wins including the Gopher 50 three times. He was the NASCAR All-Star Series Champion seven times with 51 series wins.

Roger Long (Illinois): Over 350 wins were brought home by this driver in addition to 15 track championships. Long was the winner of numerous classic races during the 1980s. He was also the winner of the Illinois Dirt Track Championship in both 1981 and 1982.

Billy Scott (SC): With over 400 feature wins, Billy was the two-time Southern Auto Racing DLM Driver of the Year. He was victorious in many big dollar races throughout the Southeast in the 70's and 80's.

Ronnie Weeden (Iowa): A marvelous 50 year racing career saw this late driver win over 500 feature races. He won the Northern Illinois State Dirt Championship twice along with a number of other important races in Florida, Iowa, and Illinois.

Contributors:

Bobby Paul (KY): Paul was known as one of the most successful car owners in the history of dirt late model racing. His famous Pipe-Line cars won a multitude of big races with such HOF drivers as David Speer, Larry Moore, Rodney Combs, Billy Teagarden, and Ronnie Johnson behind the wheel.

Thomas Family (Ala): This racing family has been a cornerstone in dirt late model racing. They have been selected for their contributions in the mechanics, promoting, chassis building, and driving aspects of the sport.

Sportsman Award:

Freddie Smith (NC): Known as the "Southern Gentleman", he's been a huge fan favorite and helped younger drivers, as well as cooperate and help whenever he can with promoters, track owners, and series directors.


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