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National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2023


By Todd Turner


Walton, Kentucky (October 15, 2022) - A red-headed Virginia standout with an unforgettable nickname, a two-time DIRTcar weekly champion from southern Illinois, an Alabaman who captured seven Mississippi state titles, Cedar Lake Speedway's all-time winningest driver and a rough-hewn but beloved Kentuckian are set to be inducted among the Class of 2023 into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.


The names of five racers who primarily competed regionally Booper Bare, Randy Korte, Mike Boland, Rick Egersdorf and Jackie Boggs were announced Saturday at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park during the 42nd annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship presented by Optima Batteries weekend.


Contributors to the sport selected by Hall of Fame voters are veteran announcer and publicist Ozzie Altman, builder of the Tri-City Buggy chassis Gary Oliver and longtime Cherokee Speedway promoter and Racing News publisher Ernie Elkins.


The Class of 2023 is scheduled to be inducted Aug. 12 during the Sunoco Race Fuels North-South 100 weekend at Florence Speedway.


A closer look at the Class of 2023 (Listed Alphabetically):
 

Drivers
 

Booper Bare, Rockbridge Baths, Va.: His first name of John virtually unknown to announcers, Bare followed the tire tracks of his talented father Tommy as an outstanding Mid-Atlantic racer whose successes included a 1997 victory in East Bay Raceway's 100-lap Florida Speedweeks finale and a $50,000 bonus for sweeping 2003's track championships at Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Md., and Saluda's Virginia Motor Speedway. A winner of special events over 25 years beginning in the late 1990's, perhaps his best season came in 2005 with seven victories of at least $5,000, three paying $10,000. While he never raced full-time, he had three career Short Track Auto Racing Stars victories and finished third in STARS points in 1991. He was a two-time Delaware State Champion, a two-time Natural Bridge (Va.) Speedway Classic champ and scored his richest single victory with a $15,000 payday at Beckley (W.Va.) Motor Speedway in 1996. The 56-year-old Bare now assists the family's third-generation racer Tyler Bare, a former bull-rider whose racing success includes a $50,000 Crate Late Model victory this season at VMS.
 

Jackie Boggs, Grayson, Ky.: One of the Bluegrass State's winningest Dirt Late Model racers during the prime of a high-profile career that stretched more than 30 years, the barrel-chested driver with a gruff exterior but a soft spot for children and young fans drove the No. 4B paying tribute to the No. B4 of superstar father Jack, an inaugural classic Hall of Famer from 2001. Along with scores of regional victories in eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio, the younger Boggs won three times apiece on the Lucas Oil and World of Outlaws national tours and 11 times on the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series. His richest victory came with a $25,000 score in 2002 at Ohio's Brushcreek Motorsports Complex while he collected a $22,000 WoO sweep in '05 at West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells. Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park, East Bay Raceway Park near Tampa, Fla., and the Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C., were also sites of major victories. Like his father, Boggs died at middle-aged, suffering an apparent heart attack while en route to the races in October 2020 at the age of 51.


Mike Boland, Cuba, Ala.: Routinely crossing the nearby state line to compete in Mississippi, the burly racer robbed Magnolia State purses throughout a long and successful racing career before he turned to chassis-building with Boland Performance's Trak-Star Race Cars. The 64-year-old Boland captured seven Mississippi State championships (the final two when the patchwork events were formalized as the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series starting in 2001) as well as 1998's Mississippi-based Rickís Furniture Series title. He recorded 16 MSCCS victories, had a tour-high 11 victories on the Rickís Furniture circuit ('96 to '01) and was a two-time winner on the Southern All Star Series. He was a $15,000 winner in Meridian, Miss.'s Fall Classic (at Queen City Speedway and Whynot Motorsports Park) and in 2005 and '06 won both the Southern 100 at Southern Raceway in Milton, Fla., and the Gulf Coast Championship at South Mississippi Speedway in Pass Christian, Miss. He found success as a Crate Late Model racer late in his career, retiring after the 2011 season.


Rick Egersdorf, Lake Elmo, Minn.: With 77 Late Model victories at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., putting him atop a list of talented stars, Egersdorf was among the most feared WISSOTA racers during his prime of racking up special event victories in the 1980s and '90s. He was a frequent winner of late-season WISSOTA specials at Cedar Lake (the WISSOTA 100 in 1998-99); Proctor (Minn.) Speedway (the Silver 1000 in 1986, '91 and '99); Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, Wis. (Punky Manor Challenge in 1986-88 and í99); and ABC Raceway in Ashland, Wis. (Red Clay Classic in 1987-88 and '98). He found success outside the WISSOTA realm as two-race winner in the original incarnation of the World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series in 1988-89 (one at Cedar Lake) and captured 1991's Gopher 50 on the UMP Summer Nationals at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna, Minn. An eight-time starter in Cedar Lake's USA Nationals and a two-time DTWC starter, he was a three-time winner on WISSOTA's Amsoil Series and was triumphant in the first season of the WISSOTA Challenge Series in '99.


Randy Korte, Highland, Ill.: A two-time DIRTcar weekly champion (1997 and '00), Korte piled up hundreds of career victories in southern Illinois and tracks near St. Louis, Mo., over a 30-year career. Along with his victories and track titles at his hometown and other regional venues, his national touring stint in 2002 produced UDTRA (formerly Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series) victories at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway and West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells. His richest career victory in 2004 at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert City, Ky., paid $15,000 with an array of five-figure paydays in DIRTcar Summer Nationals and other action. He tallied 13 career victories apiece on the Summer Nationals and Northern Allstars along with 10 on the UMP Challenge of Champions and three on the MARS Racing Series. He captured the 2006 Northern Allstars title and was second in the 2009 Summer Nationals title chase. Treatment of multiple myeloma hampered the final seasons of the 57-year-old who operates a successful business as a racing consultant.


Contributors


Ozzie Altman: Best known for his four-year announcing stint with the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series during the national tour's 1995-98 heyday, Altman's enthusiastic race calls behind the mic are among the most memorable in the sportís history. Along with his work with Hav-A-Tampa, Altman's announcing at Eldora Speedway and the Dirt Track at Charlotte, among other major tracks and races, cemented his voice in the ears of Dirt Late Model fans. Altman's Atlanta, Ga.-based Victory Lane Communications public relations firm served various forms of racing with marketing, publicity and announcing and he was the co-emcee of the first Hall of Fame inductions in 2001. He came to his love for racing through his father, who told his young son to root for everyone on the track. "That is a motto that I have tried to live by in my career in racing," Altman said in 2001. The 65-year-old Altman's work has been limited since suffering a 2018 stroke.


Gary Oliver: Operating Rock Island, Ill.-based Tri-City Buggy beginning in the late 1970's, the late Oliver was one of Dirt Late Model racing's early chassis builders with Hall of Famers Mike Duvall and Pete Parker among drivers finding success in his cars. He first built Volkswagens and operated a body shop before developing a racing parts business and shifting solely into chassis design by 1981. Along with co-team owner Keith Simmons, an engine builder, Oliver watched his driver Tom Hearst of Muscatine, Iowa, (inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016) win 42 of 67 events overall in capturing the $20,000 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series championship. Oliver ended up moving his racing operations to Lenoir, N.C., while helping his daughter Chrissy Oliver during her short track career. He was a multiple-time winner of the True Value Master Gold Wrench award. The Centralia, Ill., native died in 2015 at the age of 70.


Ernie Elkins: In dual roles as a publisher and promoter, Elkins was at the center of the action at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., for many years. He published the Charlotte, N.C.-based Racing News for more than 30 years and from the late 1980's through the '90s promoted Cherokee, elevating the historic track with major Dirt Late Model touring events. Cherokee, a hotbed in that era with Mike Duvall, Ricky Weeks, Dennis Franklin, Petey Ivey and Jeff Smith among the standout Dirt Late Model competitors, hosted the popular Blue-Gray 100 with regional touring visits from the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series, Short Track Auto Racing Stars and others. Elkins later promoted Thunder Valley Speedway in Lawndale, N.C., starting in 2002. The 77-year-old Elkins was inducted in the Cherokee Speedway Hall of Fame in 2018

 

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National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Memorabilia Auction Saturday August 13, 2022

Walton, Kentucky (August 3, 2022) - The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame will present its annual Memorabilia Auction Saturday August 13, 2022.

Join us Saturday, August 13, 2022 at the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame building for our annual auction! Bidders must register before bidding. Auction starts at 3:30 PM. Registration begins at 3:00 PM.

Anyone wishing to donate items to the auction contact us or can drop off items at the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame building.

Many items to include: Door and body panels, helmets and other personal driver and collectable items from Scott Bloomquist, Owens, Overton, Davenport, Kyle Larson, and many others.

All proceeds benefit the NDLMHoF a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization.

 

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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