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- Rudd Joins Virginia Sports Hall of Fame: When the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame opened last year, it included a NASCAR exhibit with a Ricky Rudd race car. Monday, the Hall added the driver. Rudd, a Chesapeake native, joined five other sports figures and one media member in the announcement of the 2007 induction class. The class also includes James Madison and Washington Redskins wide receiver Gary Clark, University of Virginia basketball star Bryant Stith, VMI coaching legend John McKenna, NFL player and coach Charlie Sumner, former ACC and NCAA head Gene Corrigan, and Roanoke sports radio icon Jim "Carroll" Colston. The 2007 Hall of Fame's induction ceremony is scheduled for April 28 at Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center. Tickets will be on sale in February, but members can reserve space early by contacting the Hall of Fame at 757-393-8031. Rudd, who holds the NASCAR record of 788 consecutive race starts from 1981-2005, ranks among NASCAR's top 50 drivers of all time. His career started on go-cart tracks, finally taking to professional racing where he was named the 1977 NASCAR Rookie of the Year. Rudd won at least one race every year for 16 consecutive years, a modern-era record he shares with Rusty Wallace. Among Rudd's victories was the 1997 Brickyard 400. The car he used in that race is on the second floor of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.(Virginian-Pilot)(12-6-2006)
- IMHofF announced class of 2007: The Board of Directors of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2007 in the Hall of Fame next to Talladega Superspeedway. The six member class, comprised of visionaries, is one that no other class has equaled. First, while there is a distinct NASCAR flavor to this class, only one of them has ever won a Nextel Cup race, and that was as a car owner. There are plenty of championships, however, with five in the NASCAR Busch Series, six in NHRA Pro Stocks and five in two separate motorcycle circuits.
The Class of 2007 is as follows:
JUNIE DONLAVEY, the longtime car owner who gave many of NASCAR's biggest stars their starts. Bill Dennis, Jody Ridley and Ken Schrader all won Rookie of the Year honors in Junie's #90 Fords. His biggest win was with Ridley at Dover in 1981. In all, an incredible 60 different drivers drove in Cup races for Donlavey.
RAY HENDRICK won more than 700 times on modified and late model sportsman circuits, and did it so well that he was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. He missed out on a national title in 1966 when he crashed in Atlanta in the final race of the season.
JACK INGRAM won three NASCAR Late Model Sportsman titles in 1972-73-74, then won the first two Busch Series championships in 1982 and 1985. When he retired in 1991, Ingram was the all time win leader with 31.
WARREN JOHNSON. Known as "The Professor", Johnson has won six NHRA Pro Stock championships, the most recent in 2001. His 96 wins are the most in Pro Stock history, and are second overall to John Force. He was named as one of NHRA's Ten Greatest Drivers in 2000.
WAYNE RAINEY won three consecutive 500cc Grand Prix World titles in 1990-91-92, and was well on his way to a fourth when a back-breaking crash ended his career in 1993. He posted 24 wins in only six seasons, and also won two AMA Superbike titles in 1983 and 1987.
BRUTON SMITH, the flamboyant owner of Speedway Motorsports, which includes tracks at Charlotte, Atlanta, Bristol, Texas, Sears Point and Las Vegas. Smith was a pioneer in the area of fan amenities, building condos at Charlotte, and being the first to light a major superspeedway. He has amassed a motorsports and automotive empire.
These six men will be inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame on Thursday night, April 26th, 2007, in a ceremony at the Hall of Fame's Speed Dome. Reservations for tickets may be made now by calling the Hall of Fame office at 256/362-5002. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.(International Motorsports Hall of Fame PR)(11-19-2006)
- Maurice Petty, Barney Hall to enter NMPA hall of fame: Another member of stock car racing’s “royal” family and the sport’s longtime radio voice make up the National Motorsports Press Association’s hall of fame class for 2007. Maurice Petty was head engine builder for more than 30 years at Petty Enterprises and helped guide his brother, Richard, to 198 of his NASCAR-record 200 career wins, while Barney Hall has been working on radio broadcasts for nearly five decades. Maurice Petty, 67, helped his brother win seven poles, seven Daytona 500s and 120 poles. He also made 26 starts as a driver at the Cup level, with seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes between 1960 and 1964. He stepped away from full-time involvement in 1985, but helped Dodge work with its motors when it returned to NASCAR’s top series. Petty was diagnosed with polio as a child and now needs a walker and a scooter to get around. Hall, now 74, was working for a radio station in his hometown of Elkin when he got a job as the public address announcer at the track in Bristol, Tenn. Within a couple of years, he was working for what would become Motor Racing Network, where he still works today. The NMPA’s hall of fame is part of the Stock Car Racing Museum at Darlington Raceway. Induction ceremonies will be held in Charlotte during the NMPA’s annual convention in January.(Thatsracin)(10-27-2006)
- DW and Wilson to be honored tonight: Three-time Cup Champion, Darrell Waltrip and engine-builder and crew chief Waddell Wilson [Golden Wrench Award] will be honored by the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame at the Charles Mack Center in Mooresville, NC on Wednesday, October 11th.(10-11-2006)
- Dale Earnhardt inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame: Black ties, gowns and some of the biggest names in the automotive business recently gathered at the Ritz-Carlton in Detroit for a very special reason. Seven people were inducted into this year's Automotive Hall of Fame; and Dale Earnhardt was one of them. Earnhardt, a seven-time NASCAR Cup champion, was honored for his contributions to the automotive business on and off the race track. With 76 Cup victories to his credit, Earnhardt was also recognized for the work he did for Chevrolet and Ford. In addition to garnering wins and notoriety behind the wheel of the #3 Chevrolet, he also contributed to the automotive business by owning a Chevrolet dealership in Newton, NC. Also honored were Bill France, Jr., NASCAR, Wayne Huizenga, founder of AutoNation; Nuccio Bertone, Italian designer; Shojiro Ishibashi, founder of Bridgestone Corporation; Arjay Miller, Ford Motor Co. and Bruno Sacco, Mercedes-Benz designer. Teresa Earnhardt, President and CEO of Dale Earnhardt, Inc., accepted the award on Dale's behalf. "Dale didn't just race cars, he loved everything about cars - from their raw steel cage, to their performance," Ms Earnhardt said. "His need for speed, and championship drive, was a winning combination with American manufacturers Chevrolet and Ford. He was so very proud to wear the Chevy Bowtie emblem for all seven of his NASCAR Cup championships. He was also proud of the relationships he built with many of the people in the automotive business. Dale's legendary achievements continue to inspire the sport's new competitors and fans alike. Dale Earnhardt, Inc., the company we founded, continues his championship drive." In 2002, Ms. Earnhardt announced the Dale Earnhardt Foundation to continue the ideals and beliefs Dale carried with him during his lifetime.(DEI PR)(10-10-2006)
- Fireball to be honored in Augusta: Streets surrounding the former Augusta International Raceway will be named for former champions Glenn "Fireball" Roberts and Dave MacDonald at the third annual "Celebrating Georgia's Racing Heritage" on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. For information, go to augustavintagenationals.com. The track held one Cup Series [then Grand National] on November 17, 1963 with Fireball Roberts winning the race, followed my Dave McDonald, Billy Wade, Joe Weatherly and Ned Jarrett.(9-5-2006)
- DW and Wadell to be honored by NC Auto Racing HOF in Oct: Three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip and legendary engine builder Waddell Wilson will be honored by the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame at its annual induction
ceremonies on Oct. 11 at Mooresville's Charles Mack Citizens Center. Waltrip, winner of 84 races and 59 poles, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Wilson, who began building winning engines in the 1960s with the legendary Holman and Moody and then became one of the circuit's top crew chief and engine builders in the 1980s, will receive the coveted Snap-On Golden Wrench Award for his outstanding contributions to the sport. "Both of these men brought something different to the sport," said Don Miller, co-founder and chairman of the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame. "Darrell was the stock car driver who led the competitors into corporate America's board rooms and showed they could be valuable in a firm's marketing plans with their on-track performances. He was often
criticized for being brash, but he always backed up his statements, much as New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath did in the NFL. He also was an owner/driver during a portion of his career, gaining a different perspective on the sport that now serves him well in his broadcasting career with Fox Sports. Wilson was an extremely talented engine builder before becoming a crew chief. He came from the North Carolina mountains to rise to NASCAR stardom with the powerful engines he built."
Located in Mooresville, the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame celebrates the rich heritage of motorsports and its cultural
contributions to society. It opened its doors in 1994 and now welcomes more than 300,000 visitors annually. More than 30,000 fans visited the Hall of Fame during Charlotte race weeks in May 2006. A non-profit museum, the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame is
dedicated to all forms of motorsports - from drag racing to stock cars. It houses more than 35 cars as well as numerous displays and showcases. For more information about the museum and the 10th annual induction ceremony, log on to www.ncarhof.com.(7-20-2006)
- 2006 West Coast Stock Car Hall Of Fame Banquet: The 5th Annual West Coast Stock Car Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held on Friday, July 21, 2006 in Monrovia, CA. This is the 5th Annual event to honor the 2006 West Coast Stock Car Hall Of Fame Inductees: the 2006 inductee: 1946-1969, Beryl Jackson, Johnny Kieper, Jim Rush, Walt Faulkner, Jim Cook, Don Noel. 1970 to Present, Ray Clairidge, Mike Curb, Ivan Baldwin, Gary Nelson. This is also the same weekend of the NASCAR Grand National, West division race at Irwindale Speedway July 22, 2006. More info at stockcarreunion.com.(7-19-2006)
- 20 Finalists for Intl Motorsports Hall of Fame's Class of 2007: Cotton Owens, the highly successful race driver and car owner, and Jack Ingram, the five-time champion of what is now NASCAR'S Busch Series, head the list of the Top 20 Finalists for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame's Class of 2007. Owens won over 400 Modified and Late Model Sportsman races, then captured 40 more as a car owner. Ingram won three Grand National titles in a row, then won the newly-named Busch Series in its first year in 1982 and then again in 1985. The duo heads a group of ten candidates that are affiliated with NASCAR. Others include former Champions Red Byron, Rex White, Jerry Cook, and Ray Hendrick, car owner Junie Donlavey, engine builder and crew chief Maurice Petty, promotional guru Ralph Seagraves and track owner Bruton Smith. Grumpy Jenkins, who won six NHRA titles as a car owner, and Warren Johnson, NHRA'S all-time winner in Pro Stock with 98 victories, represent drag racing. Sports car legends Oliver Gendebein and Brian Redman, Grand Prix driver Rene Dreyfus, car owner and promoter J. C. Agajanian, and Jan Opperman, who won big in both midgets and sprint cars, carry the banner of open-wheel racing. Others on the list of 20 finalists are three-time World Land Speed record holder Art Arfons, two-time AMA Superbike champion Wayne Rainey and record-setting test pilot Chuck Yeager. Final voting will be held over the next two months, and the five-man Class of 2007 will be announced in early November.
TOP 20 FINALISTS FOR CLASS OF 2007 - International Motorsports Hall of Fame
J. C. AGAJANIAN: Highly respected car owner/track promoter with two Indianapolis 500 winners, in 1952 and 1963
ART ARFONS: Three-time world land speed record holder, first to run six miles/minute.
RED BYRON: First NASCAR Champion in Modifieds and Grand Nationals. One of NASCAR'S 50 Greatest Drivers.
JERRY COOK: Six time NASCAR Modified Champion, One of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
JUNIE DONLAVEY: NASCAR car owner, produced two Rookies of the Year (Ken Schrader, Jody Ridley).
RENE DREYFUS: Golden Era Grand Prix driver who had 36 victories and 106 finishes in 148 starts.
OLIVER GENDEBEIN: Won 24 Hours of LeMans four times, won Targa Floria three times, and the final Mille Miglia.
RAY HENDRICK: 500+ wins in NASCAR Modifieds and Late Model Sportsman, one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
JACK INGRAM: Five NASCAR Grand National/Busch Series titles, one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
GRUMPY JENKINS: Had 13 NHRA Super Stock/Pro Stock wins, then won six titles as car owner.
WARREN JOHNSON: Won 96 events and seven titles in NHRA Pro Stocks, first to run 200 mph.
JAN OPPERMAN: Won hundreds of races in sprint cars, midgets under different sanctioning bodies.
COTTON OWENS: Won 400+ Modified and Late Model Sportsman races, nine Cup races, and 40 more as a car owner.
MAURICE PETTY: Crew chief and engine builder for his brother, Richard Petty.
WAYNE RAINEY: Two-time AMA Superbike champion, won three 500cc GP World Championships.
BRIAN REDMAN: IMSA GT champion, multiple wins at Daytona, Sebring, Nurburgring and Monza.
RALPH SEAGRAVES: Special Events Director that developed R.J.R's involvement in racing.
BRUTON SMITH: Founder of Speedway Motorsports, owner/promoter of seven top racing facilities.
REX WHITE: 1960 NASCAR Cup champion, 26 career wins, 35 poles.
CHUCK YEAGER: Test pilot, set speed records in point-to-point flights.
See more on the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at motorsportshalloffame.com.(7-18-2006)
- Stewart, Wallace Win Fan Voting To Be Inducted Into Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame: Fan voting closed this past weekend for 2006 Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame honorees, and on Saturday, Oct. 7 during Talladega Superspeedway's upcoming UAW-Ford 500 weekend, two new names will be added to this prestigious list: Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace. The Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame in downtown Talladega is both a focal point saluting NASCAR's greatest names and a tribute to one of racing's brightest stars - the late Davey Allison. Developed in 1994, the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame has inducted one active driver and up to two inactive drivers since 1995 based on the fans' vote chosen from a ballot of nominees selected by strict guidelines.
This year's active driver honoree, Stewart, 35, of Columbus, Ind., is a two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion (2002, 2005). He also won the 1997 IRL IndyCar Series Championship, in addition to multiple United States Auto Club championships as a driver and team owner. In 1998, Stewart drove for Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR Busch Series, preparing him for his first full NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season with the organization in 1999. He won three races in NASCAR's top series that year, and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Three seasons later he won his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series title, following it with his second last year and joining the ranks of only 14 drivers in series history to have won more than one championship. In 2003, Stewart began the Tony Stewart Foundation, with the goal of raising funds to be distributed primarily to organizations that help care for critically ill children, as well as lending support to families of race car drivers who have been injured in motorsports. Stewart made the major announcement this past Friday that the foundation's second donation of $1 million to Victory Junction Gang Camp. Located in Randleman, N.C., the Victory Junction Gang Camp is dedicated to creating empowering experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The camp was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in memory of their son, Adam. Stewart now has cumulative unrestricted donations totaling over $2 million to the camp, of which he is a founding member along with the Petty's, actor Paul Newman and the Bahre family, owners of New Hampshire International Speedway.
Wallace, 49, originally from St. Louis, Mo., is being inducted as an inactive driver in his first year of official retirement. The 1989 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion has been named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers, having won 55 races in his 25-year career in NASCAR's top series, ranking eighth on the all-time victory list (seventh in the modern era). He made his first start in 1980 at Atlanta, but competed in his first full season in 1984, taking Rookie of the year honors. He is also the 1991 International Race of Champions (IROC) Champion. In 2004, he became owner of a NASCAR Busch Series team and most recently has joined ABC Sports and ESPN as a lead racing analyst covering IRL and NASCAR events. Wallace and his wife, Patti, reside in Cornelius, NC, and have three children, Greg, Katie and Steve. Wallace is an avid aviator who owns airplanes and a helicopter, and also enjoys spending time on
the golf course in his free time.
Fan voting for the 2006 Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame began on April 3. In addition to Stewart, driver nominees this year included
Michael Waltrip, Jeff Burton, Morgan Shepherd, Kurt Busch, Robby Gordon, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Jeremy Mayfield, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler, Ken Schrader and Carl Edwards. In addition to Wallace, inactive driver nominees for 2006 included Jim Paschal, Bill Rexford, Jack Smith, Rex White and Speedy Thompson. In the park, Davey Allison is remembered with a large marble monument, while drivers inducted into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame have bronze plaques placed around the park, accessible by walkways that form the shape of Talladega Superspeedway. More info at the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame site.(TSS PR)(7-18-2006)
- Bruton, Gordon: Inductees into Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame: #24-Jeff Gordon and Speedway Motorsports Chairman and CEO O. Bruton Smith will share center stage during the Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend as both will be inducted into Infineon Raceway's Wall of Fame. Gordon and Smith will join NASCAR drivers Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin,
who were the first inductees when construction of the Wall of Fame was announced at the 2005 Dodge/Save Mart 350 weekend. Other inductees include Warren Johnson from the NHRA, and Miguel Duhamel and Rich Oliver from the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). The ceremony will take place on Friday, June 23, at 11:20am/pt in the Wine Country Winner's Circle, which is adjacent to the main grandstand in the paddock. Race fans are invited to the ceremony honoring both men. The Wall of Fame is located behind the main grandstand and will be open to the public during race weekend. Smith purchased then-Sears Point Raceway in 1996 and, thanks to a comprehensive $70 million modernization project, has transformed the facility into one of the premier motor sports and entertainment venues in the country, and certainly the top road-racing venue in the country. Gordon, a native of nearby Vallejo, has simply owned the Sonoma Valley road course during his career. He holds the record for career NASCAR Cup wins at Infineon Raceway with four, including three consecutive from 1998-2000, and he has finished no worse than third in eight of his 13 starts in Sonoma, dating back to 1993. For his career, Gordon is also a four-time NASCAR Cup champion (1995, 1997-98, 2001) and a three-time winner of the Daytona 500 (1997, 1999, 2005).(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-9-2006)
- Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame Voting Continues: Online fan voting began April 3 for this year's Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame honorees, and on Saturday, Oct. 7, two new names will be added to this prestigious list. The Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame in downtown Talladega is both a focal point saluting NASCAR's greatest names and a tribute to one of racing's brightest stars - the late Davey Allison. Developed in 1994, the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame has inducted one active driver and up to two inactive drivers since 1995 based on the fans' vote chosen from a ballot of nominees selected by strict guidelines. Fans may vote for their driver of choice through July 15 by visiting talladegawalk.com. Voting is limited to one vote per day.
Active driver nominees for 2006 include: Michael Waltrip, Jeff Burton, Morgan Shepherd, Kurt Busch, Robby Gordon, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Jeremy Mayfield, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler, Ken Schrader, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart. Inactive driver nominees for 2006 include: Rusty Wallace, Jim Paschal, Bill Rexford, Jack Smith, Rex White and Speedy Thompson. On Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, Kevin Harvick and Herb Thomas became the most recent drivers to be enshrined. In the park, Davey Allison is remembered with a large marble monument, while drivers inducted into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame have bronze plaques placed around the park, accessible by walkways that form the shape of Talladega Superspeedway. For additional information, visit www.talladegawalk.com.(TSS PR)(5-26-2006)
- NCMA Appoints Andy Papathanassiou Executive Director: The board of the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) today named Andy Papathanassiou as the executive director of the organization. He will also serve as the executive director of the North Carolina Motorsports Foundation, the educational and charitable arm of the industry in the state. The NCMA is the voice of the motorsports' industry in North Carolina representing businesses in the state that support more than 26,000 jobs. In addition to his role with NCMA, Papathanassiou began his career in the motorsports' industry in 1992. As a crew member and pit-crew coach, he won four championships (1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001) with the #24 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series team of driver Jeff Gordon before assuming his current role in which he oversees crew training and employee development. Papathanassiou will continue the work of retiring NCMA and NCMF executive director Ed McLean. For information on the NCMA go to ncmotorsportsassociation.org.(4-28-2006)
- Earnhardt, Gant, Guthrie, Roush and Wheeler to be inducted in IMHOF UPDATE TV: While most everyone expected Dale Earnhardt to be among the five individuals that will be honored next April with induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, very few would have anticipated the overall strength of the Class of 2006 being what it is. "This is one heck of a class for 2006," declared IMHOF Executive Director Jim Freeman. "We are pleased to announce that we will induct Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, Janet Guthrie, Jack Roush and Humpy Wheeler next April 27th." Earnhardt, of course, is the seven-time Winston Cup champion and Gant is one of the all-time greats in both Cup and Busch racing. Guthrie is the first female to race in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. Roush's race teams have won titles in drag racing, sports cars, Craftsman trucks, Busch Series and Nextel Cup Series. Wheeler is the long-time innovative promoter at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. While the quintet has a definite NASCAR flavor, three of the future inductees also have made names for themselves outside of the stock car world. Guthrie, and Wheeler have been involved in sports cars and Indy cars during their careers, while Roush has been successful in several different racing series.
Tickets will go on sale on November 7th for the 16th annual induction ceremony that will take place on the Thursday evening of the first race weekend of 2006 at Talladega. The induction will be held in the Speed Channel Dome at the Hall of Fame. In addition to the five inductees, the 2005 Driver of the Year will also be honored that evening.(IMHOF PR)(11-3-2005/4-24-2006)
UPDATE SPEED will air a one-hour special from the 16th Annual International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 1 at 10:00pm/et from the SPEED Dome in Talladega. This year's inductees include Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, Janet Guthrie, Jack Roush and Humpy Wheeler. The special will re-air at May 6 at 1:00pm/et.(Speed Channel)(4-25-2006)
- McLean Retiring as Executive Director of NCMA and NCMF: In a joint announcement the North Carolina Motorsports
Association (NCMA) and the North Carolina Motorsports Foundation (NCMF) today announced that Ed McLean, their founding executive director, is retiring from management of the organizations and will resume management of his McLean Marketing Group. McLean shepherded the organizations through their first four years of growth and directed their efforts to bring the business of motorsports
in the North Carolina to the attention of the citizens of the state, the government and the business community. "Ed has contributed greatly to the entire North Carolina motorsports community during his tenure as director," said NCMA chairman Richard Petty. McLean will be available to both the NCMA and NCMF to assist in the transition to a new executive director for the organizations. Ed has
been awarded a lifetime membership in the NCMA through his McLean Marketing Group and will continue to be a part of the NCMA.(NCMA PR)(4-7-2006)
- Ranier Racing Museum Grand Opening: The Prestonsburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and The City of Prestonsburg, KY announce thed Grand Opening of the Ranier Racing Museum. The Museum will open Tuesday, March 21st and will be open from 2pm until 7pm with a dedication ceremony taking place at 5:30pm. The Museum will be located in downtown Prestonsburg at the tourism building also known as the old post office at the corner of Court and South Central Avenue. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided. Many prominent racing icons will be in attendance, including Buddy Baker, former Ranier driver and current NASCAR announcer, and Waddell Wilson, former crew chief and famed engine builder. The complete collection of
racing memorbilla from Ranier Racing Team will be on permanent display including the 1983 Daytona 500 Championship Trophy. Certain former NASCAR collection cars will be on display for public viewing. Any parties interested in donating or showcasing their Ranier Racing collection may contact the museum directly. Normal operating hours will be weekdays, Monday thru Friday, 9:00am until 4:00pm and certain weekends. Please call 606-886-1341 for more information and group visits. The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony and celebrate the history and family of the Ranier Racing Team.(3-15-2005)
- Texas HOF Inductees: Drag racing legend Kenny Bernstein, Indy-car designer and team owner Jim Hall, NASCAR team owner Jack Roush, winner of the Texas Motor Speedway Racer of the Year Award, and former NHRA racer Raymond Beadle, winner of the Bruton Smith Legends Award are the 2006 inductees into the Texas Motor Sports Hall of Fame. Truck Series drivers [#11] David Starr is the recipient of the 2006 TMS Sportsmanship Award. The Hall inductees and the award winners will be honored at the Texas Motor Sports Hall of Fame Gala on April 5 at the TMS Speedway Club Ballroom. Proceeds from the event go to Happy Hill Farm in Granbury, an academy and home for disadvantaged children.(Dallas Morning News)(3-1-2006)
- Rusty and Scott Inducted: Rusty Wallace and Wendell Scott were inducted into the Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame Monday night [Feb 13th] at the Rotary Club of Oceanside in Daytona Beach, FL.. Stock Car Hall of Fame is a fundraising event to benefit "Camp Rotary" for clients of the Association of Retarded Citizens, Interact Club of Atlantic High School, Volusia County Sheriff's Department 100 Deputies 100 Kids, Stewart Marchman Center, YMCA Youth Campaign, Project Harmony, Bill Walter Melanoma Race, polio eradication and other local, national and international charities. More info at www.stockcarhalloffame.oceansiderotary.org.(2-14-2006)
- Rusty to be named “Missouri Sports Legend”: Rusty Wallace will be named “Missouri Sports Legend” during the February 12th Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s annual Enshrinement Banquet and Ceremonies in Springfield, MO. Over 1,600 people are scheduled to attend the event, which is the largest annual sports banquet held in the state of Missouri. Inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, Wallace will be receiving the highest level of recognition that the Hall of Fame bestows upon select members. Since the establishment of this award, the following individuals have been recognized: Stan Musial, Len Dawson, Payne Stewart, Jack Buck, Norm Stewart, Bob Broeg, Don Faurot, John Q. Hammons, Buck O’Neil, George Brett, Hank Stram, Lamar Hunt, and Red Schoendienst. Wallace will be the 14th Missouri Sports Legend. In addition, the Hall of Fame will induct 14 individuals from diverse sports backgrounds, including: St. Louis Cardinals manager, Tony La Russa, Kansas City Royals’ all-time saves leader, Jeff Montgomery and Bob Chandler, the creator of “BIGFOOT – The original Monster Truck”, to name a few.(RWI Racing PR)(2-10-2006)
- Wood Brothers to be inducted into VA HOF: Wood brothers: Glen and Leonard Wood [current owners of the #21 Nextel Cup team] are among eight Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2006 inductees at the 35th annual awards banquet in Portsmouth, VA on April 22. The Wood's have given more than 50 years to the growth of auto racing. They have been at it longer than any other continuous NASCAR Nextel Cup team. Among some top drivers the pair featured were: A.J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough, Neil Bonnett, Kyle Petty and Ricky Rudd. The Wood Brothers team has featured 17 of NASCAR's top 50 drivers. The duo has 97 series wins, and many credit the brothers as inventors of the modern pit stop. The Hall, established in 1972, is for athletes, coaches, administrators and other contributors to Virginia sports. Candidates must meet certain criteria for induction. Among them, they must have lived in Virginia for at least four years or achieved national or international recognition while attending a Virginia college or university. For information on tickets call (757) 393-8031 or go to the Web site at www.vshfm.com.(from the Richmond Times Dispatch)(2-2-2006)
- Three Inducted into NMHOF: O. Bruton Smith, Paul Sawyer and Butch Lindley were inducted into the National Motorsports Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Charlotte, N.C. on Jan. 21. Smith, whose Speedway Motorsports Inc. empire currently includes race tracks hosting Nextel Cup Series events in Charlotte, Atlanta, Bristol, Texas, Las Vegas and Sonoma, Calif., debuted in NASCAR in the late 1950s when he, along with driver Curtis Turner, built Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile track opened in 1960, one year after Daytona International Speedway. Although he later lost ownership the track because of financial difficulty, Smith eventually was able to regain control. Years later, it became one of the first to feature sponsor suites, condominiums overlooking the track and lights for night racing, something never before attempted on a 1.5-mile facility.
The late Sawyer founded Richmond International Raceway, developing it into a 3/4-mile short track that annually sells out two Nextel Cup night races. Sons Wayne and Billy Sawyer were on hand for their father's induction, with Wayne Sawyer recalling his father's well-known work ethic. "There was the right way, the wrong way and Paul's way," Sawyer said. "There was more than one occasion when I left his office after being told that, and no doubt times when I did so with his footprint on my backside."
The late Lindley's legacy includes Late Model Sportsman championships in 1977 and 1978, as well as points finishes of third or better in 1979, '80 and '81.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(1-24-2006)(
- NMPA to induct three in Hall: On Saturday night in Charlotte the National Motorsports Press Association will induct three new members. Mega-track owner and veteran promoter Bruton Smith will be honored in person. NASCAR pioneer promoter Paul Sawyer and two-time Late Model Sportsman Series champion Butch Lindley will be inducted posthumously. It marks the first time in decades that the press organization's induction ceremony has been held anywhere other than either Darlington or Florence, S.C. The NMPA Hall Of Fame for years has been located at Darlington Raceway as part of the Joe Weatherly Stock Car Racing Museum. But there's a possibility that the hall might be moved sometime soon, maybe to the Charlotte area.(ThatsRacin)(1-20-2006)
- The City of Prestonsburg is pleased to welcome the Ranier Racing Museum to downtown Prestonsburg KY. The museum will be located at the tourism building also known as the old post office at the corner of Court and Central Avenue. A dedication ceremony will be held inside the Mountain Arts Center Lobby in Prestonsburg KY on Saturday, January 14th from 6:30p - 8:00p. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided. Many prominent racing icons will be in attendance and autographs will not be allowed. The complete collection of racing memorabilia from Ranier Racing Team will be on display including the 1983 Daytona 500 Championship Trophy. The museum itself will not open until a later Grand Opening Ceremony. The public is invited to attend the Dedication Ceremony and celebrate the history and family of the Ranier Racing Team.(1-13-2006)
- Rusty to be inducted into Missouri HOF: Rusty Wallace, who just retired from drivng the #2 Miller Lite Dodge in the Nextel Cup Series, will be named a Missouri Sports Legend during the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies Feb. 12. Becoming the 14th Hall of Fame member to receive the Missouri Sports Legend award, Wallace will attend the enshrinement reception and bronze bust unveiling ceremony at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame from 12noon-2pm on Feb. 12. He also will be recognized that evening during the enshrinement banquet. Among the Hall inductees is St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa.(Cup Scene Daily)(1-3-2006)