MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAMES / MUSEUMS 2007 NEWS ARCHIVE
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- 2007 West Coast Stock Car HOF inductees announced: The 2007 inductees into the West Coast Stock Car Hall Of Fame shows how deep the talent runs in the West. Every one of the inductees could have been inducted in the HOF the first time around. Inductees include: Don Basile; Ed Justice Sr.; Dick Rathmann; Johnny Steel; Butch
Gilliland; Chad Little. A special tribute to the ladies of west racing.Wayne and Connie Spears: A long time west coast team owners and supporter of west coast stock car racing who won championships with Bill Sedgwick and Kevin Harvick and went on to establish one of the best NASCAR Craftsman truck series teams. The 2007 induction ceremony will be held early in 2008, date, location and times will be announced shortly. More info at the West Coast Stock Car Hall Of Fame PR website.(12-19-2007)
- International Motorsports Hall of Fame To Announce 2008 Induction Class: UPDATE: On December 6, 2007 the official announcement of the 2008 International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Class and unveiling of the 25th Anniversary logo for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum will be made at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum at Talladega Superspeedway, AL.(12-5-2007)
UPDATE: NASCAR legends Robert “Red” Byron, Everett “Cotton” Owens and Ralph Seagraves are among the six members of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame announced in the 2008 Hall of Fame Induction Class. The six inductees were determined by a panel of 125 international motorsports media members. Joining the NASCAR inductees in the 2008 IMHOF class are former world land-speed-record holder Art Arfons, drag racing superstar Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins and Frank Kurtis, one of the pioneers of Midget racing.(SPEEDtv.com)(12-7-2007)
- VA HOF induction Thursday, Hill to show artwork: Thursday, October 18, 2007 from 6:00 pm until the Virginia Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame will hold it first Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Limited seating is still available at $50.00 per person. To inquire please call 276-694-5554. Inductees are: H. Clay Earles, Paul Radford, L.O. Stanley, Curtis Turner, Glen Wood and Leonard Wood. Plus NASCAR artist Garry Hill, will show his artworks on Saturday, October 20th from 11am - 6pm. As an artist working only with racing subjects, Garry has created painting s for the Motorsports community at the corporate level as well as for private collectors. Currently he is publishing two very special limited edition fine art print series. "The Great Moments In Racing" series documents the history of NASCAR racing, and "The All Star" series focuses on the annual NASCAR NEXTEL All- Star Challenge races. Many of the prints are available autographed by the drivers including Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty, Bill Elliot, Dale Jarrett, Bobby and Davey Allison, Junior Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman and more. To view Garry's work go on line at www.garryhill.com. See more about the VA HOF at Virginia Motorsports Museum & Hall of Fame site.(10-17-2007)
- Georgia Auto Racing Hall of Fame Announces 2007 Inductees: They are Jody Ridley, Paul McDuffie, Phil Bonner, Billy Carden, Bruce Brantley, Harvey Jones, Roy Shoemaker, and Linda Vaughn. Jody Ridley - The Chatsworth, Georgia driver picked up around 500 short track victories in his career. Ridley moved up to what is now NASCAR's Nextel Cup series for veteran car owner Junie Donlavey in the early 80s, giving Donlavey what would be both men's only victory in the top division with a win at Dover, Delaware in 1981. Ridley would later return to short tracks, becoming the dominating force in NASCAR's All-Pro short track division, scoring seven championships on the circuit. Now retired, Ridley continues to live in Chatsworth.
Paul McDuffie, originally from Hawkinsville, Georgia, became highly noted as the man who led Chevrolet factory racing into NASCAR in the late 50s. McDuffie's cars won the Southern 500 at Darlington with Fireball Roberts in 1958, and the inaugural World 600 at Charlotte with Joe Lee Johnson in 1960. McDuffie was killed, along with two other men, in a tragic accident at Darlington during the 1960 Southern 500. The accident occurred when Bobby Johns' out of control racer spun into the pits, hitting the pit wall. McDuffie, Charles Sweatlund, and Joe Taylor were all killed in the accident.
Phil Bonner's "Daddy Warbucks" Ford was the epitome of match race drag racing in the 1960s. Bonner was a fan favorite in the southeast, and a winner on drag strips throughout the country. He was a master of the quarter-mile in an era before the "Christmas tree" at a drag strip. When Bonner's Fords would roll to the starting line, there was no doubt the fans were going to see a great race.
Billy Carden was a true stock car racing pioneer, who started racing after World War II. Carden ran in NASCAR competition from 1949 to 1959, recording four top five finishes, 17 top tens, and 2 poles. Carden's best finish came in 1951 at Pine Grove Speedway in Shippenville, PA, where he finished third behind fellow Georgia Hall of Famer Tim Flock and John McGinley. After leaving the big circuit, Carden could be seen running the occasional late model event around the south.
Bruce Brantley, who now lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia, started driving in the early 60s, and probably won around 200 races. He raced mostly in the Atlanta area until the mid'60's, when he began running events on the NASCAR late model sportsman tour. Today, he's highly involved in vintage racing. A replica of the 1955 Chevy he built and raced is in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, AL.
Harvey Jones of Tallahassee, FL, is the first inductee not from Georgia (this Harvey Jones shouldn't be confused with the Harvey Jones from Atlanta, who is already in the GRHOF). Jones started racing in 1949, and despite being born and raised in Tallahassee, according to Georgia Auto Racing Hall of Fame historian Mike Bell, he probably did 70 to 80% of his racing in Georgia. He raced at Columbus, Albany, and any other track from Macon to the Florida State Line. Jones was the first track champion at the Valdosta 75 Speedway.
Roy Shoemaker was the owner, builder and promoter of the legendary Peach Bowl Speedway in downtown Atlanta. The track was a favorite among southern racers, and was located closer to the downtown Atlanta area than the Atlanta Zoo is today. Shoemaker sold the track in 1970, and passed away in 1971. A MARTA bus repair depot now sits on the site of the old Peach Bowl.
Linda Vaughn, a native of Dalton, Georgia, became internationally known as "Miss Hurst Shifter" in the 1960s, and continues to this day to be a grand ambassador for the sport on all levels. She's also a successful businesswoman, who now resides in California.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in October, prior to the annual Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, GA. The Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association is a statewide organization with over 500 members. Anyone who is a fan of automobile racing may become a member. We encourage fans of all ages to join us in preserving the history of automobile racing in Georgia. For more information on GARHOFA, please visit http://www.garhofa.org.(10-10-2007)
- Baker and Hyde to be honored at NC Auto Racing HOF: Buddy Baker, the first driver to win on the Big Four tracks on Nextel Cup circuit and legendary crew chief Harry
Hyde will be honored by the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame at its annual induction ceremonies on Oct. 10 at Mooresville's Charles Mack Citizens Center. Baker, winner of 19 races and 40 pole positions, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hyde, who headed the 1970 NASCAR Grand National [Nextel Cup] championship team and oversaw teams that made record runs at Pikes Peak and the Bonneville Salt Flats, will receive the coveted Snap-On Golden Wrench Award for his outstanding contributions to the sport. Baker, nicknamed the "Gentle Giant", wasn't go gentle on the race track. He was the first driver to win the circuit's Big Four – Daytona, Talladega, Darlington and Charlotte. His victory in the 1980 Daytona 500 remains the fastest on record with an average speed of 177.602mph. On March 24, 1970 Baker set a world closed-course record while preparing for the inaugural Alabama 500 at Talladega. That day, he posted a lap of 200.447 mph, making him the first driver to exceed 200 mph on a closed course.
Hyde's powerful race cars won 56 Winston Cup races with drivers Bobby Isaac, Bobby Allison, Baker, Cale Yarborough, Neil Bonnett, Dave Marcis, Geoff Bodine and Tim Richmond. Isaac won the 1970 series championship in Hyde's familiar orange and white #71 K&K Insurance Dodge. Bobby Unser's run up Pikes Peak in a Dodge Dart Kit Car that possessed that Hyde magic set a world record for a stock car. At the Bonneville Salt Flats, with Isaac as the driver, the K&K team set 28 world speed records, which still stand. Those records were established in 1971 in a winged Dodge Daytona.
The 2007 induction ceremonies will be presented by Alltel in association with Snap-On Tools. 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 2007. 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. Past inductees into the museum's Hall of Fame include Tim Flock, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Bill France Sr., Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Cale Yarborough, Ralph Moody Jr., Dale Earnhardt, David Pearson and Darrell Waltrip. For more information about the
museum and the 11th annual induction ceremony, log on to www.ncarhof.com.(NCARHOF PR)(10-2-2007)
- Dr. Jerry Punch to Emcee Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony: Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame officials announced that Dr. Jerry Punch, lead announcer and host of ESPN/ABC sports coverage, will emcee the 2007 Induction Ceremony honoring Matt Kenseth and Terry Labonte. "I know how much my dear friend, the late Benny Parsons, loved being involved with this special evening," Punch said. "I am extremely honored and privileged to be asked to emcee this event. I hope I can continue the passion that Benny brought to the induction ceremony; however, as we all know, there was only one Benny Parsons." 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.(TSS PR)(9-18-2007)
- Plans announced for Rusty Wallace HOF: The Rusty Wallace Racing Hall of Fame is announced that Bill Sanders, Founder of the Hall, and Eddie Hurley, Principal of Lakeview Management and Development LLC, have signed a Letter of Intent and reached an agreement in principle to jointly develop the Rusty Wallace Racing Hall of Fame in Morristown, Tennessee. The Hall site will be located just northwest of the I-81/US 25E Exit 8 Morristown interchange in south Hamblen County. Only an hour southwest of Bristol Motor Speedway, 40 miles northeast of Knoxville, and 22 miles from the I-40 Sevierville Exit 407 interchange, the site is in the heart of the tourism corridor of East Tennessee and NASCAR country. A press conference officially announcing this agreement and providing details will be held at the Holiday Inn-Conference Center in Morristown at I-81 Exit 8, which is adjacent to the proposed Hall of Fame site, at 12 Noon on Wednesday, August 22, 2007. It is anticipated that the founder of the Hall, the developer, area elected officials, and several others who are to be involved in the project, will be in attendance at the news conference. They will answer questions regarding it, and make themselves available for media interviews for both print and broadcast regionally and nationally. Preliminary plans for the estimated $2 million privately owned and operated project will include construction of a 10,000 square foot facility that will include a visitor center, NASCAR-themed gift shop, refreshment center, and the state-of-the-art Racing Hall of Fame display.(Rusty Wallace Racing Hall of Fame PR)(8-21-2007)
- International Motorsports Hall of Fame Announces Top-20 Finalists: The field has been narrowed and only 20 finalists remain for induction into the Class of 2008 International Motorsports Hall of Fame, IMHOF officials announced today. The final five inductees will be elected when the last round of voting begins July 30th, 2007. This year's nominees come from a variety of motorsport venues. From NASCAR are drivers: Red Byron, Jerry Cook, Cotton Owens, Marvin Panch and Rex White. Also representing NASCAR is a unique group of non-drivers: owner Carl Kiekhaefer, chief mechanic Maurice Petty and promoter Ralph Seagraves. The Sprint Car Series has three drivers up for nomination: Tommy Hinnershitz, Joe Leonard and Jan Opperman. Also from the open wheel ranks are chief mechanic Clint Brawner, chassis builder Frank Kurtis and IndyCar drivers Pete DePaolo and Tommy Milton. From sports car racing fame are drivers Rene Dreyfus and Brian Redman, as well as, engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. Drag racing brings driver Art Arfons and chief mechanic Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(7-27-2007)
- Kenseth, Labonte Win Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame Voting: Fan voting closed this past weekend for 2007 Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame honorees, and on Saturday, Oct. 6 during Talladega Superspeedway's upcoming UAW-Ford 500 weekend, two new names will be added to this prestigious list: Matt Kenseth and Terry Labonte. 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.(Talladega Superspeedway)(7-19-2007)
- Two-time Sonoma winner Rudd inducted onto Wall of Fame: #88-Ricky Rudd won the inaugural NASCAR Cup race at Sonoma, so it’s only fitting that his mug was added to the track’s Wall of Fame on Friday morning. When Rudd won way back in 1989, the current Infineon Raceway was called Sears Point. He finished in the Top 5 over the next four years and has logged 10 Top 5s and 11 Top 10s to lead all drivers at the 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course. He also won in 2002, which was his most recent Cup victory. “I’m really honored and proud to be chosen for the Wall of Fame,” Rudd said. “It’s wonderful to be a part of the history of the Cup racing out at Infineon, and I’m just proud of the fact that we’ve had some accomplishments out there that they see worthy enough to place me on their Wall of Fame. We’ll have a copy of this on our fireplace to look at every day. I think the earlier days of Infineon a lot of the success that drivers had there was thanks to traditional road racing techniques to get around the race track. Back when I began racing at Infineon, there was only a handful of guys that you really had to focus on and deal with up at the front of the pack, because a lot of the others couldn’t adapt to driving cars the way we could.” Save Mart Supermarkets chairman and CEO Bob Piccinini was also added to the Wall of Fame for his involvement with the Cup race since 1992.(Napa Valley Register)(6-23-2007)
- Kyle Petty to be enshrined: The Boise, Idoho based World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame will hold its 13th annual induction ceremony at 7:30 tonight at Boise State's Morrison Center. Former Major League Baseball great Edgar Martinez, veteran NBA center Dikembe Mutombo and NASCAR veteran Kyle Petty will be enshrined. Tickets — $15 for adults and $5 for college students and younger — can be purchased at www.sportshumanitarian.com, Select-A-Seat outlets and the Morrison Center box office. With the addition of this year's inductees, the Humanitarian Hall of Fame, started in 1994 by Myron Finkbeiner, will have 38 members who represent, "All that is good in sport." Martinez, Mutombo and Petty will be honored for their contributions and work with their communities and charities. Petty, 46, is the first NASCAR inductee. "I just think it means a lot for the sport," he said. "In the past I don't think a lot of people would look at NASCAR as a sport. There's so many people that do good things for our sport. It's a great honor."(Idaho Statesman)(6-20-2007)
- Rudd to Enter Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame: #88-Ricky Rudd and Save Mart Supermarkets chairman and CEO Bob Piccinini will be honored during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend by being inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame. Rudd, considered one of the best road-course drivers in NASCAR history, is a two-time winner at Infineon Raceway and he has also sat on the pole four times. He won the inaugural race at then-Sears Point Raceway in 1989, edging Rusty Wallace by a scant .05 seconds, which is still a track record. Piccinini and Rudd will be inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame on Friday, June 22, at 10:30am/et. Race fans are invited to attend the ceremony, which will be held in the Wine Country Winner's Circle. Piccinini, whose Modesto-based grocery chain has been associated with Infineon Raceway since 1992, has played a critical role in the growth of the Nextel Cup Series, not only at Infineon Raceway, but throughout all of Northern California.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-12-2007)
- International Motorsports Hall Of Fame Inducts Donlavey, Hendrick, Ingram, Johnson, Rainey, Smith: The 17th Annual International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony marks a class of some of the greatest achievers in motorsports history ever inducted into this prestigious Hall of Fame. On Thursday night, the black tie ceremony at the Speed Channel Dome located outside Talladega Superspeedway honored the storied careers of the 2007 class - Junie Donlavey, Ray Hendrick, Jack Ingram, Warren Johnson, Wayne Rainey and Bruton Smith along with 2006 Driver of the Year Jimmie Johnson, reigning Nextel Cup Series Champion, as well as eight-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel. Longtime car owner Junie Donlavey was inducted by former NASCAR driver, Harry Gant. Ray Hendrick was inducted by Alabama Gang member and former NASCAR champion, Bobby Allison. Jack Ingram was inducted by NASCAR Vice-President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter. "The Professor" was Warren Johnson, inducted by Bob Frey. Wayne Rainey was inducted by longtime TV personality Dave Despain. Entrepreneur Bruton Smith was inducted by NASCAR legend Junior Johnson.(TSS PR)(4-27-2007)
- IMHOF Induction Ceremony Thursday: Each year, the annual International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is held on the grounds of the museum to honor those men and women chosen for induction from among the greatest names in all of motorsports.
* This year’s black-tie ceremony consists of a reception, banquet and awards ceremony and is set for Thursday April 26, 2007.
* The 2007 class of inductees consists of Warren Johnson, Wayne Rainey, Ray Hendrick, Junie Donlavey, Jack Ingram and Bruton Smith.
* Individual tickets are $125 and a table for eight may be reserved for $1,000 by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA. Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted. More info at motorsportshalloffame.com.(TSS PR)(4-24-2007)
- Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame Nominees Named and Voting: Online fan voting begins April 15 for this year's Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame honorees, and on Saturday, Oct. 6, 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 www.talladegawalk.com. Voting is limited to one vote per day. Active driver nominees for 2007 include: Kasey Kahne, Ward Burton, Kyle Busch, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Burton, Morgan Shepherd, Kurt Busch, Robby Gordon, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Jeremy Mayfield, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler, Ken Schrader and Carl Edwards. Inactive driver nominees for 2007 include: Terry Labonte, Jim Paschal, Bill Rexford, Jack Smith, Rex White, Red Byron and Speedy Thompson. On Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace became the most recent drivers to be enshrined.(Talladega Superspeedway PR)(4-13-2007)
- Wood Brothers Museum open for Martinsville visitors this weekend: For those wanting to witness a real trip down Memory Lane, the Wood Brothers Racing Museum will be open both Friday, March 30th and Saturday, March 31st in their hometown of Stuart, Virginia. Stuart is only 30 minutes away from this weekend’s NASCAR races at the Martinsville Speedway. For hours, directions and more see www.woodbrothersracing.com.(Wood Brothers/JTG Racing)(3-30-2007)
- Elliott to be inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame: Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann (1960) and NASCAR champion Bill Elliott (1988) will head the list of 2007 inductees to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, which will have its ceremony Aug. 15 in Detroit. Also honored will be Jim McGee, the winningest chief mechanic in Indy-car history, and Leo Mehl, who led Goodyear to racing prominence before leading the Indy Racing League through its early years.(Indy Star)(2-20-2007)