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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 groupís 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 Hallís 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.

 

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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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, Iím 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 whatís 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 Modelís 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

 

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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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

Itís 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.

 

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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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.

 

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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