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.


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 Hallís 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.


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 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.


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 Hallís future. VIEW FORM


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.


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.


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 yearís 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.


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.


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


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.


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 Jackís 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.


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:

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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