2015 Hall of Fame Class Inducted

February 11th, 2016

Back on August 8th, 2015, the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame presented its 15th Induction Ceremony. Driving inductees present were Tennessee's Skip Arp, Iowa's Curt Hansen, Pennsylvania's Davey Johnson, Georgia’s Leon Sells and the family of the late Iowa legend Red Droste who accepted his honors posthumously.

The classes' contributors were represented the families of the late Jim Butler (photographer) and Al Frieden (race promoter) while Ashley Ness accepted for Wayne Kindness (editor/columnist) who was unable to attend due to health issues.

Lifetime Achievement awards were given to late Kentucky racer Butch Shay and longtime Hoosier Tire representative Craig Cowan. The Hall's Sportsman Award, presented annually by Circle Track Magazine, went to West Virginia runner Eddie Carrier Jr. The program concluded with the RPM Driver of the Year award going to young Illini phenom Bobby Pierce Jr.

The late afternoon affair staged on the front straightaway of the Florence Kentucky Speedway prior to the running of the annual North South 100 was emceed by Lucas Oil announcer and HoF VP James Essex. Other presenters were Hall of Fame founder Bill Holder, Dustin Jarrett, Adam Stewart, Ashley Ness, Hall of Fame secretary Kelly Carlton and Induction Director Bob Markos. Inaugural Hall of Fame class member Larry Moore served as the ceremony's host presenter. Once again it was a sentimental and emotional affair well enjoyed by those on hand.

The program was videotaped in its entirety by Steve Gigeous of Sports Plus Video and can be purchased through his website:

Please enjoy this short video highlighting the weekend's events courtesy of Markos Racing Media. Additional footage supplied by Steve Gigeous. VIEW VIDEO


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.


Kosiski 50-50 Raffle Helps Support HoF Again

February 11th, 2016

Once again the Kosiski family, proprietors of the I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE, held a 50/50 raffle at the running of their premiere season event, the Silver Dollar Nationals.

A check was presented to the Hall for $2,500 through the hard work and generosity of these great people. Once again a huge thank you to Joe, Steve and the rest for their continued support.


Bechelli Continues Swartz Cheesewedge Restoration Project

July 6th, 2015

Mike Bechelli of M&M Recycling in Elizabethtown Indiana, a long-time supporter of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame continues the restoration of the original 1982 World Dirt Track Championship winning Charlie Swartz "Cheesewedge" car. Bechelli in the past had a huge hand in the restoration of the 1986 Jeff Purvis Rayburn, Russ Petro Rayburn wedge and the 1995 Jack Boggs Mastersbilt that are prominently displayed at the Hall. Thus far Mike has provided a number of important parts and is in the process of assembling it for future display at the Hall.

For Mike's dedication to our sport the Hall proudly displays his sign on the front of the Hall's building. The Hall also wishes to thank Eldora E-Mod Racer and race mechanic Warren Shingleton for his added assistance in this remarkable project. Warren was initially involved in the assembling of the 2002 raffle Dirt Late Model which raised the funds to build our original building. Our thanks go out to these two fine gentlemen for their continued support.


Thanks To Our Media Friends

July 6th, 2015

The Hall of Fame wishes to give a shout out to the folks over at Dirt Late Model Magazine, the sole publication devoted to the coverage of our great sport. Publisher and editor Mike O'Connor continues to do a first rate job presenting Dirt Late Model racing both past and present and is a fine supporter of the Hall of Fame. Also, Bill Holder's "National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Corner" and Lee Ackerman's "Blast From the Past" are a "don't miss." A subscription can be obtained by phoning 888-806-4611 or via their website at .


Inductee Franklin Passes

July 6th, 2015

Back in April, 2004 Hall of Fame Inductee Rodney Franklin passed away at age 61 following a battle with cancer. Rodney, a White Post Virginia resident was known on the ovals as the "Virginia Leadfoot" and was one of the East Coast's all-time top runners with over 300 feature victories. Our condolences go out to his surviving wife and children, he will be missed.


Famed Eldora Speedway Founder Earl Baltes Passes

March 25th, 2015

Inaugural class inductee Earl Baltes of Rossburg Ohio passed away March 23rd, 2015 at the age of 93. Baltes was instrumental in the development of dirt late model racing promotion, as well as the founder and longtime owner of Eldora Speedway. Our condolences from the Hall of Fame go out to Earl's family. He will be greatly missed. (black and white photo appears courtesy of Ted Van Pelt, color picture appears courtesy of Tony Hammett)


Performance Bodies Continues As A Hall of Fame Supporter

March 25th, 2015

The good people at Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls Iowa continue to be a fine supporter of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Also joining us this year are the fine people at G-FORCE Racing Helmets. We are proud of our sponsors and hope that you all continue to support these great businesses.

Performance Bodies have graciously reproduced a door panel for 2015 inductee Curt Hansen to be displayed at the Hall. Be sure and stop in this August to see it.


HoF Don Bohlander Parkinson's Fund Racers To Hold Event March 7th

February 25th, 2015

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame would like to pass along a message on behalf of 2011 inductee Don Bohlander, and the Illinois-based not-for-profit organization the Don Bohlander Parkinson's Fund Racers:

The Don Bohlander Parkinson's Fund Racers is a not for profit organization that raises awareness, education and dollars for the fight against Parkinson’s disease. They represent not only Don but the hundreds of others in Central Illinois that suffer from this terrible disease.

On March 7th 2015, 4pm at the Pekin, Il Moose Lodge they are having our 7th annual Pulled Pork for Parkinson's event. It's a pulled pork dinner, live auction with raffles, bake sale, good food and a great time. All proceeds of the dinner and other special events in 2014/2015 are donated to Dr. Craig Cady and Bradley University's Parkinson's Research Team. They are just shy of $100,000 donated over the past 6 years and would love to have your support. Our 501 (c) 3 number is 45-2639952.

Ways to donate/sponsor:

1. Become a corporate sponsor for their events. $1000+ Largest logo on shirt, they will hang your banner, numerous mentions during the event, receive a reserved table of 8 including dinner. This sponsorship will also double for the Don Bohlander Tribute race at the Peoria Speedway in April of 2015.

2. Shirt sponsor - $500 (large logo), $250 (medium logo) or $100 (name on shirt). This doubles as a sponsor for the dinner event at the Moose and at the Don Bohlander Tribute race in April at Peoria Speedway.

3. Donation of a gift basket/merchandise/gift card to be sold at the dinner as an auction item or raffle item.

4. Hang their flyer and help spread the word and "like" us on Facebook under Don Bohlander Parkinson's Fund RACERS.

5. Check out our website for more information or Cord Blood Donations.

6. Here is a YouTube link to the 2013 event .

7. See what you helped create with your donation or see what you are missing out on!


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.


Late Model 101: An Afternoon With Seven Iowa Greats Now Available

January 6th, 2015

Last September the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame made its annual good will trip to the Knoxville Sprint Car Hall of Fame museum and helped put on the Late Model 101 seminar. In our latest installment, we brought some of Iowa’s greatest dirt late model icons together for an afternoon of stories and history.

As with our past two years, this new seminar is now available on DVD for $12 with $2 for shipping and handling. The whole production clocks in at an hour and a half and features Iowa greats Verlin Eaker, Curt Hansen, Fred Horn, Tom Hearst, Joe Merryfield, Ed Sanger and Ken Walton. All proceeds from this DVD will go towards the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame building fund.

You can see a theatrical trailer for Late Model 101: An Afternoon With Seven Iowa Greats at the following link: VIEW VIDEO


To purchase Late Model 101: An Afternoon With Seven Iowa Greats: CLICK HERE

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