National Sprint Car Museum has an exciting three weeks ahead

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MAY 12, 2001) - The National Sprint Car Museum has an exciting array of special events organized for the next three weeks, including: * On Friday, May 18, at 6 p.m., sprint car racing veterans Earl Wagner of Pleasantville,...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MAY 12, 2001) - The National Sprint Car Museum has an exciting array of special events organized for the next three weeks, including:

* On Friday, May 18, at 6 p.m., sprint car racing veterans Earl Wagner of Pleasantville, Jerry Blundy of Dahinda, Ill., Bill Hudson of New London, and Dick Forbrook of Morgan, Minn., will be signing autographs at a special museum display at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids. The session, celebrating their 'top five' finishes in an International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) sprint car feature there on May 30, 1971, will be held in conjunction with that night's Advance Auto Parts-sponsored United States Auto Club (USAC) WorldCom National Midget Car Series show. The track phone number is 319-365-8656.

* On Saturday, May 26, the museum will be hosting a classic car show in its parking lot from 12 noon until 3 p.m. The show- and-shine will feature thirty vintage automobiles and it is being held in conjunction with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce's series of "Saturday Socials". The show is free and is open to the public.

* Later that afternoon (Saturday, May 26), the museum will host attorney Larry Ball, Jr., of Des Moines as he presents the history of the Des Moines Board Track (1915-16). The free presentation, from 3 until 4:30 p.m., is the second in a series of five historical forums on the museum's second floor this summer.

* On Saturday, June 2, the twelfth National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction banquet will take place on the second floor of the museum. Among the honorees this year are Emmett "Buzz" Barton, Davey Brown (Sr.), Brad Doty, Bob Estes, Bob Hogle, Eddie Leavitt, Don Mack, the late Don Martin, Jack Miller, Gary Stanton, Dick Sutcliffe, and the late Albert "Buddy" Taylor. All of the living inductees, with the possible exception of Barton (due to health reasons), are expected to be present for the induction dinner. Past honorees Tom Bigelow, Willie Davis, Rick Ferkel, Bill Hill, Johnny Rutherford, Bob Trostle, Rollie Beale, Jerry Blundy, Ralph Capitani, Walt James, Lynn Paxton, Ray Lee Goodwin, Jimmy Oskie, and "Speedy Bill" Smith are also expected to be on-hand.

Banquet tickets, which are twenty dollars apiece, can be reserved by calling the museum at 641-842-6176.

-Thomas J. Schmeh

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bill Hill , Johnny Rutherford , Jack Miller