FOSTER CAMPBELL, JACK FOX, RON HOETTELS & EMMETT HAHN & LANNY EDWARDS ELECTED TO NATIONAL MIDGET AUTO RACING HALL OF FAME Five men with outstanding credentials have been elected to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame and will...
FOSTER CAMPBELL, JACK FOX, RON HOETTELS & EMMETT HAHN & LANNY EDWARDS ELECTED TO NATIONAL MIDGET AUTO RACING HALL OF FAME
Five men with outstanding credentials have been elected to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame and will be honored in August inductions at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc., home of the Hall of Fame.
Driver Foster Campbell, author and historian Jack Fox, engine builder Ron Hoettels and Chili Bowl promoters Emmett Hahn and Lanny Edwards comprise the list of inductees for the August 26 ceremonies. They were selected from the list of 20 finalists by a balloting panel of racing experts who annually participate in the election process.
"This is a great class of inductees," said NMARHoF President Les McBurney. "It represents several different facets of the sport and we are looking forward to the August "Hall of Fame Classic" weekend racing and inductions."
Campbell's career spanned 17 years (1948-1965) and included four consecutive Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA) championships from 1956-1959. His feature victories included 32 in his home state of Colorado and he also excelled as a mechanic, winning the "Mechanic of the Year" honors eight times. He is also a member of the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Belleville High Banks Hall of Fame in Kansas.
Fox is recognized as one of our sport's premier historians and in 1977 published "The Mighty Midgets" which has since gone into a sixth printing. A prolific photographer, he also wrote dozens of magazine articles, produced a dozen yearbooks for the URA and BCRA and authored the definitive history of the Indianapolis 500 and pre-WWII Sprint Cars.
Hoettels created the highly-successful "Sesco" powerplant by cutting a Chevy V-8 in half, machining it and testing it to get the "bugs" out before marketing it to the participants. The engine proceeded to dominate the sport of Midget racing for a number of years.
Hahn and Edwards, whose racing exploits are legendary, created in 1987 one of America's signature motorsports events the "Chili Bowl." Since its inception, this race has become the most spectacular Midget racing event in history, attracting in excess of 300 entries annually for a four-night extravaganza in the Expo Center at the Tulsa, Okla,. fairgrounds.