SOUTH BOSTON, VA (JAN. 27, 2003)-- While nearly $50,000 in cash and prizes was distributed to Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway's top competitors at the 2002 Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway Awards Banquet Jan. 25, the evening's highlight was the...
SOUTH BOSTON, VA (JAN. 27, 2003)-- While nearly $50,000 in cash and prizes was distributed to Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway's top competitors at the 2002 Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway Awards Banquet Jan. 25, the evening's highlight was the inspiration provided by the legacy of the inaugural inductees into the Virginia Motorsports Hall of Fame.
"Mr. Modified," the late Ray Hendrick was the first inductee into the newly established Hall of Fame. Throughout his illustrious 36-year racing career, Hendrick collected more than 790 victories. The five-time South Boston Speedway champion was represented at the induction by his son Roy and grandson Chuck, both of whom are carrying on the Hendrick racing tradition. Legendary car owner Jack Tant, owner of the senior Hendrick's cars through much of his career, was also present as those in attendance celebrated Hendrick's life and storied career.
The second Hall of Fame inductee was Wendell Scott. In 1963, Scott became the first and only African American to date to win a NASCAR Grand National (now Winston Cup) race. Because of his color, Scott's participation in NASCAR was unheard of at the time, but he still had a successful 12-year Grand National career. Before making NASCAR's highest ranks, Scott accumulated 128 victories on tracks in Virginia and North Carolina. In his first race, Scott finished 13th in a car that literally fell apart as he drove. His perseverance made Scott a true legend, and his widow Mary, son Wendell and daughter Sybil were on hand to commemorate this perseverance.
While past legends were recognized, the future legends of racing also received due honors, as Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway crowned its 2002 champions and awarded leaders in all four of its divisions. Champions Frank Deiny (NASCAR Textilease Late Model Division), Bill Moshenek (NASCAR Limited Sportsman), Jesse "Doodle" Lang (Super Stock) and Augie Saccoccio (Pure Stock 4's) reveled in their glory, while Rookie of the Year winners Peyton Sellers, Adam Barker, Terri Williams and Bruce Anderson, among others, became determined to dethrone this year's victors.
The 2002 Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway Awards Banquet and Virginia Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction was a prelude to what certainly will be a great 2003 season. Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway is renowned as being the springboard for future racing legends. To catch them in action this season, fans can purchase a 2003 Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway season pass for only $150 through March 1. Season passes for youth age 10 to 15 are $99.