National Sprint Hall of Fame induction preview

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Knoxville Raceway are ready for May 31-June 1 Induction Weekend. KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MAY 18, 2002) - The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (NSCHoF) and the Knoxville Raceway are both ready for the May 31- June...

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Knoxville Raceway are ready for May 31-June 1 Induction Weekend.

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (MAY 18, 2002) - The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (NSCHoF) and the Knoxville Raceway are both ready for the May 31- June 1 NSCHoF induction weekend. Activities will officially begin on Friday evening, May 31, as the famed half-mile dirt oval hosts the tenth annual Goodyear Masters Classic 360-cubic-inch sprint car race for drivers age fifty and over. Among the early entries are former winners Jerry Crabb of Iowa, Roger Rager of Minnesota and Terry Pletch of Indiana, and such challengers as Larry "Smokey" Snellbaker of Pennsylvania, Bill Utz of Missouri, Carl "Midge" Miller of New Jersey and Edd French of Texas.

On Saturday afternoon, June 1, the thirteenth annual NSCHoF induction banquet will take place on the second floor of the non-profit museum. Among the sport's greatest achievers that have indicated that they will be present are "Smokey" Snellbaker, Jack Hewitt of Ohio, Jim McElreath of Texas, Galen Fox of Indiana, and J. Gordon Betz of Arizona. Other inductees include Dick Berggren of Massachusetts, Sam Traylor of Florida, Joe Scalzo of California, and the following deceased honorees: Maynard "Hungry" Clark, Lloyd Beckman, Everett Saylor, John Bagley, and Ralph "Speedy" Helm. The dinner and awards presentation, to be co-hosted by Hoosiers Dave Argabright and Pat Sullivan, is open to the public and twenty-dollar tickets are available by calling the museum at 1-800-874- 4488.

That evening, the historic Marion County Fairgrounds facility comes to life again as the track's weekly winged 410 c.i. sprint car division is joined by a complete tri-sanctioned Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship program. The non-winged midget cars, sanctioned jointly by the Badger (BMARA), Midwest (MARA) and North American (NAMARS) groups, will make their first Knoxville appearance in nearly 23 years. Among the early entrants for the $4,000-to-win midget car race are defending champions Dan Boorse (BMARA) of Wisconsin, Rich Camfield (MARA) of Illinois, and Ray Bull (ARDC) of Pennsylvania. Other entered hotshoes include Teddy Beach, Aaron Pierce and ageless Mel Kenyon of NAMARS, Davey Ray, Mike Hess, Critter Malone and veteran Knoxville competitor Kevin Doty of BMARA, and Steve Knepper, Tim Siner and Donnie Lehmann of MARA. Invaders entered already include Andy Mason and Keith Rauch of Rocky Mountain (RMMRA), and A.J. Fike, Steve Paden and Bryan Stanfill of the United States Auto Club (USAC). The Friday and Saturday night race tickets are all general admission for just $10 and $15, respectively, although the track ticket office can be reached at 641-842-5431.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Jack Hewitt , Teddy Beach , A.J. Fike , Aaron Pierce , Steve Paden , Tim Siner , Donnie Lehmann , Steve Knepper , Ray Bull , Bryan Stanfill , Rich Camfield