KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JUNE 7, 2004) - Drivers Chuck Amati of Freeman Spur (Illinois), Chuck Gurney of Livermore (California), Keith Kauffman of Mifflintown (Pennsylvania), and Billy Wilkerson of Temple City (California), builder Jim Culbert of La Mesa...
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JUNE 7, 2004) - Drivers Chuck Amati of Freeman Spur (Illinois), Chuck Gurney of Livermore (California), Keith Kauffman of Mifflintown (Pennsylvania), and Billy Wilkerson of Temple City (California), builder Jim Culbert of La Mesa (California), and promoter Keith Hall of Phoenix (Arizona) took center stage Saturday afternoon, June 5th, as they were officially inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville. Co-emcees Dave Argabright, Pat Sullivan, and a near record 350 guests enjoyed the two-hour ceremony, which honored the exceptional careers of fourteen inductees.
Also present to accept awards on behalf of their deceased relatives were grandson David Campbell for driver Sherman "Red" Campbell, wife Jeanne Craig for photographer Bruce Craig, niece and nephew Sonja Wandro and Al Swanson for driver Bryan Saulpaugh, wife Ellie and children for car owner "Boston" Louie Seymour, and wife Mary Lou McClure for driver Bob Slater. Additionally, Larry Ball, Jr., Newton "Buzz" Rose, and Junior Kurtz accepted for media member Walter E. Bull, car owner Ralph Morgan, and car owner/official Don Peabody, respectively.
National Sprint Car Hall of Famers who were present were Clarence "Mutt" Anderson, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow, Jerry Blundy, Ralph Capitani, Larry Dickson, Ray Lee Goodwin, Bill Hill, Walt James, Harold Leep, Jim McElreath, Jack Miller, Lynn Paxton, "Speedy" Bill Smith, Steve Stapp, Bob Trostle, and Bill Utz. Pete Folse, Sr.'s daughters Paulette and Terry, John Gerber's son Jim Gerber, Ted Halibrand's daughter Linda Laski Halibrand, Tommy Hinnershitz's daughter Jeanne Craig, Joe James' brother Walt James, Eddie Leavitt's daughter Vickie Agan, and Elbert "Babe" Stapp's son Steve Stapp were also in attendance at the banquet, which was held in the Dyer-Hudson Building on the Marion County Fairgrounds. Current National Sprint Car Museum board president Jim Cadwell of Oskaloosa (Iowa) presented the 2004 President's Award to long-time volunteer and giftshop employee, Blanche Kingrey. Next year's sixteenth induction weekend is tentatively scheduled for June 3-4-5, 2005.
The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation would like to sincerely thank the Knoxville Raceway and the Marion County Fair Association for their efforts this weekend in presenting the Hoosier Tire Midwest Masters Classic 360 c.i. sprint car races (winner Jimmy Sills), Kin Folks 410 c.i. sprint car races (winner Brent Antill), and the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship races (winner Jerry Coons, Jr.) co-sanctioned by the American (ARDC), Badger (BMARA), Midwest (MARA), and Rocky Mountain (RMMRA) midget car racing associations.