KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JUNE 2, 2003) - Drivers Ron Shuman of Mesa (Arizona), Bill Utz of Sedalia (Missouri), Jay Woodside of Wichita (Kansas), and Doug Wolfgang of Sioux Falls (S.D.), mechanic Clarence "Mutt" Anderson of Xenia (Ohio), and owner Al ...
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (JUNE 2, 2003) - Drivers Ron Shuman of Mesa (Arizona), Bill Utz of Sedalia (Missouri), Jay Woodside of Wichita (Kansas), and Doug Wolfgang of Sioux Falls (S.D.), mechanic Clarence "Mutt" Anderson of Xenia (Ohio), and owner Al Hamilton of Manheim (Penna.) took center stage Saturday afternoon, May 31, as they were officially inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville. Co-emcees Dave Argabright, Pat Sullivan, Tom Savage, and a record 400 guests enjoyed the three-hour ceremony which honored the exceptional careers of thirteen inductees.
Also present to accept awards on behalf of their deceased relatives were daughter Christine Logan for driver Fred Horey, wife Karen "Trinket" Logan for driver Allen "Sammy" Sessions, son Shane Carson for promoter Bud Carson, and grandson Jim Roof for manufacturer Robert Roof. Additionally, historian Larry Ball, Jr., past inductee Lynn Paxton, and museum board member Larry Janicsek accepted on behalf of the families of deceased inductees John Shillington "Jack" Prince (official), James "Billy" Winn (driver), and Armin Krueger (media member), respectively.
National Sprint Car Hall of Famers who were present were Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow, Jerry Blundy, Ralph Capitani, Ray Lee Goodwin, Walt James, Harold Leep, Jim McElreath, Jack Miller, Lynn Paxton, "Speedy" Bill Smith, Larry "Smokey" Snellbaker and Bob Trostle. John Gerber's son Jim Gerber and Eddie Leavitt's daughter Vickie Agan 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 Tom Long of Winder (Georgia) presented the 2003 President's Award to long-time volunteer Ruth Geist Schmeh. Next year's fifteenth induction weekend is tentatively scheduled for June 4-5-6, 2004.
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 aboard Danny Lasoski's sprinter), Kin Folks 410 c.i. sprint car races (winner Lance Dewease aboard Al Hamilton's sprinter), and the Pepsi/Mt. Dew Knoxville Midget Championship races (winner Chad DeSelle aboard Harlan Kittleson's midget) co-sanctioned by the American (ARDC), Badger (BMARA), Midwest (MARA), North American (NAMARS), and Rocky Mountain (RMMRA) midget car racing associations.