Racers named to Nat'l Midget Hall of Fame

"14 NAMED TO NATIONAL MIDGET AUTO RACING HALL OF FAME" Sun Prairie,Wis., Aug. 30-----Ken Hickey, Page Jones, Paul Krueger, Bob Nowicke, and ten participants from the Historical Era (1934-55) were announced today as the latest inductees into the...

"14 NAMED TO NATIONAL MIDGET AUTO RACING HALL OF FAME"

Sun Prairie,Wis., Aug. 30-----Ken Hickey, Page Jones, Paul Krueger, Bob Nowicke, and ten participants from the Historical Era (1934-55) were announced today as the latest inductees into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. The announcement was made during the two-day 9th annual Hall of Fame Midget Classic USAC National/Badger Midget co-sanctioned event at Angell Park Speedway.

Hickey is recognized as one of the all-time great racing mechanics and a master of the Offenhauser engine. Hickey was involved in the sport from 1939 until a few years before his death in 1992. He twice won the ARDC Car Owners Championship, and his list of drivers include: Len Duncan, Charlie Breslin, Jimmie Kirk, Leigh Earnshaw, and Ronnie Dunstan, to name a few.

Jones joins his father Parnelli a 1990 inductee in the HoF, making them the sixth father-son combination to be inducted. Jones had a brilliant but short career in midgets, before suffering career ending injuries in September 1994 at Eldora Speedway. In 1993 Jones captured both the Belleville Midget Nationals and Pepsi Midget Nationals within a one-month period. His career includes: 18 USAC Western Midget, seven USAC National Midget, and seven Badger Midget feature victories driving for some of the sport's top car owners including: Larry Howard, Keith & Rusty Kunz, Wilke Racing, and Steve Lewis.

Krueger owned and maintained a two-car team competing in the Badger Midget Series during the 1960's. During his nine years as a car owner his cars captured the Badger title six times with three different drivers. Krueger then began his current 40-plus year involvement in the organization, holding several positions including: President, secretary, and secretary-treasurer. Krueger also currently oversees timing & scoring at each event, along with handling most of the day-to-day duties for Badger.

Nowicke, competed as a car owner during one of the most competitive stages in the sport's history. His career highlights include 30 USAC National Midget victories won by drivers Bob Tattersall, Gary Bettenhausen, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones and Billy Garrett. Foyt captured the 1961 Hut Hundred for Nowicke, while Bettenhausen won the prestigious Houston Astrodome event in 1969. Nowicke earlier in the month was inducted into the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame.

The ten from the Historical Era include: George Amick, winner of 43 midget features and 1958 Indy 500 runner-up; Carl Badami, four-time Kansas City Midget Champion; Buzz Barton, West Coast standout; Ernie Casale, 1950 Turkey Night winner; Ray Elliott, six-time UARA Champion; Ted Hartley, driver, owner, builder; Ray Nichels, mechanic; George Rice, 1948 ARDC Midget Champion; Len Sutton, two-time WMRA Champion and 1962 Indy 500 runner-up; Chuck Marshall, 1946 SLARA Champion.

The 26th Annual Induction Ceremony for the fourteen will be held on Friday Jan. 15, 2010 in the Livestock Complex of the Ford Truck Arena on the Tulsa (Okla.) Fairgrounds, in conjunction with the annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. Their plaques will be on permanent display in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame at Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.).

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Parnelli Jones , A.J. Foyt