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Bobby Allison inducted into Hampton Speed Lane Two of NASCAR's all-time racing greats were inducted into Hampton's (GA) Speed Lane on Thursday. Bobby Allison and his late son Davey were inducted into the city's walk of fame on Thursday evening. The induction of Davey Allison was a surprise for those in attendance, as only Bobby's induction had been announced beforehand. Bobby was introduced to the crowd by Hampton Mayor Steve Hutchison, who spoke of some of Allison's many accomplishments in racing, including the 1983 Winston Cup Grand National Championship, 84 career victories and three Daytona 500 wins in 1978, 1982 and 1988. Hutchison presented Allison with two proclamations honoring him and his son.(Henry Herald)[More](3-5-2017)

  • Motorsports Hall of Fame of America announces 2017 inductees: A seven-person list of luminaries representing sports cars, stock cars, land-speed records, motorcycles, open-wheel and drag racing will be showcased by the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) 2017 class of inductees that was announced today at Daytona International Speedway. The announcement was made in the speedway's infield media center prior to qualifying for the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Five-time Rolex 24 champion Scott Pruett is part of the 2017 class and was present at the announcement. Pruett is joined on the new inductee list by Sprint Car giant Steve Kinser; three-time DAYTONA 200 motorcycle champion Dick Klamfoth; two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Terry Labonte; drag racing and land-speed record pioneer Paula Murphy; Herb Thomas, another two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series titlist; and multi-faceted legend Brock Yates. The 2017 class will be inducted on June 28 in Daytona Beach during the 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony. MSHFA inductees are chosen via a multi-round voting process involving 200 motorsports peers and experts - including members of the media. (MSHFA)(1-27-2017)

  • Motorsports Hall of Fame of America sets official grand opening: Many of racing's greatest names will be on hand at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America's (MSHFA) official grand opening at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 17. The event, which is open to the public, is set to begin at 7:45pm with veteran NASCAR on Fox personality Mike Joy to serve as the Master of Ceremonies. MSHFA inductees Bobby Allison, Richard Childress, Tom D'Eath, Hurley Haywood, Rusty Wallace and Humpy Wheeler are among the expected attendees. As part of the long-awaited evening, the MSHFA will have a formal ribbon-cutting. It also will unveil and dedicate the new Robert E. Petersen Theatre, an impressive showpiece in the hall, which is located in Daytona International Speedway's Ticket and Tours Building. The MSHFA moved to Daytona Beach last year from Novi, Michigan. In advance of the Official Grand Opening, the MSHFA has been open to Speedway tour visitors since last July. The 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony will be held in Daytona Beach on Wednesday, June 28. The 2017 class of inductees will be announced on Jan. 26 at Daytona International Speedway during the Rolex 24 At Daytona event week.(Motorsports Hall of Fame of America)(1-21-2017)

  • Martin inducted into Ozark Area Racer's Hall of Fame: One of the most recognizable names in NASCAR made a pit stop in Springfield on Saturday.
    Mark Martin was at the fairgrounds Saturday afternoon for his introduction into the Ozark Area Racer's Hall of Fame. In addition to an autograph session, those in attendance could check out memorabilia and vintage cars. Martin said when he hit the Springfield track in the 70s that he thought he had made it to the big time. "I'm grateful for the time that I had racing in this area. It was a very important time in my young career. I learned from some of the greatest race car drivers ever." Martin said. In just a couple weeks, Martin will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.(Ozarks First)(1-8-2017)

  • Richard Petty to be inducted into NC Drag Racing Hall of Fame: Richard Petty, the "King of NASCAR" will be inducted into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday February 18, at the 15th Annual Shriners Hot Rod & Drag Racing Expo at the Greensboro Coliseum. Richard Petty drag raced his "Outlaw 43 Jr." Plymouth Barracuda all across the country from 1964 until 1966 after NASCAR banned the 426 Chrysler Hemi engine from major league stock car racing. In 1966 Petty resumed his NASCAR career as the engine was once again made legal. During his two-year stint of drag racing, Petty raced all across the country match racing against the likes of Sox & Martin and others. The restored car and Petty himself will both be at the Expo. In addition to Richard Petty, other 2017 inductees are Frank Teague of Hickory, Jean Howard of Polkton, and Terry Adams of Millers Creek. The Jeff Byrd Award will go to Thomas Pope, the sports editor at the Fayetteville Observer.(WLOS)(12-27-2016)

  • Mark Martin elected to NMPA Hall of Fame: Mark Martin, winner of 40 NASCAR premier series races and a runner-up in the championship battle on five occasions, has been selected for induction into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame. Martin, 57, will be inducted Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. He was named on 95 percent of the ballots cast by the NMPA membership. The Batesville, Arkansas, native competed in NASCAR for more than three decades. His 40 career victories currently rank 17th on the all-time list for the series while his 882 career starts rank fifth overall for the sanctioning body's top series. Others receiving votes but falling short of the required 65 percent necessary for induction were veteran crew chiefs Kirk Shelmerdine (61 percent), Buddy Parrott (59 percent) and Larry McReynolds (51 percent); and long-time Martinsville Speedway public relations director Dick Thompson (59 percent). Former statistician Bob Latford and driver Dan Gurney were also named as write-in candidates on this year's Hall of Fame ballot.(NMPA)(11-24-2016)

  • Miller, Childress and Hendrick to be honored: Don Miller, the board chairman of the N.C. Auto Racing Hall of Fame, will be honored for his many years of devotion to motorsports. He is credited with his creative work in designing the NASCAR safety roof flaps as well as the carbon monoxide breathing filters for drivers. He also revolutionized the modern day racetrack souvenir trailer. Working with Roger Penske, Miller co-founded Penske Racing South, where he managed the team for 20 years. Miller and Penske brought Formula-1 level engineering to Penske Racing, setting the bar for others to follow. Miller retired as president of Penske Racing South. He is also the founder of the annual Stocks For Tots fundraiser, which has raised more than $1,000,000 for children's charities. Today, Miller spends much of his time with continued charity work, restoring performance cars and overseeing the daily operation of the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, which he along with area real estate developer Bob Ebert helped open in Mooresville in May of 1995. Miller will be inducted by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman.

    In what will again be a day of celebration, Miller will be accompanied by incoming classmate Richard Childress in being officially welcomed as this year's N.C. Hall of Fame inductees. As part of the process, each will be featured during their respective acceptances that will also include the installing of permanent in-ground plaques along the facility's two-block-long Walk of Fame located on Main Street in downtown Mooresville, NC. NASCAR Sprint Cup car owner Richard Childress will also be honored with his Walk of Fame in-ground plaque during Wednesday's ceremony. Childress will be inducted by NASCAR Technical Institute's Dodson. Also as part of the afternoon affair, Rick Hendrick will receive the Jeff Byrd Award. Open to the public, the dedication of the Miller and Childress in-ground plaques and Jeff Byrd Award will be held Wednesday outside the Charles Mack Citizen Center on the Walk of Fame located at 215 N. Main Street in downtown Mooresville from 4-5 p.m. There will be an invitation-only VIP reception after the dedication inside the Charles Mack Citizen Center.(Mooresville Tribune)(10-5-2016)

  • Living Legends of Auto Racing announce 2017 honorees: Daytona-based Living Legends of Auto Racing (LLOAR) announced its slate of honorees for their 25th Annual Awards Banquet. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores. Since 1993, the LLOAR annual awards night has been one of the highlights of the stock car racing mecca's "Speedweeks" festivities. The Living Legends of Auto Racing, Inc., was founded in 1993 with an objective of recognizing those that have contributed to building the sport of organized stock car racing, from the days of beach racing in the 1940s and 1950s to today's great American pastime. The list of 2017 honorees includes these motorsports personalities:

    Pioneer of Racing Award - Brownie King, NASCAR Grand National Series (now called the Sprint Cup Series) and NASCAR Convertible Series veteran.

    Distinguished Driver Award - Sterling Marlin, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series competitor.

    Dedicated Service Award - Allan E. Brown, noted racing historian and former producer/editor of National Spedways Directory.

    Russ Moyer Media Award - Dave Moody, veteran Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR radio personality and Sirius XM voting representative on the 48-person panel that selects the annual class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

    Allison Family Award - Chip Ganassi, well-respected team owner and former race car driver, with a resume that includes five appearances in the Indianapolis 500 in a career span of six years (1981 - 1986).

    Tribute to the Early Days - Will Cagle, legendary Florida short track driver with over 900 wins in a 30-year career behind the wheel.

    Saturday Night Hero Award - Bobby Brack, South Florida racing legend. Known as "The Chief", his trademark #57 race car was a fixture on the Southern circuit for over three decades.

    The Ray Fox Award - Mike Curb, a 40+ year veteran car owner who fielded cars for some of the sport's biggest names, including Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Jarrett, Johnny Sauter, and Kyle Larson, to name a few.

    (LLOAR)(8-15-2016)

  • New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame names class of 2016: Former NASCAR champion and Maine native Ricky Craven will be inducted into the New England Auto Racers (NEAR) Hall of Fame as part of its eight-member Class of 2016. Craven, originally from Newburgh, joins drivers Ken Bouchard, Jerry Marquis, Randy Lajoie, Dwight Jarvis, Nokie Fornoro Jr., George Hewitt and announcer Jack Arute in this year's class. Craven and his classmates will be inducted at a ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 13, in South Windsor, Connecticut. Craven's career took off after an amazing 1991 season, during which he won 10 races and the NASCAR Busch North Series championship. "This is a very special honor," Craven said via telephone from North Carolina. "To be recognized in the place where I started means so much to me. My years of racing in New England were very special, and I was fortunate to have the level of success I enjoyed in 1991. I had great teams and some strong support behind me throughout my driving career that made it all possible. There are some pretty big names in this year's class, including drivers I've respected for many years."(Sun Journal)(8-14-2016)

  • MSHFA Induction Ceremony Makes Daytona Beach Debut: A monumental week for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) is on tap, highlighted by Wednesday (June 29th) night's 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone at The Shores Resort & Spa. Wednesday will mark the first induction ceremony in Daytona Beach for the MSHFA, which has relocated to Daytona International Speedway (DIS) from Novi, Michigan. The new hall facility, located in the speedway's expansive Ticket and Tours Building, will host the annual "Heroes of Horsepower Reception" on Tuesday night; this year's seven new inductees will be honored with the unveiling of their respective bronze busts to be displayed perpetually in the hall. Also on Wednesday, the Inductee Lunch Hosted By Toyota will be held in the Toyota Injector area in the speedway's new motorsports stadium design resulting from the $400 million "DAYTONA Rising" renovation project completed prior to this racing season. All three events have been sold out. On Sunday, the MSHFA will open to the public for the first time, with hall visits included as part of all Daytona International Speedway fan tours. The events are all part of the annual Independence Day weekend celebration in the community and at the speedway that includes Saturday night's Coke Zero 400. The 230-person MSHFA inductee role honors all forms of motorsports: motorcycles, stock cars, sports cars, open-wheel, drag racing, land speed records, powerboating, off-road and aviation racing. This year's class reflects that philosophy.

    The lineup:

    Everett Brashear - One of the top AMA dirt-track motorcycle racers of all-time.

    Richard Childress - Childress' remarkable career evolved from being a struggling stock car racer to becoming one of the premier owners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, winning six championships with 2002 MSHFA inductee Dale Earnhardt (1986, '87, '90, '91, '93, '94). ... Has 14 championships in NASCAR national series competition, second-best all time. ... His drivers have won the DAYTONA 500 twice and the Brickyard 400 three times.

    Gary Gabelich - Gabelich chased speed records on both land and water during a brief but mercurial competitive career for the former Apollo test astronaut.

    Chip Ganassi - Ganassi is the only car owner to have won the DAYTONA 500, the Indianapolis 500, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Brickyard 400. Between February 2010 and January 2011, his drivers swept those four events, giving him an unprecedented "Grand Slam" in America's major auto races. ... Overall, his teams have won 18 championships and more than 170 races. His open-wheel teams have amassed 11 championships and more than 100 victories - including five in the Indianapolis 500. His NASCAR teams have 17 victories including a DAYTONA 500 victory, and have twice qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. His sports car teams have a record six Rolex 24 At Daytona victories to complement their seven Rolex Sports Car Series championships. ... Earlier this month, he added a LMGTE Pro class championship at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. ... Before becoming one of the most successful team owners in American racing history, Ganassi raced himself, competing in the Indianapolis 500 five times with a best finish of eighth in 1983.

    Dave McClelland - Known as "The Voice of the NHRA", McClelland is one of the most legendary voices in all of motorsports and certainly the most legendary in the history of drag racing.

    Sam Posey - Posey has excelled both on the race track and in the broadcast booth, in the process becoming one of this country's most recognizable and respected motorsports personalities.

    Bob Sweikert - Los Angeles native Sweikert had a season for the ages in 1955, winning the Indianapolis 500, the AAA "Big Car" National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Championship, becoming the first driver to sweep all three honors in a single season.(MSHFA)(6-29-2016)

  • Lesa France Kennedy inducted into Cynopsis Hall of Fame: International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy was inducted Thursday into the Cynopsis Sports Hall of Fame at the New York Athletic Club. Kennedy was feted at the organization's fifth annual Sports Business Summit in New York. She joined ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen (left in the above photograph) and Major League Baseball executive Billy Bean as inductees recognized for their roles in transforming the sports world and its influence on popular culture.
    Mark Lazarus, the chairman of NBC Sports Group, presented Kennedy for enshrinement. A large component of Kennedy's plan for enhancements debuted this season at Daytona International Speedway's Speedweeks, when the Daytona Rising vision came to life. The $400 million project, which broke ground in July 2013, reshaped ISC's flagship facility with state-of-the-art amenities.(NASCAR.com)

    ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen, the legendary entrepreneur who single-handedly changed the way the world watches sports and television, as well as Kennedy and Sports Illustrated's Peter King and Major League Baseball's Vice President of Social Responsibility & Inclusion, Billy Bean.(New York Sports Day)(6-25-2016)

  • John Bickford to be Inducted into West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame: A Forbes magazine article described 2016 West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inductee John Bickford as "unusually optimistic, diligent, observant and conscientious about details." Bickford employed all of those qualities - and a stepfather's love - for molding a young Jeff Gordon into one of the brightest stars of NASCAR's modern era. Bickford, from Vallejo, Calif. didn't begin the process with an advanced degree in marketing and public relations; rather he melded common-sense instinct for success with Gordon's innate abilities. By the age of 13, Gordon was driving sprint cars and the family had moved from California to Indiana. Soon, the family hoped, Gordon would reach the Indianapolis 500. Ultimately, Bickford didn't have the millions of dollars required to get his stepson an Indy car test. On advice of Ken Schrader, Gordon attended the Buck Baker's stock car racing school. His racing took a 180-degree turn with Bickford ultimately working behind the scenes to assure the best possible outcome. Jack Roush was interested but Bickford believed Gordon should have greater control of his future. He approached Rick Hendrick and got Gordon what at the time was unprecedented: Bickford got to pick the crew chief - Ray Evernham. The rest is history as Gordon won four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships and 93 races with Hendrick Motorsports before his retirement following the 2015 season.

    Timing favored Gordon's ascension. Cable television had just discovered NASCAR and Gordon - thanks to Bickford - was the perfect candidate for superstardom and off the track income. During Gordon's sprint car racing years, the pair would sit in front of the television and play a game of "what did that driver do wrong" outside the car. The Jeff Gordon seen today as a FOX Sports analyst is further proof of Bickford's diligence and lessons learned. Bickford joins Mike Duncan, Johnny Key, Al Pombo and Jim Thirkettle in the 2016 WCSCHOF class of inductees. A limited number of tickets for the 2016 Induction Ceremony can be purchased by calling 661-342-2983.(WCSCHOF / PIR)(6-22-2016)

  • Chip Ganassi To Be Inducted Into The Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America: Chip Ganassi, one of racing's most-successful car owners, will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) at the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone on Wednesday, June 29 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. Ganassi is the only car owner to have won the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Between February 2010 and January 2011, his drivers swept those four events, giving him an unprecedented "Grand Slam" of America's major auto races. Overall, his teams have won 18 championships and more than 170 races. His open-wheel teams have amassed 11 championships and more than 100 victories - including five in the Indianapolis 500. His NASCAR teams have 17 victories including a Daytona 500, and have twice qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. His sports car teams have a record six Rolex 24 at Daytona trophies to complement their seven Rolex Sports Car Series championships. Before becoming one of the most successful team owners in American racing history, Ganassi raced himself, competing in the Indianapolis 500 five times with a best finish of eighth in 1983. Ganassi joins Bob Sweikert, Everett Brashear, Richard Childress, Gary Gabelich, Dave McClelland and Sam Posey in the MSHFA class of 2016. Tickets for the 2016 Induction Ceremony can be purchased by calling 248.349.7223 or through the MSHFA website at www.mshf.com.(MSHFA)(5-28-2016)

  • Lesa France Kennedy named Honorary Chairperson for Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America Induction: The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced that International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy will serve as honorary chairperson for its 28th Annual Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone on June 29 in Daytona Beach. Kennedy, also ISC's vice chairperson and executive vice president/vice chairperson of NASCAR, will be part of an illustrious list of attendees for the hall of fame's first induction ceremony in Daytona Beach since its recent move from Novi, Michigan to Daytona International Speedway. The MSHFA now will be housed in the Speedway's ticket and tours facility that greets thousands of motorsports fans each year at the "World Center of Racing." The first phase of construction and development is expected to be completed by June. That completion will coincide with this year's debut of the $400 million "DAYTONA Rising" project which has created the world's first true motorsports stadium. The site for the induction ceremony will be announced in the near future. A seven-person class of 2016 inductees will enter the MSHFA: AMA motorcycle great Everett Brashear; NASCAR champion team owner Richard Childress; land and water speed-record legend Gary Gabelich; multi-discipline auto racing champion owner Chip Ganassi; NHRA announcing legend Dave McClelland; competitor and broadcaster extraordinaire Sam Posey; and 1955 Indianapolis 500 champion Bob Sweikert.(Motorsports Hall of Fame)(5-6-2016)

  • Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Receives Grant to develop Theater: The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced that it has received a $2.5 million grant from the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation of Los Angeles, with the money targeted to fund construction and development of the Robert E. Petersen Theater in the hall's new permanent home at Daytona International Speedway. The MSHFA, which has moved to Daytona Beach from Novi, Michigan, will be housed in the speedway's expansive ticket and tours facility that greets thousands of motorsports fans each year at the "World Center of Racing." A vital component in the relocation will be the new theater, along with a Robert E. Petersen "Tribute Room" that will greet guests entering the attraction. The first phase of construction and development is expected to be completed by June - in time for the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone on June 29 and the July 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the speedway, the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. The Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation has donated more than $300 million to their namesake and renowned Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, children's charities and to various organizations and causes since its 1996 formation. In 1948 Robert E. Petersen founded HOT ROD magazine followed by many more automotive magazines including MOTOR TREND, CAR CRAFT, ROD & CUSTOM, CIRCLE TRACK, MOTORCYCLIST and 4 WHEEL & OFF ROAD.(DIS)(4-21-2016)

  • West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Announces Inductees: A NASCAR K&N Pro Series West double champion, a pair of pioneer hard top competitors, an acclaimed short track racer with multiple titles and an industry agent/marketer comprise the five-member Class of 2016 to be inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. The latest inductees - John Bickford, Mike Duncan, Johnny Key, Al Pombo and Jim Thirkettle - were announced March 13 prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Induction of the five will take place June 23 at the Meritage Resort in Napa, Calif. during Sonoma Raceway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series/K&N Pro Series West weekend. This year's class marks the first time that voting was broadened to include nominees from a variety of historic and present stock car disciplines that include weekly racing competition and tours as well as NASCAR modified stock car racing.(West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame)(3-14-2016)

  • Motorsports HoF 2016 Announces Class Finalists: Finalists for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2016 class have been determined. The Hall will unveil its seven new members on Friday, January 29, at Daytona. The racing legends will join the Hall of Fame during the 28th Annual Induction Ceremony presented by Bridgestone on June 29, 2016 in Daytona Beach.

    In the Open Wheel category, the nominees are Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever, veteran driver and official Wally Dallenbach, eleven-time Indycar Series winning owner Chip Ganassi, innovative designer and safety pioneer Ted Halibrand, three-time Indy winning owner Pat Patrick and two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon.

    Quarter-milers on the ballot are master Funny Car designer John Buttera, golden-voiced announcer Dave McClelland, pioneer Paula Murphy, Pro Stock legend Lee Shepherd and Top Fuel innovators The Surfers.

    The two-wheel set is represented on the ballot by fifteen-time AMA Grand National race winner Everett Brashear, two-time flat track nation champion Randy Goss, three-time Daytona 200 winner Dick Klamfoth, two-time world Superbike champion Fred Merkel, two-time Baja 1000 winner J.N. Roberts and thirteen-time national champion mechanic Bill Werner.

    In the Historic category, voters will decide between NASCAR's first champion Red Byron, 1963 Daytona 500 winner Tiny Lund, mechanic and builder Ray Nichels, midget / sprint car king Bob Sweikert, the first two-time NASCAR champ Herb Thomas and short track specialist Rex White.

    The ballot for the Stock Car inductee features the youngest member of the "Alabama Gang," Davey Allison, six-time NASCAR champion owner Richard Childress, two-time Cup champion Terry Labonte, legendary builder Banjo Matthews, "King of the Modifieds" Cotton Owens and 1969 Daytona 500 winner LeeRoy Yarbrough.

    The At Large category features speed record achievers in 2016. Finalists include hydroplane crew chief Ron Brown, Blue Flame pilot Gary Gabelich, LSR sponsor Earl B. Gilmore, Bonneville pioneer Ab Jenkins, Goldenrod creators - the Summers Brothers and multiple-time LSR holder Al Teague.

    Sports Car contenders who made the ballot are Dyson Racing founder Rob Dyson, trailblazing driver and journalist Denise McCluggage, racer and broadcaster Sam Posey, five-time 24 Hours of Daytona champion Scott Pruett, Scarab's designer and builder Phil Remington, and driver/founder of the legendary "Group 44" teams Bob Tullius.(Motorsports Hall of Fame of America)(1-28-2016)

  • Richard Petty to be inducted into NC Drag Racing Hall of Fame: Richard Petty, the "King of NASCAR" will be inducted into the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday February 18, at the 15th Annual Shriners Hot Rod & Drag Racing Expo at the Greensboro Coliseum. Richard Petty drag raced his "Outlaw 43 Jr." Plymouth Barracuda all across the country from 1964 until 1966 after NASCAR banned the 426 Chrysler Hemi engine from major league stock car racing. In 1966 Petty resumed his NASCAR career as the engine was once again made legal. During his two-year stint of drag racing, Petty raced all across the country match racing against the likes of Sox & Martin and others. The restored car and Petty himself will both be at the Expo. In addition to Richard Petty, other 2017 inductees are Frank Teague of Hickory, Jean Howard of Polkton, and Terry Adams of Millers Creek. The Jeff Byrd Award will go to Thomas Pope, the sports editor at the Fayetteville Observer.(WLOS)(12-27-2016)

  • Mark Martin elected to NMPA Hall of Fame: Mark Martin, winner of 40 NASCAR premier series races and a runner-up in the championship battle on five occasions, has been selected for induction into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame. Martin, 57, will be inducted Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. He was named on 95 percent of the ballots cast by the NMPA membership. The Batesville, Arkansas, native competed in NASCAR for more than three decades. His 40 career victories currently rank 17th on the all-time list for the series while his 882 career starts rank fifth overall for the sanctioning body's top series. Others receiving votes but falling short of the required 65 percent necessary for induction were veteran crew chiefs Kirk Shelmerdine (61 percent), Buddy Parrott (59 percent) and Larry McReynolds (51 percent); and long-time Martinsville Speedway public relations director Dick Thompson (59 percent). Former statistician Bob Latford and driver Dan Gurney were also named as write-in candidates on this year's Hall of Fame ballot.(NMPA)(11-24-2016)

  • Appalachian State University Receives Petty Racing Collection: Lynda Petty, wife of stock car racing legend Richard
    Petty, has donated a large collection of materials documenting her husband's career to the Appalachian State University Libraries
    Stock Car Racing Collection. The donation, which covers 1958-2003, includes newspaper and magazine articles, fan letters, scrapbooks, promotional and charitable materials, awards of recognition, photographs, books, and race programs. During his long and successful driving career (1958-1992), Petty won seven NASCAR Winston [Netxtel] Cup championships and holds the record for most victories, with 200. Known affectionately as "the King," he won the Most Popular Driver award nine times. Since his retirement in
    1992, Petty has remained involved in racing. He owns Petty Enterprises, which fields entrants in NASCAR's Nextel Cup, Busch
    Series, and Craftsman Truck Series. The Petty family has been in the racing business for four generations; Richard's father Lee was a three time Cup champion, and his son Kyle and grandson Adam followed in the family tradition. The donation is currently being
    inventoried and organized for public use, and there are plans to produce a Web page with finding aids detailing the contents of the
    Petty collection. The Stock Car Racing Collection, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains where the sport was born, is the
    only library in the country open to the public that focuses specifically on stock car racing. It contains more than 500 books, periodicals, and videos; an extensive clippings file covering more than 1300 subjects; photographs; posters; and promotional materials. Financial and material donations are welcomed. For more information go to: appstate.edu.(Carrick PR)(12-6-2004)


    HALL OF FAME SITES/ MUSEUM SITE LINKS

    North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame

    Automotive Hall of Fame

    Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum / NMPA Hall of Fame

    Daytona Beach West Rotary Club Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame

    Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association

    Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

    International Motorsports Hall of Fame (IMHOF)(Talladega)

    International Motor Racing Research Center

    Living Legends of Auto Racing

    Motorsports Hall of Fame

    National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum

    New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame

    Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame

    West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame (old)

    Unser Racing Museum

    Winston Cup Museum

    HISTORICAL


    Augusta International Raceway

    Stock Car Racing Collection at Appalachian State University

    AUTO/MOTORSPORTS MUSEUM SITE LINKS


    Memory Lane Museum, Mooresville, NC

    Woodland Family Automobile Display



    Eastern Museum of Motor Racing

    Highbanks Hall of Fame - National Midget Auto Racing Museum

    Kansas Auto Racing Museum

    Lane Motor Museum, Nashville, TN

    Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline, MA

    Petersen Automotive Museum

    Penske Racing Museum

    Petroleum Museum - Chaparral Gallery

    Richard Petty Museum

    Roush Automotive Collection

    San Diego Automotive Museum

    Simeone Foundation Museum

    Studebaker National Museum, South Bend, IN

    The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

    Wisconsin Automotive Museum