The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum is located in Knoxville, and is dedicated to the preservation of the history of sprint car racing. Within its walls are numerous items, photographs and memorabilia that document the development of the sport, and each year an awards ceremony is held to honor the contributions made by members of the sprint racing industry, inducting them into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. This year more than five hundred people attended this prestigious event and many worthy inductees had their names cemented into the history of sprint racing.
There were twelve new names added to list of inductees on Saturday, 5 June 2010, at the ceremony that was held at Marion County Fairgrounds in the Dyer-Hudson Hall. During the three hour ceremony, a tribute to the career of each inductee was showcased. The inductees included drivers, car owners and workshop crew. The sons of both Hal Robinson and Frank Riddle, legendary sprint car drivers, accepted the awards on behalf of their fathers. The award and induction of Fred Brownfield, a promoter, was accepted by his wife Debbie, with Rhoda Krasner accepting the award for her father and promoter, Ben Krasner. Other awards that were accepted by family members and friends, included the award for the late Hank Arnold, driver and builder, Clyde Adams, George Bentel and Herman Schurch. Drivers Bobbe Adamson and Fred Linder were also honored at the ceremony, as well as Don Shepard (Mechanic) and Casey Luna (Car Owner). Celebrity members of the sprint racing industry who were present at the awards ceremony included Jimmy Oskie, Allan Brown, Ray Lee Goodwin, Bob Trostle, Jerry Daniels, Don Mack, Bill Smith, Lynn Paxton, Lanny Edwards, Jack Elam and Harold Leep.
Dr. Pat Sullivan was the Emcee for the evening and the entire program of this year’s Sprint Car Hall of Fame ceremony was dedicated to a number of Hall of Fame Inductees of previous years, namely Earl Wagner, Clarence Anderson, Jeff Sharpe, Palmer Berger, Walt James, Ken Coles, Stew Reamer, Hal Minyard and Billy Wilkerson. Visitors to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum will be able to view the names and and find out about the contributions of the new inductees, while taking a journey back in time into the history of sprint racing.
Auto racing fans in Southern Indiana are no doubt looking forward to a fantastic Fourth of July weekend. Both the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions and the O’Reilly Midwest All Star Series will be heading to the Terre Haute “Action Track” to celebrate the weekend in style in what is one of the most anticipated events of the season.
It will all kick off when the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions makes a stop at the KC Raceway in Chillicothe, in Ohio, on July 3rd. The event taking place there is called “The Night the Stars Come Out” and it will see the best of the series vying for first place and extra points on the high banked 3/8 mile track. After that the series will head off to the Terre Haute Action Track for the Independence Day festivities. Off the track fans can expect the usual buzz with promotional tents, t-shirt trailers and plenty of excellent food. The autograph sessions will start around 16:30 and fans will be able to get their effects signed by Brian Ellenberger, Kody Kinser, Jerrod Hull, Miranda Throckmorton and more.
The racing schedule promises to be excellent and event organizers have tried to ensure that fans get to see a wide variety of events. The action will kick off with two non-winged sprint car events – the Don Smith Classic and the Tony Hulman Classic – and then go on to feature the main event: the All Star series. The All Star drivers will bring a very high caliber of driving to the circuit and fans will no doubt enjoy watching them blast around the track at exhilarating speeds. Once all the racing action is over, fans can stick around for a massive fireworks display by Sky Magic Promotions. All of this will mark the perfect start to the Fourth of July long weekend. Tickets for the event are only $10, while family’s can organize a family infield pass for two adults and four children for just $25. Reserved Grandstand tickets are also available for those who enjoy their little luxuries. Gates will open at 16:00 and hotlaps will begin at 18:00. So make sure that you don’t miss out on all this hot racing action!
Despite a slow start to the season, the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Northwest Region will soon be kicking into first gear with the Northwest Speedweek, only weeks away. This exciting annual race promises fans some exciting drivers, and cars are already being tweaked to ensure that they provide drivers with the best performance.
The Northwest Speedweek will be taking place from July 14 to 19. The series will feature six nights of non-stop, action-packed racing, during which the best 360 sprint car drivers in the region will be put through their paces. The racing will get started on Monday at the Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford. The action will then continue to be a feature on different Oregon tracks for the next four nights straight. The second stop is Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, followed by Willamette Speedway in Lebanon. The Oregon leg of the Northwest Speedweek series will then end at Sunset Speedway in Banks, before crossing over to Washington where it will conclude with a massive two-night show at Grays Harbor Raceway. Since undergoing an extensive renovation, Grays Harbor Raceway is considered to be one of the premier dirt tracks in the country and fans can expect to see some truly great racing here. This is also the first year that teams will not be given a night off to regroup during the Northwest Speedweek. As the event approaches we find Seth Bergman in the lead with Henry Van Dam just four points behind him. Jayme Barnes is in third place but only time will tell how these positions will be altered by the end of the Northwest Speedweek.
That may mark the end of the Northwest Speedweek, but it is not the end of the racing in the northwest regions. ASCS Northwest Region teams will go on to compete at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, in a non-points event before darting off to compete in the Fred Brownfield Memorial and the Championship Weekend in Yakima, Washington, on September 26-27. Clearly racing fans in the northwest have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months. You’d better make sure that you’ve got your tickets ready if you don’t want to miss out on all the action!
With the objective of providing auto racing drivers with knowledge to enable them to make educated decisions regarding their personal safety as well as elevating safety at the track, Racingsafer.com will be hosting a Driver Safety Seminar at the K-Star Ranch in Mansfield, Texas on 26 January 2008. The seminar has been arranged in response to requests from various race tracks, manufacturers and service providers in the interests of promoting racing safety.
Although auto racing is an inherently dangerous sport, safety equipment and chassis manufacturers continuously make advancements in their products, which help to make this popular sport safer. There is no legal requirement for drivers to update their equipment, but many sanctioning bodies and racing track authorities try to encourage drivers to take advantage of rapidly advancing technology to enhance the safety level of auto racing.
The keynote speaker at the Racingsafer.com Driver Safety Seminar will be Tina Cresswell, the Sales Manager of Simpson Race Products. Having worked at Simpson Racing Products for 10 years and with 12 years of auto and sprint car racing experience, Tina is certainly qualified to offer sound advice on the latest technology.
Representatives from FASTT Motorsports Rescue will give some valuable insight on providing a safer environment for drivers and their crews, as well as for spectators at the track. The FASTT rescue truck is fully equipped with advanced rescue equipment which includes, saw-alls, hydraulic rescue tools (Jaws of Life), jacks for vehicle stabilization and hand tools. Additionally the truck, known as “Rescue 1”, is outfitted with a variety of fire extinguishers as well as a system capable of extinguishing larger fires. Rescue 1 is also equipped with life support equipment to attend to the medical needs of injured drivers. Each member of the FASTT team has received extensive training in track safety and fire suppression, as well as rescue and emergency medicine.
Participants at the Driver Safety Seminar stand in line to win some great auto racing related prizes. These prizes will include safety equipment and the latest fuel cell product from RCI as well as a Fire Tech System. One lucky seminar participant will be awarded with a Team Membership to the Hall of Fame by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum.
The proceeds of the Racing.com Driver Safety Seminar will benefit the Ryan Bard Foundation and go toward future events for driver safety education, which is sure to benefit all involved in the fast moving world of auto racing.
Sprint Car racing traces its auto racing history back to the impromptu races that were held on tiny unpaved tracks at early 20th century county fairs, horseracing ovals and traveling shows. Time was, sprint car racing was seen as a ticket to the Indianapolis 500 if a driver was good enough to win on a consistent basis. While that isn’t the case anymore, it’s good to know that some things haven’t changed much and Sprint Car racing is a fine example of that.
Fans accustomed to the polished, professional look of modern Formula One and Indy cars may get a shock when they first set eyes on a sprint car. They appear to be little more than four-wheeled cages with barely enough room inside for the driver and the engine. Stick a wing that resembles 2 or 3 front doors cobbled together on top, and you’ve got yourself a sprint car. Now imagine a fleet of these buzzing cages roaring around a dirt track at speeds 100 miles per hour or more… are you smiling yet?
There is not one overriding authority that sanctions sprint car racing and sets down the rules of the sport, but the World of Outlaws is at this time the most well known of several competing organizations. World of Outlaws sprint car racing is for winged cars but there are other series that feature non-winged cars. Sprint car racing hasn’t succeeded in dislodging stock car racing from the hearts of loyal southerners, but it has made itself very popular in the northeast, Midwest, and in California. The advent of televised race coverage in the 1980s has proved to be a huge boost for the sport and has also provided a lucrative source of advertising dollars. Those big wings not only look like billboards, they’re used that way!