The 28th Annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction festivities will be held Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3.
Those individuals being inducted for their career achievements include: Drivers – Dave Darland, Tony Elliott and Terry McCarl; Owners-Mechanics-Builders-Manufacturers-Car Sponsors – Guy Forbrook and John Singer; Promoters-Officials-Media Members-Event/Series Sponsors – Doug Auld and Pat Sullivan; and Pre-1945 Era – Earl Cooper.
Things kick off Friday night, June 2, at 7 p.m. with a salute to the inductees on the museum’s second floor. The reception and gathering of current NSCHoF inductees will include an open microphone discussion. The reception will be free and open to the public.
The 28th Annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction banquet will take place Saturday, June 3 at the Dyer-Hudson Hall on the Marion County Fairgrounds.
Festivities will get underway at noon with a catered luncheon from the Rib Shack. Induction ceremonies will follow the luncheon. 2014 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Inductee, Dave Argabright, and one of this year’s Inductees, Pat Sullivan, will be emceeing the event.
Following the induction, inductees’ families and friends are invited back to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum’s second floor for the unveiling of the new inductees’ plaques.
Saturday evening, racing is scheduled at the Knoxville Raceway. The AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars will be making their first appearance since 2010 at “The Sprint Car Capital of the World!” The USAC sprints will be joined by a full program of 360 and 305 winged sprint cars.
Bob Baker, executive director of the NSCHoF stated, “Our biggest day of the year for National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum is our Induction Banquet when we induct people into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Next Saturday at 12 noon, at Dyer-Hudson Hall, June 3 we will induct eight individuals into the Sprint Car Hall of Fame this year.”
He added, “Our National Induction Committee, 72 members across the country have done an excellent job of picking and voting for the best of the best to be our new Hall of Fame Inductees. It's open to the public. People can join us for the lunch and the induction banquet at 12 noon for $25 a ticket. It includes a nice Rib Shack lunch and also the Induction banquet is emceed by Dave Argabright.
Ethan Goetz contributed to this story.