Legendary sprint car driver Bobby Ward was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame this year, which capped his impressive driving career. The 77-year-old Ward spent 20 years of his life barnstorming racetracks across the country chasing prize money in true “Outlaw” style. Things may have slowed down a little for him since his retirement from racing in 1974 but he still finds ways to stay busy. This year Ward will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Faulkner County Fair Parade in his hometown of Springhill, Arkansas. The Faulkner County Fair voted unanimously to select him as the Grand Marshal in this year of “A Gold Medal Performance.” Ward spoke from his home in Springhill saying, “I’m really proud to be the Grand Marshal and grateful they thought of me.”
During his driving career he racked up an impressive 369 feature wins and several track championship across the country. Ward earned the nickname of “Arkansas Traveler” as he piloted his Mee2 car across the country. Some of his bigger career achievements include four Arkansas state titles at the Benton Speed Bowl, three Southwestern Super Modified titles at Amarillo (1963, 1964, and 1968), in 1965 he won the feature in 27 of his 33 starts, and in 1969 he won an unheard of 36 feature events. In 1974 Ward retired from racing leaving behind a resume that made him truly worthy of his induction into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. He will be greeting the crowd as the Fair Parade moves through the town of Conway, Arkansas at 5 p.m. on September 18th to kick off the 74th Annual Faulkner County Fair. For more information on the fair fans can visit www.facebook.com/FaulknerCountyFair.