30th Annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Induction Banquet Held

The 30th annual National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Induction banquet was held on Saturday, June 1. More than 270 guests attended the event, which were held at the Dyer-Hudson Hall on the Marion County Fairgrounds. Additionally, thousands of onlookers viewed the night’s events via a live feed on Facebook.

The night’s festivities paid homage to a wide variety of drivers, team owners, media members, and more.

Jason Johnson’s family accepting his induction. (Conrad Nelson photo)

Champion drivers Richard Griffin and Stevie Smith, owner/manufacturer CK Spurlock, media member Greg Stephens, and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum founder, Thomas J. Schmeh took center stage as they were officially inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Stevie Smith being inducted into the National Hall of Fame. (Gordon O’Field photo)

In addition, the families of deceased inductees including driver Jason Johnson, who was represented by wife Bobbi, son Jaxx, mother Debra and father Craig. Car owner M.A. Brown’s induction award was accepted by Mike and grandsons, Matt and Marty. Last but not least, driver, “Wild” Bill Endicott induction was received by grandson, Dave Owens and great-grandson, John Owens).

Tom Schmeh was among the 2019 inductees. (Conrad Nelson photo)

Emcees, Dr. Patrick Sullivan and Dave Hare entertained during the three-hour ceremony.

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductees who were present included Steve Beitler, Shane Carson, Doug Clark, Gene Crucean, Ray Lee Goodwin, Jean Lynch, Bob Mays, Lynn Paxton, Steve Stapp, Pat Sullivan and Bill Utz.

Driver, Richard Griffin was inducted. (Conrad Nelson photo)

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Executive Director, Bob Baker, awarded the 2019 President’s Award posthumously to long-time museum supporter Tom Toutz. The Camarillo, California native was recognized for his tireless fundraising efforts and support of the museum.

Videographer Greg Stephens was inducted in the 2019 NSCHoF class. (Gordon O’Field photo)

After the induction proceedings, many witnessed the unveiling of the inductees’ plaques on the second floor of the museum.

Next year’s thirty-first NSCHoF induction weekend is tentatively scheduled for May 29 and 30, 2020.

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Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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