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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.