National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
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Friday Jan 13, 2023
Fair Meadows Hall Tulsa Expo Center
National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
Traditionally holds a Luncheon Friday of Chili Bowl week when they Induct new members into the Hall of Fame.
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Hall of Fame Member Kevin Olson was killed in a traffic accident, Friday February 11, 2022. He was truly one of the most unique individuals in midget racing. When you saw Kevin coming you always knew he was going to say something or do something to make you laugh. He had a very outgoing personality and was a real talent behind the wheel of a midget. The racing world will really miss Kevin. RIP
The current list of people who are Members of the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
In order for a person to be considered for membership in the hall they must first be nominated by someone. You can start that process by emailing [email protected] and requesting a nomination form.
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Born in Fresno 1936 this California native started his racing career driving hardtops in 1958 at Kearney Bowl Speedway. By 1960 he was offered a ride in a midget, he competed with BCRA the next few years.
After his father died in 1964 he decided to travel to the Midwest, where he met Mel Kenyon. He credits Mel as being instrumental in introducing him to the car owners. He got his first break in June at the Eldora Speedway, where he posted second quick time. The next month he got his first win at little Springfield in the Saemann-Grabow Offy. He finished 10th in Points that year
He only ran selected races in 1965; in 1966 Myron Caves asked him to drive for him. The team captured the most wins in the 66 USAC season with nine features, he finished third in the overall points right behind Mike McGreevy and Mel Kenyon. After finishing fifth in points in 1967 he received an invitation to run “Down Under” that winter, he participated in the Australian/New Zealand season along with Bob Tattersall and Billy Mehner. Don came home first fourteen times out of the seventeen races he competed in and won the Australian/New Zealand World Championship Race.
When he returned home Don decided to quit running full time. He started a career in the orthopedic business. He still kept active in racing, competing locally with BCRA, driving for Lennie Gonzel.
Over his years in racing Don has driven for some of the great car owners in our sport, Jack London, Doug Caruthers, J.C. Agajanian, Mason Cook, Howard Linne, Harry Turner and fellow Inductee Don Branson.
Don has made many friends along the way with his gentle manner and his ability to promote the sport wherever he traveled.
The Annual Luncheon Induction Ceremony held Friday during Chili Bowl has been cancelled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the country. We hope to see you all back in 2022.
The Hall of Fame Board was sadden to hear of the passing of Norm "Zoom Zoom" Rapp on December 28th. He was a great asset to midget racing especially to the members of BCRA. RIP Mr. Rapp
Merry Christmas from the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame
Our Induction Ceremony in Tulsa is only a few weeks away.
If interested in attending please contact [email protected]
We were very sad to hear of the passing of Mike Streicher this morning. He was a champion driver, car owner and mechanic and one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.
The votes are in. This years Class of 2019 to be inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame include four drivers, one owner and one video photographer/writer.
Nick Fornoro Jr. many time ARDC champion, Bill Homeier whose career spanned from 1946=1961, Mack McClellan who competed from 1977-92 as driver then as owner from 98-99, Chuck Stevenson whose career started in AAA days thru 1968, Dick Wallen film maker and writer, and Greg Wilke who carried on the family tradition as a winning car owner.
These gentlemen will be inducted at our annual luncheon ceremony Friday January 17, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the week of the Chili Bowl.
It is with a very sad heart we learned of the passing of Dick Jordan. He was one of the more honest and professional people in motor racing. A friend to all. He will be sorely missed. Services for DJ will be on Monday August 12, 2019 at Conkles Funeral Home in Speedway, fromm 5-7 pm, across the street from the USAC building where he worked for 51 years.
Update on Neal Carter, they will be holding a Celebration of Neal's Life in St. Cridersville, Ohio at Bayliff and Son Funeral Home on Saturday JULY 6, 2019. The family has asked in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, 4967 W 12th Street, Speedway, In 46224.
Neal Carter, one of the Hall of Fame's oldest members passed away April 23, 2019 . He started out racing motorcycles in the 40's by 1946 switched over to midgets. He was Fort Miami Track Champion 1948 and Detroit City Motor Speedway Champion in 1949,50 and 51. He was also the AAA Ohio/Michigan Midget Champion in 1950. He passed his rookie test at Indy 1951 and competed in 20 Championship Big car races during his career. Here is picture of Neal with his NMARHoF member pin
Reservation Deadline for Luncheon/Induction Ceremony is tomorrow. Get them in by contacting [email protected] or call 317-697-2230 for all the details.
Reservations filling up quickly, don't be left out, contact [email protected] for reservations and ticket info. Deadline December 31, 2018.
Here is a look at the new lapel pin each Hall of Fame member recently received.
NMARHoF sent lapel pins to Hall of Fame members, here is Neal Carter, 95 years young showing his pin.
Interested in attending our upcoming induction luncheon and ceremony, contact: [email protected].
Great food, good friends and lots of fun and prizes.
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2018 Induction Ceremony
The news is out the Hall has released this years inductees. Come help us celebrate at our Induction Ceremony January 18, 2019. If you are interested in attending email [email protected] for all the details
6 INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL MIDGET HALL OF FAME;
NATIONAL MIDGET HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018 INCLUDES ANDRETTI, ASTONE, CLAUSON, IRWIN, MARSHMAN, STREICHER
Speedway, In (November 13, 2018)………The National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame has named six of the sport’s all-time greats into its 2018 class, which will be celebrated with a luncheon and induction ceremony on Friday, January 18, inside Fair Meadows Hall (Simulcast Building) at the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fairgrounds, located adjacent to the Tulsa Expo Center which will be hosting the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals that week. The doors will open at 11am, with the luncheon beginning at 11:30am (Central).
The Class of 2018 includes (in alphabetical order) Mario Andretti, Tommy Astone, Bryan Clauson, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Bobby Marshman and Mike Streicher.
Synonymous with American auto racing, Mario Andretti has accomplished nearly everything in the realm of motorsport. He was named Driver of the Century by the Associated Press in 1999 and the American Driver of the Century by Racer Magazine in 2000. In his illustrious career, the Italian-born drive who resided in Nazareth, Pa. captured the Formula One World Championship in 1978 as well as USAC National Championships in 1965, ’66, ’69 and the CART title in 1984. He stands alone as the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967) and the Formula One World Championship. His versatility behind the wheel is unquestionable with victories at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1969, the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1967, ’70 and ’72, an IROC series title in 1979 and as a USAC Midget winner in 1966 at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway. He began his open wheel racing career in TQ Midgets with the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association in 1961 before jumping into full-size midgets with ARDC. On Labor Day weekend in 1963, he won three midgets features in one day at two different tracks: New Jersey’s Flemington Speedway in the afternoon and twin features at Pennsylvania’s Hatfield Speedway during the evening, all driving for the Mataka Brothers, who, from that day forward, always carried the number 3N1 on their cars in honor of the amazing feat.
Though his USAC National Midget career was somewhat brief, Fresno, California’s Tommy Astone had an impressive run between 1974 and 1976, winning seven victories at Burlington, Iowa, Hartford, Mich., Kingsport, Tenn., Sun Prairie, Wisc., Springville, Utah and Kokomo, Ind. and his most notable victory coming in the 1974 Night Before the 500 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, all for car owner Doug Caruthers. He finished runner-up in the final USAC National Midget standings in 1973-1974 and third in 1976. He emerged in victory lane with the USAC Western States Midgets once in 1983 at Ascot Park and on four occasions at Hanford, Calif., Phoenix, Arizona’s Manzanita Speedway and twice at Ventura, Calif. Astone was inducted into Bay Cities Racing Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and competed with the California Racing Association, Astone also scored his lone USAC National Sprint Car victory at New York’s Erie County Fairgrounds in 1976.
No driver fit more racing accomplishments in as short amount of time in USAC history as did Bryan Clauson. The Sacramento, California-born driver who made Noblesville, Ind. his home during his career is one of just six drivers to reach 100 USAC feature wins during a career. His 112 career USAC wins rank only behind racing legends Rich Vogler, A.J. Foyt, Sleepy Tripp, Mel Kenyon and Dave Darland. Thirty-eight of those came in USAC National Midget competition with mega wins at Turkey Night Grand Prix in 2009 and ‘10, the Hut Hundred in 2010, the 4-Crown Nationals in 2014, the Chili Bowl in 2014 and the Belleville Nationals in 2009, ’10 and ’15. His achievements spread across the racing spectrum with three Indiana Midget Week titles to his credit in 2009, ’11 and ’16 and was a star “down under” in New Zealand at Western Springs. His championships run the gamut as the USAC National Drivers Championship winner in 2010, ‘11 and ‘12; the 2012 and ‘13 USAC National Sprint Car champion; the 2010 and ‘11 USAC National Midget Championship. His talents took him to a trio of starts at the Indianapolis 500, the last of which came in 2016 where he led the 100th lap of the 100th running. Clauson lost his life in a crash at the 2016 Belleville Nationals, fittingly while leading the race, at age 27.
Kenny Irwin, Jr. made his mark in every racecar he stepped foot in, but he particularly shined in midget racing. He won the 1992 All American Midget Series championship in the family-owned car where he earned a ton of accolades, including a pair of wins on the high banks of Wi******er (Ind.) Speedway and at Indianapolis Raceway Park, as well as a 1993 USAC season-opening victory at the SkyDome in Toronto. He ventured to Dave Calderwood’s No. 4 in 1995 and continued his winning ways, scoring on the Springfield Mile. He then moved to the famed Steve Lewis No. 9 car where he won twice at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway en route to the 1996 USAC National Midget title. He was the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year and was twice a winner in NASCAR’s Truck Series. The rising star lost his life in 2000 during a practice crash at New Hampshire International Speedway at the age of 30.
Bobby Marshman was one of the brightest young, upcoming drivers of his era when he passed away in a Champ Car testing crash in the Fall of 1964 at just 28 years old. Despite the briefness of his career, the Pottstown, Pa. driver was a force in racing right from the get-go. The son of 1949 AAA East Coast Midget champ and longtime promoter of Pennsylvania’s Hatfield Speedway George Marshman, Bobby began his midget racing career with ARDC where, in his first season in 1958, he finished third in the standings. He excelled in long-distance midget races, particularly, winning big events at Trenton, N.J. in 1960, ’61 and ’62 at lengths of 300, 250 and 100 miles. The latter two at Trenton served as two of his four career USAC National Midget victories. He also won in USAC Sprint Car, Stock Car and Championship Car competition, winning the 1962 Bobby Ball Memorial at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. He was co-Rookie of the Year with Parnelli Jones at the 1961 Indianapolis 500, starting 33rd and finishing 7th).
Mike Streicher has been a success in nearly all facets of midget racing. The Findlay, Ohio native has won USAC National Midget championships as a driver, car owner, mechanic and car builder. In 1983, he captured his first series title with USAC as a car owner and mechanic for driver Rich Vogler. In 1988 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway, he won the first of his six career USAC National Midget features and was victorious in the Hoosier Dome Invitational in 1990. The following season, in 1991, Streicher raced to three victories, the USAC National Midget driver title and his third owner championship. He constructed the Hawk Chassis, which raced to countless Midget feature wins in USAC, NAMARS, ARCA, NEMA, ARDC, and others. Streicher remains active in racing to this day as a professor at University of Northwestern Ohio’s motorsports program to educate future racers and mechanics.
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY NEXT SUNDAY!!!!!
WHO: If you were involved with the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) between 1939 and now the answer to who is YOU. If you know someone who should be at this event but is not on the internet please get a hold of them and pass along this informatiom.
WHAT: The American Racing Drivers Club Reunion.
WHERE: In cunjuction with the Warren Car Show held at the Warren Municipal Grounds at 46 Mountain Blvd. Warren,NJ 07059.
WHEN: Sunday September 9, 2018 from 9am to 3pm.
WHY: Because some of you have not seen each other for many years and we all have good sories to tell and it will be a lot of fun!
There will be no charge to enter the reunion or the car show. The car show does benifit the Warren Fire Companies and if you would like to make a donation to them they would appreciate it,that will be up to you.
When you arrive look for the tent and the ARDC Reunion banner and start having fun.
There will be many restored race cars and street cars on display all day and this event will take place RAIN or SHINE.
Hope that you will be able to join us NEXT SUNDAY!
Two-time Badger Midget Auto Racing Association Champion Owen Snyder Jr passed away on June 29th at the age of 88. He started racing in 1953 and retired in 1972 after winning his second championship. He had 49 Badger Feature wins to his credit. His two championships came under two names one as Owen Snyder the other as his alias Todd Barton.
Services will be held Monday July 9 at the Newcomer-Silverthorn Chapel on the Hill in Orfordville, Wi. Calling is from 11:00 am until the time of service at 1:30.
Nomination period for 2018 inductees has closed, the induction committee will now go to work,
Our Induction Ceremony in Tulsa is just about a week away. Dick Atkins, Roy Bowe, Bill Chennault, Tommy Copp, Billy Eldridge, Burt Foland, Drew Fornoro and Arnie Knepper will all become our newest members in the Hall.
Happy Birthday and Get Well Soon wishes to member Mike McGreevy
David “Boots” Archer
Tony Bettenhausen Sr.
J. Gordon Betz
Ken Brenn Sr.
Duane “Pancho” Carter
Floyd “Pop” Dreyer
Nick Fornoro Sr.
Ed Justice Sr.
Jack “Curley” Mills
Cletus “Cowboy” O’Rourke
Leon “Jigger” Sirois
Bill Vukovich Jr.
Arakel “Geo” Zaronian
National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame In order for a person to be considered for membership in the hall they must first be nominated by someone. You can start that process by emailing [email protected] and requesting a nomination form.
Anyone interested in attending our luncheon Induction Ceremony in Tulsa on January 12, 2018 contact us at [email protected] for information. Always a good time.
Our Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2017 Inductees is just 2 weeks away.
Ticket info for Induction Ceremony contact: [email protected]
We are 3 months away from our annual Induction Ceremony.
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•Birth Name: Richard Frank Vogler
•Nickname: “Rapid Rich”
•United States Auto Club (USAC) Career Wins: 171
*His 134 wins (95 Midget, 35 Sprint, and 4 Silver Crown wins) in national events is 2nd only to A.J. Foyt's 169. Vogler also won over 200 "outlaw" (non-USAC) midget races.
•Awards & Highlights: 2-time USAC National Sprint Car Series Champion (1980, 1989), 5-time USAC National Midget Series Champion (1978, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988), Chili Bowl Nationals Champion (1987), Pepsi Nationals Winner (1985) and National Alliance of Midget Auto Racing (NAMAR) Champion (1973)
•Legacy: Inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (1992), the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame (1986) and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2010)
*Vogler also raced in the Indy 500 from 1985 to 1990. He also raced in 1 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race in 1988.
•Died: July 21, 1990 (aged 39) in Salem, Indiana
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•Birth Name: Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr.
•Nickname: “Super Tex”
•Years Active: 1958-1996
•USAC & CART Championship Car Series: •Total Wins: 159
•USAC Stock Car Series: •Wins: 41
•Sprint Car, Midget, and Dirt Champ Car Series: •Wins: 50
•NASCAR Cup Series: •Wins: 7 •Poles: 9 •Top Tens: 36
•Championship Titles: 10-time USAC National Champion, 3-time USAC Stock Car Champion and 2-time IROC Champion
•Legacy: Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2000), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum (1978), the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum (1990), the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (1989) and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame (1988)
*Foyt is the only driver to win The Indianapolis 500 (4 times), The Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona (2 times), the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring