West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame announces nominations for Class of 2018 induction

PHOENIX (Nov. 12, 2017) – Twenty individuals reflecting a varied history of the motor racing industry have been nominated for induction into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

The organization’s ballot, from which five inductees ultimately will be chosen, contains a NASCAR speedway president, 15 drivers, a pair of car owners and two crew chiefs. The list spans historic (pre-1970) and modern eras of the sport. Eleven individuals are nominated for the first time.

First-time nominees are Dave Byrd, Austin Cameron, Ernie Cope, George Follmer, Joe Garone, J.D. Gibbs, Lance Hooper, Eric Norris, Greg Pursley, Boris Said and Bryan Sperber.

Nominated on previous ballots are Ron Esau, Tom Gloy, the late Rick Henderson, Tommy Kendall, Doug McCoun, Greg Pickett, Oren Prosser, the late Marshall Sargent and Dick Woodland.

“This is going to be the toughest votes to cast in our 15-year history,” said West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame chairman Ken Clapp. “It’s a pretty impressive group of nominees and it includes some all-time greats in motor racing overall, not just those who primarily established their credentials in stock cars.

“I found it interesting some whose careers are celebrated for sports car and road racing successes had a place in stock cars as well.”

Several individuals nominated in previous years failed to make the latest ballot, although each is eligible for future inclusion.

“Looking at that you realize just how tough it has become to be considered for induction,” said Clapp.

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame annually nominates for induction worthy individuals who competed in traditional stock car racing as well as in other full-bodied racing vehicles primarily on road courses under international and national sanction by the FIA, International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), GRAND-AM and the Sports Car Club of America.

The Board of Directors’ first round of balloting, from which 10 semi-finalists are to be chosen, begins later this month and ends Jan. 8, 2018. Final voting begins Jan. 11, 2018 and ends Jan. 31, 2018 with the five inductees to be named Sunday, March 11, 2018 during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

The Class of 2018 will be enshrined June 21, 2018 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. The event, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, again accompanies the annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West weekend at nearby Sonoma Raceway.

Here are the 20 nominees by category (*first time nominee):

Promoters
*Bryan Sperber. For nearly 30 years, Bryan R. Sperber has been an integral part of the motorsports and entertainment industry at its highest levels, consistently spearheading change and innovation from coast to coast. Currently the president of Phoenix Raceway, Sperber has guided the strategic and operational vision for one of the most popular venues in the sports, for both fans and drivers alike. Throughout his 15 years as president of Phoenix Raceway, he has guided the track through significant capital expansion, overseen addition of a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, as well as helped secure the return of the Verizon IndyCar Series to the raceway. The jewel of his tenure at Phoenix Raceway is the current $178 million modernization project. Prior to arriving at Phoenix Raceway, Sperber was president of Watkins Glen International, where he was the youngest track president in NASCAR at age 30. While serving as president of Phoenix Raceway, Sperber also was chairman of Auto Club Speedway from 200607, overseeing the facility’s day-to-day operations, while helping lead the transition team for new leadership. Sperber is president of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame and member of the board of directors of the Fiesta Bowl.

Drivers
*Dave Byrd is one of the most versatile west coast stock car drivers of his era, having won six championships on dirt and six championships on pavement at seven different tracks. In 1978, he was offered, but turned down, the Rod Osterlund-owned NASCAR premier series car that ultimately went to Dale Earnhardt. Byrd’s crowning achievement was winning the 1983 NASCAR Pacific Coast Region championship, driving a late model stock car on several northern California dirt tracks. The Los Gatos, Calif. resident also raced for many years in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and Southwest series, posting two top-five and 12 top-10 finishes on the latter tour. His last big victory was in 2002 when he won the Duel in Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is by far the biggest IMCA race anywhere in the western United States. Sixteen states were represented with 144 drivers in attendance. Byrd, 59, has at least 140 feature race victories over a career spanning five decades – 1976 through 2015.

*Austin Cameron, a 40-year-old native of El Cajon, Calif., won 15 NASCAR K&N Pro Series races in a career interrupted by a successful battle with non-Hodgins lymphoma. His most emotional victory came in the 2003 non-points Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway – after remission allowed Cameron to return to competition. Cameron won K&N West rookie of the year honors in 1998 driving a car owned by his father. He twice finished runnerup in series standings, in 1999 and 2004. Cameron posted five top-five championship finishes. In 2002, driving for Bill McAnally Racing, Cameron won five of the season’s 10 races. Two years later he also won five times – a record that included four victories in five starts. Cameron won 11 poles and – in 112 starts finished 47 times in the top five and 72 among the top 10. The southern Californian has made starts in all three of NASCAR’s national series.

Ron Esau won inaugural NASCAR Elite Series Southwest Tour championship (1986) and finished third in the 1987 standings, winning six times in the late model stock car series. The 63-year-old Lakeside, Calif. native ran 55 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races from 1975-98, posting three poles, eight top fives and 20 top 10s. His best finishes, two seconds, came at Willow Springs (Calif.) Raceway and Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park. He competed full-time in the series in 1983-84 finishing ninth and fifth, respectively. Esau also competed in the NASCAR premier series and Camping World Truck Series, with a ninth-place finish in the latter subbing for injured Ken Schrader at Evergreen (Wash.) Speedway in 1995. Esau’s best Cup finish (in 17 starts) was a 14th-place performance in the 1976 Winston West 500 at Riverside International Raceway. Esau won the 1978 El Cajon Stock Car Racing Association (Calif.) sportsman championship.

*George Follmer was one of America’s most versatile motorsport figures in the middle of the 20th Century. He collected points in Formula One; won SCCA Can-Am and Trans-Am titles; won a U.S. Auto Club Championship Car race at Phoenix Raceway and posted top-five finishes in NASCAR’s premier series. Follmer, now 83, was born in Arizona but moved with his family to Southern California shortly thereafter. He raced out of Arcadia, where he owned an auto dealership. He won SCCA’s United States Road Racing Championship in 1965; the organization’s Can-Am title in 1972, subbing for Mark Donohue in Roger Penske’s Porsche 917/10; and SCCA Trans-Am titles in 1972 (Javelin) and 1976 (Porsche). Follmer spent a single season in F1 – 1973 – driving Don Nichols’ UOP Shadow and collected a third-place podium at the Spanish Grand Prix. A year later, Follmer took the wheel of Bud Moore’s Fords in a 13-race NASCAR Cup schedule, logging a fourth-place finish in Atlanta and fifths at Dover and Rockingham. He competed in six NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events – including dirt track events in Gardena and Vallejo, Calif. Follmer also won an International Race of Champions (IROC) event at Riverside International Raceway.

Tom Gloy of Lafayette, Calif. was among the most successful Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am Series competitors during the 1980s. He won the 1984 championship driving a Mercury Capri for Roush Racing. Gloy competed in 17 races that year, winning three and finishing among the top five in 12 others. He was the 1979 Formula Atlantic champion and competed in one Indianapolis 500. Gloy also was chosen to compete in the International Race of Champions. Gloy, 70, entered Ford F150s in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for three seasons. His drivers collected three top-five finishes including a second by Tony Roper at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

Rick Henderson of Petaluma, Calif. was the first west coast driver to win a NASCAR national racing championship, capturing the 1959 sportsman title. Henderson also won the State of California championship in the same season, a title he previously won in 1957 and subsequently won in 1961-62. He won five additional track championships with three coming at San Jose (Calif.) Speedway, one at Kearney Bowl in Fresno, Calif. and one at Santa Rosa (Calif.) Speedway. Henderson competed in a trio of NASCAR premier series/Pacific Coast Late Model events at Oakland and Bay Meadows in San Mateo, Calif. in 1954 at age 22. Henderson passed away in 2001 at age 69.

*Lance Hooper is a member of the “Palmdale Posse,” a group of NASCAR racers that raced out of Palmdale, Calif. headed by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. The 50-year-old Hooper, like Hornaday, is a second-generation competitor whose family raced stock cars throughout Southern California and called Saugus (Calif.) Speedway home. Driving for West Coast Stock Car Hall of Famer Ray Claridge, Hooper won championships in consecutive seasons – NASCAR Elite Southwest Series in 1995 and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 1996. Hooper won four times in K&N; seven times in the late model Southwest Series. Later, Hooper competed in all three NASCAR national series, finishing 10th in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway. Hooper transitioned to a crew chief’s role with nearly 100 events over seven seasons. He posted top-10 finishes with Clay Rogers and Jeff Green and spent a full season at ThorSport Racing with Kerry Earnhardt.

Tommy Kendall, a Santa Monica native, dominated the SCCA Trans-Am Series in the 1990s, capturing four driving titles in the first eight years of the decade (1990, 1995-96-97). From 1995 to 1997, while piloting Jack Roush-owned Ford Mustangs, Kendall claimed 16 wins and 27 poles in 38 Trans-Am races. In 1997, on his way to his fourth and final Trans-Am title, Kendall scored wins in the first 11 of 13 races that season. Kendall also made 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, mostly on road courses with a best finish of eighth at Watkins Glen International and made two appearances in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Kendall, 61, also is a television broadcaster.

Doug McCoun was the first west coast driver to win a NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national championship (1985) under contemporary points format and second to capture a NASCAR national title from the west. The Prunedale, Calif. resident, driving a late model stock car owned by his father, won 27 of the 53 races he entered at Watsonville and Merced fairgrounds dirt tracks and other northern California ovals in 1985. McCoun also won the organization’s Pacific Coast Region title in 1986. Competing in the NASCAR Elite Series Southwest Tour, McCoun, 60, finished four times among the top five in the championship, his best a pair of third-place finishes. He logged nine wins and 49 top-five and top-10 finishes in the late model touring series.

*Eric Norris of Redondo Beach, Calif. balanced a career in the entertainment industry with a successful stint in NASCAR racing. Norris, the youngest son of actor and martial arts champion Chuck Norris, won the 2002 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship. He competed in the series from 1996 through 2012, posting three wins, two poles, 18 top-five and 32 top-10 finishes. The majority of his success came in Ultra Wheels Fords. Norris, 52, also competed in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck series. Norris has acted in many motion pictures and television productions as well as working as stuntman, stunt coordinator and second and main unit director.

Greg Pickett of Alamo, Calif. is the only driver to have won SCCA Trans-Am races in four decades of competition. The 70-year-old Pickett won the 1978 T-A II championship posting four victories in a Chevrolet Corvette. In 1984, Pickett gave Jack Roush his first T-A victory at Sonoma Raceway. Pickett counts a pair of 12 Hours of Sebring class victories (1987, 2010). As an owner in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Pickett’s Muscle Milk stable counted 21 victories and two team and driver championships. He also competed in a pair of NASCAR Elite Series Southwest Series events finishing sixth at the Los Angeles Coliseum and Sonoma Raceway.

Oren Prosser was virtually unbeatable at Saugus (Calif.) Speedway in the 1960s and 1970s, winning five sportsman stock car championships (1964, 1967-72). He won nine consecutive feature races at the flat, .333-mile track in 1966. In 1971 Prosser won the July 4 Firecracker 400 – capturing all four 100-lap races at four southern California tracks. He also won Saugus’ first 330-lap event in 1975. Prosser won the NASCAR Permatex 300 in 1967 at Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway and competed in three NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) events. The Granada Hills, Calif. competitor, 77, drove Chevrolets for owner Donnie Johnson.

*Greg Pursley is a two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion and NASCAR Home Tracks national champion. A former desert and motocross competitor, Pursley was a late comer to four-wheel competition at age 25. He won 13 of 18 races at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2004 to capture NASCAR’s national weekly title. Moving to the NASCAR Elite Series Southwest Series, the Canyon Country, Calif. driver won two races along with four poles. Pursley entered the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West by longtime Southern California car owner Joe Nava. After a dozen races with Nava, Pursley moved to Gene Price Motorsports. With Price, a 2017 West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inductee, won the 2011 and 2014 series championships. In 2011, Pursley won six of his 12 starts. Over 100 races, Pursley posted 20 victories, won 20 poles and logged 58 top-five and 75 top-10 finishes. He won races in six consecutive K&N Pro Series West seasons. Pursley, 49, resides in Parker City, Ariz.

*Boris Said is best known for his sports car successes while being an acknowledged “road course ringer” in NASCAR. Said, born in New York City but living throughout his career in Carlsbad, Calif., won the 2002 SCCA Trans-Am championship and the 2004 Rolex Grand-Am GT title. Driving a BMW, Said shared back to back GT class victories in the 1997-98 24 Hours of Daytona. Said won 10 times in the Rolex Series. He competed in the LeMans 24 Hour race, won in GT cars in Germany and raced in Australian Super Cars. Said, whose father Bob was a pioneer post-World War II sports car driver, won poles in all three NASCAR national series. Although recognized for his road racing prowess, Said captured the pole for the 2006 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke 400 at Daytona International Speedway and finished fourth. He won a NASCAR XFINITY Series race in Montreal as well as a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Sonoma Raceway. He frequently was called on to tutor NASCAR’s top stars on the art of road racing. The 55-year-old Said’s final NASCAR premier series start came in August at Watkins Glen International.

Marshall Sargent was a true international star, winning an estimated 500 feature races in the United States and Australia during a 20-year racing career. The Salinas, Calif. native, who raced out of San Jose, starred in hard tops and supermodifieds and won the NASCAR State of California championship in 1960. He won 88 races at the old San Jose Speedway, a paved third-mile track, including 1960 and 1963 Johnny Key Classics. Sargent was the 1960 San Jose champion and won titles at Alviso, Salinas and Sacramento. Sargent also competed in the NASCAR premier series, qualifying for the 1961 Daytona 500. He had three top-10 finishes in 12 appearances, the best a seventh at Eureka, Calif. in 1957. Sargent won a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at the Gardena (Calif.) Stadium in 1957, driving the Howard Cams Chevrolet. Sargent died in 1990 at age 59.

Owners
*J.D. Gibbs. Jason Dean “J.D.” Gibbs, born in Los Angeles in 1969 while his Super Bowl winning father Joe was an assistant coach at the University of Southern California, is president of Joe Gibbs Racing – one of NASCAR’s most successful racing organizations. A collegiate defensive back and quarterback, the younger Gibbs helped his William & Mary team to two Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision playoff appearances. After college, he joined JGR and was a tire changer on Dale Jarrett’s 1993 Daytona 500-winning team. Gibbs later competed as a driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series, becoming president of JGR in 1998. During his tenure, JGR has won multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series championships and has become the NASCAR flagship organization for Toyota Racing Development. Gibbs, 48, resides with his family in Davidson, N.C.

Richard Woodland, Templeton, Calif., built his first race car, a jalopy, in 1958 at age 15. In 1963, driver Mark Ward drove his supermodified to the top 20 in NASCAR national points. In 1964 Woodland turned 21 and raced for the first time, with a best feature finish in NASCAR competition at Fresno, Calif.’s Kearney Bowl. After military service, Woodland drove a California Racing Association sprint car at Ascot Park in Gardena but with a growing family, turned owner and hired Frank Secrist and Jim Eiland. Later, he teamed with Billy Wilkerson. Their drivers included P.J. Jones, Rip Williams and Ron Shuman, who won the initial SCRA championship for the team. Woodland entered the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. in 1991 and continued with his son, Rich Jr. In 55 races, they won once (at Phoenix in 1998) and finished fifth in the 1995 standings. They also entered several NASCAR premier series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series events.

Crew Chiefs
*Ernie Cope, 48, is a native of Spanaway, Wash. whose father and uncle built professional dragster engines. His cousin, Derrike, is a Daytona 500 winner. Cope began racing in the NASCAR Northwest Series at the age of 19, posting 24 top-five finishes in the late model stock car touring series. He finished third in the championship in 1994 and moved to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West the following year, scoring two victories in Lew Miller’s Chevrolet en route to a second-place points finish. Cope swapped driving gloves for a crew chief’s headset, competing in more than 400 national series races. He won nine times in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – six of them with Kevin Harvick. Cope’s NASCAR XFINITY Series record shows 285 races, 16 poles, 15 wins, 106 top fives and 170 top 10s. His drivers finished runnerup in two seasons – Elliott Sadler in 2011 and Chase Elliott in 2015. Cope currently is competition director at JTG Daugherty Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

*Joe Garone. A native of Denver, Colo., the 57-year-old Garone, like his father, raced on areal tracks until 1989 when he became crew chief for West Coast Stock Car Hall of Famer Rick Carelli. The duo’s success caught the attention of Denver auto dealer Marshal Chesrown, whose powerhouse Chevrolet teams reached the pinnacle of West Coast NASCAR competition. Chesrown also was voted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2014. Under Garone’s charge, the team won the 1991 NASCAR Elite Series Southwest Series championship and 21 races between 1987 and 1999. A NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title followed in 1993, a season in which Carelli won five of 14 races. Garone completed his stint with Chesrown and Carelli in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and joined Bill Elliott’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team in 1995, becoming its crew chief in 1998. He helped form PPI Motorsports in 1999 and from 2001 through 2003 was employed by NASCAR ultimately becoming its director of officiating. After spending a year with Michael Waltrip Motorsports, Garone moved back to Denver to join Furniture Row Racing where he currently serves as president and general manager. He previously was elected to the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame.

For additional information about the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, please visit WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com or contact Owen A. Kearns at 661-342-2983. To obtain details about table sponsorship for the 2018 awards dinner, contact Jenniffer Wentzel at 623-463-5400. A limited number of tickets will be make available to the public beginning April 1, 2018. Inquiries should be forwarded to jwentzel@phoenixraceway.com.

About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:
The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.

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Bleier, Verlatti Jr. named to West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame board of directors

PHOENIX (October 18, 2017) – Racing historian Melissa Bleier and digital development pioneer Michael Verlatti Jr. have been named to the board of directors of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

Bleier, who resides in Port Costa, Calif., explored the heritage of short tracks and speedways and their impact on America’s cultural landscape in her 2009 master’s thesis, “Don’t They Just Turn Left?”

She has published numerous articles, is author of her blog and was a speaker at the 2010 annual conference of the North American Society for Sport History.

Bleier currently has two book projects underway: a biography of Harold Brasington, builder of Darlington Raceway in South Carolina and a history of west coast racing as defined by the career of Ken Clapp, a retired NASCAR senior executive who oversaw 19 race tracks and presented in excess of 5,000 single-day events in a 50-year career and chair of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

Employed by the National Park Service’s Business Management Division, Bleier manages the Historic Leasing program and related project management for San Francisco’s Fort Mason, the equestrian leases for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, as well as land use and permitting.

Verlatti Jr. is a native of San Francisco now residing in Charlotte, N.C. His father, Mike Verlatti, served for many years as a NASCAR official and holds membership on the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame’s board.

Following a hands-on career as a NASCAR official, Verlatti Jr. founded Traction Event Labs, which delivers event technology and activation to partners and consumers in the racing industry

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Verlatti Jr. worked with partners to design the nation’s largest mobile screen with tailored video content, a widget wall and interactive games for The Sprint Unlimited Experience that accompanied NASCAR’s premier racing series.
Traction has provided digital services to NASCAR, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Sprint and created a custom app that streamlined presentation of NASCAR’s business-to-business events.

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame’s next event is the 2018 NASCAR K&N Series West season finale on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame 150 presented by NAPA will crown this year’s champion. Current standings leader Todd Gilliland, who drives a Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing, won March’s race at the half-mile paved oval as well as the track’s 2016 event.

Voting for the hall’s 2018 class of inductees is set to begin in November with announcement of the new members in March. The 15th Annual induction ceremonies will be held June 21, 2018 at the Meritage Hotel and Spa in Napa, Calif., kicking off the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series and K&N Pro Series West weekend at nearby Sonoma Raceway.

About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:
The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.

Contact:
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983
okearns@bak.rr.com

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West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inducts 2017 class before record attendance

PHOENIX (June 27, 2017) – The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame conducted its 14th Annual Induction Ceremony, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, on June 22 before a record attendance of nearly 400.

Present for induction were off-road legend Walker Evans; NASCAR team owners Michael Gaughan and Gene Price; road racing champion Scott Pruett; pioneer modified stock car champion Frank Secrist and announcer-publicist Kenneth (Kenny) Takeuchi. Motorcycle and Indianapolis car champion Joe Leonard was inducted posthumously during the event held at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif.

The late Ben Gregory, elected to the Hall with Class of 2009, was re-inducted in a special ceremony with his daughter, Candy Campbell, who was unable to attend his initial honors. A top stock car competitor in the 1940s and early 1950s, “Ben Gregory” was the racing identity of Gordon Campbell, a California Highway Patrol officer who hid his off-duty exploits from his employer.

Ken Clapp, chairman of the Hall’s board of directors, told attendees, “Your ongoing support has not only allowed our growth to where we are tonight but it has also given us the privilege to be able to help many less fortunate than ourselves. Last year we gifted just over $73,000 to multiple charities.

“This has been made possible by our matching fund-raising program and we will only grow each year from that effort.”

National Speed Sport publisher and television personality Ralph Sheheen served as master of ceremonies for the event. Hall of Fame members in attendance included Clapp, Allen Beebe, Mike Duncan, Ed Justice Jr., Owen A. Kearns, Bill McAnally, Hershel McGriff and Steve Page.

Some induction evening highlights:

Brendan Gaughan, a two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion and current NASCAR XFINITY Series competitor, inducted Evans, calling off-road racing legend “a huge mentor. If not for Walker Evans, I never would have made it to the top (national series) of NASCAR.”

Evans, Gaughan noted, brought Chrysler back into NASCAR through the Camping World Truck Series, where the Riverside, Calif. team owner competed in its early years.

“For an off-road guy, I’m humbled and proud,” said Evans.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress inducted Michael Gaughan, co-owner of a team that won three consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championships and member of a pioneer Las Vegas gaming and hospitality family.

“He does so much behind the scenes and people don’t realize all that he does,” said Childress. “If it wasn’t for Michael Gaughan, we wouldn’t have a second (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (in 2018).”

Gaughan’s acceptance included praise for his former partner, McAnally. “Bill put together a quality team for my son (Brendan),” he said. “If it wasn’t for his ability, I would be here.”

Two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Greg Pursley inducted his former team owner, Price, whose Parker, Ariz. team captured three titles and 26 victories between 2009 and 2014.

“But,” said Pursley, “he was always about having fun.”

Pruett, the first Sports Car Club of America and IMSA champion elected to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, said he was “still in awe” of the honor.

“It’s gone way too fast,” the Roseville, Calif. native said. “I’ve enjoyed every step of the way.”

Takeuchi, described by Clapp as “truly an auto racing historian,” frequently announced and wrote about hardtop and supermodified events at up to four central California tracks a weekend beginning in the 1960s. The Fresno, Calif. resident once saw two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bill Vukovich practicing in a farm field in 1935 and spent World War II in an internment camp in Jerome, Ark. “At age 90, he’s still running the marathon,” said Clapp.

“I worked with the best promoters and officials,” said Takeuchi. “We had enough cars and drivers for A, B and C main events. We had rivalries, intense rivalries and rivalries built heroes. I only hope my contributions to racing made a difference.”

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame will return to the Meritage for its 15th Annual Induction on June 21, 2018, again kicking off the NASCAR weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Voting will begin on the next class of nominees in November. The 2018 inductees will be announced in March.

About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.

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Kenny Takeuchi, ace racing PA man, next media inductee into West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame

(Note: This is the seventh and final of a series of press releases on the 2017 inductees into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. The 14th Annual Induction Ceremony, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, will be held June 22 at the Meritage Resort in Napa, Calif.)

PHOENIX (June 20, 2017) – Kenneth (Kenny) Takeuchi, a public-address announcer and media relations director, became a familiar figure at racing events throughout northern and central California from the late 1950s. The Fresno, Calif. native began his career at the old Selma (Calif.) Rodeo Grounds.

When hardtop and supermodified racing blossomed a few years later, Takeuchi followed the three and four-night a week circuit to NASCAR tracks at Kearney Bowl, San Jose Speedway, Clovis Speedway and Altamont Speedway.

He was among sport’s most visible figures, interviewing top competitors from trackside and following up with post-race results and columns in the various trade papers of the day.

Takeuchi was inducted into the San Jose Speedway Hall of Fame in 1995 with this observation: “He began his day in the pits with note pad in hand, taking down notes about every driver. He knew their birthdays, anniversaries, things about their work and so much more.

“He cared about ‘his’ drivers. He tagged many drivers with nicknames: “The Campbell Comet,” “Quick Nick,” “The Caruthers Cannonball,” and “Mombo Pombo.”

“He was a very gracious gentleman and made everyone feel special.”

The fifth media category inductee, Takeuchi remains active with several vintage racing organizations.

Takeuchi joins Walker Evans, Michael Gaughan, Joe Leonard, Gene Price, Scott Pruett and Frank Secrist in the 2017 WCSCHOF class of inductees.

The 2017 induction ceremonies, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, are open to the public on a limited, space-available basis. Reservation information is available by emailing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at jwentzel@phoenixraceway.com.

About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.

Contact:
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983
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West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inductee Frank Secrist won titles, set speed records at Daytona

(Note: This is the sixth of a series of press releases on the 2017 inductees into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. The 14th Annual Induction Ceremony, presented by Gateway Motorsport Park, will be held June 22 at the Meritage Resort in Napa, Calif.)

PHOENIX (June 15, 2017) – Frank Secrist of Oildale, Calif. won 1951-54 jalopy championships – then the top weekly racing division – at Bakersfield Speedway as well as the 1953-55 jalopy titles at Hanford, Calif. Secrist won the 1960 modified sportsman championship in Bakersfield and finished third in NASCAR’s California standings in 1961.

He also competed at the then-new Daytona International Speedway, setting modified sportsman track records in 1961 and 1962 – in the latter event erasing NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough’s speed from the books. Starting from the pole in his No. 86 Studebaker/Ford, Secrist finished fourth.

He won nine of 11 super modified races in 1963 and won the first United States Auto Club (USAC) midget race he entered in 1966.

Secrist, 88, competed in eight NASCAR premier series races winning one pole at the 1.4-mile Marchbanks Speedway in Hanford. His best finish was fourth at Sacramento’s old state fairgrounds mile track in 1961. Secrist also made several USAC sprint car appearances with a best finish of second in 1966 at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. He attempted to qualify for USAC championship car races.

“Frank Secrist was a natural in anything with four wheels,” said Richard Woodland, a 2017 West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame nominee. “He helped me as my mentor in my NASCAR modified driving days plus he would hop into my car, when asked, in order to help sort things out for me. Later, he drove off for me for several years in CRA and NARC sprint cars.

“In other words, I both drove against him and he drove for me. He was, without a doubt, one of the hardest charging drivers I know of while, at the same time, one of the cleanest.”

Secrist joins Walker Evans, Michael Gaughan, Joe Leonard, Gene Price, Scott Pruett and Kenneth Takeuchi in the 2017 WCSCHOF class of inductees.

The 2017 induction ceremonies, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, are open to the public on a limited, space-available basis. Reservation information is available by emailing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at jwentzel@phoenixraceway.com.

About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.

About Gateway Motorsports Park

Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.

Contact:
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983
okearns@bak.rr.com

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SCCA Trans-Am, IMSA titles among Pruett’s West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame accomplishments

(Note: This is the fifth of a series of press releases on the 2017 inductees into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. The 14th Annual Induction Ceremony, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, will be held June 22 at the Meritage Resort in Napa, Calif.)

PHOENIX (June 13, 2017) – Scott Pruett of Roseville, Calif. has won races in full-bodied cars, sports cars and championship cars. Pruett, 57, won three Sports Car Club of America Trans-Am titles (1987, 1994 and 2003) and a pair of International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GTO championships (1986, 1988).

He won two Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) events and was the Indianapolis 500 co-rookie of the year in 1989.

Pruett’s greatest success came in Rolex GRAND-AM/WeatherTech sports car racing: five championships (2004, 2008, 2010-11, and 2013) and 45 victories, including five overall wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Pruett competed in 40 NASCAR premier series races (including a full season in 2000) with three top-five and six top-10 finishes that include a second at Watkins Glen International in 2003. He won a NASCAR XFINITY Series pole in Mexico City.

Owner of Pruett Vineyards in Placer County, Calif., Pruett also has been a television commentator.

Pruett will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America later this month. He previously was enshrined in the World Karting Hall of Fame and received the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) Phil Hill Award in 2016.

“He’s a guy committed to his craft and a class guy,” said Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal in honoring Pruett with the Phil Hill Award. “He was hurt pretty badly in a testing accident in West Palm Beach in 1990, where he broke his legs, back, feet, you name it. Obviously, that didn’t stop him and his drive and determination took him to winning many championships.”

Pruett joins Walker Evans, Michael Gaughan, Joe Leonard, Gene Price, Frank Secrist and Kenneth Takeuchi in the 2017 WCSCHOF class of inductees.

The 2017 induction ceremonies, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, are open to the public on a limited, space-available basis. Reservation information is available by emailing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at jwentzel@phoenixraceway.com.

About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.

About Gateway Motorsports Park

Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.

Contact:
West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983
okearns@bak.rr.com

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Gateway Motorsports Park joins West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame for 14th Annual inductions

PHOENIX (June 12, 2016) – The West Coast Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame announced today that Gateway Motorsports Park, a multi-purpose entertainment complex, will be presenting sponsor of the organization’s June 22 induction ceremonies.

The 14th Annual Induction, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, will be held at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. in conjunction with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and K&N Pro Series West weekend at Sonoma, Raceway.

The Class of 2017 is comprised of Walker Evans, Michael Gaughan, Joe Leonard, Gene Price, Scott Pruett, Frank Secrist and Kenneth Takeuchi.

Gateway becomes the West Coast Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame’s second major supporter, joining founding principal sponsor Mike Curb.

The 340-acre facility, which hosts the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Verizon IndyCar Series and the National Hot Rod Association’s Mello Yello nationals, is located in Madison, Ill – a few miles east of St. Louis.

“St. Louis well known as the ‘Gateway to the West’ makes Gateway Motorsports Park the perfect match for our organization,” said Ken Clapp, the hall of fame’s chairman. “Three of our previous inductees – Rick Carelli, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Mike Skinner won NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on Gateway’s 1.25-mile oval.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West also continues to have a major presence in the Midwest at Iowa Speedway.”

“Both track owner and CEO Curtis Francois and I have a great deal of respect for Ken Clapp and the passion he brings to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame,” said Chris Blair, Gateway Motorsports Park executive vice president and general manger. “We both love racing history and understand the significance of preserving the legacy of drivers who were so instrumental in building the sport.

“As the years pass, and new stars emerge, it’s important that legends live on and their stories are passed from generation to generation. The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame plays an important role for all of us who want to see our heroes remembered for years to come.”

The 2017 Induction Ceremony, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, is open to the public on a limited, space-available basis. Reservation information is available by emailing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at jwentzel@phoenixraceway.com.

About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists, and members of the motorsports media.

About Gateway Motorsports Park

Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.

Contact:
West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983
okearns@bak.rr.com

Gateway Motorsports Park
John Bisci
618-215-8888 ext. 119
John.Bisci@gatewaymsp.com

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Three NASCAR K&N Pro Series titles earns Gene Price West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame induction

Note: This is the fourth of a series of press releases on the 2017 inductees into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. The 14th Annual Induction, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, will be held June 22 at the Meritage Resort in Napa, Calif.)

PHOENIX (June 9, 2017) – Few owners have had more success than Gene Price and his Parker, Ariz.-based Gene Price Motorsports team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Price’s drivers accounted for three championships among six consecutive top-five points finishes between 2009 and 2014.

Greg Pursley won titles in 2011 and 2014 and Dylan Kwasniewski captured the 2013 championship – just eight points ahead of runner up Pursley. Cameron Hayley finished second to Pursley in 2014. The three drivers accounted for 26 wins and 90 top-five and 114 top-10 finishes in a combined 144 starts.

Pursley, in a 2014 interview with NASCAR Wire Service, summed up Price’s impact on the sport – and his and his fellow competitors’ careers with the organization. Price retired the team following its final championship season.

“There was never anything that came out of his mouth about us having to cut down on spending money or testing anywhere. It was always, ‘We need to go out there and win some races. Let’s go do what it takes.’ Gene’s the kind of guy that, when he does something, he wants to do it right,” said Pursley.

“I wouldn’t be anywhere in my career without Gene. You can say he let me fulfill my dream as a racer.”

Gene Price Motorsports also won twice in the NASCAR Elite Southwest Series and competed briefly in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Price joins Walker Evans, Michael Gaughan, Joe Leonard, Scott Pruett, Frank Secrist and Kenneth Takeuchi in the 2017 WCSCHOF class of inductees.

The 2017 Induction, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, open to the public on a limited, space-available basis. Reservation information is available by emailing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at jwentzel@phoenixraceway.com.

About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.

About Gateway Motorsports Park

Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.

Contact:
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983
okearns@bak.rr.com

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West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame inductee Leonard won national championships on two, four wheels

Note: This is the third of a series of press releases on the 2017 inductees into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. The 14th Annual Induction Ceremony, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, will be held June 22 at the Meritage Resort in Napa, Calif.)

PHOENIX (June 7, 2017) – Born in San Diego in 1932, Joe Leonard exceled on two and four wheels. Leonard won three American Motorcyclist Association championships (1954, 1956-57), winning 27 races including the famed Daytona 200 twice.

Switching genres, Leonard began racing hard tops and NASCAR supermodifieds in central California. Leonard then moved to the U.S. Auto Club’s championship car circuit. In 98 races, Leonard won six times including the 1971 California 500 at the now-defunct Ontario Motor Speedway and captured the organization’s 1971 and 1972 national championships. Leonard is the only American to win U.S. national titles in automobiles and motorcycles.

Leonard drove for some of USAC’s greatest legends: West Coast Stock Car Hall of Famers Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones and Vel Melitich and A.J. Foyt and Andy Granatelli. He finished third twice in the Indianapolis 500 (1967 and 1972).

“Joe, what a great guy,” said Mario Andretti who was, along with Al Unser, teammates with Leonard on Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing’s 1972 Super Team. “We had a lot of fun together. That guy, he used to work hard and play hard with me and Al. The three of us just enjoyed the time that we had.”

He won a USAC stock car race at the DuQuoin (Ill.) Fairgrounds in 1964 and made one NASCAR premier series start, driving for Smokey Yunick in the 1969 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Leonard passed away April 27 at the age of 84.

Leonard joins Walker Evans, Michael Gaughan, Gene Price, Scott Pruett, Frank Secrist and Kenneth Takeuchi in the 2017 WCSCHOF class of inductees.

The 2017 Induction Ceremony, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, are open to the public on a limited, space-available basis. Reservation information is available by emailing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at jwentzel@phoenixraceway.com.

About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists, and members of the motorsports media.

About Gateway Motorsports Park

Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile super speedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.

Contact:
West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983
okearns@bak.rr.com

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Off-roader, NASCAR owner-sponsor Gaughan Reaches West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame

(Note: This is the second of a series of press releases on the 2017 inductees into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. The 14th Annual Induction Ceremony, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, will be held June 22 at the Meritage Resort in Napa, Calif.)

PHOENIX (June 5, 2017) – Michael Gaughan, born in Omaha, Neb., was elected to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame with the Class of 2016 but requested his induction be deferred until this June.

The 74-year-old Las Vegas resident, a second generation member of a pioneer gaming and hospitality family, competed as an off-road racer for more than two decades, winning the 1966 Mint 400 among other events.

Gaughan’s South Point Racing, in association with West Coast Stock Car Hall of Famer Bill McAnally, captured three consecutive NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championships with Sean Woodside (1999) and son Brendan Gaughan (2000-01) The Las Vegas-based team posted nine victories in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with the younger Gaughan and Steve Park.

Michael Gaughan’s South Point Hotel and Casino property continues as a primary sponsor for his son’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Chevrolet team, owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Childress. The popular South Las Vegas Boulevard property is a must stay and play destination for NASCAR teams and fans and hosts a variety to top sports events throughout the year.

Gaughan is a member of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame and National Gaming Hall of Fame. Upon his 2009 induction into the Gaming Hall, Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., the organization’s president and chief executive officer, called Gaughan “one of the most beloved employers in the industry. Michael’s casinos have helped shape the city making it what it is today. He created friendly, nurturing working environments (and) thus, his casinos have boasted more long-term employees than many in our transient industry.”

Gaughan joins Walker Evans, Joe Leonard, Gene Price, Scott Pruett, Frank Secrist and Kenneth Takeuchi in the 2017 WCSCHOF class of inductees.

The 2017 Induction Ceremony, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, is open to the public on a limited, space-available basis. Reservation information is available by emailing the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame at jwentzel@phoenixraceway.com.

About the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car racing. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car competitors have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists, and members of the motorsports media.

About Gateway Motorsports Park

Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.

Contact:
West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983
okearns@bak.rr.com

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