West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com Mon, 10 Jan 2022 20:10:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.9 Sheheen named President of West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/sheheen-named-president-of-west-coast-stock-car-motorsports-hall-of-fame/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 14:18:30 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=3168 Sonoma Raceway’s Gregory, historian Osmer, join Board of Directors

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., January 10, 2022 – Ralph Sheheen, co-owner of National Speed Sport News and a nationally recognized motorsports broadcaster, has been named President of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame.

West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Chairman/CEO Ken Clapp also announced addition of two members to the Hall’s Board of Directors. They are Jill Gregory, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sonoma Raceway and Harold Osmer, an award-winning author and motorsports historian. Their election brings the Board’s membership to 26.

“The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame has taken a major step forward in 2022 with the acceptance of Ralph Sheheen to serve as our president and the addition of Jill Gregory and Harold Osmer as Board of Directors members,” said Ken Clapp, Chairman and CEO of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame.

“Ralph has been the face of our organization as the longtime master of ceremonies of the Hall’s annual Induction gala. His stature as a prominent journalist and broadcaster, along with his business success, makes him the logical person to serve as the Hall’s second in command.

“Jill Gregory took leadership of Sonoma Raceway at a difficult time but despite the challenges of the ongoing Pandemic, she and her staff are quickly moving Northern California racing forward. She offered the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame the use of its new VIP/Hospitality complex outside Turn 11 for our June 9 Induction Gala, presented by World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. We served together on the Board of Directors of Iowa Speedway during Jill’s NASCAR tenure and I can attest to her vision within the industry.

“Harold Osmer falls into the “one of a kind” category as one who is a walking and breathing encyclopedia of racing in Southern California since the advent of the race car. He is a talented journalist whose inquisitive mind has uncovered nuggets many of us ‘long timers’ had missed. Having Osmer on the board is a no-brainer as we make certain all of the sport’s early stars can be recognized.”

Sheheen has been a member of the Hall’s Board of Directors for nearly a decade, serving as Master of Ceremonies of its annual Induction Gala. The native of Sacramento, Calif. has been broadcasting motorsports on national television for more than 30 years covering everything from Swamp Buggies to Formula One and from Supercross to Moto G-P.

During his lengthy career he has held microphones for major television networks including CBS, FOX, NBC and ESPN among others. Sheheen also has worked on the biggest racing radio networks in the country including PRN, MRN and the Indy Radio Network. He has spent many hours broadcasting races over the public address systems at many of the world’s most famous race tracks including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway.

Sheheen is co-owner President of SPEED SPORT, the oldest, most trusted brand name in American motorsports journalism. SPEED SPORT, which is over 85 years old, is a full-fledged media company covering every form of racing and includes two monthly publications, SPEED SPORT Magazine and Sprint Car and Midget. The SPEEDSPORT.TV Network is home to over 75 affiliates and broadcasts over 1,500 live streamed motorsports events annually

Gregory was named by Speedway Motorsports to the top executive post at Sonoma Raceway in early 2021 as successor to Steve Page, who retired following three decades at the helm of the Northern California road course and motorsports complex. Page was inducted into the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2014.

A native of Modesto, in California’s Central Valley, Gregory previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Content Officer at NASCAR and was managing executive of the company’s Charlotte-based operations. She led the marketing, media, communications, broadcasting and diversity and inclusion functions for NASCAR, and was responsible for the sanctioning body’s digital platform, including NASCAR.com.

Before joining NASCAR, Gregory was the Senior Vice President of Motorsports Marketing for Bank of America, and previously served as Director of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series marketing program for Sprint Nextel. In 2011, Gregory was selected for the inaugural class of “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business” by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Osmer researched, compiled, and produced the first full-length scholarly paper dedicated to the topic of Southern California auto racing history. His 1996 Master’s thesis written while studying at California State University Northridge, uncovered the fact that in terms of sheer venue numbers, more auto racing has taken place in Southern California than any other place in the world.

His original work became the book “Where They Raced,” which then spawned a detailed look at the “Santa Monica Road Races (1909-1919)” as well as the comprehensive “Saugus Speedway Scrapbook.” All three books garnered awards from a variety of automotive enthusiast groups including the Motor Press Guild, American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association, and Society of Automotive Historians.

Osmer’s ties to Southern California auto racing reach back 40 years to the final seasons at Ascot Park as a regular Saturday night CRA sprint car fan. He drew national acclaim for production of the Irwindale Speedway weekly event program during 2001-2004, including a season-long stint as play-by-play radio announcer in 2004. Osmer, who lives in Los Angeles, served two years announcing at the Bonneville Salt Flats with SCTA in 2013-2014 and continues working with USAC and Agajanian Promotions in the production/promotion of the annual Turkey Night Grand Prix.

About the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car/motorsports competition. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is to preserve history and heritage of the key role west coast stock car and motorsports figures 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.

The Hall is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and groups from coast to coast. During its tenure, the Hall has raised more than $600,000 in the past five of its 20 years for youth, health and safety, hospitals, animal rescue, military and other charitable causes.

For more information on the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame visit: www.WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com

For Media information, Contact
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983
okearns@bak.rr.com

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Biffle, Gaughan named finalists for West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s 2022 Class http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/biffle-gaughan-named-finalists-for-west-coast-stock-car-motorsports-hall-of-fames-2022-class/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 19:19:55 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=3090 Seven first-time nominees are among 11 voted for final ballot consideration

Bakersfield, Calif. (January 4, 2022) – Greg Biffle, NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck champion; and Brendan Gaughan, a two-time ARCA Menards Series West titleholder and NASCAR Cup Series veteran are among 11 finalists for 2022 induction into the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Biffle, who also finished runner-up in NASCAR Cup Series points, came closest to date to sweeping championships in NASCAR’s three national series. The Vancouver, Wash. competitor won 56 races across the three tours.

Gaughan, whose father, Michael, was inducted into the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2017, won multiple off-road championships prior to joining the ARCA Menards Series West. He subsequently starred in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series, winning eight times – including four races in a row at Texas Motor Speedway.

Five additional first-time nominees have reached the final round for the Hall’s Class of 2022. They are David Gilliland, two-time ARCA Menards Series West crew chief champion, Daytona 500 pole winner and winning NASCAR truck team owner; Eric Holmes, three-time ARCA Menards Series West champion with 17 wins and 13 poles; John Moore, 2021 NASCAR State of California/All American Speedway champion and longtime sponsor of numerous West Coast races; Brad Noffsinger, two-time California Racing Association sprint car champion, member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and NASCAR Cup Series crew chief; and Jimmy Sills, three-time U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown champion, eight-time World of Outlaws race winner and operator of a nationally-known racing school.

Previous nominees appearing on the final ballot are Garrett Evans, three-time NASCAR Northwest Tour Elite Series champion and longtime operator of Wenatchee Valley (Wash.) Raceway; Tony Hunt, nine-time U.S. Auto Club sprint car champion and motion picture stuntman; Brent Kaeding, 13-time Northern Auto Racing Club (Calif.) sprint car champion and World of Outlaws race winner; and Danny Ongais, National Hot Rod Association Indianapolis Nationals drag racing champion, six-time U.S. Auto Club championship car winner and Formula 1 competitor.

Final voting by the Hall’s Board of Directors to select the five 2022 inductees continues through February 7, 2022. Five Heritage candidates from racing’s historic era also will be inducted in the Class of 2022. Their selection will be announced later this spring.

The Class of 2022 will be enshrined Thursday evening, June 9, 2022. The event, presented by World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, will be staged in Sonoma Raceway’s beautiful, new VIP/hospitality complex and will feature naming of the 2nd Annual Knockin Doorz Down Philanthropist of the Year presented by 51FIFTY. The event serves as kick-off for the raceway’s June 9-12 NASCAR Cup Series, inaugural Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series West weekend. 

“As we enter our 22nd year of honoring those who have achieved and given above and beyond to better the motorsports world, I have never been more excited and prouder of where the Hall is – and is headed for the future,” said Ken Clapp, Chairman and CEO. “Having become the highest recognized and respected for motorsports on the west coast and one of the most desired to be recognized in America is more than I ever dreamed possible.

“But it has happened; and heading into 2022, with Ralph Sheheen becoming our new President, we are shooting for $700,000 in charitable donations by the end of the year and moving our annual induction to the famed Sonoma Raceway’s new, multi-million VIP building which wraps around Turn 11. Along with the continued supporting and presenting sponsorship of World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, this simply spells never-imagined greatness for 2022 and years beyond.”

To obtain media credentials for coverage of the 21st West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame awards, please contact Owen A. Kearns at 661-342-2983. To obtain details about table sponsorship for the 2022 awards dinner, please contact Ken Clapp at 925-552-9887 or ckcdeee@gmail.com.

The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame annually nominates for induction worthy individuals who competed in traditional stock car racing as well as other racing vehicles primarily on road courses under international and national sanction by the FIA: IndyCar, the U.S. Auto Club, International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), GRAND-AM and the Sports Car Club of America. The Hall also is open to winners and champions of other forms of racing, as determined by the Hall’s nominating committee.

About the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car/motorsports competition. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is to preserve history and heritage of the key role west coast stock car and motorsports figures 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.

The Hall is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and groups from coast to coast. During its tenure, the Hall has raised more than $600,000 in the past five of its 20 years for youth, health and safety, hospitals, animal rescue, military and other charitable causes.

For more information on the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame visit: www.WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com

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

Biographies of the 11 2022 finalists (* previous nominee)

Greg Biffle. The Vancouver, Wash. competitor came the closest, to date, to sweeping championships in all three NASCAR national series. Biffle won the 2000 Camping World Truck Series crown, the 2002 NASCAR Xfinity title and finished runner up in 2005 NASCAR Cup Series point standings. Biffle, 52, amassed 56 victories across the three NASCAR national series: 19 Cup, 20 Xfinity and 17 trucks. Biffle made 510 Cup starts over 15 seasons, all driving Fords for Roush Fenway Racing. Prior to being discovered by Roush at the nationally televised Winter Heat in Tucson, Ariz., Biffle finished runner up in the NASCAR Pacific Coast weekly series championship, winning 27 times in 47 starts at tracks in the Pacific Northwest.

Garrett Evans. Garrett Evans is three-time NASCAR Elite Series Northwest Tour champion (1986, 89, 94). He also is the all-time series victory leader (50) and pole winner (55). Evans won the late model series’ first event in 1985 at Evergreen Speedway in Washington. Evans also won twice in the NASCAR Elite Series Southwest Tour. Evans is a three-time Northwest Super Late Model champion. The Wenatchee, Wash. resident competed in NASCAR West Series (now ARCA Menards Series West) posting five top-five finishes, which included a second-place performance in 1995 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He ranked 10th in 1995 final points standings. Evans also briefly appeared in the  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The 65-year-old Evans continues to operate Wenatchee Valley (Wash.) Raceway, which he has owned since 1999. He was named Western Auto Racing Promoters Association Sidewalk Slim Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2019. *

Brendan Gaughan. Brendan Gaughan began his motorsports career in off-road racing – winning the first race he entered, at the age of 15. He won multiple off-road and desert titles and was the 1998 SODA World Champion. The Las Vegas, Nev. native, son of West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame member Michael Gaughan, moved to NASCAR competition in 1998, winning the 2000-01 NASCAR West (now ARCA Menards Series West) championships, driving for West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Bill McAnally. Gaughan joined the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fulltime in 2002, winning eight times in 217 starts – including four consecutive victories at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished fourth in series championship standings in 2004. Gaughan then moved to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he posted victories at Road America and Bristol, and ultimately, the NASCAR Cup Series with a best finish of fourth at Talladega Superspeedway. His NASCAR national series scorecard features 503 starts, 10 wins, 72 top-five and 155 top-10 finishes and 3 poles. Gaughan, 46, is a nationally recognized television and radio personality and is part of the Las Vegas South Point Hotel & Casino management group.

David Gilliland. Championship crew chief for his West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame father; Daytona 500 pole winner for Robert Yates Racing; and owner of winning teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and ARCA Menards Series, David Gilliland has experienced every role in his motorsports career. Gilliland, from Riverside, Calif. was 23 years old when he led father Butch Gilliland to the 1997 NASCAR West (now ARCA Menards Series West) championship, repeating the title run the following season. The younger Gilliland made his first West start in 1997, ultimately winning four times in his 50 appearances with a pair of top-five points finishes. He made his NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2006 with the Robert Yates Racing Ford team. Although Gilliland failed to win in 333 Cup starts, he posted four top-five and eight top-10 finishes, along with a trio of poles that included the No. 1 starting position for the 2007 Daytona 500. He also won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway. As a team owner, the 55-year-old Gilliland scored a pair of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories; and an ARCA Menards Series win with his son, Todd. 

Eric Holmes. Eric Holmes is a second-generation competitor, who followed his father, Steve, into racing at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway. Holmes, from Escalon, Calif., began racing karts at age eight, winning races and a pair of championships. He drove an occasional street stock race at age 17 and, after a season working on West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Ernie Irvan’s NASCAR Xfinity team on the east coast, returned to California to begin racing fulltime. He won numerous events at Stockton, then began his touring career with West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Allen Beebe. The pair won the 2006 NASCAR West (now ARCA Menards Series West) title, using one car and one engine while also finishing second in NASCAR Elite Southwest Series late model points. In 2008, Holmes joined West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Bill McAnally’s potent Toyota team, repeating as champion the same season, placing second the next and becoming a three-time titlist in 2010. In 13 seasons in the West Series, Holmes won 17 times with 59 top-five and 78 top-10 finishes, as well as 13 poles. Holmes, 47, remains with the McAnally organization as its driver coach and spotter for BMR’s Driver Development program.

Tony Hunt. Tony Hunt is a multiple U.S. Auto Club champion – with nine sprint car titles, 50 main event wins and 50 pole positions. The Rancho Cordova, Calif. competitor won his first USAC championship in the 1992 Formula Russell Series, as well as several kart titles. Hunt, 48, competed in the ARCA Menards Series West in 1993 and 2000, posting two top-10 finishes including a sixth at Shasta (Calif.) Speedway. He spotted for a number of NASCAR premier series drivers – John Andretti, Stevie Reeves, Ken Schrader and Mike Wallace to name a few. Hunt has instructed at the Jim Russell Racing School, Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Driver School and the Richard Petty Racing Experience. He is an automotive brand ambassador and driving instructor and a stunt driver and was the stunt driving double for Christian Bale’s character Ken Miles in the 2019 film Ford v Ferrari. *

Brent Kaeding. For three decades – 1980s, 90s and 00 — second generation competitor Brent Kaeding was virtually unbeatable in open wheel racing in California. The Campbell, Calif. resident is a 13-time Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC) sprint car champion – eight of the titles in consecutive seasons. Kaeding won 11 King of California championships and is a 21-race winner at fabled Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway. He is a nine-time World of Outlaws winner, and three-time Dirt Cup winner. Kaeding also won the USAC Turkey Night midget race at Ascot Park in Southern California. Kaeding was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2008. Kaeding finished 29th in his only NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix Raceway and also competed in a Winston West Series (now ARCA Menards Series West) event at Sonoma Raceway. He is on the ballot a year after his father, Howard Kaeding, was named a Heritage inductee into the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame. *

John Moore. John Moore grew up in Antioch, Calif., watching his father Carl race hardtops at Antioch Speedway. Little surprise, then, that the younger Moore was attracted to competition – but not until, at age 30, founding JM Environmental. Success in the hazardous material abatement and demolition gave Moore the financial ability to race motorcycles and cars, winning races and rookie titles in the process. Moore’s footprint in motorsports, however, is larger than his titles which include a Pacific Coast Series championship, 2006 Spears Racing League owner championship and the 2021 All American Speedway and NASCAR State of California titles. He also competed briefly in the NASCAR West (now ARCA Menards Series West) with a best finish of fifth at Stockton 99 Speedway. Moore, as president of the Placer County Fair, joined with West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Bill McAnally to rebuild and expand the All-American Speedway. Moore, 58, has sponsored numerous drivers, including his son Cole, a Spears Racing League champion, as well as more than 75 races throughout the state of California.

Brad Noffsinger. One of the West’s premier competitors in non-winged sprint cars, Brad Noffsinger also raced in the NASCAR Cup Series, became a Cup crew chief and – for 20 years – was an instructor at the Richard Petty Driving School at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Noffsinger, from Huntington Beach, Calif., began his sprint car career in 1979, becoming the California Racing Association’s Rookie of the Year the following season. He won back-to-back CRA titles in 1986-87, at the wheel of the Jack Gardner Jr. sprinter. Noffsinger won 50 CRA features. Noffsinger also competed part-time in USAC’s Silver Crown division, winning once at Memphis Motorsports Park. He moved to the NASCAR West Series (now ARCA Menards Series West) in 1987, then to the Cup Series where over portions of three seasons competed in 17 events, with a best finish of 19th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 1997 Noffsinger joined SABCO Racing as the crew chief for Wally Dallenbach Jr. The No. 46 team competed in 18 races with a best finish of 10th at The Glen. Noffsinger, 61, was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2013.

Danny Ongais. The Kahului, Hawaii-born Danny Ongais excelled professionally in a variety of motorsport disciplines. As a drag racer, Ongais won the 1969 National Hot Rod Association U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis driving a Funny Car for West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame member Mickey Thompson. Switching from straight-line competition, he raced U.S. Auto Club championship cars, winning six times in 1977-78 for Ted Fields’ Interscope Racing. His biggest victory came in the California 500 at Ontario Motor Speedway. Ongais posted a trio of top-10 finishes in the Indianapolis 500 with a best posting of fourth in 1979. His four Formula One starts included a seventh in the 1977 Canadian Grand Prix. Ongais was selected to the International Race of Champions (IROC) in six seasons, with a top finish of fourth in 1984 at Michigan Speedway. He also competed in the 24 Hours of LeMans as well as the 24 Hours of Daytona. Now 78, he was elected to the Motorsports of America Hall of Fame in 2000. *

Jimmy Sills. A three-time USAC Silver Crown champion, Jimmy Sills – also known as Buckwheat – won more than 400 open-wheel races. The Placerville, Calif. competitor won Silver Crown titles in 1990, 1994 and 1996, posting 12 victories. Sills, now 68, won eight World of Outlaw sprint car events, was a six-time Northwest Dirt Cup champion and posted 15 USAC sprint and midget victories. He competed  – and won – in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Sills was the all-time race winner, 43, at the old Baylands Raceway Park in Northern California. In his later career, Sills operated, for 18 years, a nationally-known driving school. His students included Kasey Kahne and Ed Carpenter. Sills was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006.

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West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame announces nominations for Class of 2022 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/west-coast-stock-car-motorsports-hall-of-fame-announces-nominations-for-class-of-2022/ Mon, 08 Nov 2021 19:02:33 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=3079 Eight first-time nominees join individuals from previous ballots

BAKERSFIELD, California (Nov. 6, 2021) – Eight first-time nominees, including a two-time NASCAR national champion, two ARCA Menards Series West titleholders and a USAC Silver Crown champion, are among the 21 individuals under consideration for induction into the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2022.

The inaugural nominees are:

Nominated again after appearing on previous ballots are Ken Boyd, Ernie Cope, Mike David, Garrett Evans, Dave Fuge, Lance Hooper, Tony Hunt, Brent Kaeding, Danny Ongais, Greg Pickett, Nick Rescino, Carl Trimmer and Sean Woodside. Five inductees will be named in early 2022, following two rounds of voting by the organization’s Board of Directors. First-round voting begins next week.

The organization also will induct its fifth Heritage class of five individuals whose careers began prior to 1970. The Heritage inductees will be named in spring 2022.

The 2022 induction ceremonies, presented by World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, will be held Thursday, June 9 as part of the NASCAR Cup Series and ARCA Menard Series West weekend at Sonoma Raceway. The gala will be held in Sonoma Raceway’s beautiful, new VIP/hospitality complex and will feature naming of the 2nd Annual Knockin Doorz Down Philanthropist of the Year presented by 51FIFTY.

“Several things are notable about the Class of 2022 nominees,” said West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame Chairman and CEO Ken Clapp. “First, this year marks the first in which individuals under the age of 50 will be considered. The Hall has concluded that racing careers in the current era begin at a younger age and 20 years of achievement at a high-level of competition is significant enough to determine an individual’s Hall of Fame credentials.

“Secondly, expansion of the Hall’s membership criteria allows us to consider broadest number of stars from throughout the motorsports universe – notably from sports car, open-wheel and drag racing, as well as traditional stock car racing. The nominees for our 2022 class are among the most qualified and diverse in the 21-year history of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame.”

The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame annually nominates for induction worthy individuals who competed in traditional stock car racing as well as other 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 Hall also is open to winners and champions of other forms of racing, as determined by the Hall’s nominating committee.

To obtain media credentials for coverage of the 21st West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame awards, please contact Owen A. Kearns at 661-342-2983. To obtain details about table sponsorship for the 2022 awards dinner, please contact Ken Clapp at ckcdeee@gmail.com.

About the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car/motorsports competition. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car and motorsports figures 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.

The Hall is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and groups from coast to coast. During its tenure, the Hall has raised more than $600,000 in the past five of its 20 years for youth, health and safety, hospitals, animal rescue, military and other charitable causes.

For more information on the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame visit: www.WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com

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

2022 West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame Nominees

First Time Nominees 2022

Greg Biffle. The Vancouver, Wash. competitor came the closest, to date, to sweeping championships in all three NASCAR national series. Biffle won the 2000 Camping World Truck Series crown, the 2002 NASCAR Xfinity title and finished runner up in 2005 NASCAR Cup Series point standings. Biffle, 52, amassed 56 victories across the three NASCAR national series: 19 Cup, 20 Xfinity and 17 trucks. Biffle made 510 Cup starts over 15 seasons, all driving Fords for Roush Fenway Racing. Prior to being discovered by Roush at the nationally televised Winter Heat in Tucson, Ariz., Biffle finished runner up in the NASCAR Pacific Coast weekly series championship, winning 27 times in 47 starts at tracks in the Pacific Northwest.

Brendan Gaughan. Brendan Gaughan began his motorsports career in off-road racing – winning the first race he entered, at the age of 15. He won multiple off-road and desert titles and was the 1998 SODA World Champion. The Las Vegas, Nev. native, son of West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame member Michael Gaughan, moved to NASCAR competition in 1998, winning the 2000-01 NASCAR West (now ARCA Menards Series West) championships, driving for West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Bill McAnally. Gaughan joined the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fulltime in 2002, winning eight times in 217 starts – including four consecutive victories at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished fourth in series championship standings in 2004. Gaughan then moved to the NASCAR Xfinity Series, where he posted victories at Road America and Bristol, and ultimately, the NASCAR Cup Series with a best finish of fourth at Talladega Superspeedway. His NASCAR national series scorecard features 503 starts, 10 wins, 72 top-five and 155 top-10 finishes and 3 poles. Gaughan, 46, is a nationally recognized television and radio personality and remains a member of the Las Vegas South Point Hotel & Casino management group.

David Gilliland. Championship crew chief for his West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame father; Daytona 500 pole winner for Robert Yates Racing; and owner of winning teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and ARCA Menards Series, David Gilliland has experienced every role in his motorsports career. Gilliland, from Riverside, Calif. was 23 years old when he led father Butch Gilliland to the 1997 NASCAR West (now ARCA Menards Series West) championship, repeating the title run the following season. The younger Gilliland made his first West start in 1997, ultimately winning four times in his 50 appearances with a pair of top-five points finishes. He made his NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2006 with the Robert Yates Racing Ford team. Although Gilliland failed to win in 333 Cup starts, he posted four top-five and eight top-10 finishes, along with a trio of poles that included the No. 1 starting position for the 2007 Daytona 500. He also won a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway. As a team owner, the 55-year-old Gilliland scored a pair of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories; and an ARCA Menards Series win with his son, Todd. 

Eric Holmes. Eric Holmes is a second-generation competitor, who followed his father, Steve, into racing at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway. Holmes, from Escalon, Calif., began racing karts at age eight, winning races and a pair of championships. He drove an occasional street stock race at age 17 and, after a season working on West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Ernie Irvan’s NASCAR Xfinity team on the east coast, returned to California to begin racing fulltime. He won numerous events at Stockton, then began his touring career with West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Allen Beebe. The pair won the 2006 NASCAR West (now ARCA Menards Series West) title, using one car and one engine while also finishing second in NASCAR Elite Southwest Series late model points. In 2008, Holmes joined West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Bill McAnally’s potent Toyota team, repeating as champion the same season, placing second the next and becoming a three-time titlist in 2010. In 13 seasons in the West Series, Holmes won 17 times with 59 top-five and 78 top-10 finishes, as well as 13 poles. Holmes, 47, remains with the McAnally organization as its driver coach and spotter for BMR’s Driver Development program.

John Moore. John Moore grew up in Antioch, Calif., watching his father Carl race hardtops at Antioch Speedway. Little surprise, then, that the younger Moore was attracted to competition – but not until, at age 30, founding JM Environmental. Success in the hazardous material abatement and demolition gave Moore the financial ability to race motorcycles and cars, winning races and rookie titles in the process. Moore’s footprint in motorsports, however, is larger than his titles which include a Pacific Coast Series championship, 2006 Spears Racing League owner championship and the 2021 All American Speedway and NASCAR State of California titles. He also competed briefly in the NASCAR West (now ARCA Menards Series West) with a best finish of fifth at Stockton 99 Speedway. Moore, as president of the Placer County Fair, joined with West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Bill McAnally to rebuild and expand the All-American Speedway. Moore, 58, has sponsored numerous drivers, including his son Cole, a Spears Racing League champion, as well as more than 75 races throughout the state of California.

Brad Noffsinger. One of the West’s premier competitors in non-winged sprint cars, Brad Noffsinger also raced in the NASCAR Cup Series, became a Cup crew chief and – for 20 years – was an instructor at the Richard Petty Driving School at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Noffsinger, from Huntington Beach, Calif., began his sprint car career in 1979, becoming the California Racing Association’s Rookie of the Year the following season. He won back-to-back CRA titles in 1986-87, at the wheel of the Jack Gardner Jr. sprinter. Noffsinger won 50 CRA features. Noffsinger also competed part-time in USAC’s Silver Crown division, winning once at Memphis Motorsports Park. He moved to the NASCAR West Series (now ARCA Menards Series West) in 1987, then to the Cup Series where over portions of three seasons competed in 17 events, with a best finish of 19th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 1997 Noffsinger joined SABCO Racing as the crew chief for Wally Dallenbach Jr. The No. 46 team competed in 18 races with a best finish of 10th at The Glen. Noffsinger, 61, was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2013.

Ken Sapper. A front-runner at Saugus (Calif.) Speedway for more than two decades, Glendale, Calif.’s Ken Sapper won three Modified Stock Car titles, consecutively from 1984-86. Among those he competed against were West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports and NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr., the 1987 champion, and NASCAR West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Jim Thirkettle. Sapper’s Saugus career ended with the track’s closure in 1995 but his career continued further east at the Orange Show Speedway, where he captured the 1998 title. He won 60 main events at the two Southern California tracks, including the 1988 Saugus Fall Spectacular, shortly after his hire to drive the Speedway Engineering house car for Frank Deiny Sr., a fellow welder and his employer since 1969. Upon Deiny’s death in 1986, Sapper, 73, was named president of the racing chassis and parts firm, a position he continues to hold today.

Jimmy Sills. A three-time USAC Silver Crown champion, Jimmy Sills – also known as Buckwheat – won more than 400 open-wheel races. The Placerville, Calif. competitor won Silver Crown titles in 1990, 1994 and 1996, posting 12 victories. Sills, now 68, won eight World of Outlaw sprint car events, was a six-time Northwest Dirt Cup champion and posted 15 USAC sprint and midget victories. He competed  – and won – in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Sills was the all-time race winner, 43, at the old Baylands Raceway Park in Northern California. In his later career, Sills operated, for 18 years, a nationally-known driving school. His students included Kasey Kahne and Ed Carpenter. Sills was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006.

Previously Nominated Drivers

Ken Boyd. Ken Boyd was California’s pre-eminent pavement Late Model car racer of  the 1980s and 1990s, winning five championships at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway. Boyd was the first to win four consecutive championships (1988-91) at the quarter-mile track, where he recorded 71 victories and 84 fast times during his career – including 39 consecutive fast times, believed to be a national record. His first title came in 1977 at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. The Ceres, Calif. resident finished fourth in the 1991 Whelen All-American Pacific Coast Region, winning 14 times. He also won twice in the NASCAR Elite Division Southwest Series. Boyd, age 66, fielded entries for a number of prominent competitors, including West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famers Ivan Baldwin, Jeff Gordon and Ernie Irvan. Baldwin was the biggest winner in Boyd equipment, posting 15 of 29 total victories. His other winners were Kenny Kitchens, Chad Nichols and Jim Reich. Boyd spent two decades servicing tracks and traveling series as a provider of tires, fuel and parts. 

Mike David. Mike David of Modesto, Calif. is the 2007 ARCA Menards Series West champion. David, 53, competed in 91 NASCAR West Series (now ARCA Menards Series West) events between 2001 and 2012, most of them behind the wheel of the Bennett Wineries Ford owned by 2013 West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Randy Lynch. Three of his seven victories – including David’s first, in 2004 – came at the Stockton 99 Speedway, a quarter-mile paved oval in California’s Central Valley. David, 52, previously captured a Stockton late model title. His final series victory came at Phoenix Raceway in 2008 driving Lynch’s Toyota. David’s ARCA Menards Series West line shows 43 top-five and 66 top-10 finishes and three poles. He finished third in the 2006 Toyota All-Star Showdown at the Irwindale Events Center and also competed in the NASCAR Elite Southwest Series with a best result of second at Madera (Calif.) Speedway.

Garrett Evans. Garrett Evans is three-time NASCAR Elite Series Northwest Tour champion (1986, 89, 94). He also is the all-time series victory leader (50) and pole winner (55). Evans won the late model series’ first event in 1985 at Evergreen Speedway in Washington. Evans also won twice in the NASCAR Elite Series Southwest Tour. Evans is a three-time Northwest Super Late Model champion. The Wenatchee, Wash. resident competed in NASCAR West Series (now ARCA Menards Series West) posting five top-five finishes, which included a second-place performance in 1995 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He ranked 10th in 1995 final points standings. Evans also briefly appeared in the  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The 65-year-old Evans continues to operate Wenatchee Valley (Wash.) Raceway, which he has owned since 1999. He was named Western Auto Racing Promoters Association Sidewalk Slim Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2019. 

Lance Hooper. 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/Motorsports Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. The 53-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/Motorsports Hall of Famer Ray Claridge, Hooper won championships in consecutive seasons – NASCAR Elite Southwest Series in 1995 and the NASCAR West Series (now ARCA Menards Series West) in 1996. Hooper won four times in West; 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. 

Tony Hunt. Tony Hunt is a multiple U.S. Auto Club champion – with nine sprint car titles, 50 main event wins and 50 pole positions. The Rancho Cordova, Calif. competitor won his first USAC championship in the 1992 Formula Russell Series, as well as several kart titles. Hunt, 48, competed in the ARCA Menards Series West in 1993 and 2000, posting two top-10 finishes including a sixth at Shasta (Calif.) Speedway. He spotted for a number of NASCAR premier series drivers – John Andretti, Stevie Reeves, Ken Schrader and Mike Wallace to name a few. Hunt has instructed at the Jim Russell Racing School, Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Driver School and the Richard Petty Racing Experience. He is an automotive brand ambassador and driving instructor and a stunt driver and most recently was the stunt driving double for Christian Bale’s character Ken Miles in the 2019 film Ford v Ferrari. 

Brent Kaeding. For three decades – 1980s, 90s and 00 — second generation competitor Brent Kaeding was virtually unbeatable in open wheel racing in California. The Campbell, Calif. resident is a 13-time Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC) sprint car champion – eight of the titles in consecutive seasons. Kaeding won 11 King of California championships and is a 21-race winner at fabled Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway. He is a nine-time World of Outlaws winner, and three-time Dirt Cup winner. Kaeding also won the USAC Turkey Night midget race at Ascot Park in Southern California. Kaeding was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2008. Kaeding finished 29th in his only NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix Raceway and also competed in a NASCAR West Series (now ARCA Menards Series West) event at Sonoma Raceway. His father, Howard Kaeding, is a Heritage inductee into the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame. 

Danny Ongais. The Kahului, Hawaii-born Ongais excelled professionally in a variety of motorsport disciplines. As a drag racer, Ongais won the 1969 National Hot Rod Association U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis driving a Funny Car for West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame member Mickey Thompson. Switching from straight-line competition, he raced U.S. Auto Club championship cars, winning six times in 1977-78 for Ted Fields’ Interscope Racing. His biggest victory came in the California 500 at Ontario Motor Speedway. Ongais posted a trio of top-10 finishes in the Indianapolis 500 with a best posting of fourth in 1979. His four Formula One starts included a seventh in the 1977 Canadian Grand Prix. Ongais was selected to the International Race of Champions (IROC) in six seasons, with a top finish of fourth in 1984 at Michigan Speedway. He also competed in the 24 Hours of LeMans as well as the 24 Hours of Daytona. Now 79, he was elected to the Motorsports of America Hall of Fame in 2000.

Greg Pickett. Greg Pickett of Alamo, Calif. is the only driver to have won SCCA Trans-Am races in four decades of competition. The 73-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. 

Nick Rescino. One of the all-time greats to race in California, Nick Rescino won a total of six San Jose Speedway Super Modified championships, at both the paved track and the fairgrounds. Nick won the 1972 and 1975 titles on the high banks of San Jose Speedway and the 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984 championships at the Santa Clara County fairgrounds. His 86 main event wins rank him near the top on that list. Rescino won the prestigious Johnny Key Classic six times, in 1972, 1974-75, 1982, 1984 and 1986. Nick is the only driver in history to win a World of Outlaws A-Feature driving a super modified, at Sacramento, Calif.’s West Capital Raceway June 8, 1979. Rescino set more than 200 career fastest qualifying times at 17 different tracks. The San Francisco competitor was the Motor Sports Press Association’s 1979 Oval Track Driver of the Year. He is a member of the MSPA’s Hall of Fame as well as the San Jose Speedway Hall of Fame. 

Carl Trimmer. No competitor from Arizona has won more frequently than Carl Trimmer. The Tucson, Ariz. native captured more than 800 main event wins over a 50-year career, racing stock cars on both pavement and dirt surfaces. Trimmer, now 81, was the dominant driver during the Tucson Speedway’s previous NASCAR Whelen All-American Series era. He won a total of 10 NASCAR late model titles. Two were on the old dirt track, from 1987-88. From 1993-99 he reeled off seven consecutive pavement late model championship and added an eighth in 2001. He also won the NASCAR regional title in 1987 and – at age 57 – in 1996 and ranked No. 3 in 1996 final national standings. The cement truck driver also was his own crew chief. 

Sean Woodside. The Saugus, Calif. competitor won the 1999 NASCAR West Series (now ARCA Menards Series West) championship, following two seasons of second-place points finishes. Woodside drove for two West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees – Bill McAnally in his championship season and Ray Claridge. He won seven times – five in Claridge’s Pontiacs and two as a McAnally Chevrolet driver. Three quarters of Woodside’s 74 series starts resulted in top-10 finishes (49). Woodside also won 12 poles. The competitor also raced in the NASCAR Elite Series Southwest Tour, winning twice and also pursued limited schedules in NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. Woodside is 50 years old

Previously Nominated Team Owner/Crew Chiefs

Ernie Cope. Ernie Cope, 51, is a native of Spanaway, Wash. whose father and uncle built professional dragster engines. His cousin, Derrike, is a Daytona 500 winner and West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee. 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 ARCA Menards 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 NASCAR Cup Series. 

Dave Fuge. Dave Fuge  became the first independent owner/crew chief to win a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title in 1992 with current West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Mike Bliss. He followed with another owner title in 1994 with Travis Kvapil.  The Washington native has excelled as race car builder, team owner and crew chief. Fuge has worked with a virtual Who’s Who of drivers including West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame members Derrike Cope, Ron Eaton, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Bill Schmitt. Fuge won championships in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Mike Bliss (1992) and Travis Kvapil (1994) and 11 races overall. The late Bobby Hamilton won the NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year title driving for Tri-Star Motorsports which Fuge co-owned with Mark Smith and George Bradshaw. 

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TUNE IN ALERT http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/tune-in-alert/ Tue, 03 Aug 2021 22:40:21 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=2700 Highlights of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary induction ceremonies, presented by World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Motorsports Park, airs this month on MAVTV, the organization’s national television partner. The one-hour package chronicles the 2020-21 induction of 20 enshrinees in June at Napa, Calif.  Linda Vaughn was presented the Motorsports Lady of the Century award; Mike Curb received the Knockin Doorz Down Philanthropist the Year honors.

DATE:                          Monday, August 9, 2021
TIME:                           7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT
LOCATION:                MAVTV (check cable provider listings)

About the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame:
The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car/motorsports competition. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car and motorsports figures 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.

The Hall is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and groups from coast to coast. During its tenure, the Hall has raised more than $600,000 in the past five of its 20 years for youth, health and safety, hospitals, animal rescue and other charitable causes.

For additional information about the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame and its charities, please visit WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com.

For Media information, Contact:
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983
okearns@bak.rr.com

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Huddleston, Regitz elected to West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Board of Directors. http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/huddleston-regitz-elected-to-west-coast-stock-car-hall-of-fame-board-of-directors/ Tue, 15 Jun 2021 19:07:04 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=2580 BAKERSFIELD, Calif., June 9, 2021 – The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame has named race track operator Tim Huddleston and Southern California financial advisory Jim Regitz to its Board of Directors. Their election increases the board’s current membership to 24.

Ken Clapp, the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame Chairman and CEO, said the newest members of the board add qualities and experience necessary to meet current and future challenges.

“It’s extremely important to add the expertise of Tim Huddleston, a current race promoter and entertainment producer,” he said. “Jim Regitz’ broad experience in wealth management and charitable activities enhances the bedrock of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame in the area of giving to worthwhile causes.”

Huddleston, president of the famed Irwindale Speedway and Event Center, partnered with West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bruncati and his wife Maureen to take over operation of the Southern California entertainment complex in 2018. His wife, Lisa, also is a partner in the Irwindale enterprise.

Huddleston began his racing career in 1987, as a student at University High School in Los Angeles as part of an auto shop project. He was selected to drive the student-built street stock at the old Saugus Speedway. In 2000, Huddleston began competing in the Late Model Division at Irwindale, collecting three championships and more than 40 main event victories.

His High Point Racing team has become one the premier driver development teams on the West Coast, fielding cars in Pro Late Models, Super Late Models and the ARCA Menards Series West. HPR alumni include NASCAR Cup Series driver Cole Custer and Xfinity Series veterans Ryan Reed and Dylan Lupton.

Huddleston’s son, Trevor is a 10-time Late Model champion and current competitor and race winner in the ARCA Menards Series West.

Regitz is the founder and CEO of Newport Advisory, LLC based in Newport Beach, Calif. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., with a degree in Business Administration and The American College in Bryn Mawr, Penn., where Regitz received his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designation. He also maintains an Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation (AIF®) from the Center for Fiduciary Studies.

Regitz began his career in 1984 with a large Fortune 500 company and, over 11 years, advanced to regional vice president. 

In 1996 Regitz left the corporate world to start Newport Advisory and an independent, comprehensive wealth management firm. He spends his professional time working with his established clientele and overseeing the firm’s strategic direction.

Regitz lives in Orange County, Calif. with his two teenage children, Trey and Emily. He serves on various corporate boards, helping advance the mission he is passionate about impacting. Regitz enjoys cycling and photography.

Tim Huddleston and Jim Regitz

About the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame:
The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car/motorsports competition. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car and motorsports figures 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.

The Hall is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and groups from coast to coast. During its tenure, the Hall has raised more than $600,000 in the past five of its 20 years for youth, health and safety, hospitals, animal rescue and other charitable causes.

For additional information about the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame and its charities, please visit WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com.

For Media information, Contact:
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983
okearns@bak.rr.com

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West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame celebrates 20th year http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/west-coast-stock-car-motorsports-hall-of-fame-celebrates-20th-year/ Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:47:54 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=2576 Two classes of inductees enshrined during Northern California festivities 

NAPA, Calif., June 8, 2021 – The West Coast Stock Car /Motorsports Hall of Fame celebrated its 20th anniversary with two induction ceremonies on June 5 before more than 400 inductees, racing industry figures, guests and media members at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif.
 
The ceremonies, presented by World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Motorsports Park, celebrated the achievements of members of 2020 and 2021 classes. The 2020 gala had been postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first time, the event was live-streamed in its entirety. The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is nationally covered by MAVTV. Highlights of the ceremonies will be aired by the network later this summer, times and dates to be announced.


Inducted in the Class of 2020 are NASCAR and USAC champion Mike Bliss; racing industry sponsor Craig Keough; four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Rick Mears; NASCAR regional champion Jim Pettit II; and four-time ARCA Menards West championship crew chief Jerry Pitts.

The Class of 2021 is comprised of NASCAR regional champion Dave Byrd; Las Vegas Motor Speedway builder Richie Clyne; Sports Car Club of American Trans Am champions Tom Gloy and Tommy Kendall and 22-time Indianapolis 500 starter George Snider.
 
2020 Heritage honorees, individuals from an earlier era of motorsport, are three-time Stockton 99 (Calif.) Speedway champion and 500-race winner Harry Belletto; NASCAR supermodified  champion Howard Kaeding; international road racing star Ken Miles; NASCAR car owner Jim Pettit Sr.; and sprint car champion Billy Wilkerson.

2021 Heritage inductees are open-wheel and USAC championship star Dick Atkins; former AT&T president, cable television executive and endurance competitor Leo Hindery Jr.; Corvette and Shelby-American racing star Dave MacDonald; industry innovator and sponsor Howard Welch; and racing component builder Ron Zajicek.

Linda Vaughn, a longtime ambassador for the racing industry, was proclaimed as the Motorsports Lady of the Century, an award presented by Ken Clapp, Chairman and CEO of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame. 

The inaugural Knockin Doorz Down Philanthropist of the Year award, presented by Carlos Vieira and his foundation was presented to Mike Curb, recording executive, racing industry sponsor and West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports inductee. Curb accepted via video from Nashville.

Presenters included Edsel B. Ford II (by video), Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Rahal, NASCAR Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, three-time USAC Silver Crown champion Jimmy Sills, Ken Clapp, additional members of the Hall’s board of directors and previous inductees.

Ralph Sheheen, owner and publisher of National Speed Sport News, served as master of ceremonies.

The annual induction ceremony is the cornerstone of the Hall’s charitable outreach. The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

“The Hall will have given more than $600,000 to charitable causes by the end of the year,” said Ken Capp. “Our goal by 2025 is to give a total of one million dollars. We might get there sooner.”

What they said:

Rick Mears, on the importance of his California roots and racing opportunities: “It created that ladder for me without me trying to do it (on my own).”

Bobby Gerould, introducing Howard Kaeding: “He understood the harmony of what you did in the shop and on the race track.”

Kurt Busch said late model sponsor/team owner Craig Keough had three rules: “The No. 1 rule was to go there and have fun. We always went to win. And the beer was always cold.”

Edsel B. Ford II on Tom Gloy and Tommy Kendall: “Tom Gloy was a stellar representative for us on and off the track. Tommy Kendall was the other bookend. They were great role models for young drivers coming up.”

Richie Clyne, the architect of Las Vegas Motor Speedway: “I’m not a racer, I’m a builder. I dreamed it; I’m a builder – and a BS artist.”

About the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame:
The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car/motorsports competition. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car and motorsports figures 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.

The Hall is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and groups from coast to coast. During its tenure, the Hall has raised more than $600,000 in the past five of its 20 years for youth, health and safety, hospitals, animal rescue and other charitable causes.

For additional information about the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame and its charities, please visit WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com.

Media Information
Owen A. Kearns
661-342-2983okearns@bak.rr.com

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West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame induction livestream. 9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT. Saturday, June 5. http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/west-coast-stock-car-motorsports-hall-of-fame-induction-livestream-945-p-m-et-645-p-m-pt-saturday-june-5/ Sat, 05 Jun 2021 02:49:20 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=2572 We have set up a livestream of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame induction to allow family and friends of the inductees that cannot attend to view the event live. 

Here is the link for the livestream https://youtu.be/-mwXNHBj0og

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West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame inducts 21 enshrinees this week http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/west-coast-stock-car-motorsports-hall-of-fame-inducts-21-enshrinees-this-week/ Wed, 02 Jun 2021 17:57:25 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=2568 Bliss, Gloy, Kendall, Mears and Snider among honorees from 2020 and 2021 classes

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., June 1, 2021 – A unique, double induction ceremony will honor 2020 and 2021 enshrinees into  the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 5. Last year’s inductions were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The gala, presented by World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Motorsports Park, returns to the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, Calif. and serves as the middle event of the NASCAR Cup Series and ARCA Menards Series West weekend at nearby Sonoma Raceway.

The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is nationally covered by MAVTV. Highlights of the June 5 gala will be aired by the network later this summer, times and dates to be announced.
Elected for induction in the Class of 2020 are NASCAR and USAC champion Mike Bliss; racing industry sponsor Craig Keough; four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Rick Mears; NASCAR regional champion Jim Pettit II; and four-time ARCA Menards West championship crew chief Jerry Pitts.

The Class of 2021 is comprised of NASCAR regional champion Dave Byrd; Las Vegas Motor Speedway builder Richie Clyne; Sports Car Club of American Trans Am champions Tom Gloy and Tommy Kendall and 22-time Indianapolis 500 starter George Snider.
 
2020 Heritage honorees, individuals from an earlier era of motorsport, are three-time Stockton 99 (Calif.) Speedway champion and 500-race winner Harry Belletto; NASCAR supermodified  champion Howard Kaeding; international road racing star Ken Miles; NASCAR car owner Jim Pettit Sr.; and sprint car champion Billy Wilkerson.

2021 Heritage inductees are open-wheel and USAC championship star Dick Atkins; former AT&T president, cable television executive and endurance competitor Leo Hindery Jr.; Corvette and Shelby-American racing star Dave MacDonald; industry innovator and sponsor Howard Welch; and racing component builder Ron Zajicek.

Linda Vaughn will be honored as the Motorsports Lady of the Century. The inaugural Knockin Doorz Down Philanthropist of the Year award, presented by Carlos Vieira and his foundation, will be presented to Mike Curb, recording executive, racing industry sponsor and West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee.
 
Serving again as master of ceremonies is Ralph Sheheen, owner and publisher of National Speed Sport News. The annual affair serves as the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s major charity fundraiser. The Hall, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, has gifted more than $600,000 over the past five years. 
 
West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s  roster of national sponsors that include Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Toyota Dealers Association, Goodyear Racing, Hoosier Tires, NAPA Auto Parts, the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Sunoco. The Hall’s presenting sponsors are World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway Motorsports Park, Eberle Winery and 51FIFTY Energy Drinks.
 
The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is supported by NASCAR and its west coast tracks Auto Club Speedway and Phoenix Raceway. Speedway Motorsports Inc. properties Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Sonoma Raceway also are participating sponsors, as is Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway, Madera (Calif.) Speedway and Stockton 99 (Calif.) Speedway.

About the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame:
The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car/motorsports competition. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car and motorsports figures 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.

The Hall is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and groups from coast to coast. During its tenure, the Hall has raised more than $600,000 in the past five of its 20 years for youth, health and safety, hospitals, animal rescue and other charitable causes.

For additional information about the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame and its charities, please visit WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com.

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West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s 2021 Heritage class revealed http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/west-coast-stock-car-motorsports-hall-of-fames-2021-heritage-class-revealed/ Thu, 01 Apr 2021 14:01:20 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=2314 Atkins, Hindery, MacDonald, Welch, Zajicek complete roster for June inductions

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (April 1, 2021) – The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 is complete with the selection of five Heritage members, whose careers took place or began prior to 1972. Their selection brings to 10 the 2021 honorees who will be enshrined during this year’s induction ceremonies, presented by World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, on June 5, 2021 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif.

Their induction will be combined with the Class of 2020, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 20 honorees will be enshrined during the two-class affair, which also celebrates the 20-year anniversary of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame.

The 2021 Heritage inductees are:

  • Dick Atkins, Oakland Calif., who won three Bay Cities Racing Association midget titles – 1963-64 and (indoor) 1966 – posting 24 victories. Atkins, driving for West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer J.C. Agajanian, won the prestigious Turkey Night Grand Prix in 1965. He joined USAC’s Championship Trail fulltime in 1966, winning at the Sacramento State Fairgrounds. Atkins, 30, died less than a month later in an Ascot Park crash that also killed Don Branson. He is a National Midget Hall of Fame member.
  • Leo Hindery Jr., a member of the Cable Television Hall of Fame, competed at the highest levels of road racing, sharing the 2005 Le Mans 24 Hour GT2 class-winning Porsche 996 GT3 RSR with Mike Rockenfelter and Marc Lieb. Hindery, 73, enjoyed a 45-race career in American sports car racing and also entered four NASCAR West Series events. The native of Tacoma, Wash. is a philanthropist and was advisor to the candidacies of several Democratic presidential candidates including President Barack Obama.
  • Dave MacDonald, whose brief, four-year sports car career produced 52 victories and 75 top-three finishes, raced and won in all of Carroll Shelby’s Cobra configurations. The El Monte driver competed in seven NASCAR Cup Series events, posting second-place finishes at Riverside and Augusta, Ga. MacDonald was 27 when he was killed in his first Indianapolis 500 driving for West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Mickey Thompson. 
  • Howard Welch, owner of Haddick Towing in La Puente, Calif., was one of the founding members of the California Towing Association. Welch later created the first hydraulic boom for heavy duty tow trucks. In 1975, along with several friends, Welch built his first NASCAR race car, a 1974 Ford Torino. His drivers included Ron Esau, Larry Phillips, Rusty Wallace and West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famers Ray Elder and Parnelli Jones. The now retired Welch lives in Coeur d/Alene, Idaho.
  • Ronald (Ron) Zajicek, a New York native who lived in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, was the West Coast’s premier builder of rear end assemblies for stock cars. Zajicek, of Ron’s Rear Ends, was a staple at various Southern California tracks and was prominent in the fortunes of West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famers Ron Hornaday Jr. and Butch Gilliland, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Brendan Gaughan. Zajicek passed in March 2016 at the age of 62.

“This year’s Heritage inductees validates our decision to offer entry into the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame to a larger part of the motorsports community,” said Ken Clapp, Chairman and CEO. “Literally from A to Z – Atkins to Zajicek – we will enshrine a Heritage class that constitutes the backbone of the sport.”

Previously announced members of the Class of 2021 are Dave Byrd, NASCAR Pacific Coast Region and touring series champion; Richie Clyne, developer and builder of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Tom Gloy, Sports Car Club of America Trans Am champion and NASCAR national series team owner; Tommy Kendall, International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Trans Am champion; and George Snider, 22-time Indianapolis 500 starter and United State Auto Club Gold and Silver Crown champion.

Highlights of June’s induction ceremonies will be broadcast later this summer by MAVTV.

About the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car/motorsports competition. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car and motorsports figures 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.

The Hall is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and groups from coast to coast. During its tenure, the Hall has raised more than a half-million dollars for youth, health and safety, hospitals, animal rescue and other charitable causes.

For additional information about the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame and its charities, please visit WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com.

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Byrd, Clyne, Gloy, Kendall, Snider elected to West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/byrd-clyne-gloy-kendall-snider-elected-to-west-coast-stock-car-motorsports-hall-of-fame/ Tue, 16 Mar 2021 05:00:00 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=2302

NASCAR champion, speedway builder, road racing stars and Indianapolis 500 veteran in 2021 class

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., March 16, 2021 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway builder Richie Clyne heads a five-member class slated for induction into the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame in June 2021.

Clyne’s fellow enshrinees – chosen via two rounds of voting by the Hall’s board of directors –  are Dave Byrd, NASCAR Pacific Coast Region and touring series champion; Tom Gloy, Sports Car Club of America Trans Am champion and NASCAR national series team owner; Tommy Kendall, International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Trans Am champion; and George Snider, 22-time Indianapolis 500 starter and United State Auto Club Gold and Silver Crown champion.

The Class of 2021 – the hall’s 18th – will be inducted Saturday, June 5, during the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s special, double induction ceremonies, presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, Calif. The event is companion to the NASCAR Cup Series and ARCA Menards Series West weekend at nearby Sonoma Raceway.

This year’s gala, marking the  West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary, will enshrine two voted classes of members. Induction of the 2020 Class comprised of Mike Bliss, Craig Keough, Rick Mears, Jim Pettit II and Jerry Pitts was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The organization also will induct its third and fourth Heritage classes of 10 individuals whose careers largely ended prior to 1970. The 2020 inductees previously announced are Harry Belletto, Howard Kaeding, Ken Miles, Jim Pettit Sr. and Billy Wilkerson. The 2021 Heritage inductees will be named in April.

Highlights of the induction ceremonies are slated to be broadcast later in the summer on MAVTV.

“For 20 years I have been saying, ‘how can we have such an impressive group of inductees that are so deserving as we have this year?’” said Ken Clapp, chairman and CEO of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame. “Well, we have done it again, bigger and better than ever and I am enormously proud to call them my friends, past and present.

“As we honor these famed motorsports icons, I also want to thank those that have helped the Hall in taking our charitable gifting, over five years, up to $600,000. We expect the figure to rise to a million dollars, hopefully, within the next couple of years.”

About the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame:

The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car/motorsports competition. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car and motorsports figures 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.

The Hall is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and groups from coast to coast. During its tenure, the Hall has raised more than a half-million dollars for youth, health and safety, hospitals, animal rescue and other charitable causes.For additional information about the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame and its charities, please visit WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com.

Dave Byrd

  • One of California’s most versatile short track competitors, the Los Gatos, Calif. competitor won 12 track championships – six on dirt, six on pavement.
  • Byrd, 62, counts at least 140 feature race victories over a career spanning five decades, 1976 through 2015. Among his significant wins was the 2002 IMCA modified Duel in the Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Duel in the Desert.
  • In 1978, Byrd was offered, but turned down, the Rod Osterlund-owned NASCAR premier series car that ultimately went to Dale Earnhardt.
  • Byrd captured the 1983 NASCAR Pacific Coast Region title, competing at several Central California tracks.
  • Byrd is the 2009 Spears Racing League late model champion. He also competed in the now ARCA Menards Series West and NASCAR Elite Southwest Series.

Richie Clyne

  • Classic car collector Richie Clyne had a vision of creating a world-class racing facility in Las Vegas. Where others dreamed and failed, Clyne succeeded with the opening in 1996 of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Clyne sold the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1998 to Speedway Motorsports but continues to be a familiar face during NASCAR Cup Series and other LVMS events.
  • Talented, energetic and artistic describes Clyne, a transplanted New Yorker who currently splits his time between Las Vegas and New Hampshire.
  • Clyne, 62,  operates Clyne’s Classic Cars, a seller of antique and classic automobiles and fire trucks. He previously co-owned, with Don Williams, the Auto Collection at the now defunct Imperial Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Tom Gloy
  • 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 Gloy Racing prepared Mercury Capri. Gloy competed in 17 races that year, winning three and finishing among the top five in 12 others.
  • In 1987, he competed in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) with Jack Roush, finishing second in the championship. He shared Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona- winning Mustang with Bill Elliott in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.
  • Gloy won the 1988 IMSA event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course driving a Nissan GTP car.
  • Gloy raced in the U.S., Europe, Australia and the Far East in 1970s. He won the 1979 Formula Atlantic title.
  • With assistance of Roger Penske, Gloy ran a partial U.S. Auto Club championship car schedule, finishing fifth at the Ontario Motor Speedway. Gloy operated a USAC team in 2002, winning once.
  • Gloy, 73, 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.

Tommy Kendall

  • 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 was the 1993 IMSA GTS champion
  • 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, 64, also is a television broadcaster.
  • Born in Fresno, Calif. but living for most of his career in Bakersfield, George Snider, 80, began drag racing at the age of 15 and soon began competing in jalopies, hard tops and supermodifieds.
  • He was one of the first to mount a wing on his No. 72 coupe, winning races at Kearney Bowl in Fresno and on other central California tracks. Snider won the 1964 Johnny Key Classic at the old San Jose Speedway
  • He won the 1971 U.S. Auto Club Silver Crown championship and was the organization’s final Gold Crown champion in 1981-82.
  • Snider made 22 Indianapolis 500 starts – most by a non-winner – many of them as a teammate to A.J. Foyt.
  • His best Indianapolis 500 finish was eighth, in 1975 and 1978. Snider also competed in USAC stock cars.
  • Snider is a member of the Bob Elias Sports Hall of Fame in Bakersfield.

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