West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com Wed, 16 Jun 2021 00:22:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.6 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.

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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.

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Owen A. Kearns
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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.

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

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

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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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Kendall, Ongais, Snider finalists for West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s 2021 Class http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/kendall-ongais-snider-finalists-for-west-coast-stock-car-motorsports-hall-of-fames-2021-class/ Thu, 31 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=2261 First-time nominees Clyne, Kaeding, Zajicek, among 10 voted for final ballot consideration

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (January 4, 2021) – Tommy Kendall, Danny Ongais and George Snider, a cross-genre snapshot of premier motorsports history, headline the list of 10 finalists for Class of 2021 election to the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Four-time SCCA Trans-Am Series champion and broadcaster Kendall; USAC championship car 500-mile winner and U.S. Nationals drag racing titlist Ongais; and 22-time Indianapolis 500 starter and USAC Silver Crown Series champion Snider are among seven, multi-time nominees to emerge from the Hall’s first round of voting that ended Dec. 15, 2020. 

Six previous nominees who also advance to a final round of voting, are NASCAR weekly series and tracks champion Dave Byrd; NASCAR national series-winning crew chief and Cup Series competition director Ernie Cope; SCCA Tran-Am Series champion and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner Tom Gloy; and 1996 ARCA Menards Series West champion and national series crew chief Lance Hooper.

Three first-time nominees –– Las Vegas Motor Speedway builder Richie Clyne; 13-time Northern Auto Racing Club champion Brent Kaeding; and racing equipment master craftsman and problem solver Ronald (Ron) Zajicek — transferred onto the final ballot.

“The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary with an amazing group of finalists,” said Ken Clapp, Chairman and CEO. “Our list of finalists certainly will challenge our Board of Directors to separate the best from the very best. Every one of these individuals is more than deserving to be part of the Class of 2021.

“Our inability to host an induction this year was unfortunate on many levels – especially from a charity standpoint. I am certain that our giving will accelerate with a successful 2021 event as the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame looks forward to reaching total charitable donations of $1 million in the next several years.” 

Final voting by the Hall’s Board of Directors to select the five 2021 inductees continues through February 8, 2021. Five Heritage candidates from racing’s historic era also will be inducted in the Class of 2021. Their selection will be announced later this spring.

The Class of 2021 will be enshrined Saturday, June 5, 2021 in a unique, double induction with the Hall’s 2020 Class at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. The event, presented by World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, again accompanies the annual NASCAR Cup Series and ARCA Menards Series West weekend at nearby Sonoma Raceway. The 2020 induction was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To obtain media credentials for coverage of the 20th 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 2020-21 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, 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 racing. 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 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.

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 10 2021 finalists (*first time nominee)

Dave Byrd. 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 Elite Southwest Series, posting two top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. 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, 62, has at least 140 feature race victories over a career spanning five decades – 1976 through 2015. * Previous nominee

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 Hall of Fame inductee. Cope began racing in the NASCAR Elite 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 runner-up 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. *Previous nominee

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. Talented, energetic and artistic describes Clyne, a transplanted New Yorker who currently splits his time between Las Vegas and New Hampshire. 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. Clyne 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. Clyne is 66 years old.

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 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, 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. *Previous nominee

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 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. *Previous nominee

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.

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 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. *Previous nominee

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. *Previous nominee

George Snider. 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 finish was eighth, in 1975 and 1978. Snider also competed in USAC stock cars. He is a member of the Bob Elias Sports Hall of Fame in Bakersfield. *Previous nominee

Ron Zajicek. The West Coast’s premier builder of rear end assemblies for stock cars, Zajicek and Ron’s Rear Ends was a staple at Saugus Speedway in Southern California from the 1960s until the track’s closure in 1995. An estimated 95 percent of the field at Irwindale Speedway ran his rear ends by 2015. Zajicek was a New York native, later moving to the San Fernando Valley. He worked for Frank Deiny’s Speedway Engineering before opening his own business, Ron’s Rear Ends. Zajicek was gear specialist for West Coast Stock Car/Motorsport Hall of Famer Mike Skinner, winner of a NASCAR Cup Series race at Suzuka Japan. West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Brendan Gaughan, Butch Gilliland and other prominent west coast drivers won races and championships with Ron’s Rear Ends equipment. Zajicek passed in March 2016 at the age of 62.

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West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame announces nominations for Class of 2021 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/west-coast-stock-car-motorsports-hall-of-fame-announces-nominations-for-class-of-2021/ Tue, 10 Nov 2020 17:30:40 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=2252 BAKERSFIELD, California (Nov. 10, 2020) – Richie Clyne, builder of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is among 20 nominees for 2021 induction into the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Clyne appears on the ballot for the first time, along with 13-time Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC) champion Brent Kaeding; Carl Trimmer, the winningest driver from the state of Arizona; Northern California late model champion Jimmy Walker; Sean Woodside, the 1999 NASCAR West Series champion; and the late Ronald (Ron) Zajicek, owner of Ron’s Rear Ends.

Nominated again after appearing on previous ballots are Dave Byrd, Ernie Cope, Mike David, Garrett Evans, Dave Fuge, Tom Gloy, Lance Hooper, Tommy Kendall, Danny Ongais, Greg Pickett and George Snider. Five inductees will be named in March, following two rounds of voting by organization’s Board of Directors. First-round voting begins this week.

The organization also will induct its fourth Heritage class of five individuals whose careers began prior to 1970. The Heritage inductees will be named in spring 2021.

Combined 2020-21 induction ceremonies will be held Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. during the NASCAR Cup Series and ARCA Menard Series West weekend at nearby Sonoma Raceway. The 2020 event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The unique, double induction ceremony marks the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary,” said West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame Chairman and CEO Ken Clapp. “The 2020 class of inductees contains some amazing star power from just about every corner of the motorsports universe. Our 2021 list of nominees is equally spectacular. Selecting just five inductees will be extremely difficult. I can’t wait to see how the voting turns out.”

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 20th 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 2020-21 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 racing. 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 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.

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 20 nominees, by category, are attached (*previous nominee)

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. 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 Hall of Famers Ivan Baldwin, Jeff Gordon and Ernie Irvan. Baldwin was the biggest winner in Boyd equipment, posting 15 of 29 total victories. * Previous nominee

Dave Byrd. 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 Southwest Series, posting two top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. 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, 62, has at least 140 feature race victories over a career spanning five decades – 1976 through 2015. * Previous nominee

Mike David. Mike David of Modesto, Calif. is the 2007 ARCA Menards Series West champion. David, 53, competed in 91 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 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. *Previous nominee

Garrett Evans. Evans, from East Wenatchee, Wash. is a four-time NASCAR Elite Northwest Series champion (1985, 1989, 1994, 200) and the tour’s top winner with 50 victories. He also posted two wins on the NW Tour’s sister Southwest Series as well as notable victories in Idaho, Montana and Nevada.  Evans is a three-time Northwest Super Late Model Series champion (2014-15-16). Evans competed in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (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. The owner of Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval since 1999, Evans founded the Northwest Super Late Model Series, 2014 to present. Evans, 64, was honored in 2019 as the Western Auto Racing Promoter’s Association Sidewalk Slim Lifetime Achievement Award.

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 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, 73, entered Ford F150s in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series for three seasons. His drivers collected three top-five finishes including a second by Tony Roper at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. *Previous nominee

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 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 Hall of Famer Ray Claridge, Hooper won championships in consecutive seasons – NASCAR Elite Southwest Series in 1995 and the 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 Gander Outdoors 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. *Previous nominee

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. *Previous nominee

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.

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 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. *Previous nominee

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. *Previous nominee

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. *Previous nominee

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. * Previous nominee

George Snider. 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 finish was eighth, in 1975 and 1978. Snider also competed in USAC stock cars. He is a member of the Bob Elias Sports Hall of Fame in Bakersfield. *Previous nominee

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.

Jimmy Walker. From the late 1960s forward, Jimmy Walker’s No. 48 Walker Blue late model was the car to beat on short tracks up and down the West Coast. Walker, a dairyman racing out of tiny Ferndale, Calif. on the state’s north coast, won multiple super stock championships at Redwood Acres Raceway in nearby Eureka including back-to-back-to-back titles in 1970-72.  He became a well-known traveler, winning on both dirt and paved surfaces. Although well-known in short track racing, Walker was tabbed a “dark horse” when the No. 48 showed up at Riverside International Raceway in January 1976 and went to victory lane in the NASCAR Permatex 200. Drivers in the field included NASCAR Cup Series champion Bobby Allison and West Coast Stock Car Hall of Famers Hershel McGriff and Ivan Baldwin. He competed in the 1976 Permatex 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Walker’s notable open competition victories included the Rose Classic at Roseville, Calif. and NorCal 150 at Shasta Speedway. The 81-year-old Walker’s lone NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (now ARCA Menards Series West) was scored in 1977.

Sean Woodside. The Saugus, Calif. competitor won the 1999 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (now ARCA Menards Series West) championship, following two seasons of second-place points finishes. Woodside drove for two West Coast Stock Car 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 Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series. Woodside is 50 years old. 

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 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 Gander Outdoors 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. *Previous nominee

Dave Fuge. Dave Fuge  became the first independent owner/crew chief to win a Gander Outdoors Truck Series title in 1992 with current West Coast Stock Car Hall of fame nominee 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 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 Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year title driving for Tri-Star Motorsports which Fuge co-owned with Mark Smith and George Bradshaw. *Previous nominee

Promoters/Industry

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. Talented, energetic and artistic describes Clyne, a transplanted New Yorker who currently splits his time between Las Vegas and New Hampshire. 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. Clyne 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. Clyne is 66 years old.

Ron Zajicek. The West Coast’s premier builder of rear end assemblies for stock cars, Zajicek and Ron’s Rear Ends was a staple at Saugus Speedway in Southern California from the 1960s until the track’s closure in 1995. An estimated 95 percent of the field at Irwindale Speedway ran his rear ends by 2015. Zajicek was a New York native, later moving to the San Fernando Valley. He worked for Frank Deiny’s Speedway Engineering before opening his own business, Ron’s Rear Ends. Zajicek was gear specialist for West Coast Stock Car/Motorsport Hall of Famer Mike Skinner, winner of a NASCAR Cup Series race at Suzuka Japan. West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Brendan Gaughan, Butch Gilliland and other prominent west coast drivers won races and championships with Ron’s Rear Ends equipment. Zajicek passed in March 2016 at the age of 62.

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West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s 2020 Heritage class revealed http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/west-coast-stock-car-motorsports-hall-of-fames-2020-heritage-class-revealed/ Fri, 02 Oct 2020 02:23:03 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=2242 Five inductees from racing’s historic era brings this year’s induction to 10 members

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (October 1, 2020) – The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 is complete with the selection of five Heritage members, whose careers took place or began prior to 1972. Their selection brings to 10 the 2020 honorees who will be enshrined during this year’s induction ceremonies, presented by World Wide Technology Raceway, on June 3, 2021 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif.

The induction will be combined with the Class of 2021, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Voting on 2021 nominees will begin in November.

The Heritage inductees are:

  • Harry Belletto, a three-time Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway late model stock car champion credited with more than 500 feature, trophy dash and heat race wins at the quarter-mile paved oval. Belletto was drafted by the Oakland Raiders but a pre-season injury wrote the end of his NFL career. The 77-year-old Belletto, whose career began in 1970, resides in Modesto, Calif.
  • Howard Kaeding, a three-time NASCAR State of California and San Jose (Calif.) Speedway supermodified champion. The 87-year-old, from Campbell, Calif., once won 17 main events in a row – all while starting last in 18 to 30 car fields.  Kaeding, a pioneering racing speed shop operator, a Godfather to a three-generation racing family that includes son Brent, a 13-time Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC) champion and World of Outlaws winner.
  • Ken Miles, winner of the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona and Sebring 12 Hour and second-place finisher in the 24 of Le Mans. Chief test driver for Shelby American was a D-Day tank commander in the British Army. He relocated to Hollywood, Calif. following World War II. Miles also competed in NASCAR Cup Series race at Riverside International Raceway in 1963, driving a Holman-Moody Ford.
  • Jim Pettit Sr., a Seaside, Calif. salvage yard operator whose love of grassroots racing touched many in the industry. He owned late model stock cars fielded by his son, Jim Pettit II, who won a NASCAR Pacific Coast Region title and a pair of NASCAR Elite championships. The pair will simultaneously be inducted in 2021 – the first time a father-son have been enshrined in the same class. Pettit passed in 2018 at age 77.
  • Billy Wilkerson drove jalopies and modified cars in the 1950s and 1960, winning a California Jalopy Association title and numerous races on dirt and pavement. The San Gabriel Valley resident then excelled in sprint cars, winning California Racing Association championships in 1967 and 1970. After retirement, he teamed with West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Famer Dick Woodland to field entries for many top drivers including Parnelli Jones. Wilkerson, a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, passed in 2009 at age 82.

“’When racing is no fun we will quit’ is a common remark made by thousands over the years in this great sport,” said Ken Clapp, West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame Chairman and CEO. “This is a fun heritage category induction class. I have had the honor to call each of the inductees a friend for many decades and, WOW, what a huge bunch of wins, records and unmeasurable talent.

“Every one of these men contributed to the greatness of the sport in a fun and dynamic way.”

The remainder of the organization’s 17th inducted class is comprised of Mike Bliss, a USAC Silver Crown and NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series champion; Craig Keough, a Las Vegas team owner and track sponsor; Rick Mears, a four-time Indianapolis 500 champion; Jim Pettit II, the 1984 NASCAR Pacific Coast Region champion and Jerry Pitts, ARCA Menards Series West championship crew chief and team owner Racing ambassador Linda Vaughn will receive the Motorsport Lady of the Century award during the ceremonies, highlights of which will be later broadcast 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 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.

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

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

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West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame to sponsor ARCA Menards West 2020 resumption http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/west-coast-stock-car-hall-of-fame-to-sponsor-arca-menards-west-2020-resumption/ Mon, 22 Jun 2020 22:34:09 +0000 http://westcoaststockcarhalloffame.com/?p=2208 Doubleheader on tap June 27 at the Utah Motorsports Campus road course

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., June 22, 2020 – The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame will sponsor Saturday’s (June 27) doubleheader at the Utah Motorsports Campus road course as the ARCA Menards Series West resumes its 2020 season.

The twin events, on UMC’s 2.2-mile layout, are the season’s second and third points-paying races. The 2020 schedule began in late February at The Bullring in Las Vegas but was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are pleased to partner with the ARCA Menards Series West and the Utah Motorsports Campus in presenting the return of NASCAR stock car racing to one of the west’s top road racing destinations,” said Ken Clapp, chairman and CEO of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. “I know the teams and drivers are beyond excited to finally return to competition.”

The first of the two 30-lap/66-mile events is scheduled for 4 p.m. MT (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT). The finale will line up following a 30-minute break.

The ARCA Menards Series West – previously known at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – last competed at the Utah Motorsports Campus in 2016. A total of 10 events have been held at the former Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, just west of Salt Lake City.

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.

For additional information about the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, please visit WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com.

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

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