Biffle, Evans, Gaughan, Gilliland, Moore, Sills earn inductions.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif., March 13, 2022 – NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series champion Greg Biffle heads a six-member class slated for induction into the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame in June 2022.
Biffle’s fellow enshrinees – chosen via two rounds of voting by the Hall’s board of directors – are Garrett Evans, a multiple NASCAR Northwest Series champion and longtime Wenatchee Valley (Wash.) Raceway operator; Brendan Gaughan, two-time ARCA Menards Series West champion and multiple NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner; David Gilliland, ARCA Menards Series West championship crew chief and Daytona 500 pole winner; John Moore, the 2021 NASCAR State of California champion, sponsor of numerous racing events and president of the Placer County (Calif.) Fair Board; and three-time United States Auto Club Silver Crown champion and 400 race winner Jimmy Sills.
The Class of 2022 – the hall’s 19th – will be enshrined Thursday, June 9, during the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s induction gala, presented by World Wide Technology Raceway at Sonoma Raceway’s new VIP/Hospitality complex which circles the road course’s iconic Turn 11.
The event opens a packed weekend of racing at Sonoma Raceway, which includes the NASCAR Cup Series, ARCA Menards Series West and the return of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
The organization also will induct its fifth Heritage class of six individuals whose careers ended prior to 1971. The 2022 Heritage inductees will be named in April.
Also featured will be the 2nd Annual Kickin’ Doorz Down Philanthropist of the Year Award presented by 51FIFTY. This award recognizes an individual that has demonstrated a commitment to the west coast racing community and has displayed a heart for giving back to others, through charitable giving or in-kind services to the industry. Mike Curb was the initial honoree in 2021.
Highlights of the induction ceremonies by broadcast by MAVTV later this summer.
“The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is pleased to enshrine these six distinguished individuals,” said Ken Clapp, Chairman and CEO of the West Coast Stock/Motorsports Hall of Fame. “Our Class of 2022 was voted from arguably the most decorated group of nominees representing all corners of the motorsports world.
“As the Hall enters its third decade, we’re pleased to thank Marcus Smith, Jill Gregory and other members of the Speedway Motorsports Inc. staff for providing us with a new home for our induction ceremonies, which continue to be presented by World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. Becoming an actual part of Sonoma Raceway’s biggest weekend of the year means greater national recognition for the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame.”
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, heritage and 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 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.
The Class of 2022
- 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, adding to the total in this year’s Daytona 500.
- 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 is four-time NASCAR Elite Series Northwest Tour champion. 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 also is a four-time Northwest Super Late Model champion, in a series he owned and promoted for six years.
- 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 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 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.
- 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, 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.
- 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, after 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.
- A three-time United States Auto Club 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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