On Saturday August 9th, the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame once again took center stage with their induction of their 2014 class prior to the running of the North South 100 at the King’s Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. Driver inductees Denny Bonebrake, Steve Francis, Bob Kosiski and Ken Walton were on hand to receive their induction accolades generously supplied by Arizona Sport Shirts and Hoosier Midwest. Driver inductee Ed Gibbons’ award was posthumously accepted by his father, son and grandson.
Also in attendance were contributing category inductees Allan Brown of the National Speedway Directory and Iowa race car owners Larry and Penny Eckrich. Former series tech inspector Walter Burson’s honors were presented posthumously to his wife and daughter.
The Hall’s Circle Track Magazine sponsored Sportsman Award was presented to oval track icon Red Farmer, and the RPM Magazine Racer of the Year Award forthe 2013 season was earned by last season’s World of Outlaws Late Model champion, Josh Richards.
Special Lifetime Achievement awards were given to local and regional Pennsylvania champion Luke Hoffner and long time car owner Fred King.
The afternoon’s activities were emceed by Hall of Fame Executive Director Bill Holder, Lucas Oil Series announcer James Essex, Southern All-Stars PR Director Chris Tilley, Dirt on Dirt Editor Michael Rigsby and Hall of Fame Induction Director Bob Markos. Past Hall of Fame Inductees Eddie Carrier Sr., Larry Moore and Carl Short served as the ceremony’s host presenters. It was once again another fine and emotional affair to be long remembered for generations to come.
The Hall of Fame also wishes to thank the many people who helped and contributed raising money at the auction during Hall of Fame weekend. We also wish to thank Michael Doyle for helping make the 50/50 raffle a great success, as well as his many years of assisting during Hall of Fame weekend.
The ceremony was video-taped in its entirety by Steve Gigeous of Sports Plus Video and can be purchased through his website:
Pictures from the 2014 ceremony presented by Rick Schwallie: