Induction Ceremony Another Great Time

September 9, 2014

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:

Moore Book Signing Set for HoF Weekend

August 6, 2014

Dirt late model legend and 2001 inaugural Class Hall of Famer Larry Moore will be on hand National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame induction weekend August 8th and 9th at the Hall of Fame building on the grounds of the Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. Moore and his recently released autobiography “On Top Of The World” written by popular motorsports author Dave Argabright will be available throughout the weekend for a personal book signing. The book covers Moore’s illustrious career on the ovals documenting the origins and history of the sport of dirt late model racing.


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Induction Ceremony Activities August 8th and 9th

July 27, 2014

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be inducted Saturday afternoon August 9th at 4:30pm EST on the main straightaway of the Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. The induction ceremony is held annually prior to the running of the Lucas Oil sanctioned North-South 100 at the Kentucky oval. This year’s class of driver’s include: Maryland’s Denny Bonebrake; Kentucky’s Steve Francis; South Carolina’s Ed Gibbons; Nebraska’s Bob Kosiski; and Iowa’s Ken Walton. Contributors to be honored are Allan Brown, Publisher of the National Speedway Directory; race series technical inspector Walter Burson; and car owners Larry and Penny Eckrich. The Hall’s annual Sportsman Award will be presented to long-time Alabama racer Red Farmer.

An auction to benefit the Hall will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday in front of the Hall of Fame facility located outside of turn four at the speedway. A number of today’s top racers have generously donated door panels and other memorabilia to be auctioned off. All proceeds collected go to the Hall of Fame.

Other Hall of Fame weekend activities call for a “Late Model 101” history seminar to be held in the Hall of Fame building on Friday August 8th at 4:00 pm. A history of a number of the race vehicles on display at the Hall will be discussed. Guests for the seminar include HoF inductees Larry Moore, Chuck McWilliams and John Mason, along with Tommy Boggs, the son of the late Jack Boggs. Admittance to the Hall and the seminar is free of charge.      


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One Great Afternoon… Now Available on DVD

April 2, 2014

Our Late Model 101 seminars, recorded at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum in Knoxville, Iowa are now available for home purchase.

These approximately one-hour-long dirt racing historical presentations are available on DVD, which offer two sit down forums with legendary Iowa Late Model artists Verlin Eaker, Curt Hansen, Tom Hearst, Fred Horn, Joe Merryfield, Ed Sanger, Ken Walton and Gary  Webb. These two priceless group conversations with the greats of the game cover the early years of the Yankee Dirt  Classic at Hawkeye Downs and the Iowa winners of the early World 100’s in Rossburg, Ohio.

Both DVDs are now available for purchase by check, money order or credit card with all proceeds going to the building fund for the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in Florence, Kentucky.

Each DVD costs $12.00 plus shipping, or you can purchase a set of two for $20.00 plus shipping.

For the theatrical trailers and purchase information, please see below:

Click here to purchase Late Model 101: Early Yankee Dirt Classics:



Click here to purchase Late Model 101: Iowa World 100 winners of the 1970s:



You can also purchase both DVDs in a set.

Click here to purchase the Late Model 101 DVD set:



Please make out all checks and money orders to:

National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame

Send check and money orders to:

Bob Markos
6549 Beechwood Ave
Portage, IN 46368

Hurry’n Hoosier Passes Away

March 18, 2014

Dick Potts, known on the ovals as the Hurry’n Hoosier, passed away back on January 22nd, 2014 at the age of 76. In a career that lasted over 50 years on the ovals, Potts of Morocco Indiana drove to over 500 feature wins on both local and national levels and over 20 track and series titles. Dick was inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2006 and was a very proud and active member. He will be missed by many and our condolences go out to his wife and family. All contributions upon his passing were directed to the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. We wish to thank all those who generously contributed in the name of Dick Potts. We will surely miss the Hurry’n Hoosier.




Two HoF Inductees Pass Away

January 23, 2014

On January 8th the motor racing world lost one of its all time greats with the passing of Ernie Derr at age 92. The Keokuk, Iowa stock car veteran was a 12-time IMCA champion and the all-time winningest driver on the national circuit. Ernie drove through four decades and was a legendary figure on both dirt and asphalt venues across Middle America. He was inducted into the NDLMHoF Class of 2010. Condolences go out to Ernie’s family.

Doc Lehman, a 2006 NDLMHoF inductee, passed away at age 56 on December 10, 2013 following a long battle with heart disease. Doc, of Orville, Ohio, spent his entire life involved in motorsports as an accomplished track promoter, PR representative, radio broadcaster and journalist. The Hall wishes to extend our condolences to Doc’s wife and children.




World Famous Track Chaser Visits Hall of Fame

January 23, 2014

Randy Lewis known as the “World’s #1 Trackchaser” and a great supporter of the Hall of Fame sent us two excellent videos of his visit to the Hall and our past induction ceremony. Randy, who was a huge Darrell Dake fan, was tickled to be there to help and participate with Darrell’s induction. We hope you enjoy his presentations and check out his website at:

NDLMHoF Hosts Seminar at Sprint Car Hall of Fame

November 22, 2013

On Saturday September 28th, during the Knoxville Late Model Nationals weekend, the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame joined forces to present its annual Late Model 101 history seminar. The afternoon’s presentation, held upstairs at the Sprint Car Hall of Fame museum, was well received by a nice crowd of history minded fans. Special guest participants were Iowa stock car legends Verlin Eaker, Curt Hansen, Tom Hearst, Fred Horn, Ed Sanger, Ken Walton and Gary Webb. These fine gentlemen spoke on a number of events from days past and their great careers. A special thanks to National Sprint Car Hall of Fame director Bob Baker and curator Tom Schmeh for their efforts and hospitality.

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While in Knoxville, a number of contributions were collected for our future expansion building fund. A very successful memorabilia auction was held, MC’ed by Kathy Krafka Harkema and auctioneered by Lynn Richards, in which a portion of the proceeds were presented to the Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. We would like to also truly thank the personal contributions given generously to our Hall from supporters Michael Gibson, Denny and Brad Osborn of Waterloo Auto Parts, Gary Crawford of Crawford Farms, Doug Cue of Superior Cleaning Services and retired racers Ed Sanger, Ken Walton, Curt Hansen and Karl Sanger. Again, thank you all so very much for your kindness in helping preserve the history of our sport.

All contributions to the Hall are non-taxable 501-c.3 charitable contributions. Proceeds for our expansion building fund can be sent to:

National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame
3811 Berryleaf Court
Riverside, OH 45424


Fred King Visits Hall of Fame / Our New Volunteers

November 22, 2013

During Fall Classic weekend at Florence Speedway, Indianapolis businessman Fred King dropped by the Hall of Fame for a visit. He enjoyed the K-1 Russ Petro wedge car assembled and donated by Mike Bechelli. Fred was a long time sponsor and partner with Hall of Famer Petro during his heyday.

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The Hall of Fame would like to make special mention and give thanks to our two newest weekly volunteers, Michael and John Klein. These two will be in the Hall assisting our curator Jim Klette. Thanks for your help, fellas.

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Red Farmer Car Added to Hall

November 21, 2013

The Hall of Fame has recently received the F-97 Racer campaigned a number of years by 2002 inductee Red Farmer. The car was delivered to our Hall of Fame facility by Red himself and long time Pennsylvania dirt late model campaigner Luke Hoffner. Luke, known as the “Turbotville Tornado” on the ovals, has raced for over 33 seasons and befriended the “Redman” a number of years ago calling him his childhood racing hero. The car was purchased from Red by Luke back in 2012. Together they brought the car to us for permanent display. A special thanks from all of us to both Red and Luke, two fine racers and great contributors to the sport.



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