Last weekend at the Dirt Track World Championship held in Portsmouth, Ohio, our 2015 National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame class was announced. As always, this year’s class features a wide array of talent from all over the country. Here is a bit of information about our new class:
The Georgetown, Tennessee racer famous for his #31 race cars began his career at age 15 at the Cleveland, Tennessee Speedway in 1978. Since Arp has driven to close to 300 victories and a number of track titles at Volunteer State tracks such as Atomic and Smoky Mt. He has victories with Hav-A-Tampa, the Southern All-Stars and many other groups and major victories in Fla., Pa., Ky., Wis., Ga., and a number of other states. Arp also known for his driving schools is still active on the ovals today.
Known as the Father of Eastern Iowa dirt racing Lavern Red Droste was a legendary figure in Iowa racing circles and across the Midwest throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and early 70’s. The Waterloo Iowa native compiled close to 700 feature victories and over 30 track season titles in his long and illustrious career. He retired in the mid-1970’s from active racing and passed away in 2011 at age 85.
A huge fan favorite across the state of Iowa Hansen began his racing career back in 1964 at the old Nashua Speedway in his home state. The Dike, Iowa native in his popular #9 racers scored over 300 feature victories and took a number of wins and invitationals all across the Midwest, also including Florida and Canada. He was a many time track titlist on the tough eastern Iowa dirt circuit and a 3-time All Iowa points Champion. Hansen retired from active racing in 1981.
One of Western Pennsylvania’s most decorated dirt late model racers Johnson, nicknamed “Juice” was a 3-time Renegade STARS national series points champion and is second on the all-time STARS win list with 50 career victories. The Latrobe, Pennsylvania veteran has a long list of achievements including multiple major victories in the Hillbilly 100, the Pittsburgher 100, along with the Jackson 100, the USA Nationals and many more. Johnson is still active behind the wheel today.
The Mableton, Georgia great began his 35 year career driving for car owner Ed Massey back in 1953. Since, the man nicknamed Slick around race ovals has scored hundreds of victories at places like Lakewood, the Peach Bowl, West Atlanta, Senoia, Dixie, Rome, and Toccoa in his home state and across the Carolinas. Driving his always familiar #77 race cars Sells was a regular with the tough Tri-Racing circuit in the Peach State and also an early member of the legendary NDRA group. He retired from competition back in 1988.
Jim Butler – A long time and very popular photographer of dlm racing on a national level from Clearfield Pennsylvania. Jim passed away in 2012.
Al Frieden – Long time car owner and promoter of a number of Iowa dirt tracks for over 25 years. Al passed away in August of 2000.
Wayne Kindness – A journalist for many years, Wayne was also the very popular executive editor of Southern Auto Racing News.