Hall of Fame Expansion Project on GoFundMe

December 19, 2014

In light of beginning our recent project to expand the Hall of Fame, we have started a GoFundMe fundraiser. Now, with the help of GoFundMe.com, any interested parties can donate directly to our cause for expanding our facility.

All donations are greatly appreciated and go towards preserving the longevity of the Hall of Fame.

For more information on how to donate, please go to our GoFundMe page: http://www.gofundme.com/j112f0


Hall of Fame Receives Facelift

December 19, 2014


National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Appoints New Officers

December 10, 2014 (Indianapolis, Indiana) – The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame recently announced an entire overhaul of its executive administrative staff. Gerald Newton of Arizona Sport Shirts has been appointed President/Executive Director of the non-profit organization headquartered in Florence, Kentucky. Newton will take over the executive duties established by Hall of Fame founder Bill Holder. Holder will remain on the board and maintain an active role in the group’s future decision making matters. “Bill has done just a magnificent job laying the foundation for the Hall of Fame,” Newton stated. “I am extremely honored and excited to be given the opportunity to take it to its next level.” Newton has chosen announcer and PR professional from the Lucas Oil Late Model Series, James Essex to serve as Vice President for the group. The new Board of Directors will consist of fifteen members which includes: Larry Boos, Kelley Carlton, Tom Deery, Bret Emrick, Tom Helfrich, Jim Klette, Josh King, Tim Lee, Ritchie Lewis, Bob Markos, Brian McLeod, David Poole, Carl Short, Chris Tilley and Terry Young. A twelve member Marketing Committee comprised of a number of the sport’s industry leaders has also been named.

“I am deeply moved by all of the hard work and sincere dedication that Bill Holder and his crew have accomplished. Without his work and vision, there would not have been a Hall of Fame for Late Models. I am honored that they have elected me to take the Hall of Fame forward and work towards even further growth and improvement. There will be exciting new plans unveiled at the Performance Racing Industry Tradeshow & Conference (PRI) and the upcoming months. The number one goal will be to build a bigger building and with that we need help of all types.”

If you are interested in helping with the Hall of Fame or volunteering, please contact Gerald Newton. Parties interested in donating and/or sponsorship can contact any of the names detailed on this release.

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame, founded in 2001, has an induction membership of 91 drivers and 39 contributors through its first 14 class selections. Its museum building is located on the grounds of the Florence Speedway located in Walton, Kentucky. Visit the NDLMHoF website located at: www.nationaldirtlatemodelhof.com

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Inductee Bob Miller Passes

November 18, 2014

Longtime car owner and sponsor Bob Miller of Leburn Kentucky passed away on November 4th at the age of 73. Bob, a member of the 2004 class of the NDLMHoF was a familiar face through out the years at dirt tracks and his Miller Brothers Coal and Hawkeye Trucking logos were forever displayed on the sideboards of many of the sport’s top runners.

The NDLMHoF would like to extend our condolences to Bob’s wife and family. He will be missed.


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Kosiskis Hold Hall of Fame 50/50 Raffle at I-80 Speedway

November 18, 2014

Earlier this year during the summer racing season, Steve and Joe Kosiski and family held a 50-50 raffle to benefit the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. A large contribution was made and presented to the Hall at our 2014 Induction Ceremony held in August at Florence Speedway. The contribution was donated to help with the future building fund of the Hall of Fame. Steve and Joe, both current inductees, were joined in the Hall this year by their father Bob, longtime Nebraska late model campaigner. The Hall would like to congratulate the Kosiski family on all three of their inductions, as well as thank them for their support and contribution.

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2015 Hall of Fame Class Announced

October 25, 2014

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:


Skip Arp

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.



Red Droste

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.



Curt Hansen

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.



Davey Johnson

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.



Leon Sells

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.

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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.            

New HoF Logo Introduced

October 25, 2014

We here at the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame are happy to introduce our new logo, which will be featured on all HoF related media and merchandise. The new logo design comes to us from our great friends over at Arizona Sport Shirts.


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