DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 5, 2015) – “NASCAR is aware of the Delaware Department of Justice announcement today regarding driver Kurt Busch. As we disclosedMonday, he has accepted the terms and conditions of a reinstatement program and is actively participating in the program. Kurt Busch’s eligibility for reinstatement will continue to be governed by that program and the NASCAR Rule Book, though the elimination of the possibility of criminal charges certainly removes a significant impediment to his reinstatement.”
According to President Russ Stoehr, the NorthEastern Midget Association (NEMA), has added three dates to their schedule.
The NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites will race at Chemung (NY) Speedrome May 22, and September 12 at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl. The NEMA Lites will compete June 6 at New London-Waterford as well.
This will be the inaugural race for Chemung. The track is a 3/8 mile oval, which the Bodine family opened as a 1/4 mile dirt track in 1951. NEMA will also visit New York for its season opener on May 23 at Evans Mills Motorsports Park and Oswego Speedway on July 11 for King of Wings.
Stafford Springs, CT — After finishing second in the 2014 SK Light points standings at Stafford Motor Speedway, Prospect, CT native Nick Salva is ready to challenge for the championship once again in 2015 with some new sponsorship on his #98. Salva welcomes back J.G. Poulin Drywall while adding T.S. Haulers and Mr. Rooter Plumbing as sponsors for his 2015 campaign.
“Eddie Partridge is going to help us out with T.S. Haulers, Vinny Beedle is going to help us with Mr. Rooter Plumbing, and Mr. and Mrs. Poulin are coming back with J.G. Poulin Drywall,” said Salva. “I ran a couple of races for Vinny last year and he’s coming on board with us this year. I’ve known Eddie since I was 5 years old and Bo [Gunning] drove for him in the past so it’s an honor to have him on the car this year. I also have support from Del’s Vinyl and Siding and Northeast Racecars and I can’t wait to get started again.”
The 2014 season was a coming out party of sorts for Salva. Salva began racing at Stafford in the DARE Stock division in 2009 and he scored his first win in 2010 before moving into the SK Light division in 2011. But until the 2014 season, Salva had never driven a full season. He made the most of his first full time season, scoring his first two career SK Light feature wins and he was second only to eventual champion Jeremy Sorel in top-5 and top-10 finishes for the season. After finishing second in the points, Salva only has one more spot to climb in the standings and he feels confident that 2015 can be his year to do just that.
Stafford Springs, CT — Lincoln Tech of East Windsor will once again be a member of the family of Stafford Speedway sponsors during the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season. Lincoln Tech began their relationship with Stafford in 2010 as the title sponsor of the track’s extra distance Late Model feature event and then became the title sponsor of a Modified Racing Series event from 2011-2014. The 2015 season will see Lincoln Tech shift their sponsorship from the MRS race to the Back to SK®ool Blitz event that will take place on Friday, Aug. 28th. For this event, all kids 14 and under will be admitted free of charge if they wear a team shirt or uniform to the track that night.
“This will be our 6th year as a race sponsor at Stafford, and we feel like we’re part of the family,” said Rob Wargo, Eastern Connecticut High School Admissions Reps for Lincoln Tech. “Since this event is a back to school event, it’s a perfect tie-in for us with our fall semester beginning on Sept. 28th. Every year no matter what we try to do with our race, Stafford always does what they can to help us out so kudos to the Arute family. We’ve never heard no from the track and we love coming back to the track.”
As they have done in the past for their sponsored events, Lincoln Tech will present a unique trophy to the SK Modified® feature winner with a custom airbrushed automobile hood. But that’s not the only unique trophy that Lincoln Tech will present that night.
Stafford Springs, CT — The 2014 season at Stafford Motor Speedway saw the return of Legend Cars to the weekly racing schedule for the first time since 1994 and Dana DiMatteo, of Farmington, became the very first Legend Cars Track Champion in Stafford’s history. DiMatteo scored podium finishes in 8 of the 11 Legend Cars features held last season, including 2 victories, and he is eager to get the 2015 season started as he looks to defend his track championship.
“Racing season is right around the corner, I’m itching and I can’t wait to get started,” said DiMatteo. “Coming back as defending champion we’re going to see if we can get Cory [DiMatteo] up front a little more than last year. He had more wins than I did at Stafford but overall I think we had the same number of wins between Stafford and Waterford. Our goal is to just finish races. Last year I think we only had one DNF and finishing races, finishing up front, and keeping the car in one piece are the keys to winning a championship. We’re aiming for the same thing this year.”
DiMatteo led all Legend Cars drivers with 9 top-5 and 11 top-10 finishes last season and his 2015 performance has the potential to be even better. DiMatteo was racing the very same car that won races at Stafford in the 1980’s and 1990’s with Jon and Justin Manafort behind the wheel. During the winter months, DiMatteo and his team have gone through the entire car and have updated many of the parts and pieces underneath the bodywork. With a season of experience on Stafford’s mini-mile already under his belt, DiMatteo could once again prove hard to beat.
Stafford Springs, CT — Any time there is a new driver/team combination, questions can arise for a driver as did I switch to the right team and for owners they can wonder if they have the right driver in the seat of their car. For Ryan Preece and the Ed and Connie Partridge owned T.S. Haulers, Inc. team, they put any doubts to rest with a dominating performance during SpeedWeeks at New Smyrna, winning 4 of the 6 Tour Type Modified feature events, including the prestigious Richie Evans 100. With SpeedWeeks now in the rearview mirror, Preece will look to carry the momentum from his week in Florida over to the start of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season and the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler on April 24-26.
“I think I had high expectations and I’m sure Eddie did too,” said Preece. “We hoped that we could run that well but to have a week like we did, you just don’t get that all the time. Eddie and Connie [Partridge] give Tommy [Grasso] and I and the entire T.S. Haulers team everything we need to win races. Hopefully this is something that we can carry over to the Tour and run well and win some races this year. It seems that we’ve done pretty well so far with the North/South Shootout and Speed Weeks. We’re heading down to Caraway for the Southern Tour opener and we’re hoping we can carry that performance over to the tour this season. Right now we could just swap some springs and change some weights around and we’d be ready to go. It seems like the car has a really good balance and a really good starting baseline for when we go to Stafford, so I think we should be pretty good.”
When it comes to racing at Stafford, Preece is certainly no stranger to NAPA Victory Lane. He has won 22 SK Modified® feature events since 2010 and on the Whelen Modified Tour, he has one victory in the TSI Harley-Davidson 125, one win in the Call Before You Dig 150, and one win in the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final. Out of the four NWMT races that Stafford hosts, the only race that Preece has yet to win is the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler. In 7 career Sizzler starts, Preece has recorded 3 top-5 finishes and he has led a total of 175 laps with a best finish of second in 2012. Preece’s grandfather Bob Judkins nearly won the very first Sizzler in 1972 and he won the 1973 edition of The Greatest Race in the History of Spring with Ed Flemke, Sr. behind the wheel and Preece would like to add a Sizzler victory to his resume.
Stafford Springs, CT — The NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K is back in 2015 with a new twist, more money. Stafford Speedway has announced in addition to the fan vote for laps and starting order invert, fans will vote on how to distribute a bonus of potentially $5,000 plus. Already deemed the largest purse in SK Modified® history paying $5,000 to the winner and over $27,000 in total purse money, the bonus will add even more prestige to this July 10th event.
“We want fans to weigh in and let us know what bonus options we should include in the vote” explains Stafford General Manager Mark Arute. “The drivers have some ideas, now we want the fans to let us know what they want to see.”
Drivers entering the July 10th NAPA Auto Parts SK 5K will have the opportunity to enter the Gambler’s Challenge by putting up $100 to be allocated straight to the SK 5K bonus. Doug Dunleavy of Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair has stepped up in a big way by committing to match all proceeds raised in the gamblers challenge. In addition the only drivers who will be eligible to win the bonus are drivers who take the gamblers challenge.
Stewart’s win makes him the fourth different winner in four races so far this season
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – March 4, 2015 – Shane Stewart became the fourth different driver in four World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races to park his car in victory lane following his win at Wednesday night’s FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Stewart battled Brian Brown throughout the feature. As the laps wound down and the two cars worked through several cautions and lapped traffic, Brown gave Stewart and his Go-Pro/Eneos team a run for its money.
“It’s so hard to dictate your speeds sometimes when you get to the lapped cars,” Stewart said. “I thought the one caution when I was in heavy lapped traffic – I didn’t think that helped me, I thought it was going to hurt me.”
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Improvement in Sight Following 2014 Season
Walpole, NH — The 2015 season is fast approaching, as the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS) begins their fourth full season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 10-12, and two drivers are itching to capture the first wins of their GSPSS careers.
Hudson, New Hampshire young gun Derek Griffith had a respectable season, finishing fourth on the season, with six (6) top-five and ten (10) top-ten finishes in eleven (11) races, but the elusive “W” has evaded the LCM Racing Engines team. Griffith is trying to change that in 2015.
Griffith states “The 2014 season was definitely an improvement, but not even close to the full potential of the LCM crew. Our goals this season are wins, and, possibly, a championship. We will try to keep our consistency.”
2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion Hopes to Add Rattler 250 Win to Resume
PENSACOLA, FL — When Chase Elliott sees an opportunity to drive his Super Late Model at a big event, he grabs that opportunity by the horns. So when the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion noticed he had an open date on his schedule for March 15, the day of the 39th Annual Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway, he took advantage of it by filing his entry for the season-opening Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco event.
Elliott will attempt to make the nearly 1,800-mile trip from Avondale, Arizona to Kinston, Alabama after competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, March 14.
“I enjoy Late Model racing and I saw an opportunity to get a run,” said Elliott. “Hopefully the weather will be good and we can make it happen. I enjoy racing at Opp. They have a great staff there that have always been really nice to me and our team. I feel like they really care about the races they put on and as a racer that makes you want to go back. I’m looking forward to going and hopefully we can have a good run.”
Once again, changes in other series have brought inquiries and requests to Super Cup Stock Car Series officials to permit deviations from the established and proven rules package which would allow new competitors to join the series. SCSCS officials are announcing that on a limited and restricted basis, former Pro Cup competitors will be permitted to bring their existing car to SCSCS races.
“Managed growth has allowed the SCSCS to consistently offer a level of affordable competition while also minimizing impact to our members, family, and business responsibilities,” says series director Joe Schmaling. “We recognized the need to consider what are the minimum requirements/changes necessary that could permit these teams to enter our series without losing our identity or creating a negative impact to our current full-time competitors or sponsors such as PFG, one of our longtime sponsors from the very beginning and supplier of the nose and tail panels used in the series.”
“Our policy has been to let them look and then get like us, within reason. Currently, the group of cars that are available and indicating an interest in moving to SCSCS are former Pro Cup competitors. I have always tried to keep an open mind about the cars and teams in our series. For example, from the beginning, we had provisions to permit the old “Busch” cars to race, however none ever came. Additionally, we also opened the door to permit former “Nationwide” cars and two came.”
- Teams take delivery of road/street and short oval aero kit: Teams aligned with either Chevrolet or Honda have taken delivery of the initial corresponding road/street course and short oval aerodynamic bodywork kits that will debut in competition in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 29.
The window for team testing with aero kits opens March 13, and many teams will be on track either at NOLA Motorsports Park, Texas Motor Speedway or Sebring International Raceway ahead of the March 16-17 INDYCAR sessions at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
Like others, CFH Racing personnel were split into groups last weekend “to move things along,” according to team general manager Tim Broyles.
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (March 3, 2015) – Murray Smith, chairman of Lime Rock Park’s Labor Day Weekend historic festival, today announced that Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the factory will send to Connecticut’s Northwest Corner “722,” the 300 SLR sports car with which Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson stormed to victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. Also coming from the factory collection will be a W196 Formula One Grand Prix car of the type that Juan Manuel Fangio and Moss finished first and second in the world championship the same year.
On hand to drive the cars at Lime Rock will be Sir Stirling himself as well as Mercedes Classic official driver Jochen Mass, who of course won the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Sauber Mercedes C9, in addition to being the winningest driver of the Group C era. Jochen’s C.V. includes a Formula One victory for McLaren and a win at the 1987 Sebring 12 Hours, teamed with Bobby Rahal in the Bayside Porsche 962.
Smith said, “Stirling’s drive to victory in the Mille Miglia is one of the outstanding sporting feats of the 20th century… right up there with Roger Bannister’s sub-4-minute mile and Jean-Claude Killy’s three gold medals in the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics.
DODGE CITY, Kan. (March 3, 2015) – Little more than one month away, the 2015 season opener at Dodge City Raceway Park is rapidly approaching.
And, before the season officially gets under way on Saturday night, April 11, everyone gets a tremendous sneak preview with a car show and then an open practice session one week earlier on Saturday, April 4.
All racers are invited to bring their cars for display to Dodge City’s Village Square Mall at 2601 Central Avenue on April 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for everyone to get an up close look before that evening’s practice.
Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced the appointment of Michael Stridsberg of Berlin, VT as the new Media Director for both the US touring Series and Thunder Road International Speedbowl. He will replace Nick Bigelow who has handled numerous duties for the two organizations since his graduation from college in 2009. Bigelow studied engineering, and has taken a position with New England Wire Technologies in Lisbon, NH, a developer of wire products.
“Nick has provided ACT and Thunder Road with an outstanding foundation in modernizing our media department, web sites, and handicapping system. His passion was statistics, and he leaves with all ACT records in good order. He handled the majority of the track day duties as head scorer for our companies. His conscientious efforts will be missed,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, Ltd.
Stridsberg and his family have been around the race business for many years. He has worked the Thunder Road race day pits for the past few years, is familiar with handicapping, and has been a correspondent for Vermont Motorsports Magazine, helping to chronicle various stories and results from races throughout the region. He also will take on the new duty of electronic scoring for both ACT and Thunder Road events.
THOMPSON, CT – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) – one of the most diverse motorsports facilities in New England – is proud to announce a partnership with RacingJunk.com – the world’s largest online motorsports marketplace. The co-marketing partnership will help to bring awareness of TSMP’s major racing events, and will also help to increase brand recognition for RacingJunk.com among TSMP’s fans and drivers.
“Thompson Speedway is an exciting addition to our expanding partnership network,” said Shawn Stewart, Director of Business Development. “We’re honored to be a partner and know that the free classifieds on RacingJunk.com will be a valuable resource to all the racers and fans at Thompson Speedway.”
TSMP will be holding 16 race events this season, including NASCAR racing on the 5/8 mile paved oval, and vintage and endurance racing on their 1.7 mile road course. This season marks the 75th anniversary of TSMP, since it first opened in 1940.
Safety courses, driving school, races to be offered for aspiring racers age 10-14
WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racing’s youth movement has a new home in Rutland County, as Devil’s Bowl Speedway has announced the formation of the new Young Guns division. The new class, sponsored by NEK Trophy, will utilize the same rules used in the track’s Portland Glass Mini Stock division and will offer supervised safety and driving instructions and real on-track racing experience for drivers age 10-14.
The Young Guns division has been created after three years of research and discussion with parties in the racing industry and beyond. After receiving requests from several local families to consider a youth racing division, Devil’s Bowl Speedway owners Mike and Alayne Bruno got hands-on experience when their own son, who was 10 years old at the time, raced with a similar division in New Hampshire.
The Brunos have since worked closely with insurance regulators and Vermont government officials to create a structured program that allows young racers to compete in a safe, controlled environment. Mandatory “school” sessions will be held at the track, and all aspiring Young Guns drivers must pass safety procedure and car control tests before being approved for competition.
CHARLOTTE, NC (March 3) – The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models are prepped and ready to go as the series prepares to kick off its 10th anniversary season this Saturday afternoon at Dillon Motor Speedway. For the fourth time in the last seven years, the South Carolina Clash at Dillon Motor Speedway will be the first race of 15 in a season that stretches through November for the PASS South Super Late Models and PASS Pro Late Models.
Dillon Motor Speedway’s 4/10 mile, egg-shaped layout always presents a tough challenge to PASS competitors, but has provided many memorable finishes. In 2013, Austin Theriault used lapped traffic to his advantage to take the lead from Preston Peltier in the final corner and win in the closest finish in PASS South history. And, last year, Daniel Hemric passed Cole Timm with a handful of laps to go to take his first ever South Carolina Clash win.
After a stellar season in 2014, Timm comes back to Dillon looking for redemption and, not only as a favorite for the win, but as a seasoned veteran seeking his first championship. Likewise, last year’s PASS South Super Late Model champion, Tyler Church, who has always ran well at Dillon, hopes to capture his first series win since taking the checkered flag at Ace Speedway last May.
Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio is back with the retrospective web site, SpeedbowlHistory.com.
The site was once hosted by Jeff-Pearl.com, which kept it online for several years after the team shut down its main site. Once the host was transferred, DiMaggio had a massive undertaking. The first site was built in 2005 and DiMaggio had to manually enter the data for the latest version.
DiMaggio had the opportunity to work on the project due a limited schedule last summer and the changes in track ownership at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
Comcast Business to be primary paint scheme during KOBALT 400 in Las Vegas and Food City 500 in Bristol; XFINITY to be primary during Sylvania 300 in New Hampshire and Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 in Martinsville
The partnership will kick off at the KOBALT 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, with Comcast Business as the primary paint scheme for Edwards’ Toyota Camry, marking the first major sponsorship deal in NASCAR for Comcast’s business services unit that provides data, Internet, TV and other communication services to organizations of all sizes. Comcast Business will also be featured at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19. The four-race partnership will round out with XFINITY, the company’s residential brand for Internet, TV and other communication services, taking over as primary paint scheme for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 27, and Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1.
Conn. Oval Also Set for Whelen All-American Series Season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today that New London-Waterford Speedbowl’s 65th season of auto racing will now include a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event on Saturday, May 30.
The Whelen Modified Tour has visited the .375-mile oval 20 times since 1985, including each of the previous three seasons. Bobby Santos is the defending race winner at the Speedbowl.
The addition of the Mr. Rooter 161 on May 30 will give the tour 15 points events in 2015.
Naples, ME (3/2/15) – The Easter Bunny 150 has been a marquee Pro All Stars Series (PASS) event since its inception in 2006. The event has brought the top short track talents from North, South and everywhere in between to the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. Fans and racers alike have relished the ability to race or take in the sights of a prestigious race at the historic facility in Hickory, NC .
Now, for the first time in the event’s 10-year history, fans everywhere will be able to witness the prestige and aura of the Easter Bunny 150 live on Saturday, April 4.
Officials from PASS and 51 TV, the online video streaming network by Speed51.com, announced today that the 10th Annual Easter Bunny 150 can be viewed live via a streaming broadcast provided by 51 TV.
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Beech Ridge Driver Farrington Meets LePage
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It has been an eventful offseason for 2014 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Maine state champion Dave Farrington Jr.
The 22 year-old Jay, Maine, native recently had the opportunity to meet with Maine Governor Paul R. LePage in the State House in Augusta. Farrington, and his father Dave Farrington Sr., were welcomed by Gov. LePage and the trio spent time together talking about the 2014 season.
For Farrington, who edged out NASCAR K&N Pro Series East past champion Kelly Moore for the track crown at Beech Ridge, the meeting was something he will never forget.
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This past weekend, the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA was once again the site of the Frank Maratta’s Auto Show and Racearama with some of the nicest classic cars, trucks and bikes on display for the large crowd to see and photograph.
And as always, all the popular Northeast speedways were in attendance with photos, videos, and information about their upcoming schedule of events.
Of course, each track had race cars representing their divisions.
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Also Earned Track Championship at Revolution Park
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kody Brusso’s life consists of managing horsepower – the kind with four legs as well as that with four wheels.
A horse trainer by day, the Pensacola, Florida, native spends her weekends as a race car driver. She did the later good enough in 2014 to earn the Revolution Park Racing & Entertainment Complex track championship and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state title of Louisiana.
Brusso is a second generation race car driver. Influenced at an early age by her racing father, Donny, Brusso took to go-karts at the age of four. Along the way she took an interest in horses as well as basketball. Hoops eventually became the dominant focus and led to a two-year college scholarship.
Kumpen and Longin in ELITE 1, Stienes Longin full-time in ELITE 2
After an extremely successful first season in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in which they conquered all the major titles, Anthony Kumpen, Bert Longin and the whole PK Carsport team immediately decided to confirm their presence in the increasingly popular European NASCAR championship in 2015, fielding again two cars, with the full-time involvement of Stienes Longin in the ELITE 2 Division.
With the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Trophy, the ELITE 2 Division Trophy and the Teams Championship Trophy shining in their troops room, PK Carsport couldn’t start their adventure in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in a better way and obviously both Kumpen and Longin want to build on last year’s success.
Whelen All-American Series Racing Comes To Pueblo
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR’s presence in Colorado has doubled with the addition of I-25 Speedway to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series weekly racing program for the 2015 season.
“We’re pleased to welcome I-25 Speedway as the newest member the NASCAR family,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR’s vice president for regional and touring series. “The thrilling competition each and every week that I-25 delivers to fans in Pueblo will be a great addition to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.”
I-25 is a quarter-mile asphalt oval located on the north side of Pueblo. The track, which originally opened in 1963, is two hours due south of Colorado National Speedway, a longstanding Whelen All-American Series facility in Dacono.
Mike Willis, Jr. will return for his second season in the Valenti Modified Racing Series. The Grantham, NH driver wants a breakthrough victory with the New England Modified series. The race at Claremont (NH) Speedway is one that Willis has circled. He won two Pepsi Modified championships at the elliptical 1/3 mile oval.
“We hope to get some chances to lead some laps and go for a win and be a consistent top runner week in and week out,” Willis said.
“I think it is good schedule and happy we are going to a few different tracks.”
Evernham, Hyde, Kulwicki, Martin and McGriff Added to Ballot
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 20, 2015) — Legendary engine builders, crew chiefs, owners and drivers. Their roles and responsibilities may have differed, but they all have one trait in common – each made an everlasting mark on NASCAR history.
NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Included among the list are five first-time nominees – legends all – who exceled in various disciplines, at various levels.
Among them are three-time NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Ray Evernham; 1970 NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Harry Hyde; 1992 NASCAR premier series champion Alan Kulwicki; winner of a combined 96 NASCAR national series races, Mark Martin; and 1986 NASCAR west series champion Hershel McGriff. For a full list of nominees, please see below.