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Gene Bichlmeier

Gene Bichlmeier began his drag racing career in 1965, racing a 1965 Chevrolet Mailbu at tracks in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney and Ainsworth, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa.

In the early 1970s, he was known for his modified production Camaro and, later in the decade, for his black 1955 Chevrolet two-door sedan. More recently, Bichlmeier has raced Chevy II drag cars and his familiar 1955 Chevrolet two-door wagon. Throughout his over 50 year career, he has logged thousands of quarter-mile runs in eight different race cars, all equipped with manual transmissions.

Bichlmeier won point championships at Thunder Valley Dragway in Marion, South Dakota in 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984 and 1985. In 1982, 1987 and 1998, he won the point championship at Scribner, Nebraska.

His national event resume includes a win in the 1997 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, and a semi-final finish in the 1997 US Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also has a runner-up finish at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida to his credit. His countless hours on the engine dyno have rewarded him with 11 NHRA national ET and MPH records.

Over the years, Bichlmeier has raced in 20 states, racking up 46 category wins. In 1975, he was voted by his peers as the NHRA West Central Division Sortsmanship Award winner.

Bichlmeier is also an accomplished engine builder, building Sprint Car power plants for Kim Lingenfelter and Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee Gerald Bruggeman.

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The 20th Annual Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Lincoln Firefighter’s Reception Hall located at 241 Victory Lane in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. Tickets are SOLD OUT. There are NO TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!! Doors open at 5 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 6:30.

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