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7th Annual Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony set for Oct. 22
by Darin Racek
LINCOLN, Neb. (September 21, 2004) -- The Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame will hold its 7th Annual induction ceremony on Friday night, October 22, at the Lincoln Firefighter's Reception Hall near Speedway Motors on Victory Lane in Lincoln. At the 7 P. M. event , the members of the NARHoF will introduce the seven newest members of the Hall of Fame, as well as present the 2004 Gordie Shuck Sportsman of The Year award.

The living inductees into the Hall of Fame are Curley Doggett, Lou Downing, and George Roseland.

Curley Doggett was a racer from the Sidney area that raced the NASCAR circuit of Western Nebraska, as well as many other western states and Mexico beginning in 1949. He has since retired to Alaska.

Lou Downing came out of the Kearney area and became a very notable drag racer. He was inducted into the National Hot Rod Association Region 5 Hall of Fame in July 2004.

George Roseland of Omaha has been inducted for his major support and involvement in Drag Racing and Soap Box Derby racing.

The deceased persons who’s legacies will have them inducted into the Hall of Fame are General Curtis LeMay, John Bagley, and the duo of Joe and Louie Turco.

General LeMay was an avid sports car enthusist, who organized Sports car races on Air Force bases throughout the United States in the 1950’s, including an event at Offutt Air Force base that drew 55,000 spectators when he was stationed there in 1953.

Omaha’s John Bagley was a top “Outlaw” racer in the 1920’s, and a successful car owner in the AAA racing organization in the 30’s.

Joe and Louie Turco were big car and midget builders out of Omaha from the late 1920’s into the 1950’s.

Don and Ruth Hagan, Sr. were avid race fans and major sponsors from the Culbertson area who passed away in an accident in December of 2002. In 2003, their children continued their parents’ sponsorship commitments, as well as maintained the family tradition of “helping others” in several ways for the region. Their efforts earned them the Gordie Shuck Sportsman of The Year award, named in memory of Hall of Fame inductee Gordie Shuck, who’s most cherished award was a sportsmanship award given to him by his racing peers in the 1950’s.

Tickets for the events are $15.00 per person, $5.00 for children from 6 - 12 years old, and free for ages 5 and under if purchased before October 15 (tickets will be $18.00 after October 15.) Tickets may be purchased by writing to either the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, 5040 “I” St., Omaha, NE 68117 or to Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, 821 Driftwood Dr., Lincoln, NE 68510. More information may be gathered by telephoning 402-733-3117.

The purpose of the of the NARHoF is to perpetuate the memory and honor Nebraskans who have brought lasting fame and positive recognition to the Great State of Nebraska through their achievements in the sport of Auto Racing.
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The Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame will enshrine six new inductees at the organization’s 21st annual Induction Ceremonies to be held later this year on SATURDAY OCTOBER 27th, 2018 at Courtside Banquet Hall in Lincoln, a NEW LOCATION!! Located at 333 SPEEDWAY CIRCLE #2, LINCOLN, NEBRASKA. Previously, the organization’s annual Induction Ceremonies had been held on a Friday evening at Lincoln Firefighter’s Hall, however timing and space issues prompted the change to a Saturday night at a larger venue.
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