Inductees

Class of 2019

Wayne Huntley
Wayne Huntley
Driver
Wayne Huntley began his racing career in 1966, when he and a
Ray Lipsey
Ray Lipsey
Driver
Ray Lipsey began his racing career in the mid 1970s, racing Late
Bob Mays
Bob Mays
Journalist / Photographer
Bob Mays’ interest in automobile racing began as a three year old
Kenny McCarty
Kenny McCarty
Driver
After a brief, but successful, career racing motorcycles, Kenny McCarty began his
Terry Richards Sr.
Terry Richards Sr.
Driver / Promoter
Terry Richards, Sr. began his racing career in 1963 at Skylark Speedway
Ed Smith
Ed Smith
Car Owner
Ed Smith’s involvement in racing began in 1965, when he sponsored a
Don Stephenson
Don Stephenson
Drag Racer
In 1959, as a 14-year old teenager, Don Stephenson purchased his first

Class of 2018

Don Droud Jr.
Don Droud Jr.
Class of 2018
Driver - Lincoln, Nebraska Following in the footsteps of his father, Nebraska Hall
Larry Gregg
Larry Gregg
Class of 2018
Driver, Promoter - Doniphan, Nebraska Larry Gregg got his baptism into auto racing
Chelsie Johnson
Chelsie Johnson
Class of 2018
Car Owner - Lincoln, Nebraska Chelsie Johnson was born in 1897 in Harvard,
Chuck Spanel
Chuck Spanel
Class of 2018
Engine Builder - Lincoln, Nebraska A native of Merna, Chuck Spanel begin his
Stan White
Stan White
Class of 2018
Drag Racer - Palmyra, Nebraska Stan White grew up in Palmyra, Nebraska, and
Ron Williams
Ron Williams
Class of 2018
Driver - North Platte, Nebraska Ron Williams’s interest in and passion for automobile

Class of 2017

Mike Barnett
Mike Barnett
Class of 2017
Mike Barnett’s introduction into auto racing came as a Junior High School
Gene Bichlmeier
Gene Bichlmeier
Class of 2017
Gene Bichlmeier began his drag racing career in 1965, racing a 1965
Paul Brown
Paul Brown
Class of 2017
Paul Brown began entering club road races at age 16, and in
Lynn Grabill
Lynn Grabill
Class of 2017
Having been involved in the sport, as either a driver or a
Carroll Hill
Carroll Hill
Class of 2017
Carroll “Speedy” Hill’s interest in race track fire prevention started at Playland
Ray Valasek
Ray Valasek
Class of 2017
Ray Valasek developed an interest in automobile racing at a very young
Joe Wade
Joe Wade
Class of 2017
Joe Wade’s racing career began as an eight year old youngster, when

Class of 2016

Marlin Bogner
Marlin Bogner
Class of 2016
Marlin Bogner began his drag racing career at Kearney Dragway in 1974.
Noell Chadd
Noell Chadd
Class of 2016
Noell Chadd has been involved in Sprint Car racing, as a car
Fred Garbers
Fred Garbers
Class of 2016
Fred Garbers became involved in dirt track racing, as a car owner,
Tom Gutowski
Tom Gutowski
Class of 2016
Noell Chadd has been involved in Sprint Car racing, as a car
John Larson
John Larson
Class of 2016
John Larson began his career in motorsports as a drag racer in
Clarence Miller
Clarence Miller
Class of 2016
Clarence “Pop” Miller developed an interest in speed at a very young
Tim Schultz
Tim Schultz
Class of 2016
Tim Schultz began his racing career as a drag racer in 1977.

Class of 2015

Bill Barbour
Bill Barbour
Class of 2015
Bill Barbour started out racing midgets throughout the Midwest until he broke
Clayton Petersen Jr.
Clayton Petersen Jr.
Class of 2015
Clayton Petersen Jr. was one of the top late model racers in
Larry White
Larry White
Class of 2015
Larry White started his flagging career in 1976 at Eagle Raceway. White
Pat di Natale
Pat di Natale
Class of 2015
Beginning in solo events, Pat di Natale carved out an impressive racing
Phil Durst
Phil Durst
Class of 2015
As a car owner, Phil Durst racked up some impressive wins and
Scott Fernyhough
Scott Fernyhough
Class of 2015
Scott Fernyhough spent his early years working for Jerry Day, Duke McMillen
Tom Lathen
Tom Lathen
Class of 2015
Tom Lathen’s first experience as an announcer came in 1976 at The

Class of 2014

Bob Westphal
Bob Westphal
Class of 2014
Bob Westphal built engines that powered drag racers Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen,
Buck Huston
Buck Huston
Class of 2014
Buck Huston may have had the longest career of any racer in
Don Weyhrich
Don Weyhrich
Class of 2014
Don Weyhrich started out in drag racing, then moved to circle track
J.J. Riggins
J.J. Riggins
Class of 2014
J.J. Riggins was a three-time track champion at the Eagle Raceway and
Marty Bassett
Marty Bassett
Class of 2014
Marty Bassett was one of the top mechanics in the business, working
Randy Hunt
Randy Hunt
Class of 2014
Randy Hunt came to Lincoln with Jan Opperman in 1968 as a
Steve Kosiski
Steve Kosiski
Class of 2014
Steve Kosiski follows his grandfather, Joe Kosiske; father, Bob; and brother, Joe,

Class of 2013

Carson Smith
Carson Smith
Class of 2013
Carson Smith, Lincoln, designed and engineered the winning car for Pikes Peak,
David Thomssen
David Thomssen
Class of 2013
David Thomssen, Lincoln, was an expert on the Ford flathead engine, Thomssen
Eddie Rezac
Eddie Rezac
Class of 2013
Eddie Rezac, Wahoo, started his drag racing career at the Omaha Dragway
Guy Deulin
Guy Deulin
Class of 2013
Guy Deulin, Bridgport, started his career in 1922 at a small fairgrounds
Joe Kosiski
Joe Kosiski
Class of 2013
Joe Kosiski, Omaha, was one of the all-time great late model racers
Lawrence Hughes
Lawrence Hughes
Class of 2013
Lawrence Hughes, Beatrice, started his career in 1922 and became a regular
Mike Daly
Mike Daly
Class of 2013
Mike Daly, Omaha, already a championship winning drag racer, really made his
Stan Cisar Jr.
Stan Cisar Jr.
Class of 2013
Stan Cisar Jr. has had a long career as the voice of

Class of 2012

Chuck Bosselman
Chuck Bosselman
Class of 2012
Bosselman got the racing bug in late 1960s, starting with a ’55
Dave Chase
Dave Chase
Class of 2012
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Chase scored in excess
Bob Elic
Bob Elic
Class of 2012
Elic was a major force in Omaha area drag racing in the
John Gerloff
John Gerloff
Class of 2012
Gerloff was a championship winning late model driver before turning his attention
Keith Hightshoe
Keith Hightshoe
Class of 2012
Hightshoe started his career at Arlington Raceway in 1955 and ran with
Bob Hubbard
Bob Hubbard
Class of 2012
Hubbard was a winning crew chief at the Daytona 24-hour event four
Homer Macklin
Homer Macklin
Class of 2012
Starting out as a driver in the early 1950s, Macklin found his

Class of 2011

Fred Anderson
Fred Anderson
Class of 2011
Fred Anderson started his drag racing career in 1952 and set many
Keith Chambers
Keith Chambers
Class of 2011
Keith Chambers was a staff photographer for the Omaha World-Herald from 1946-50,
Don Droud Sr.
Don Droud Sr.
Class of 2011
Don Droud Sr. has been a driver, owner, promoter, coach and sage
Kelley Family
Kelley Family
Class of 2011
The Kellys promoted Sunset Speedway from 1976 through 2000. They were a
Eddie Kracek
Eddie Kracek
Class of 2011
Eddie Kracek started his racing career in 1928 driving stock cars, and
Wayne Mason
Wayne Mason
Class of 2011
Wayne Mason was a championship car owner and mechanic for many years
Jim Wyman
Jim Wyman
Class of 2011
Jim Wyman started racing in 1954 and was a four-time champ at

Class of 2010

Gene Barnett
Gene Barnett
Class of 2010
Gene Barnett had a long and distinguished career in motorsports. As a
Merwyn Dunker
Merwyn Dunker
Class of 2010
Merwyn “Mert” Dunker was born in Fremont in 1937. Growing up, “stock”
Byron Hinkley
Byron Hinkley
Class of 2010
Like many Nebraskans of the time, this Elba native honed his mechanical
Al Humphrey
Al Humphrey
Class of 2010
Born in 1953 and starting his racing career in the early ‘70s,
Wayne Lewis
Wayne Lewis
Class of 2010
Lewis was born in 1941 in Rulo. He honed his mechanical skills
Bob Woodhouse
Bob Woodhouse
Class of 2010
A success on the track and in the business world, Bob Woodhouse’s

Class of 2009

Chuck Kidwell
Chuck Kidwell
Class of 2009
Kidwell raced all kinds of cars during his long career. He became
Clarence Haskell
Clarence Haskell
Class of 2009
Haskell was a Big Car driver during the 1920s and ‘30s. On
John MacKichan
John MacKichan
Class of 2009
A designer, engineer and fabricator, MacKichan built a land speed record holding
Charley & Rose Sesemann
Charley & Rose Sesemann
Class of 2009
The Sesemann's (Charley passed away in 2000) were involved in area auto
Larry Swanson
Larry Swanson
Class of 2009
Swanson was a car owner whose drivers included Nebraska Auto Racing Hall
Dick Wells
Dick Wells
Class of 2009
Wells was the first editor of National Dragster magazine and a staff

Class of 2008

Joe Fahnstock
Joe Fahnstock
Class of 2008
Joe Fahnstock promoted the first midget races in Nebraska in 1935. Joe
Terry Fritsch
Terry Fritsch
Class of 2008
Terry Fritsch started his racing career in Go-Karts in 1958 at the
Joe Orth
Joe Orth
Class of 2008
Joe Orth has been a photographer, crew member and a true ambassador
Bob Nickolite
Bob Nickolite
Class of 2008
Bob Nicholite started as a flagman for Ed O’Boyle in North Platte
John Wilkinson
John Wilkinson
Class of 2008
John Wilkinson raced Modifieds and Super Modifieds throughout the 1950s and 1960s
Charlie Williams
Charlie Williams
Class of 2008
Charlie Williams, a car owner teamed with his son-in-law, Gary Swenson to
Bill Wrich
Bill Wrich
Class of 2008
Bill Wrich began racing in 1954 at the age of 16. Bill

Class of 2007

Darrell Zimmerman
Darrell Zimmerman
Class of 2007
Darrell Zimmerman began his racing career in stock cars but soon turned
Edwin Arnold
Edwin Arnold
Class of 2007
Edwin “Tex” Arnold was a long-time Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
Glenn Robey
Glenn Robey
Class of 2007
Glenn Robey started his racing career in 1949 at the Grandview Race
Jim Schuman
Jim Schuman
Class of 2007
Jim Schuman was first exposed to racing in 1954 when his father,
Larry Danhauer
Larry Danhauer
Class of 2007
Larry Danhauer has built engines for many forms of racing, including late
Ronney Householder
Ronney Householder
Class of 2007
Ronney Householder began racing midgets in 1933 during the golden age of
Sam Hoffman
Sam Hoffman
Class of 2007
In a career that stretched from 1921 to 1946, Sam Hoffman raced

Class of 2006

Clyde Baker
Clyde Baker
Class of 2006
Clyde Baker was the race superintendent for the Valley County Fair from
Jack Beck
Jack Beck
Class of 2006
Jack Beck was born in Loup City, Neb., and grew up near
Gene Kidder
Gene Kidder
Class of 2006
Gene Kidder, a native of Omaha, Neb., now a resident of Mammoth
Charlie Martin
Charlie Martin
Class of 2006
Charlie Martin was born in Seneca, Kan., in 1930 and moved to
Abe Slusky
Abe Slusky
Class of 2006
Abe Slusky found the land just across the river from downtown Omaha
Kent Tucker
Kent Tucker
Class of 2006
Kent Tucker was eastern and central Nebraska's dominant driver throughout much of

Class of 2005

John & Laura Beecham
John & Laura Beecham
Class of 2005
John & Laura Beecham purchased Eagle Raceway in 1984 and turned it
Stan Cisar Sr.
Stan Cisar Sr.
Class of 2005
Stan Cisar Sr. was a top flagman and official in the Omaha
Carl Forberg
Carl Forberg
Class of 2005
Carl Forberg was among the first men to race midgets in the
Wayne House
Wayne House
Class of 2005
As chief mechanic for the R & H Farms team, Wayne House
Lonnie Jensen
Lonnie Jensen
Class of 2005
Lonnie Jensen was a Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway Track Champion in 1972 and
Terry Klatt
Terry Klatt
Class of 2005
Terry Klatt has been a successful midget owner for many years with
Roger Rager
Roger Rager
Class of 2005
Roger Rager was track champion at the Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway in 1975
Gary Swenson
Gary Swenson
Class of 2005
Gary Swenson has enjoyed a career as a car owner that has

Class of 2004

John Bagley
John Bagley
Class of 2004
John Bagley started his driving career in 1925 and was a ferocious
Curly Doggett
Curly Doggett
Class of 2004
Curly Doggett started his stock car racing career in 1949 and was
Lou Downing
Lou Downing
Class of 2004
Lou Downing had a great career as a drag racer, winning many
Curtis LeMay
Curtis LeMay
Class of 2004
General Curtis LeMay promoted sports car races on Strategic Air Command (SAC)
George Roseland
George Roseland
Class of 2004
George Roseland had a stellar career in drag racing starting in 1952.
Joe and Louie Turco
Joe and Louie Turco
Class of 2004
The Turco brothers built their first race car in 1928. With Joe

Class of 2003

John Davisson
John Davisson
Class of 2003
John Davisson was the owner of the famed “Mighty Mouse” driven by
Leonard Janke
Leonard Janke
Class of 2003
Leonard Janke raced in the Can-Am series from 1968 until 1975, winning
Pete Leikam
Pete Leikam
Class of 2003
Pete Leikam was a car owner for many years before taking over
Don Maxwell
Don Maxwell
Class of 2003
Don Maxwell moved to Lincoln in 1972 and began a car-building business
Chuck Sears
Chuck Sears
Class of 2003
Chuck Sears started out as a driver in the late 1940s, but
Howdy Williams
Howdy Williams
Class of 2003
Howdy Williams was a drag racer out of Omaha who won many

Class of 2002

Kenny Gritz
Kenny Gritz
Class of 2002
Kenny Gritz started his racing career in late 1964 driving a friend’s
Don Ostendorf
Don Ostendorf
Class of 2002
Don Ostendorf started his racing career in 1949 at North Platte, and
King Rhiley
King Rhiley
Class of 2002
King Rhiley began his racing career in 1912 after becoming an automobile
Eddie Rickenbacker
Eddie Rickenbacker
Class of 2002
Eddie Rickenbacker was running a Firestone-Columbus auto agency in Omaha in 1910
Cliff Sealock
Cliff Sealock
Class of 2002
Cliff Sealock paired up with car owner Harry Griffen in 1954 and
Doug Wolfgang
Doug Wolfgang
Class of 2002
Doug Wolfgang started his racing career in Darryl Dawley’s hand-me-down supermodified and

Class of 2001

Frank Brennfoerder
Frank Brennfoerder
Class of 2001
Frank Brennfoerder started his career in 1948 at Deshler, driving track roadsters.
Gerald Bruggeman
Gerald Bruggeman
Class of 2001
Gerald Bruggeman won the very first race he entered and kept on
Ralph Foster
Ralph Foster
Class of 2001
Ralph Foster began racing in his teens with his own creation. He
Art Jacobson
Art Jacobson
Class of 2001
Art Jacobson began his racing career in 1936 driving his own car
Howard Johansen
Howard Johansen
Class of 2001
Howard Johansen began his racing career on the dirt tracks of the
Loyal Katskee
Loyal Katskee
Class of 2001
Loyal Katskee began his racing career much later than many of his
Dean Ward
Dean Ward
Class of 2001
Dean Ward began his career driving jalopies in 1959 and won his
Don Wolfe
Don Wolfe
Class of 2001
Don Wolfe began racing in 1950 when asked to drive a 1938

Class of 2000

Noel Bullock
Noel Bullock
Class of 2000
Noel Bullock began his racing career in 1918. He built his own
Bob Burdick
Bob Burdick
Class of 2000
Bob Burdick started out as a motorcycle racer who switched to cars
Jim Gessford
Jim Gessford
Class of 2000
Jim Gessford began his racing career in 1948 with a track roadster
Joe Kosiske
Joe Kosiske
Class of 2000
Joe Kosiske’s involvement in racing started in 1949 building cars driven by
Bobby Parker
Bobby Parker
Class of 2000
Bobby Parker proved to be one of the most versatile race car
Gordon Smiley
Gordon Smiley
Class of 2000
Gordon Smiley was only 19 years old when he drove his first
Les Vaughn
Les Vaughn
Class of 2000
Les Vaughn became involved in racing by providing wreckers for Playland Park

Class of 1999

Lloyd Beckman
Lloyd Beckman
Driver
Lloyd Beckman began his motorsports career racing motorcycles in 1948. A year
Woodrow “Woody” Brinkman
Woodrow “Woody” Brinkman
Driver / Race Official
Woodrow “Woody” Brinkman was born in Winner, South Dakota, but moved to
Bud Burdick
Bud Burdick
Class of 1999
Bud Burdick began his racing career in 1948 when his older brother,
Earl Cooper
Earl Cooper
Class of 1999
Earl Cooper’s driving career became significant in 1908 when he won a
Les King
Les King
Class of 1999
Les King first became interested in speed buggies in 1925 and maintained
Edward O’Boyle
Edward O’Boyle
Class of 1999
Edward O’Boyle lived in North Platte during his promotional years. He was
Otto Ramer
Otto Ramer
Class of 1999
Otto Ramer became one of the first midget car owners in the
Gordie Shuck
Gordie Shuck
Class of 1999
Gordie Shuck built his first race car (called either a hot rod
Chet Wilson
Chet Wilson
Class of 1999
Chet Wilson’s love affair with racing began after watching a midget race

Class of 1998

George “Andy” Anderson
George “Andy” Anderson
Driver / Official
Born in Salem, Iowa, George “Andy” Anderson spent much of his childhood
Roy Burdick
Roy Burdick
Car Owner
Roy Burdick was raised in Omaha and in 1942 opened an automotive
Wilbert “Willie” Hecke
Wilbert “Willie” Hecke
Driver
Wilbert “Willie” Hecke was born in Campbell Hill, Illinois and moved to
Bob Kosiski
Bob Kosiski
Driver
Jan Opperman
Jan Opperman
Driver
Born in Long Beach, California, Jan Opperman achieved fame behind the wheel
Joe Saldana
Joe Saldana
Driver
“Little Joe” Saldana was born in Clay Center, Nebraska and moved to
D. William “Bill” Smith
D. William “Bill” Smith
Car Owner
D. William “Bill” Smith grew up in Lincoln where he quickly developed
Gene Van Winkle
Gene Van Winkle
Race Official
Gene Van Winkle was raised in Lincoln, where his father owned a