KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 25, 2008) - The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (NSCHoF) is pleased to announce the names of its twelve inductees for 2008. The individuals will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon, May 31st, during the nineteenth annual ceremonies on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa. The inductees are:
Drivers: Tony Bettenhausen (Sr.), Glenn Fitzcharles, Brent Kaeding, Johnnie Parsons (Sr.), Earl Wagner, Kramer Williamson.
Owners-Mechanics-Builders-Manufacturers-Car Sponsors: Bob Hampshire, Doug Howells, Gordon Schroeder.
Promoters-Officials-Media Members-Event/Series Sponsors: Louis “Rusty” Espinoza, Dick Jordan, John Padjen.
According to National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation executive director Thomas J. Schmeh, “Nine of the twelve inductees are living, which presents us with another great opportunity to honor people within their lifetime. The 72-member National Induction Committee has done another outstanding job of nominating and electing some of the greatest achievers in our sport. The induction banquet will be a great time to reflect back on the accomplishments of those veterans that have gone before us like drivers Tony Bettenhausen, Sr., and Johnnie Parsons, Sr., and builder/manufacturer Gordon Schroeder. And then we’ll have the opportunity to honor modern era achievers such as multi-time champion drivers Glenn Fitzcharles (United Racing Club), Brent Kaeding (Northern Auto Racing Club, Golden State Challenge Series), Earl Wagner (Knoxville Raceway), and Kramer Williamson (United Racing Club, Williams Grove Speedway), owner/mechanics Bob Hampshire (All Star Circuit of Champions, United States Auto Club) and Doug Howells (American Sprint Car Series), and promoter/sanctioning officials Louis “Rusty” Espinoza (California Racing Association), Dick Jordan (United States Auto Club), and John Padjen (West Capital Raceway, Silver Dollar Speedway, Golden State Challenge Series, California Civil War Series). The induction banquet, to be emceed by Dr. Pat Sullivan on Saturday, May 31, will be a very special event for many people!”
Those seeking more information on the 2008 NSCHoF induction weekend, May 30-31-June 1, are encouraged to visit the museum’s web site at www.sprintcarhof.com. Those seeking more information on the May 30-31 winged sprint car races at the Knoxville Raceway, including the Friday night Masters Classic for drivers age 50-plus, should go to the legendary half-mile dirt track’s web site at