Posted: Sunday, May 27th 2012 at 8:25am
GRHOF announces Class of 2012
DAWSONVILLE - The Class of 2012 inductees to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (GRHOF) boasts a Daytona 500 champion, one of Georgias great dirt track aces, the all-time NHRA Pro Stock win leader, a legendary short track ace, and one of the best sprint car racers to ever come out of the Peach State.
The five new inductees were announced Saturday morning.
They are: 1970 Daytona 500 champion Pete Hamilton, multi-time Dixie Speedway champion and NASCAR driver Bill Ingram, all-time NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing winner Warren Johnson, long time dirt track and asphalt ace Doug Kenimer, and sprint car champion Herman Wise.
The 2012 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Induction banquet will be held on Oct. 26 at 6:00 at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in Dawsonville.
A limited number of seats for the banquet will be available. For more information, call the Hall of Fame at (706) 216-RACE (7223) or go online to georgiaracinghof.com.
Heres a closer look at the 2012 inductees into the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame:
Pete Hamilton Buford Won the 1970 Daytona 500 driving for Petty Enterprises, and won both Talladega races that year while driving for Petty. Was the 1965 Thompson World Series Twin 50s champion. Scored the title in the NASCAR National Sportsman division in 1967. Was the 1968 Rookie of the Year in NASCAR Sprint Cup. Won the 1969 NASCAR Grand American division title, winning 12 of 26 races that year. Won a qualifying race (then a points event) at Daytona in 1971 driving for Cotton Owens. Won the 1974 Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. Became a successful car builder in Georgia, operating out of Buford, building cars for several championship winning drivers, including Hall of Famers Charlie Mincey and Ronnie Sanders.
Bill Ingram Woodstock Over 285 feature wins Ran first race in 1967, at the age of 13, at Cherokee Motor Speedway in Canton, GA Began racing regularly in 1973 Won Hobby Championships at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock GA in 1978 & 1979 Moved to Limited Sportsman in 1981, winning several races. Would win championship in 1982 Won Georgia State Motocross Championship (for motorcycles) at Ballground, GA in 1982 Won Dixie/Rome Rookie of the Year in Super Late Models, 1983 Won National Late Model Rookie of the Year from Racing News Weekly, 1983 Won Points Championship, Dixie Speedway, 1984 Won Rome Boss 100 Late Model Points Championship at Rome Speedway, 1984 Won Alabama Enduro Championship at Birmingham Speedway, 1985 Won the Enduro 300 at Dixie Speedway, 1985 Qualified ninth, finished sixth in ARCA series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1986 Qualified at over 178 mph in ARCA competition at Talladega, AL, 1986 Won Georgia State Demolition Derby championship, 1987 Competed in ARCA competition at Daytona, Atlanta, 1987 Won 18 Super Late Model features at Dixie and Rome Speedways, including several 100 & 200 lap events Qualified for first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event driving for Henley Gray at Talladega in 1989 Won features at North Georgia, Dixie and Rome Won inaugural Hav-A-Tampa Shootout at Dixie in 1990 Won Dixie track championship in 1994, with several major wins that year Passed away on Jan. 10, 1999.
Doug Kenimer Dahlonega Famed dirt and asphalt driver, competed and beat such drivers as Buck Simmons and Bud Lunsford. Competed in coupes, Super Modifieds and Late Models all over the country, including Cumming Speedway, Atomic, Athens, Toccoa, and Lanier. Member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Won the World 100 at Eldora in 1972.
Herman Wise Toccoa Sprint Car Racer, car builder. Won the 1971 Little 500 in Anderson, IN. Won at Williams Grove and Sealinsgrove. Scored wins all over the southeast, including at the Peach Bowl, Athens Speedway, Jefco Speedway, and Toccoa in Sprints and Super Modifieds. Died in a traffic accident in Habersham County, GA in 2003.
Link: Georgia Racing Hall of Fame
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