National Dirt Late Model HoF Reveals New Inductees

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Jimmy Mars (28) has been elected to the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. (Jim Denhamer Photo)

UNION, Ky. – Five drivers and three contributors will make up the newest class of inductees into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.

The ceremony to welcome the newest class of inductees will take place in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series North-South 100 at Kentucky’s Florence Speedway on Aug. 10-11.

The five drivers joining the Hall of Fame include Steve Barnett, Don Hoffman, Jimmy Mars, Steve Shaver and Wendell Wallace.

Barnett, who recently retired, has 22 track and series titles on his resume in addition to more than 200 victories in 40 seasons of racing.

Hoffman, a track champion at Mason City, Webster City and the Iowa State Fairgrounds, is one of the all-time winningest drivers to come out of the state of Iowa.

Known as the ‘Iceman,’ Mars continues to compete and collect major victories across the United States. His resume includes victories in the Dirt Track World Championship, the Dream Race, the USA Nationals, the Topless 100 and National 100.

Shaver, known as one of the top touring competitors with the defunct STARS series, scored major victories in the North-South 100, Hillbilly Hundred, Commonwealth 100 and the Big Kahuna. He also collected multiple East Bay Winternationals triumphs before retiring a few years ago.

Wallace was a top player with the old Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series, earning 26 victories with the series. Still active today, Wallace has earned victories in the Dirt Track World Championship, the Topless 100, the Show-Me 100, the Cedar Lake Masters and the Magnolia 100.

Joining them in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame this year will be Dottie and Lee Byers, the Cook family and Tony Hammett.

Dottie and Lee Byers owned and operated the Dependable Carburetor Shop in Chicago, Ill. They also fielded race cars on dirt tracks around the Midwest for years, earning major victories and series championships along the way.

The Cook family were farmers in northern Wisconsin before creating Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., in the late 1950s. They operated the facility for 43 years, turning it into one of America’s top dirt tracks.

Hammett is the second photographer to be enshrined in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. He was the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series official photographer and his work has been featured in dozens of motorsports publications.