Dale Blaney Among Latest NSCHoF Inductees

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Dale Blaney leads a list of eight inductees into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2016. (Gary Gasper photo)
Dale Blaney leads a list of eight inductees into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2016. (Gary Gasper photo)
Dale Blaney leads a list of eight inductees into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2016. (Gary Gasper photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — For the third time in four years a Blaney will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Dale Blaney, who earned his sixth Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions championship last year, leads a class of eight new inductees to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Blaney will join his father Lou, who was inducted in 2013 and his older brother Dave, who was enshrined to the Knoxville, Iowa, Hall of Fame in 2014 in receiving the sport’s greatest honor.

“Words can’t describe how I feel,” he said. “For my dad to be inducted three years ago, then Dave two years ago and now myself, it’s pretty special.”

“Truthfully I really never gave it much thought. My main goal was to win the next race I was going to and that’s as far ahead as I was looking. I’ve been around sprint car racing my whole life. I just love the sport. It’s a pretty prestigious honor.”

Also earning election to the Hall of Fame are four-time All Star sprint car racer Frankie Kerr, who went on to a career as a NASCAR crew chief and popular former driver Gus Linder.

Elected in the owners-mechanics-builders-manufacturers and car sponsor category are Roy “Bud” Grimm (Jr.) and longtime Tiffin, Ohio, speed shop owner Shirley Kear.

Longtime Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway flagman Doug Clark and photographer Gene Crucean gained election in the promoters-officials-media members-event/series sponsors category, while Mark Light gained admission to the hall of fame through the pre-1945 category.

“I know I say this every year, but we truly are very proud of the work done by our 72-member National Induction Committee,” said National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation Executive Director Bob Baker. “I think we have a great group of inductees this year, with most being honored in their lifetime. We look forward to our 27th induction banquet on the Marion County Fairgrounds in Knoxville, Iowa, on June 4.”