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    to preserving our sport's history.

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    29th Annual
    Induction Celebration

    June 27-28, 2017

    BUY TICKETS

    WELCOME TO THE

    MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME OF AMERICA

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    29th Annual
    Induction Celebration

    June 27-28, 2017

    BUY TICKETS

    2017 Annual Fund

    Your tax-deductible support is crucial
    to preserving our sport's history.

    DONATE NOW

    WELCOME TO THE

    MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME OF AMERICA

Seven For ‘17:  Kinser, Klamfoth, Labonte, Murphy, Pruett, Thomas, Yates  To Be Inducted Into Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America On Wednesday Night

Seven For ‘17: Kinser, Klamfoth, Labonte, Murphy, Pruett, Thomas, Yates To Be Inducted Into Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America On Wednesday Night

  • 29th Annual Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone at Shores Resort & Spa
  • DAYTONA 500 Champion Kurt Busch to Serve as Honorary MSHFA Chairman
  • Tuesday 'Heroes Of Horsepower' Reception in Hall's Home at Daytona International Speedway
  • Tuesday Inductee Luncheon Presented by Chevrolet at Chevrolet Daytona Experience
  • Wednesday Inductee Breakfast Presented by Toyota in DIS' Rolex 24 Lounge

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 26, 2017) – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) is being showcased this week with a series of events capped by Wednesday night's 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone, at The Shores Resort & Spa.

Wednesday marks the second induction ceremony in Daytona Beach for the MSHFA, which relocated last summer to Daytona International Speedway (DIS) from Novi, Michigan. Reigning DAYTONA 500 champion Kurt Busch will be the black-tie affair's keynote speaker, serving as the Honorary Chairman of MSHFA for the evening. Former road racing great and past inductee David Hobbs will return as the master of ceremonies.

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Two-Time NASCAR Champions Thomas, Labonte Part of 2017 Inductee Class For Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

Two-Time NASCAR Champions Thomas, Labonte Part of 2017 Inductee Class For Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

  • 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented By Bridgestone on June 28 in Daytona Beach
  • Five Other Racing Luminaries Also to be Inducted

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 23, 2017) – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) will induct a pair of two-time NASCAR champions at its 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented By Bridgestone at the Shores Resort and Spa on June 28.

Herb Thomas won his pair of titles in NASCAR's premier series in 1951 and '53. Terry Labonte won his two premier series championships in 1985 and '96.

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Forrest Lucas to Receive Bob Russo Heritage Award At 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone

Forrest Lucas to Receive Bob Russo Heritage Award At 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone

  • Founder of Lucas Oil Products Honored for Wide-Ranging Support of Motorsports

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 31, 2017) – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced today that Forrest Lucas will receive the Bob Russo Heritage Award at the 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented By Bridgestone on June 28, at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. The award, named in honor of the longtime motorsports journalist and historian, is presented at the recommendation of the MSHFA Board of Directors in recognition of the recipient's contributions to motorsports throughout their career.

Few people have done more to support motorsports at every level in the U.S. than Lucas, the founder of Lucas Oil Products, Inc. Lucas and his wife Charlotte founded the company in 1989. Motorsports became the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy a few years later, an involvement that has extended to sponsorship of race teams, events and series at all levels, from the grassroots to NHRA, NASCAR, AMA Motocross and IndyCar.

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DAYTONA 500 Champion Kurt Busch to Serve as Honorary Chairman  At 2017 MSHFA  Induction Ceremony

DAYTONA 500 Champion Kurt Busch to Serve as Honorary Chairman At 2017 MSHFA Induction Ceremony

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 18, 2017) – Kurt Busch, the 2017 DAYTONA 500 champion and former champion of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will serve as the Honorary Chairman for the 29th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Induction Ceremony at the Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach on June 28.

Busch – driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing – also served as Honorary Chairman in 2011. In addition to NASCAR competition, Busch has competed in the Indianapolis 500, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and NHRA Pro Stock drag racing. In addition, he and his brother Kyle represented the United States in the global "Race of Champions," earlier this year, finishing second. Collectively, that makes Busch a perfect fit for the role of Honorary Chairman, as the MSHFA honors all forms of American motorsports.

"I'm very thankful for the pioneers that helped pave the way to create the sport that we love and enjoy today," Busch said. "And to have the opportunity to honor this group of inductees as Honorary Chairman is an opportunity I didn’t want to miss."

This year’s ceremony will induct seven racing legends:

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Jeff Ward

Jeff Ward, Motorcycles, Class of 2006

Adjectives typically used to describe Hall of Fame motorsports heroes in large part fail to fit Jeff Ward. He's not brash, flamboyant, egotistical, outspoken, aggressive or headstrong. He never set fashion trends, hung out with beautiful people or was "linked" to A-list stars.

Instead, a career that led from motocross and supercross stardom to the White House, and from the Skip Barber Racing School to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, earned "Wardy" descriptive adjectives like unassuming, soft-spoken, steady, professional and cool-headed.

Oh, yeah. And fast.

Jeff Ward is just the 17th motorcyclist inducted to the Motorsports Hall of Fame, and he comes with stellar credentials born of God-given talent, an outstanding work ethic and a relentless inner fire.

When Jeff retired from AMA motocross and supercross following the 1992 season he did so with solid Hall of Fame credentials: seven major AMA championships, 56 national wins and a record seven appearances on winning Americans teams in the famed Motocross des Nations.

In 14 seasons with Team Kawasaki he probably sold more green machines than John Deere. He and his 1987 Motocross of Nations teammates met with President Reagan in the White House. Through it all, he remained humble and approachable.

Oh, yeah. And fast.

The Scottish-born Californian stepped back from the motocross grind after the '92 AMA season, but he was far from finished with motorsports. Granted, he was weary of the grueling demands of 30-plus AMA championship events each season. But his competitive fire still burned, and two more impressive chapters – one still ongoing -- were yet to be written in his racing career.

When Ward decided to try his hand in auto racing, he as usual set his sights high: Indianapolis. Five years later he not only made it to the famed Brickyard but led 49 laps, finished third and was a few gallons of methanol shy of winning the Indy 500. Six more "500" starts followed, including a runner-up effort in 1999. Car owners including Rick Galles, Eddie Cheever, A.J. Foyt, Chip Ganassi and Tony George entrusted Ward with their half-million-dollar IndyCars and Ward seldom disappointed.

During his second career in open-wheel autos, Ward scored an Indy Racing League victory in Texas and went the full 200-lap distance in the Indy 500 with higher frequency than Hall of Fame legends including A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, the Unser brothers and Rick Mears. He didn't always have the fastest wheels under him, but he made the most of what he had and kept it off the fence.

Meanwhile, Ward's lifelong love affair with motorcycles continued. The emerging SuperMoto discipline lured him out of retirement in 2003, and true to form he settled for nothing short of excellence. By 2004 he had won the AMA SuperMoto Championship, and at age 45 he is again a title contender in 2006.

It would be outrageous to say that Jeff Ward is the fastest guy in the Motorsports Hall of Fame, but it is no stretch at all to assert that he is one of its greatest athletes. His longevity in the physically-demanding motocross game is unrivaled and he has demonstrated beyond doubt that he has both the strength and toughness to endure 40-minute motos and the courage and precision to thread the IndyCar needle at 200-plus.

Jeff Ward: A worthy inductee to the Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Oh, yeah. And still fast.

By Bill Amick