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    29th Annual
    Induction Celebration

    June 27-28, 2017

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    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.

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    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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Danny Foster

Danny Foster, Power Boats, Class of 2005

Danny Foster was to the 1940s and 1950s what Bill Muncey was to the 1960s and 1970s and what Chip Hanauer was to the 1980s and 1990s. Foster was unlimited hydroplane racing's first superstar in the years following World War II.

He is the 2005 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America powerboat inductee.

Foster's first taste of boat racing came as a riding mechanic with driver Dan Area in the Hispano-powered Miss Golden Gate in the California Gold Cup class in the 1930s.

Foster's unlimited driving career began in 1946, behind the wheel of Albin Fallon's Miss Great Lakes at the President's Cup in Washington, D.C. Foster won all three heats and decisively outperformed the favored Guy Lombardo in Tempo VI. It was the first victory by an Allison-powered boat and the first of many competitive triumphs by Foster, who quickly established himself as the top driver of his day.

He was national champion in 1947 with Miss Peps V, winning his first Golf Cup on the extremely rough water of Jamaica Bay, New York. Although sponsored by Pepsi Cola, Miss Peps V didn't carry her product's full name into competition because commercial sponsorships were frowned upon at that time.

Foster made it back-to-back Gold Cups in 1948, steering Miss Great Lakes around Detroit River wrecks in a race recalled as one of the most destructive in history. Boats crashed, burned and sank on a day when all that could possibly go wrong seemingly did. Foster was the only entrant out of 22 that could go the full 90-mile distance. Even Miss Great Lakes sank at dockside while Foster was receiving the trophy.

Foster continued to make his presence felt with the likes of Such Crust, Delphine X, Hornet, Gale II, Wha Hoppen Too and Miss Great Lakes II. Foster managed to finish first or second at one time or another with almost every boat that he drove between 1946 and 1955.

When Lee Schoenith left for Korea in 1952, Foster replaced his friend in the cockpit of Gale II and won the Silver Cup on the Detroit River.

Foster had the kind of season in 1955 that most drivers only dream about. That was the year that he teamed with bandleader Lombardo as pilot of Tempo VII, an Allison-powered craft that the press labeled as "The Sweetest Boat This Side of Heaven."

After being forced out of the 1955 Gold Cup at Seattle due to an on-board fire in the first heat, Tempo VII could do no wrong. Foster won the Copper Cup at Polson, Mont., the Silver Cup at Detroit, the President's Cup in Washington, the International Cup at Elizabeth City, N.C., and the Governor's Cup at Madison, Ind.

After 1955, Foster had few worlds left to conquer. From then on, he was mainly a relief driver or a shore mechanic. Over the next decade, he saw occasional action with Miss U.S., Miss Supertest II, Gale VII and Miss Smirnoff.

His last victory was in a secondary race for the Ponderosa Trophy at the 1965 Lake Tahoe World Championship Regatta with Miss Smirnoff.

Long retired from the competitive arena, Danny Foster -- "The Old Pro" -- is remembered as being one of the better of the best in the water sport of kings.

His election to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is a fitting tribute to one of racing's all-time greats.

By Fred Farley