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    2017 Annual Fund

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

    DONATE NOW

    29th Annual
    Induction Celebration

    June 27-28, 2017

    BUY TICKETS

    WELCOME TO THE

    MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME OF AMERICA

  • MSHFA__0001_HEADER2_opt.jpg

    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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Betty Skelton

Betty Skelton, Aviation, Class of 2008

For more than half a century, Betty Skelton has been known as the "First Lady of Firsts." The Florida native earned her nickname the hard way, whether flying at 29,000 feet or traveling at speeds greater than 300 miles per hour in a jet-powered car. In the process of setting 17 aviation and race car records, she also paved the way for women to enjoy equal opportunities in aviation, sports and business. Nearly 35 years after retiring, Betty still holds more combined aircraft and automotive records than anyone in history.

Betty Skelton was born in Pensacola, Florida on June 28, 1926 and made her very first solo flight at the tender age of 12 at the controls of a 40-hp Taylorcraft. She took up aerobatics at 18, giving her first public performance in a borrowed Fairchild PT-19. She bought a 1929 Great Lakes 2T1A biplane and began her professional aerobatic career in 1946 at the Southeastern Air Exposition in Jacksonville.

She won her first International Feminine Aerobatic Champion on Jan. 1, 1948 flying her Great Lakes. It was there that she noticed a striking new little biplane, the Pitts Special S-1C, an experimental single-seat open-cockpit biplane, and the smallest aerobatic airplane in existence at the time. In it she became the first woman to perform an inverted ribbon cut. Betty won her second and third consecutive International Feminine Aerobatic Championships in 1949 and 1950. That plane named "Little Stinker" now hangs in the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport. Naturally it is suspended inverted.

Betty sought other records too. She raced in the 1949 Cleveland Air Races and set a women's altitude record of 29,050 feet in a Piper Super Cub. Walter and Olive Ann Beech asked her to fly demonstration flights of the Beech T-34 for an Air Force evaluation team and Beech won the contract. Skelton also wrote columns for aviation magazines and appeared in advertisements.

By late 1950, Betty had achieved the highest marks in aerobatics but, with the barriers in place against women, she had little incentive to continue. That year she met NASCAR founder Bill France, who talked her into driving at Daytona Beach during Speed Week. Not only did she drive the pace car at Daytona, she also set a stock car record in a 1954 Dodge Red Ram V8 on the beach. All of a sudden, Betty had a new career. As auto industry's first female test driver, she guided "L'il Miss Dodge," a jump boat, over a 1955 Custom Royal Lancer on a ramp at Florida's Cypress Gardens and she was part of a team that drove a 1955 Dodge to 395 new records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. In 1956, Betty became one of the a top women advertising executives working with the General Motors Company in print, television, and automobile demonstration runs. Driving mostly Corvettes, because she was the official spokeswoman for Chevrolet, Betty earned a number of Feminine Speed Records over the measured-mile, plus a transcontinental mark as well. .

In 1959, Look magazine asked her to undergo numerous physical and psychological tests given to original Mercury 7 astronauts. She landed on the cover of Look, and, although she would have loved the chance, she never had any illusions that a woman would be selected for the Mercury program.

Motorsports Hall of Famer Art Arfons offered Betty a chance in 1965 to drive his open cockpit; F-86-D J-47 Sabre-jet powered "Green Monster – Cyclops" on the Bonneville Salt Flats. She went on to set the Women's Land Speed Record with a 276 mph average – while posting a one-way run of 316 mph.

Throughout her life, Betty has served as a great ambassador for aviation and an inspiration for men and women alike. So much so that each year the United States National Aerobatic Championships honor the highest placing female pilot with the" Betty Skelton First Lady of Aerobatics" award.

by Dorothy Cochrane