Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame to induct new class on March 15

ELMA — The Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame will induct six more members into its group with the Class of 2014 Induction Ceremony on Saturday, March 15 at the Elma Eagles Hall in Elma.

The new members of the hall of fame span more than four decades of racing in Elma — Bob Carter, George Richert, Dale Way, Don Spoon III, Ron Larson and Dirk Stephens.

The ceremonies, along with a social hour and a silent auction, will kick off at 6 p.m.

Carter, of Montesano, was one of the original pioneers of auto racing in Grays Harbor and was a successful driver first at the Central Park track and at the Elma track at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds. Richert built his own cars and claimed a 1972 Evergreen Auto Racing Association championship in the Jalopy division.

Way, of Shelton, was a crew chief for several championship drivers, including Tom Williams and Vic Wright in Elma and is currently helping out Aberdeen modified driver Kris Asche today.

Spoon, from Elma, started in Elma in the B-modified class, switched to sprint cars to tour across the Northwest and is known as an accomplished engine builder and machinist.

Elma’s Larson won the final super stock title in 1979 on the Elma track’s half-mile configuration, helped build the three-tenths of a mile track and was named 1981 Rookie of the Year with a second-place finish in the open wheel limited modifieds. He is currently still racing in drag racing events.

Olympia’s Stephens started his racing in Elma in the hobby stock division, won the 1982 championship and moved on to race in the NASCAR Busch Series and Winston Cup series. He is still racing today, driving stock cars at South Sound Speedway.

The Larry Spoon Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Hoquiam’s Herman Burns. The Fred Brownfield Exemplary Contribution Award will be presented at the time of the event.

Also scheduled for the ceremony is special speaker Steve Beitler, the new promoter at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma. Beitler will talk about the upcoming season and his plans for racing in Elma.

For more information, contact the EARHoF at their website: http://elmaautoracinghalloffame.webs.com.


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