BELLEVILLE, Kan. – The High Banks Hall of Fame & National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame conducted their 21st annual ceremony to honor 10 individuals from this year’s class.
Pat Sullivan and Ray Cunningham were the Master of Ceremonies, as the late Don Branson, Bill Chennault, Ernie DiCroce, Troy Ruttman, Buddy Taylor, Rich Vogler, A.J. Watson, Johnny White, and Dizz Wilson were represented by family and Hall of Fame members.
Ted Hall, still competing in sprint car racing as an owner after 60 years of competition, was on hand to receive his Induction plaque.
The 21st class was represented by Indianapolis 500 winning driver Ruttman, as well as Indianapolis 500 winning mechanic and builder Watson, IMCA Champs in 1962, owner Wilson and driver White, multi-time USAC champs Branson and Vogler, New Mexico Super Modified and sprint car champ Taylor, along with Knoxville Nationals winning car owner and builder Hall, five-time KCMARA Midget champ Chennault and sprint car and speed shop owner DiCroce.
A capacity crowd enjoyed the ceremony, including past Hall of Fame inductees Ray Lee Goodwin, Jerry Stone, Keith Hightshoe, Don McChesney, Bob Mays, Gene Pastor, Marty Boyer and Harry Ivers.