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Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame 2015 Results

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Our Member Votes have been tabulated and We are proud to announce our 2015 Inductees as follows:

Northwest Region Joe Finn
Midwest Region Ken Finley
Northeast Region Bob Pronger
Southern Region Russ Wallace
Track Promoter Pete Jenin
Car Builder/Mechanic Bob Pohlman Sr.
Track Official Stan Burdick

The Induction Ceremony and Hall of Fame Reception will be on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The Reception to unveil the Inductee Displays will be held from 1 to 4pm at the Historic Auto Attractions Museum in the Hall of Fame Room. We will then travel 6 miles South to the Hoffman House/Holiday Inn located in Rockford, IL for 5pm cocktails, 6pm dinner and 7pm Induction Ceremony.

Tickets are $35.00 each and are on sale now. Call Art Fehrman @708-254-5196 to place your order. HOF members will receive an order form in their next Newsletter. Hotel Rooms have been blocked and are available on a first come first serve basis to reserve your room call Holiday Inn Room Reservations at 815-398-2200.

Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame Board of Directors


Northwest Region
Joe Finn
Bob Chapman
Eric Johnson
Harlan “Red” Aase

Northeast Region
Ed Hoffman Sr.
Bob Pronger
Frank Gawlinski
Al Johnson

Midwest Region
Roger Long
Earl J. Hubert
Gil “Skippy” Michaels
Ken Finley

South Region
Jerry Roedell
Bill Hazel
Russ Wallace
Jim Agans

Track Promoter
Pete Jenin
John McKarns
Port Defrates

Car Builder/Mechanic
Rudy Hoerr
Mike Terrafino
Bob Pohlman Sr.

Announcer/Track Official
Chris Clark
George Krueger
Stan Burdick


APRIL 12, 2014

Our third annual Hall of Fame festivities started at 1pm at Wayne Lensing’s Historic Auto Attractions Museum in Roscoe, IL. The afternoon reception was attended by this year’s Inductees, their families, friends and race fans eager to view the unveiling of the 2014 Inductee displays. The Hall of Fame room underwent a total transformation in order to make room for the new displays. Our growth has been astounding in 3 short years.

Outside the front entrance the attendees were excited to see Elmer Gerloff’s 1957 Chevy and Pat Heaney’s 1967 Chevelle Stock cars on display. At 2pm there was a special Photo Shoot for all Inductees and attendees courtesy of Jimmy “A” Ambruoso @ Finish Line Photos. He captured many special moments throughout the afternoon. All of the photos are on sale at his website finishlinehotos.com or by calling 815-623-3200.

Saturday evening the Induction Ceremony took place at the Hoffman House/Holiday Inn in Rockford, IL. The Outside display consisted of out Hall of Fame Car, a 1970 Ford Torino owned by Keith Grantland and Larry Robb. This car is a tribute to Keith’s Dad Harold Grantland. Also on display was the above mentioned Stock Car owned by Pat Heaney.

To kick off the opening ceremonies, HOF Founder Art “Fireball” Fehrman thanked everyone for attending. The many family, friends and fans traveled from Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Colorado. Our Emcee Michael Papp opened the program with the reading of our 26 2012 & 2013 Inductees which included an accompanying slideshow featuring all of these pioneers of Illinois Short Track Stock Car Racing.

The Induction Ceremony began with the late Whitey Gerken representing the Northwest Region. Whitey was a longtime front runner on area stock car ovals, as well as a competitor in USAC and NASCAR competition. He was always among the top drivers at the old O’Hare Stadium in Schiller Park. Whitey claimed track championship honors at Chicago’s Soldier Field in 1966 and at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schereville, IN in 1968. He won O’Hare’s All American 500 in 1963 and the National Short Track Championships 200 lapper at the Rockford Speedway in 1968. Accepting on his behalf was former teammate Eddie Jast.

Bryant Tucker was the Midwest Region Inductee. Bryant, affectionately known as “Gentleman Bryant Tucker”, was a stock car champion at Soldier Field, Raceway Park and Mance Park Speedway during his exciting career. He always drove a Buick and he won 5 Championships. He won 17 features in 1953 at Raceway Park driving a 1941 Buick. He captured 3 straight Championships at Soldier Field in 1960, 1961 and 1962 driving a 1957 Buick. He closed out his career at O’Hare Stadium in 1963 driving a 1963 Buick Convertible. Bryant made Stock Car racing Cool! Bryant was not only a terrific driver but he was a self-taught mechanical genius at an early age. Around 1951 he bought a 1941 Buick Limited with a 141 inch wheel base and cut the body off behind the drivers door. After removing the torque tube drive shaft and adding ramps, he made a six-wheel Buick Car Hauler. Later he designed his own transmission using a standard transmission and planetary out of a Dynaflow. Accepting his award was his longtime Pit Crew member Ben LaMendola of St. Augustine Florida.

Tom Jones was the Northeast Region Inductee. Tom began racing stock cars at O’Hare Stadium in 1964. He won the track’s Cadet/Hardtop division championship the following season and moved into the track’s late model division the following year. He competed in USAC stock car ranks for a number of years, before winning Waukegan Speedway late model crowns in 1975 and 1977. Tom claimed the Grundy County Speedway (Morris, IL) late model title in 1981. In 1982 he pretty much became a full-time competitor on the American Speed Association (ASA) tour. Tom’s biggest victory came in ASA action at Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway, winning a 400 lap contest in 1993. Tom was present to accept his award and applauded by his entire family which came from far and wide to support him.

Frank Shickel was the Bloomington Area Inductee. Frank drove stock cars in a career that spanned over five decades. A 1955 Chevy was his first race car and he became a dirt track driving Ace at such tracks as Danville, Fairbury, Farmer City, Granite City, Kankakee and the miler track at Springfield. In 1971 Frank was the most improved late model driver at Farmer City. He was the Track Champion at Fairbury in 1973, 1976 and 1977. Frank won his last race on his 62nd birthday. If that wasn’t exciting enough he was also inducted into the Peoria Speedway Old Timers Hall of Fame along with his son Junior Shickel making history as the first Father Son Duo to be inducted in the same year. Frank holds the distinction of being the only driver to drive in a race which included his sons, granddaughter and grandson. Frank accepted his award with loud applause from the crowd.

Bill Koenig was Inducted as Car Builder/Mechanic. Bill was a car owner and builder who won numerous Late Model stock Car feature races at Raceway Park with the likes of Bud Koehler, Ted Janecyk and others handling the driving chores. Getting involved in drag racing as a young man, Koenig shifted his attention to Stock Car racing, putting some fast cars together right from the start. With Janecyk behind the wheel Koenig was the Championship car owner at Raceway Park in 1965. Joining forces with Bud Koehler the following year, the “K&K” team would win a total of 6 track titles at Raceway Park. Bill was delighted to receive an e-mail from Wood Brothers Racing congratulating him on behalf of Glen and Leonard Wood for being Inducted into the HOF.

Howard Tiedt was Inducted as Promoter. Howard was the owner of Santa Fe Speedway and started promoting it in 1953. The property was originally built by Howard’s father Frederick in 1896 as a Horse Racing Track. Howard built the unique Half Mile Track with a shorter quarter mile oval inside. In 1954 during the tracks second year of operation, the Nascar Grand National Division which is now the Sprint Cup Division ran a 200 lap race there. The Track hosted such famous drivers as Lee Petty, Buck Baker, Herb Thomas, Dick Rathman and later drivers such as Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Kyle Petty. Howard was continually improving Santa Fe and it was known as the most modern facility at the time attracting sold out crowds and TV news reporters doing feature broadcasts from the Track. Accepting his award was his wife Marion and son Gary.

Elmer Steinbeck was Inducted as Race Official. Elmer was involved in stock car racing pretty much sinc4e it started in the Chicago area in the late 1940’s. Elmer helped leading driver Tom Cox for many years and was listed as the car owner of Cox’s #11 Oldsmobile. Elmer’s involvement in racing changed when he was asked to score the races at Chicago’s 87th Street Speedway in the early 1950’s. Before you knew it, Elmer was working seven and sometimes eight times a week. He handled the scoring at tracks like 87th Street and Santa Fe Park Speedway as well as others throughout the Midwest. He was the chief scorer at O’Hare Stadium and developed an individual scoring system for the 33-car O’Hare American 500. When O’Hare closed down after the 1968 season, Elmer began working for Hugh Deery at Rockford Speedway. He joined the staff At Illiana Motor Speedway in 1972 and retired from the Chief Scorer’s position after the 2007 season. Elmer accepted his award amid the applause of his family, friends and fans in attendance.

During each Induction a slideshow presentation was viewed by the audience. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Austin Fowler for the excellent slide presentations and Stan Kalwasinski for providing the majority of the photos used. Our appreciation also to Jerry Gille who found Austin for us. Austin recorded the Induction ceremony and DVD’s are available for all who wish to preserve this experience. They would make excellent birthday or Christmas presents to all family, friends and fans who could not attend. For DVD ordering information please contact Austin at 815-980-0736 or by sending an order to Austin Fowler 5802 Denbury Lane Loves Park, IL 61111. DVD’s are $20.00 each.

Our Thanks also to Michael Papp who stepped in as our official Emcee and his beautiful wife Karri, our official Hostess, who assisted on stage during all of the award presentations. A Big Thank You to Stan Kalwasinski who conducted impromptu interviews during the ceremony, much to the delight of all who attended.

The Board of Directors announced the addition of two new members, Doug Morris and Karen (Tyne) Duncan. The Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame is extremely grateful for our Board of Directors who share their knowledge, expertise, unwavering support and commitment to our cause which is Preserving the heritage of Illinois Short Track Racing.

Once again the food was delicious and the service fabulous so Thank you to all of the Hoffman House employees who took such great care of us.

Stay Tuned for more information regarding the date for our 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Day in October. Inductees and Racing legends will be available for pictures, autographs and stories….

We Hope to see everyone back for our 4th Induction Ceremony on April 11, 2015.

Art “Fireball” Fehrman & Pat

Illinois Stock Car Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2014

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The Hall Of Fame Board Of Directors are proud to announce results of this years voting.

North West Region "Whitey" Gerken
Mid West Region Bryant Tucker
North East Region Tom Jones
South Region Frank Shickel
Track Promoter Howard Tiedt
Announcer/Official Elmer Steinbeck
Car Bld./ Mechanic Bill Koening

These Legends will be Honored Sat April 12th 2014

Reception Hosted By Board Of Directors from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m to view Inductees Displays located at:

Historic Auto Attractions Museum http://www.historicautoattractions.com/
13825 Metric Dr. Roscoe, Il. 815 389 7917

Banquet will be held at:
Holliday Inn/ Hoffman House Social Hour. 5 p.m.
7550 east State St. Rockford, Il. Dinner 6 p.m.
815 398 2200 Ceremony 7 p.m.

We have a block of rooms discounted reservations by March 12th

Tickets 35.00 Must have tickets to attend, will not be able to buy at door ,order early last years Induction ceremony was sold out !

Any Questions & Info call Art 708 254 5196 ticket order forms iIlinoisvintageracing.com click on HOF Link

Thanks Art Fehrman

Hall of Fame Voting

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As they say, time flies when you are having fun. It’s hard to believe that we are gearing up for our third Induction Ceremony. Our museum display has grown into a thing of beauty and each year we are faced with the challenge to make it even more awesome. As you will read below it is our honor to announce the addition of two new Board of Director Members, Doug Morris and Karen Tyne Duncan. They will represent the Southern Region of the State.

We would like to thank everyone who assisted with the planning and execution of our 2nd Induction Ceremony. Once again it was sold out with standing room only to watch the Induction Ceremony.

Please note that the Ballots are due earlier than last year, they are due December 20, 2013 and any unpaid membership/sponsorship/benefactor donation is due at the same time. Please include your payment to the new address listed with your Ballot to validate it. Please also take the time to nominate a deserving candidate for next year.

Thank you everyone for your loyal support. Art “Fireball” Fehrman

Our 2014 nominees are:

Northwest Erik Johnson, Bob Chapman, Joe Finn and Whitey Gerkin
Midwest Al Johnson, Earl J Hubert, Skippy Michaels and Bryant Tucker
Northeast Ed Hoffman Sr., Frank Gawlinski, Tom Jones and Bob Pronger
South Roger Long, Jerry Roedell, Frank Shickel and Bill Hazel

Track Promoters Howard Tiedt, Port Defrates and Pete Jenin
Announcers Chris Clark, George Krueger and Elmer Steinbeck
Car Builder/Mechanics Bill Koenig, Rudy Hoerr and Mike Terrafino

It is with much excitement that we announce the addition of two new board members for the South Region. They will be assisting with getting the word out in the Southern Region to increase membership in that area, along with sharing their expertise and knowledge to enhance the Displays at the Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame. We extend a warm Welcome to Doug Morris and Karen Tyne Duncan.


Art Fehrman Midwest Region
Pat Fehrman Newsletter Editor/Display Coordinator
Jerry Gille Northwest Region
Stan Kalwasinski Northeast Region
Wayne Lensing Northwest Region/Museum Owner
Herb Shannon Jr. South Region
Doug Morris South Region
Karen Tyne Duncan South Region

Jim “Jimmy A” Ambruoso - Tabatha Bennett

Eric Huenefeld - Mike & Karrie Papp

The Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame

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The Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame nominees for the 2013 Induction Ceremony are:

HOF 2013 Nominees

2 drivers from each region will be inducted and one selection from the other three categories will be inducted. The Official Ballot to vote on these nominees will be included in the up coming December HOF Newsletter. If you have not already done so please send in your 2013 dues or sponsorships with your ballot so your vote is valid. Ballots need to be postmarked by January 15, 2013.

For anyone wishing to become a new member or sponsor, send in a membership application which can be printed from the illinoisvintageracing.com website.

If you have trouble downloading this membership application please contact Art via e-mail or telephone. artandpat@sbcglobal.net or 708-254-5196

North West        Midwest        North East        South
Bob Chapman        Jim O’Connor        Bud Koehler        Roger Long
Jim Cossman        Earl J Hubert        Ed Hoffman Sr.        Jerry Roedell
Roy Martinellli        Al Johnson        Frank Gawlinski        Jack Tyne
Erik Johnson        Rich Clement        Ray Young        Herb Shannon Sr.

Track Promoters        Announcers        Car Builder
Hugh Deery        Chris Clark        Wayne Lensing
Howard Tiedt        Jan Gabriel        Bill Koenig
Port Defrates        George Krueger        Rudy Hoerr

We wish to thank our members and sponsors for supporting the HOF, without you we would not be gearing up for our Second Induction Ceremony. As soon as all dues and sponsorships are received and the votes are counted we will begin ordering the plaques. The 2013 Induction Ceremony will be at the Hoffman House/Holiday Inn on Saturday April 13, 2013 located at 7550 East State Street in Rockford, IL. I have also set up a discounted block of rooms for that night. Rooms need to be reserved by March 13th by calling 815-398-2200. The Holliday Inn/Banquet Hall is located at the I 90 State Street Exit 1 block west of the Toll Road. The great news is, we will have the same food as last year.

Thanks Art and Pat


Hall of Fame Banquet Information & Registration

February 8, 2012 - Click for Banquet Info & Registration

The Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame Board of Directors is honored to announce the results of our inaugural induction vote. The results are as follows:

To be Inducted into the HOF on April 14, 2012 are:

North West Region
Fred Lorenzen
Gene Marmor
Joe Shear

Arnie Gardner
Dick Nelson
Don Waldvogel

North East Region
Bill Van Allen
Tom Pistone
Sal Tovella

South Region
Don Bohlander
Les Snow
Ronnie Weedon

Track Promoter
Andy Granatelli

Wayne Adams

Car Builder
Bob Boyce

The Inaugural Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held Sat April 14th, 2012 at the Forest Hills Lodge 9572 Forest Hills Rd. Loves Park, IL. 708-254-5196 Social Hour is at 5pm, Dinner at 6pm and Awards presentation to follow. (Adjacent to Rockford Speedway) Tickets are $30.00. Order early as they are limited. Deadline is April 6, 2012. Saturday afternoon the Historic Auto Attractions Museum will be open for all to view the new HOF Display. For phone number and directions go to www.historicautoattractions.com.

Please send your order and payment to Art Fehrman 5N002 Birchdale Court St. Charles, IL 60175.

Hope to See you there to participate in recognizing these greats for their contributions to the sport of Illinois short track racing.
Art “Fireball” Fehrman

Click to Download and Print the Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame Membership Form

The Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame nominees for the inaugural class of 2012 have been announced.

HOF 2012 Nominees

3 Drivers from each region will be inducted. 1 nominee from each of the other categories will be inducted.

North West                  Midwest                       North East                   South
Fred Lorenzen Arnie Gardner Bill Van Allen Don Bohlander
Gene Marmor Dick Nelson Bud Koehler Les Snow
Bob Chapman Jim Oconnor Tom Pistone Rich Standridge
Joe Shear Don Waldvogel Ed Hoffman Ronnie Weedon
Jim Cossman Jack Tyne Sal Tovella Roger Long
Roy Martinellli Earl J Hubert Frank Gawlinski Jerry Roedell

Track Promoters Announcers Car Builder
Hugh Derry Chris Clark Bob Boyce
Howard Tiedt Jan Gabriel Wayne Lensing
Andy Granatelli Wayne Adams Bill Koenig
Port Defrates George Krueger Rudy Hoerr

The induction ceremony will be held Saturday April 14, 2012. For information on how to become a member and receive a voting ballot sign on to Illinoisvintageracing.com and click on the HOF tab or call Art at 708-254-5196.

Illinois Stock Car Hall of Fame Announcement

​The Hall of Fame inaugural ceremony will be held Saturday Night, April 14, 2012 at the Forest Hills Lodge. The lodge is located adjacent to Rockford Speedway. The festivities will consist of cocktails, dinner and induction ceremony. During the ceremony, 12 drivers, 1 promoter, 1 announcer and 1 car builder will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

​The Hall of Fame will be located at Wayne Lensings Historic Auto Attractions Museum in Roscoe, Il. Wayne is opening his museum on Saturday at 11:00 am for Fans, Inductees and their Families to tour the Hall of Fame display as well as all of the other fabulous displays in the museum. An afternoon reception will be hosted by the Hall of Fame Board Members welcoming the inductees and their families.

​Rockford Speedway will have their 35th Annual Late Model Spring Classic the next afternoon, Sunday April 15th. New to the schedule will be the Illinois Vintage Racing Series. The 25 lap Feature will be the Inaugural Hall of Fame Classic featuring the 50’s & 60’s cars and legends of the Finest and Fastest Vintage cars in the Midwest. This Feature event will cap off a Historic Gala Weekend event for Illinois StockCar Auto Racing. Hotel discounts will be available for families who want to attend both Saturday and Sunday events.

A $20.00 Yearly Membership in the Hall of Fame is a great opportunity for local racing fans to have input in the choosing of
inductees. Yearly Sponsorships are also available for a minimum $100.00 donation. Membership and Sponsorship money will be used to fund the Hall of Fame awards and display.

Illinois will be divided into 4 regions. Each region will have nominees for each category. 2012 Ballots will be mailed in the fall of 2011. Members will also be able to suggest a nominee per category for future inductees.

A Quarterly Newsletter will be sent to all members and sponsors along with a membership card and a sticker. Each member and sponsor will be acknowledged in our newsletters and induction program.

For Additional Information contact Art @ 708-254-5196
Or E Mail “artandpat@sbcglobal.net”​

To become a member or sponsor send your payment, name(also business name), address telephone number and e mail address if available to:
Art Fehrman
​5N002 Birchdale Court
​St. Charles, IL 60175

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