Champs crowned, racing season winding down

Maddi Morgan won the Junior 1 category at the Jennings County Outlaw Kart Racing Oct. 17 that was part of the last program of the season.

The other feature winners were: Andy Keller (380 clone), Chris Buchanan (flatheads), Roser Taylor (rwyb), Norman Girard (boxstock outlaw), Saban Bibent (junior 3), Zane Riley (junior 2), Daniel Cloud (youth champ), Ayden Rudicel (rookies), Jeremy Cowan (400 clone), Jacob McCormick (340 clone), Robert Doyle (junior champ), Zach Cowan (pred) and Jessica Young (flatheads powder puff).

Clay takes All-Star Midgets title

Cory Clay of Morgantown is the 2020 All-Star Circuit of Champions TQ Midget champion. In an abbreviated season for the Tony Stewart-owned series, Clay outdistanced Joey Paxson and Matt Lux for the title. Ron Combs and Johnny Goff rounded out the top five in points.

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The rest of the top 10 this year included Matthew Hedrick, Ashlea Albertson, Tate Martz, Robbie Roland and Rylan Gray.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions still in place, there will be no awards banquet.

The Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds Oct. 3 season finale at Columbus had Combs, Gray, Paxson, Austin Nigh and Brayton Leisure as the leaders.

Chilton takes Fall 50 at Florence

Michael Chilton won the $5,000-to-win late model Fall 50 Oct. 24 at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky.

Bobby Pierce finished second, followed by Tyler Carpenter, Justin Rattliff and Bill Sheets. The rest of the top 10 were Trevor Landrum, Dustin Nobbe, Scott Robertson, Dustin Linville and Greg Johnson.

Cordell Moore won the hornet feature special over Jack Pflum, Corbin Dalton, Chris Meyer and Shannon Walp.

Will Krup won the American Modified season finale over Tyler Nicely, Trent Green, Nathan Loney and Shawn Brown. Nicely was named 2020 American Modified Series points champion.

The event concluded the 2020 season at Florence.

National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame announces 2021 class

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame named its 2021 induction class Oct. 17 at the Dirt Track World Championship in Portsmouth, Ohio.

The class includes five drivers — two each from Iowa and Georgia along with one from Kentucky — and three contributors to the sport.

The 21st induction class will be honored during a ceremony at the Hall of Fame building Aug. 14 during North-South 100 weekend at Florence Speedway.

Each year, more than 70 racing industry voters from all around the country cast their votes for the hall from recommendations made by the nomination committee as well as the public at large. To date, more than 120 drivers, 57 contributors and special award winners have been enshrined in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.

Among drivers selected for 2021, one is deceased and three others remain at least partially active. Only one has retired and settled into working as crew chief for his son’s late model program.

Drivers to be inducted include Iowa’s Bob Shryock, Georgians Wade Knowles and Clint Smith, Kentucky’s Darrell Lanigan and Jeff Aikey of Iowa. The three contributors include chassis builder Audie Swartz, former car owner Bobby Allen and Arizona Sport Shirts’ Gerald Newton, who also currently serves as president of the Hall of Fame.

The hall is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is maintained and operates solely on donations and fundraising efforts. The HOF annually hosts a large memorabilia auction in conjunction with the induction event.

The hall also handles the 50/50 ticket sales at Florence Speedway, the Gateway Dirt Nationals, the Dirt Track World Championship and other select events. To learn more about ways to support the Hall of Fame, contact a board member on the website.

The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame is located on the grounds of Florence Speedway at 12234 U.S. 42 in Walton, Kentucky. The hall can be visited at, seen on Facebook and followed on Twitter @NDLMHoF for the latest happenings.

This week in racing history

From 1970, Floyd Gilbert was crowned the first-ever track champion at Whitewater Valley Speedway in Liberty.

From 1980, Larry Taylor captured the late model track championship and Ron Dorsett won the sprint car title at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville.

Also from 1980, Ira Bastin took the late model track championship at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

From 1990, Brownstown Speedway named its track champions: Steve Barnett (late models), Mark Barber (street stocks) and Kevin Sebastian (bombers).

Also from 1990, John Lawhorn was named track champion at the Whitewater Valley Speedway.

From 30 years ago, Tri-State Speedway named its track champions with Kevin Claycomb winning the late model track title and Larry Bland the sprint car championship.

From 1990, Tom Bipes won the sprint car title at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

From 2000, Brownstown’s track champions were Steven Godsey (late models), Mike Fields (super stocks), Matt Boknecht (modifieds) and Matt Bex (bombers).

Also from 2000, Chris LaFollette won the sprint car championship at Bloomington Speedway.

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