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The 11thannual Mazon Speed Bowl/Grundy County Speedway Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held at the Grundy County Fairgrounds in Morris, Ill., on Saturday afternoon, August 30. Midget racers Jerry Hipple, Jerry Matter, Rich Vogler and Harry Turner joined stock car drivers Dave Gentile, Biff George and Mike Varner as new inductees. Also inducted were media member, photographer Bob Sheldon and ‘friend of racing’ – Tom “Turtle” Weckler, the longtime area racing tire supplier.

Stan Kalwasinski Photos


Rich Vogler’s mother, Eleanor accepted Mazon/Grundy HoF honors on behalf of her late son.
 Vogler’s sister, Dale looks on.


Former midget racer and new inductee, Jerry Matter (left) is congratulated by HoF member and
multi-time midget racing champion Bob Richards.


Former midget racer Jerry Hipple accepts his HoF honor.


New HoF inductee Mike Varner (left) and his car owner Frank Sheehan got together again.


Former stock car driver Dave Gentile was another honoree.


Bruce and Linda Field join Larry Schuler (right) for a photo. Both Field and Schuler
 are HoF members.


Another former Grundy late model champion, Biff George was honored.


Area racing personalities Tim Delrose (left) and Chuck Stebbins seem to have been
 involved in racing forever.


Former Grundy stock car champion Mike Varner and his dad, Alvin, pose for a picture.


Former Grundy official Jim Welch (left) and longtime Grundy security head Gene Foster were on hand.


Former midget racers John Warren (left) and Dick Pole both knew how to step on the gas.


Former Grundy late model champ and HoF member, Tom Jones (left)
and longtime track official, Jim Welch pose for the camera.


New HoF inductee Tom “Turtle” Weckler and his daughter, Virginia.


Numerous race cars, including many vintage midget race cars, were on display.