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.