The Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame will induct its 16th class on Oct. 18 at the Firefighters Hall at 241 Victory Lane in Lincoln.
The hall’s mission is to perpetuate the memories of individuals who have brought lasting fame and positive recognition to Nebraska through their achievements in auto racing.
The eight new inductees are:
» Stan Cisar Jr., Omaha. He’s a long-time announcer at Sunset Speedway, I-80 Speedway and Eagle Raceway as well as for the World of Outlaws, World Dirt Racing League and the ASCS Sprint Car Series.
» Mike Daly, Omaha. He was not only a championship winning drag racer, but he really left his mark as an engine builder providing power for such clients as Lou Cavaleri Jr. and Sr., Dave Chase, Terry Fritsch, the Kosiski Brothers and Billy Moyer.
» Guy Deulin, Bridgeport. He started his career in 1922 in Iowa and became one of the top drivers in western Iowa and later at Legion Ascot in California.
» Lawrence Hughes, Beatrice. He also started his career in 1922 and became a regular on the fair circuit in the Midwest, winning in both open wheel and stock cars.
» Joe Kosiski, Omaha. He won 21 track championships, five Busch All-Star Tour championships, four NASCAR Regional titles and was named one of the top 25 drivers in the history of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
» Eddie Rezac, Wahoo. He started his drag racing career at Omaha Dragway and the Lincoln Airport in 1967 and won more than 15 class championships at major events such as the Winter Nationals, U.S. Nationals and Sport Nationals.
» Carson Smith, Lincoln. He designed and engineered a winning car for the Pikes Peak Hillclimb with Robbie Unser driving. Smith also teamed with Unser to win the American Indy Car Series title in 1993.
» David Thomssen, Lincoln. He was an expert on the Ford Flathead engine. Thomssen set numerous records on the Bonneville Salt Flats and in drag racing with a Ford V8. He also built the engine for “Big Daddy” Don Garlits’ Swamp Rat 33 salt flats run of 220 mph.
Dylan Smith earns historic win at IMCA Super Nationals
Dylan Smith of Osceola, Neb., picked up one of the most prestigious championships in dirt racing last Saturday night when he won the A Modified feature at the IMCA Super Nationals at Boone, Iowa. He is the first driver from the Cornhusker State to win it.
“It was a big accomplishment for our team,” Smith said. “We are proud to be the first Nebraskans to win the A Mod Championship at the Super Nationals.”
Smith is a regular competitor at Eagle Raceway, I-80 Speedway and US 30 Speedway.