NASCAR / IndyCar Connection to BMS

Tomorrow, March 24, IndyCar testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway begins, and that was always a sign for me that spring was getting very close. In just seven weekends, we’ll be hosting the $100,000 Folkens  Brothers Silver Shootout. Reading about the IndyCar test at Indianapolis, coupled with the fact that NASCAR is four races into their 2017 schedule, got me thinking about all of the famous names that have raced in this area. I posted this list a couple of years ago but thought I’d run it by you again. It’s pretty amazing to see how many names have raced in the Sioux Falls area, and also with NASCAR and IndyCar.

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COMPETED IN THE SF AREA AND AT NATIONAL EVENTS

Rico Abreu -Raced at Huset’s / BMS for WoO events and won the First Annual Gold Cup. He has also raced in 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races including a career best 3rd in 2016 at Eldora Speedway.

Gary Bettenhausen

Gary Bettenhausen – Raced at Hartford Speedway in 1977 during a USAC midget event. He also raced in 21 Indianapolis 500s, including a best finish of 3rd in 1980 after starting second-to-last in the 33-car field.

Tony Bettenhausen – Raced at Hartford Speedway in 1977 at a USAC midget event. He also raced in 11 Indianapolis 500s, including a best finish of 7th in 1981.

Dave Blaney – Raced at Huset’s Speedway and Hartford Speedway in multiple World of Outlaws events. He’s also raced 473 NASCAR Cup Series events over a 17-year span, including a near victory at the Daytona 500 in 2012.

Jimmy Bryan – Raced a AAA Sprint Car race at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds in 1953. He started nine Indianapolis 500s and won the event in 1958. Bryan was fatally injured at Langhorne, PA in a Champ Car race in 1960.

D. Carter at Indianapolis in 1953

Duane Carter – The father of Pancho Carter, Duane raced in a AAA Sprint Car race at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds in 1953. He also raced in 11 Indianapolis 500s, including a best finish of 3rd in 1953, the same year he raced in Sioux Falls.

Pancho Carter – The son of Duane Carter, Pancho raced in an IMCA midget race in Huron in 1976. He had 17 career Indianapolis 500 starts, including a pole position in 1985. His best finish at Indianapolis was 3rd in 1982. He also has 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts including the 1986 Daytona 500.

Bryan Clauson – Raced at Huset’s Speedway several times including an ASCS victory in 2016. He also raced in three Indianapolis 500s including a 23rd place finish in 2016. Clauson was fatally injured in a midget race in Belleville, Kansas in 2016.

Craig Dollansky – Raced at Huset’s Speedway / BMS during multiple World of Outlaws events and also won the winged qualifying night for the First Annual Gold Cup. He also raced in the 2003 Freedom 100 in the IRL’s Indy Lights Series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Jeff Gordon – Raced at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds in 1985 in a Sprint Car. One of NASCAR’s most celebrated drivers, Gordon raced in NASCAR’s premier series for 25 years with over 800 starts, which includes four championships and two Daytona 500 wins in 1997 and 1999.

Bobby Grim – Raced at Rock Rapids, Iowa Speedway in IMCA Sprint Car events. Started in nine consecutive Indianapolis 500’s from 1959-1968.

Jack Hewitt – Won the 1989 Cheater’s Day race at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds. He also started 22nd and finished 12th in the 1998 Indianapolis 500.

Tommy Hinnerschitz – Raced in a AAA Sprint Car race at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds in 1953. He also raced in three Indianapolis 500s, including a best finish of 9th in 1948.

Jim Hurtubise

Jim Hurtubise – Raced at an IMCA Sprint Car race at the State Fairgrounds in Huron in 1959. He also raced in 10 Indianapolis 500s, including a best finish of 13th in 1962.

Kenny Irwin Jr. – Won a USAC midget event at Huset’s Speedway in 1996. He later went to NASCAR and competed in 87 races at the top level over four years including three pole positions. Irwin Jr. was fatally injured during a NASCAR practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2000.

Kasey Kahne – Raced at multiple World of Outlaw events at Huset’s Speedway. He also has 472 starts in  NASCAR’s top series with  Sprint Cup events with 17 wins and 27 poles.

Keith Kauffman – Raced at Huset’s Speedway in a World of Outlaws event. He also won the 1982 Nazareth 100 and is one of the more obscure drivers to be credited with a Championship Car victory.

Mel Kenyon – Raced a USAC Midget race at Hartford Speedway in 1976 and 1977. He also raced in eight Indianapolis 500’s, including a best finish of third in 1968.

Kraig Kinser – Raced at multiple World of Outlaws events at Huset’s Speedway. He also has three starts in the ARCA Series, his last in 2006.

Steve Kinser – Raced at Huset’s Speedway and Hartford Speedway in multiple World of Outlaws events. He finished 14th in the 1997 Indianapolis 500 and 40th in the 1995 Daytona 500. He also won the International Race of Champions (IROC) race at Talladega in 1996.

Lee Kunzman – Raced at Hartford Speedway in 1977 during a USAC midget event. He also raced in four Indianapolis 500s, including a best finish of seventh in 1973 and 1977.

Kyle Larson – Raced at Huset’s Speedway during a regular show in 2013. He’s also has 115 NASCAR starts in the top series over the last five years.

Tiny Lund

Tiny Lund – A native of Harlan, Iowa, Lund raced in 1955 at the now defunct Soo Speedway located near Willow Run Golf Course in Eastern Sioux Falls. He had 303 career NASCAR starts and won the 1963 Daytona 500. Lund was fatally injured in a NASCAR race at Talladega in 1975.

Jan Opperman – Raced the Cheater’s Day race at Huset’s Speedway in 1969 and later raced at Hartford Speedway in 1980. He started two Indianapolis 500’s with a best finish of 32nd in 1974.

Johnnie Parsons – The father of Johnny Parsons, Johnnie raced in a AAA Sprint Car race at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds in 1953. He also raced in 10 Indianapolis 500s and won the event in 1950.

Johnny Parsons – The son of Johnnie Parsons, Johnny raced at Hartford Speedway in 1977 during a USAC midget event. He also raced in 12 Indianapolis 500s, including a best finish of fifth in 1977 and 1985.

Rager at Indianapolis in 1980

Roger Rager – A native of Lincoln, NE, Rager raced at Huset’s Speedway for a regular show, and Hartford Speedway during a World of Outlaws event in 1978. He also raced in 23 Champ Car events, including a 10th place finish at the 1980 Indianapolis 500.

Larry Rice – Raced in an IMCA Sprint Car race in Huron in 1976. He also had nine career starts in Champ Car, including two Indianapolis 500s in 1978 and 1979. He was named co-Rookie of the Year along with Rick Mears in 1978, finishing 11th after starting 30th.

Shawna Robinson – Became the first woman to win a NASCAR Touring Series event when she won a Great American Truck race at Huset’s Speedway in 1988. She also raced in two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the 2002 Daytona 500.

Joe Saldana – The father of current World of Outlaws driver Joey Saldana, Joe won the 1969 Cheater’s Day race at Huset’s Speedway. He also raced in 10 Champ Car events, including two Indianapolis 500s in 1978 and 1979. His career best Champ Car finish was sixth in 1979 in Atlanta.

Gus Schrader – A native of Newhall, Iowa, Schraeder won seven IMCA Sprint Car races at Huron in the late 1930s. He finished 39th in the 1932 Indianapolis 500.

Ken Schrader – Raced a USAC Midget race at Hartford Speedway in 1976 and 1977. Schrader also raced at Huset’s in 2010 in the United States Modified Touring Series. Over a 28-year NASCAR career, Schrader raced in 763 Sprint Cup events, 116 Nationwide events and 104 NASCAR truck events. He won the 1988 Talladega 500.

Bob Scott – Won the 1953 AAA Sprint Car race at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds. He also raced in three Indianapolis 500s, including a best finish of 18th in 1954. Scott was fatally injured in an IndyCar at Darlington, SC in 1954.

Ron Shuman – Raced a World of Outlaws event at Hartford Speedway. He finished 11th in his one-and-only CART race at Ontario (CA) Speedway in 1980.

Tony Stewart – Raced a WoO event in 2013 at Huset’s Speedway. Stewart is a five-time Indianapolis 500 starter and pole winner in 1996 and also an 18-year NASCAR veteran with 618 starts. He’s a three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and two-time winner of the Brickyard 400.

Sweikert at Indianapolis

Bob Sweikert – Raced a AAA Sprint Car race at the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds in 1953. He also started five Indianapolis 500s and won the event in 1955. Sweikert was fatally injured in a Sprint Car at Salem, Ind. in 1956.

Brad Sweet – Raced at multiple World of Outlaws events at Huset’s Speedway / BMS. He also has 33 starts in NASCAR’s Nationawide Series and 18 in NASCAR’s Truck Series.

Sammy Swindell – Raced at multiple World of Outlaws events at Huset’s Speedway / BMS and Hartford Speedway. He also finished the 1995 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 12th in points. Swindell also ran the 1991 Daytona 500 finishing 41st, and the 1985 Atlanta 500 finishing 30th. He was also the last car bumped from the 1987 Indianapolis 500.

Al Unser Jr. – Raced at Hartford Speedway in 1980 in a Sprint Car during a World of Outlaws event. He had 20 Indianapolis starts with two victories in 1992 and 1994. Competed 25 years in IndyCar and won the championship in 1990 and 1994.

Robby Unser – Raced at World of Outlaws events in Aberdeen and Huset’s Speedway. He was a two-year starter in the Indianapolis 500, including a career best 5th place finish in 1998.

Rich Vogler

Rich Vogler – Raced at Hartford Speedway in 1977 during a USAC midget event. He also raced in five Indianapolis 500s, including a best finish of 8th in 1989. Vogler was fatally injured in a Sprint Car at Salem, Ind. in 1990.

Kenny Wallace – Raced at Huset’s in 2010 in the United States Modified Touring Series. Over an 18-year NASCAR career, Wallace raced in 344 Sprint Cup events, 547 Nationwide events and 13 NASCAR truck events.