SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 18, April 30, 2015

Racing News: Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame 2015 Class Announced

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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Olsbergs MSE driver Kevin Eriksson took home the win in the first race of the 2015 FIA RX Lites series in the AEM Infinity/Olsbergs MSE Lites car.
   

Kevin Eriksson Takes the Win in FIA RX Lites Opener in Infinity-Tuned Olsbergs MSE Racecar

Olsbergs MSE driver Kevin Eriksson took home the win in the first race of the 2015 FIA RX Lites series in the AEM Infinity/Olsbergs MSE Lites car, setting the pace to defend his 2014 Champion title in the points race. Eriksson was the fastest in free practice and won both Heat 1 and Heat 2 en route to his victory in the final heat. AEM's Infinity ECU was chosen as the spec ECU for the Global Rallycross SuperCar Lites championship in 2013, and in 2014 this role was expanded to include the Lites cars in the FIA World Rallycross Lites Championship series and Rallycross Supercar Lites Scandinavia series.

Cooper, Jones, Ruth Among 2015 Class for Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame

A former boat-racing world champion, the owner-operator of an iconic dragstrip and the businessman who helped save a drag-race sanctioning organization are among the members of the 2015 class of the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Marion Cooper enjoyed a three-decade career in boat racing, winning an American Power Boat Racing Association world championship. He was a three-time winner of the Calvert Trophy—claimed in competition on the Ohio River during the ’50s and ’60s.

Dallas Jones is best known as the long-time owner and promoter of Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, including Beech Bend Dragway and Raceway. Jones has operated that facility for more than 25 years and overseen an active schedule of national and regional racing events. The facility annually hosts the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion, National Hot Rod Association Midwest series races and a variety of other events, which pump millions of dollars into the region's economy.

Jim Ruth enjoyed some on-track success competing in Pro Stock drag racing as a hobby. But he is best remembered for helping purchase and resurrect the International Hot Rod Association after that sanctioning organization nearly closed down after the 1988 season. Before his death in 1990, Ruth owned and operated Bristol Dragway in Tennessee, played an integral role in establishing Pro Modified as a professional category and helped launch the career of three-time drag racing world champion Darrell Alderman, also of Morehead.

Other members of the class of 2015 include Jerry Decker, a two-time drag-racing world champion car owner and driver; Pat Freels, a former national champion tractor puller and drag racer; and Dickie Ogles, who has enjoyed a 50-year career in drag racing. He remains active today after accumulating 75 NHRA national event class winner trophies.

This year's Pioneer Award will be presented to Earl Hayden, patriarch of the world-champion Hayden brothers motorcycle racers. His son Nicky is a former Moto GP world champion, who has garnered numerous wins in the American Motorcyclist Association Superbike, Supersport and Superstock classes. Eldest son Tommy is a former champion in the Supersport class, and son Roger Lee has been active at all levels of racing, including Moto GP and Superbike.

Induction ceremonies for the organization's eighth class will be held October 24, 2015, at the Owensboro Museum of Science and History's SpeedZeum.

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The 14th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Muscle Car Nationals will be held at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, May 14–17.
   

NMCA Returns to Bowling Green

The 14th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Muscle Car Nationals will be held at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, May 14–17. This event marks the halfway point of the NMCA Flowmaster Drag Racing Series season. This year's NMCA event in Bowling Green will host the 10th Annual Dave Duell Classic for racers in the ATI Performance Products Nostalgia Super Stock class. The Dave Duell Classic is the largest NSS race in the country, and it includes one of the biggest purses with $4,000 going to the winner and $1,500 to the runner-up. Racers will also compete in their regular class races to see who is the quickest in the land and deserving of a trip to the Aerospace Components Winners Circle.

FASTRAK Extends Partnership With VP Racing Fuels

The FASTRAK Racing Series has announced VP Racing Fuels will continue as Official Fuel of the FASTRAK Racing Series, including both the FASTRAK weekly series and touring series throughout the United States. The agreement designates VP as the preferred fuel for FASTRAK competitors and provides substantial VP brand exposure at race venues and across FASTRAK’s digital and social media platforms.

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