14 Welcomed As New Midget Hall Class
TULSA, Okla. — Fourteen individuals were inducted Friday into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame during ceremonies held in the Central Park Hall at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds.
The latest inductees bring the total registry of Hall of Fame members to 158.
Two of the four “traditional” inductees and one of the 10 “historical” inductees were in attendance.
Page Jones, son of 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1990 NMARHoF inductee Parnelli Jones, was one of two “traditional” inductees in attendance. Page and Parnelli become the sixth father-son combination to be inducted. Jones had a brilliant but short career in midgets before suffering career-ending injuries at Eldora Speedway in 1994.
In 1993, Jones captured both the Belleville Midget Nationals and Pepsi Midget Nationals within a one-month period. His career includes 18 USAC Western Midget, seven USAC National Midget and seven Badger Midget victories.
Longtime Badger Midget Auto Racing Ass’n participant and official Paul Krueger was also on hand to accept his award. He owned and maintained a two-car team, competing during the 1960s. During his nine years as a car owner, his cars captured the Badger title six times with three different drivers.
Krueger then continued his current 40-plus year involvement in the organization, holding several positions, including president, secretary and secretary-treasurer.
Historical inductee Chuck Marshall, also in attendance, was a winner after 1945, but was a force before World War II. Starting in Illinois big cars in 1935, he switched to midgets in 1939. From 1946-50, he racked up more than 100 victories. Much of that success came behind the wheel of a Joe Shaheen midget. Marshall lives in Inverness, Fla., and is 91.
Bob Nowicke and Ken Hickey were the other “traditional” inductees honored. Nowicke competed as a car owner during one of the most competitive stages in the sport’s history — 1946 thru 1969. His career highlights include 30 USAC National Midget victories and 20 AAA feature wins.
Hickey is recognized as one of the all-time great racing mechanics and a master of the Offenhauser engine. After he retired as an active car owner, he could always be found at the races, going around with his little notebook, making a list of parts needed by his customers. Hickey was involved in the sport from 1939 until a few years before his death in 2002.
The other “historical” inductees were George Amick, Carl Badami, Emmett “Buzz” Barton, Ernie Casale, Ray Elliott, Ted Hartley, Ray Nichels, George Rice and Len Sutton.