Argabright Writes His Way Into History
Dave Argabright has written books about National Sprint Car Hall of Famers Jack Hewitt, Chris Economaki, Bill Smith, Doug Wolfgang, Brad Doty and Earl Baltes.
He’s worked the media side of the pits alongside other Hall of Famers, including Economaki, Jean Lynch, Dick Jordan, John Mahoney, Bill Hill, Armin Kruger, Dick Berggren and Beryl and Les Ward.
Now, he’s among them. The Indiana native will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on May 31 in a class that also includes drivers Dave Blaney, Bobby Davis Jr. and Mark Kinser, as well as William “Windy” McDonald, Chuck Merrill, George Nesler and Larry Beckett.
“I was more touched by the support from people than I was the actual news about being elected into the Hall of Fame,” Argabright said by phone Wednesday afternoon. “I knew I made the final ballot. It was the first time that I had made the ballot, I thought, ‘wow, this might actually happen.’”
On May 31, Argabright will join many of his heroes and friends as members of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
“It is hard to think about. I have emceed that ceremony for 10 or 15 years and it is so cool to be on that side of it and you get a good sense of the emotion and what that means,” Argabright said. “You get to see what it is like to see these large, tough men break down and get emotional. That’s how much it means.”
“This just means a lot to me. I love all forms of racing, but my roots are in sprint car racing. To be in this group is really amazing.”
Interestingly, Argabright enters the Hall of Fame in the same class with many of his contemporaries.
“That point is not lost on me,” he said. “I thought about that and when he (Hall of Fame Executive Director Bob Baker) read the list, I was nodding my head, particularly Blaney and Mark. I was at a lot of those races. I saw those guys run a lot. It does mean a lot more that those are guys that are my era and my generation. That is very special.”
Argabright began writing about racing for tracks around his Indiana home, but in 1988 wrote his first column in National Speed Sport News.
“This never would have happened without a lot of folks, including Chris Economaki, Keith Waltz and Jerry Gappens encouraging me to write my first column for Speed Sport,” Argabright remembered.
From there he’s gone on to contribute to not only National Speed Sport News and SPEED SPORT Magazine but Sprint Car & Midget Magazine, Open Wheel Magazine, Car & Driver and other publications.
He’s written 11 books and appeared as a pit reporter on numerous auto racing television and radio broadcasts.
“It was a hobby. It is the most fortunate accident that ever happened to me,” Argabright said. “I stumbled into writing and I liked it and it just stuck. I am super happy with how it all worked out.”