Bryan Clauson is among eight men who will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame on June 2 in Knoxville, Iowa.
Clauson, who was 27 when he died from injuries suffered at the Belleville Nationals in Aug. 2016, was one of the sport’s most popular drivers. He won 41 USAC National sprint car features and two USAC national sprint car championships. He also won the Chili Bowl Nationals, Indiana Sprint Week (twice), and after switching to wing racing he earned wins with the All Stars, National Sprint League, American Sprint Car Series and the Friday night event at the Knoxville Nationals.
Clauson is one of three drivers in the Class of 2018. Also to be inducted are Pennsylvania racer Lance Dewease, who has won at least one sprint car feature every year since 1986, and two-time USAC Silver Crown champion Dave Steele, one of Florida’s most accomplished short-track racers who was killed in March 2017 in a sprint car crash in Bradenton, Florida. He was 42.
Fellow inductees include Scott Gerkin and Emmett Malloy in the owners/mechanics/builders/manufacturers/car builders category; Steve Beitler and Bob Mays in the promoters/officials/media/event and series sponsor category; and racer/builder Oscar Dwain “Red” Garnant in the pre-1945 category.