Mazon Speed Bowl/Grundy County Speedway Hall of Fame
Annual Induction Ceremonies
By Stan Kalwasinski
Morris, Ill., September 4—The annual Mazon Speed Bowl/Grundy County Speedway Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took place at the Grundy County Fairgrounds. Because of last year’s Pandemic regulations, the event was not held with induction classes of both 2020 and 2021 being entered into the hall of fame on Saturday afternoon.
Among the 2020 class were stock car drivers Jim Olson, Don “Rocky” Ehret, ’79 Grundy late model titlist Dave Evans, midget racer Jim Wartenburg, midget car owners/mechanics, Bill Cooper and Glenn Ohlendorf, in addition to stock car mechanic Gordy Enerson and speed shop owner Bill Sontag.
The class of 2021 included former area stock car champions John Nutley, Tom Smith and Louie Tondini, midget racer Bill Kollman, midget car owner and mechanic Bill Minkler, early era midget car builder Max Reichenbach, Grundy fire crew member Brian Newell and motorsports journalist Tony Baranek.
A large crowd gathered for the afternoon ceremonies with over 4,000 photos from Mazon, Grundy and other local speedways on display. In addition, a number of vintage race cars – both stock cars and open wheel were on the grounds.
The Mazon/Grundy Hall of Fame committee includes Jim Anderson, Bill Hulbert, Ron Kessler, Larry Morris, Gary Onsen, Glen Myers, Gordy Enerson, Bob Richards, Bob Thorson, Bryan Thorson and Joe Kirkeeng.
Some photos from Saturday’s ceremonies…