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Bill Lawhorn is one of 13 drivers recently inducted into the Kil-Kare Hall of Fame.
Bill Lawhorn is one of 13 drivers recently inducted into the Kil-Kare Hall of Fame.
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XENIA — Kil-Kare Raceway will host its annual Old Timers Night tonight. The event will feature the fourth annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony, honoring many individuals who have played an important part in the history of the Greene County oval.

Thirteen drivers will be inducted. Bill Lawhorn, of Phillipsburg, competed in the first race, on the track built by the Marshall brothers of Alpha, in 1951. The Stacy brothers, Dave and Mike, who launched their racing careers at Kil-Kare will be inducted, along with husband-wife pair Earl and Frances Jenkins.

Frances was the first and only figure-8 female driver to capture a championship in that division, and Earl was a long-time competitor.

Other drivers scheduled to be inducted are: Bob Stansell; Don Fleming, Jr.; Eugene Crase; Jerry Stapleton; Ralph Powell; Ray Pinson; Tom Randolph; and Virgil Fields.

Three deceased drivers who were regulars for years will be inducted. Jim Cushman, known as “Gentleman Jim,” supposedly had the first-ever winged race car in the United States which carried him to many wins. Cushman will be represented by his wife, Jo.

Another well-known driver, Harold “The Bear” Smith, a regular for many years and winner of over 40 features one season throughout the Midwest, will have his daughter Sue Davis representing him. Shawn Stansell will represent his grandfather, Ken Stansell, who drove for years at Kil-Kare in his 7-11 cars.

Two well-known car owners will be inducted, the first being Bill “Pappy” Lewis who fielded cars for numerous drivers, and Paul Reeser, owner of the no. 22 cars with numbers that looked like logs. Bill Chambers drove “Pappy’s” cars to many wins.

Three long-time former track employees — Carl Carr, Frank Brock, and Pat Henderson — will be honored, along with former track photographer Charles Huffman.

A full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model, modified, sport stock, and compact division races are on the agenda. Gates open at 6 p.m. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place during a special intermission.

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