Longtime NHRA national and divisional event announcer and “Voice of the North Central Division” Leo Taugher has been named the grand marshal for the 7th annual Mickey Mart Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park May 17-19. Taugher will be honored during Saturday’s pre-race ceremony of what has become the largest NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in the country.
Taugher began announcing for track operators Richard and Vivian Mossey at Quaker City Dragway in Salem, Ohio, his lifelong hometown. In 1977, he was part of the announcing crew for the inaugural NHRA Division 3 E.T. Finals, now recognized as the NHRA Summit Racing Series.
The 1978 NHRA U.S. Nationals was Taugher’s first national event, and in 1988, he was named the North Central Division’s official announcer, covering special events throughout the division and emceeing the annual Land of the Winners awards banquet.
Taugher’s distinctive voice and vast knowledge of NHRA Sportsman racing have made him one of the favorites of racers and fans alike. Throughout the years, he has worked alongside Dave McClelland, Steve Evans, Bob Frey, and Alan Reinhart to bring out the excitement of NHRA Drag Racing.
“Leo is the consummate professional,” said Frey. “Over the years, I have worked with him and learned from him, and the main thing that I learned is that Leo is loved and respected by the racers, and that‘s the highest form of praise for an announcer. He is also a good friend and richly deserves this special honor.”
The Mickey Mart Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser gets under way Friday morning and will include eliminations for Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street from the rained-out NHRA Spring Spectacle of Speed event at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.