Four-time Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals winner “Ohio George” Montgomery is among those who will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America March 16-17, 2020 during its 32nd annual Induction Celebration in Daytona Beach.
The Dayton, Ohio, native went from working on tractors in his uncle’s Ford dealership to “King of the Gassers,” the initial name for a cluster of NHRA classes for prewar-bodied cars running on gasoline. He won eight NHRA national titles between 1959 and 1968, most of them in his supercharged Chevy-powered ‘33 Willys. He captured the prestigious U.S. Nationals four times – in Detroit in 1959 and ’60 and in Indianapils in 1963 and ’69. His George’s Speed Shop in Dayton may be the oldest such enterprise in continuous operation in the United States.
The Class of 2020 also includes NASCAR’s first-ever champion Robert “Red” Byron (Historic), flat track impresario Chris Carr (Motorcycles), early motorcycle racer, promoter and publisher Floyd Clymer (At Large), driver, official and safety advocate Wally Dallenbach, Sr. (Open Wheel), Rick Hendrick, one of NASCAR’s most successful owners (Stock Cars), Daytona 500 champion Tiny Lund (Historic), Can-Am and Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Jacky Ickx (Sports Cars), and Baja 500 and 1,000 and SCORE World Champion Ivan “Ironman” Stewart (Off-Road Racing).
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