Nashville, TN (Thursday, September 30, 2021) – The Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame (HoF) has now placed tickets on sale for the Hall of Fame Class of 2021 Induction Ceremony Presented by Crosley Brands. The prestigious event will take place on Wednesday, October 27th at The Fairgrounds Nashville Expo Center. Six decorated individuals who had impactful racing careers, helping shape the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway of today will be honored.
For the first time, the present day Hall of Fame committee has opened the induction ceremony to the public. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing/hof. Tables are available for $240 and are expected to sell quickly.
The event begins at 6:30pm Central Time on Wednesday, October 27th and serves as the official start of the 37th Running of the US Tank All American 400 Race Weekend in Memory of Jillian Brown. The Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony features great entertainment to go along with the induction ceremony itself. Entertainment includes a classic race car display, silent auction, and much more to be announced soon.
HoF Committee Member, Donnie Redd explains, “The opportunity for the general public to attend a stellar event in recognition of the past greatness of Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, a steppingstone to the future. Nashville Fairgrounds took off long before the first season of asphalt in 1958. The present and future remains an open chapter and the fan base being the key force beyond our future. ”
Six gentlemen will have their name permanently etched into ‘Fairgrounds Speedway’ history in the Class of 2021 Hall of Fame at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Induction Ceremony Presented by Crosley Brands.
Bennie Goodman & Mark Parrish
Bennie Goodman and Mark Parrish teamed up with Bill Donoho in 1953 to form Nashville Speedway Inc., which eventually led to building what is now Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. It was Goodman and Parrish who signed the first deal with Bill France Sr. to bring NASCAR-sanctioned races to Nashville.
Bobby Celsor had eight wins in the premier division on the half-mile track. The Hartsville native won the track championship in 1960. After that he added the 1963 championship at Huntsville (Alabama) Speedway.
Celsor competed against some of the strongest challengers ever at the Fairgrounds, including Coo Coo Marlin and his brother Jack, Bobby Allison and his brother Donnie, Bob Reuther, Red Farmer and P.B. Crowell. As late as 2007, Celsor was still competing in professional tractor pulls in Middle Tennessee at the age of 80.
Fulton Stutts, a Nashville resident, had a lengthy career at the Fairgrounds that lasted from 1961-88. He was racecar owner and mechanic responsible for 46 feature wins at the Fairgrounds and 591 at all area tracks. Stutts’ drivers included James “The King” Climer, George Bennett, Donnie Kaylor, Paul “Fat Boy” Ryman and others.
James Buttrey of Fairview, Tennessee once drove at the speedway, most known for his ability to maintain and crew chief. Buttrey has won multiple championships on the quarter mile and 5/8th high banked oval with drivers including, Wade Allen Buttrey, Bobby Buttrey, and Scott Borchetta.
Wade Allen Buttrey
Wade Allen Buttrey is a two time NASCAR Late Model Stock Car champion and two time Pro Mod champion at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
More information about the induction ceremony will be announced in the coming days. To learn more about the Hall of Fame and their inductees, find “Hall of Fame at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway” on Facebook. To learn more about supporting the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame, visit nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing/hof online.