Hal Musler Will be Honored During Local Racing at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway


Nashville, TN (Thursday, September 10, 2020) – During a year that many would like to forget, the Staff and Management at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (NFS) are taking an opportunity to remember and honor a fellow competitor who lost his life unexpectedly. As part of the Local Racing program on Saturday, September 12th, the life and legacy of Hal Musler will be remembered in multiple different ways.


Hal Musler’s racing career spans nearly three decades and several series including GT-1, Pro Trans Am, and Late Model Stock cars.  Musler earned Champion Series wins in both the New York State Road Racing Series in 2011 and North Atlantic Road Racing Series in 2009. Musler also made appearances in the SCCA National Major Series, Pro Trans Am Series and SCCA GT-1 National Series. Earlier in his career, Musler competed in the SCCA GT-1 Regional Series, NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars, and more. Since 2014, Musler has been a regular competitor at NFS in the Pro Late Model division. His most recent start was his first of the 2020 season, where he posted a 21st place finish following an on-track incident.


During Saturday’s program at NFS, officials, drivers, crew members and fans will have the opportunity to pay their respects and honor Musler during a number of different moments. On the infield lawn, the grounds crew have designed and recreated the 27M that was found on the side of Musler’s Pro Late Model. In addition, the very car that Musler turned his final laps in at NFS will be on display. During intermission of Saturday’s show, Musler will be recognized along with other Community Heroes as part of the rescheduled presentation from Heroes Night originally scheduled for August 29th. Finally, prior to the start of the 100-lap Pro Late Model Feature, the field will fall into a “Missing Man” formation. 


Saturday’s entire Local Racing program will be held in memory of Hal Musler. Tickets are available online at www.nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing. Pit gates open at 11:00 am and the main grandstands will officially open at 4:00 pm with racing at 5:30 pm. Search Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Facebook and follow on Twitter @RaceFairgrounds to learn more.


Strict social distancing and face-covering measures will be in place. Fans, participants and staff must wear a mask at all times while on property during the event. Hand sanitizer stations, additional cleaning staff and other CDC recommended safety measures will continue to be in place for the event.


Obituary for Harold “Hal” Lee Musler II

Harold “Hal” Lee Musler II, age 56, passed away Monday, August 24th, 2020, at his home in Charlotte, Tennesse. He was born in Florence, South Carolina on August 23, 1964, to the late Harold Lee Musler and Susette Fellows Musler. He served for 8 years in the Army National Guard as a Military Policeman and was a devoted patriot. Hal studied at Penn State University, receiving a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He then continued his education at Alvernia University, receiving a degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations. Hal was a very successful businessman working most recently as the Chief Operating Officer for Diamond Crystal Brands in Savannah, Georgia. He had a passion for automobile restoration and racing pro late model cars. Hal was a devoted member of Ashland City Church of Christ. He will be remembered as an intelligent, courteous, polite gentleman to all who knew him. Hal is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Hal was a wonderful loving husband to Donna Kubilus Musler, his wife of 32 years, who survives him, as well as a sister Cynthia Schoffstall and her husband Darrell. Hal also looked up to Wayne Haas, who was like a father to him, along with his wife Kathleen. Jeff Boesch, who was like a brother to Hal, and wife Loretta and their son Jeffrey. Later in life Hal met Ben Pugh, who was like a son to him, along with his wife Stephanie and their children Carter and Mason. Nieces and nephews: Laura Gibson and her husband Cory – their child Elizabeth. Amanda Santos and her husband Will – their children Amelia and Katherine. Lauren Scheibelhut and her husband Jeremy – their child Hailey. Brad Bettinger, Ryan Bettinger and his wife Jayme. A memorial service will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 1 PM in the Chapel of Cheatham County Funeral Home with Brother Drake Jenkins officiating. Visitation before the service will be on Monday, September 14th from 11 AM until 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hal’s memory may be made to Elevation House at www.elevationhouse.org – check or money order to 3 Central Plaza #320 Rome, GA 30161 Information on Pennsylvania Service to follow. Cheatham County Funeral Home 615-792-2552 online condolences at Cheathamcountyfh.com


Story by: Zach Hiser, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

Additional Details: Donnie Redd, NashvilleFairgrounds Speedway

Photo: Hal Musler Facebook