Nashville, TN (Thursday, October 29, 2020) – The 2020 Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (NFS) Hall of Fame class was honored Wednesday night during a special ceremony held at the Super 98 Customs Race Shop. The evening included a walk around of the renowned Borchetta race shop, an awards presentation, and a special musical performance to cap the evening.
As guests arrived at the venue, suits, ties, dresses, and face masks filled the shop area beneath the dining hall. In the shop were several Borchetta owned or raced machines from the late 1990s to his current Championship Winning SportsCar Vintage Racing Association 1970s Corvette Stingray.
Upstairs, the awards ceremony began as fellow Hall of Fame member Rudy Kalis opened with a discussion on the honor of being in the Hall of Fame. A moment of silence was also observed to remember the Hall of Fame Members who have passed away. Nashville Hall of Fame Committee Member Gary Neal also spoke to those in attendance, encouraging the public to voice their opinions on who should be inducted in 2021.
The first Hall of Fame inductee honored Wednesday night was former NFS Promoter Bob Harmon. Harmon is known as the mastermind behind not only the All-Pro Series, but is also credited for founding the All American 400 in 1981. Harmon passed away in 2002, so his son, Robert Tine Harmon accepted the award on his behalf. Prior to the award acceptance, a video was played remembering Harmon. Drivers like Darrell Waltrip and Sterling Marlin honoring his legacy and all the accomplishments of his career.
The second inductee was also the first-ever female inductee into the NFS Hall of Fame. Lillie Buford, inducted by Hall of Fame Committee Chairman, Donnie Redd, was the multi-talented brain behind the success of her son, Joe Buford. Between them, an NFS record 66 wins stand in the history book – however, a Buford Racing total of 79 goes behind Lillie’s name dating back to 13 wins in the 1980s with her Hall of Fame husband, James “Flookie” Buford. Miss Lillie along with her son Joe accepted the award.
The final inductee needed no introduction, but he received one none-the-less. NASCAR Hall of Fame Crew Chief, Ray Evernham introduced
Big Machine Label Group’s, Scott Borchetta. Borchetta’s NFS career began in 1995 when he competed on the Speedway’s quarter-mile in Legends, where he became a champion in 1998. In 2002, Borchetta made the move to the NASCAR Super Trucks. Just one year later he collected his first of three consecutive track championships, and also set the division’s track record at 19.633. Prior to Borchetta’s speech, a dedication video was played, as industry giants like Mike Helton, Kyle and Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Nikki Sixx, Brantley Gilbert, and many more congratulated Borchetta on all of his vast accomplishments.
Several members of the Nashville community were also in attendance to honor the new Hall of Fame Members, including Lora Womack The Fairgrounds Nashville Executive Director, Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises, Randy Dyce of D&D Events, Scott Menlen General Manager of Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, David Lewis Operations Director at The Fairgrounds Nashville, as well as members of the media including The Tennessean and Middle Tennessee Racing News.
“On behalf of Track Enterprises, Randy Dyce and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, congratulations to the Hall of Fame Inductees. And of course, thank you to Scott [Borchetta] for hosting the event at his esteemed facility,” said Bob Sargent.
A special thanks to the evening’s partners, including fellow racer Remax Homes and Estates Lipman Group Agent Ricky Haynes, Rebel Hill Florist, Chef’s Market, Middle Tennessee Racing News, and Big Machine Label Group.
The Hall of Fame inductees will again be recognized on Sunday, November 1st prior to the running of the All American 400 at 1:00 pm. For tickets and more information on the weekend, log on to www.nashvillefairgroundsspeedway.racing/allamerican400. Find Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Facebook and follow on Twitter @RaceFairgrounds.
Story – Zach Hiser, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
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