BOWMANVILLE, ON – JULY 7: Scott Pruett is shown in the pits during practice for the Mobil Sportscar Grand Prix IMSA WeatherTech Aeries race at Canadian Tire Mosport Park on July 7, 2017 in Bowmanville, Canada. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)
Dr. Dick Berggren, Shirley Muldowney, Scott Pruett and Frank Kimmel have been elected to the 2023 National Auto Racing Press Association Hall of Fame.
As required by the organization’s bylaws, the four members received more than 65% of the votes cast by NMPA members. Biographies of the new members are below.
Berggren and Muldowney led the voting, receiving 84% of the votes cast. Pruett was elected with 71% of the votes cast, while Kimmel received 68%.
All four individuals not only excel in their chosen professions, but are also highly respected in the motorsports community. They will be honored during the NMPA Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the NMPA annual convention in late January 2023. Additional details about the ceremony will be announced at a later date.
The NMPA Hall of Fame, which highlights all inductees and other inductees, is located on the grounds of Darlington Raceway. It has been in operation since 1965.
NMPA Hall of Fame Class of 2023
Dr Dick Berggren – From racer to legendary broadcaster, Berggren began his motorsports career that spanned more than four decades in 1967, racing Super Modified, Modified, stock and Sprint cars, while also serving as a public address announcer at Arundel Speedway in Maine. . Berggren’s love of racing led him to write about the sport for several newspapers, as well as Stock Car Racing magazine, of which he became an editor. Berggren won 26 races before moving on from driving him in 1981, when he began his more than two-decade career as a fixture on NASCAR broadcasts. Berggren became familiar to viewers on ESPN as he also appeared on CBS, TBS and TNN before closing out his career with a 12-year stint as a lead reporter for Fox Sports’ NASCAR telecasts. Before retiring from his television career, Berggren founded Speedway Illustrated.
Shirley Muldowney – Known as the “First Lady of Drag Racing,” Muldowney went from street racing to becoming the first woman to obtain a Top Fuel dragster’s license. She was not only the first woman to win an NHRA world championship, but also the first person to win two and then three Top Fuel titles: 1977, 1980, 1982. Muldowney earned her NHRA professional license in 1965, the first woman to get one. , and claimed her first major event in 1971. Overall, she has 18 wins in NHRA national series events. She also earned an IHRA championship in 1981. Upon retirement, Muldowney began operating “Shirley’s Kids”, which helps children in need in cities where drag racing is part of the community.
Scott Pruett – Pruett began his racing career at age 8, racing karts and eventually winning 10 professional karting titles, including the Professional Karting Association World Championship in 1981. In his first full season in IMSA GTO (1986), he won the series championship and claimed it. again in 1988. He also won SCCA Trans-Am titles in 1987, 1994 and 2003. Pruett competed in 145 CART races between 1988 and 1999, recording two wins. After a brief foray into NASCAR, Pruett returned to sports car racing where he amassed 60 wins and 11 championships. Those wins include a record five overall wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona, a class win for him at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and an overall win at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Frank Kimmel – Kimmel made his mark in the ARCA Menards Series. He is the only 10-time champion in series history, with a notable eight consecutive titles between 2000 and 2007. After earning his first victory at Toledo Speedway in 1994, two years after winning the series’ rookie title, Kimmel racked up a record 80 career wins. and 44 poles. He was the first ARCA driver selected to compete in the International Race of Champions in 2006.
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