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20th anniversary Dirt Late Model HOF enshrinement set for August

Dick Barton’s professional racing career will be capped later this summer with his induction into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will be held be held in August in conjunction with Florence Speedway’s North South 100, marking the 20th anniversary of the institution, which is located on the grounds of the speedway in Union, Kentucky.

Barton will be inducted along with four other drivers and three contributors. Two others will receive lifetime achievement awards.

During his career on the Stateline-Eriez circuit in Western New York and Pennsylvania, the retired Barton racked up 47 career track and series titles and reigns as the winningest driver at Stateline Speedway. He scored more than 225 career feature victories at 14 tracks in four states, including STARS (1991) and World of Outlaws (2006) victories at Stateline, where he was a 10-time champion.

Amid a career stretching longer than 40 years, Barton’s heyday came driving the The Bolt Place-sponsored No. 28B owned by Ron Nielson that he steered to 172 victories from 1993-2009. His 80th career Stateline victory in 2014 (at age 59) broke the 79-victory mark of Bobby Schnars. Major non-Stateline victories included 1996’s Budweiser 101 at Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pa.; 2003’s Fall Classic at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio; 1994’s Race of Champions at Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway; and 2002’s MACS Fall Fest at Challenger Raceway in Kent, Pa., his richest victory at $15,000.

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