By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer
Corbin Speedway’s own John Potts has been selected to be inducted into the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame.
“It’s kind of humbling,” he said. “There are so many guys going in that I know. I have known Darrell Waltrip since he was 15.”
Potts started selling newspapers at the racetrack when he was nine years old and started writing for the newspaper at the age of 13.
The Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame has announced that its 2012 induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
The ceremony, the hall’s fifth annual such event, will begin at 2 p.m. Central time, 3 p.m. Eastern.
Members of the 2012 class are:
Allan and Donald Barker, of Louisville, Sports Car Club of America road racing champions.
Collings Downes Sr. and Jr., of Louisville, APBA and NHRA champions.
Butch Krieger, of Louisville, drag racing and tractor pull announcer.
Joseph Reynolds (Joie) Ray Jr., of Louisville, ground-breaking oval track sprint car racer.
Potts, of London, long-time track and sanctioning body official.
Tommy Thompson, of Louisville, NASCAR pioneer driver and oval track owner.
Darrell Waltrip of Owensboro, three-time NASCAR champion.
Wayne and Jim Williams, of Valley Station, drag strip builders and operators.
Woosley, Sharp and Reynolds, of Winchester, NHRA championship dragster team.
“I think it’s a pretty special class,” Potts said. “I think it’s quite an honor.”
Potts has been a flagman, scorer and announcer. He retired as the NHRA News Director at Indianapolis Raceway Park several years ago, but he can’t stay away from the sport he loves.
Potts is 73 years old and has been the scorer and announcer at the Corbin speedway since 2002 although he is wheelchair bound.
“Retirement wasn’t for me,” he said. “I just can’t stay away from it. As long as I can get there I will. I might be handicapped, but I still get involved. Racing gets in your blood. First time I went to a race I was 12 and I was hooked.”
By Tim Branstetter / Staff Writer
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