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Tue, 24 Mar 2020, 18:28 PM

Balogh, Beard, Enriquez, Hill, Meyer and Minor Inducted to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame

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Etta Glidden was presented the Pat Garlits Memorial Award and Don Prieto the Founder's Award



Bob "Bones" Balogh, Lee Beard, Don Enriquez, Roy Hill, Billy Meyer and Larry Minor were inducted to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame during the 30th annual banquet on March 12th. Etta Glidden was presented the Pat Garlits Memorial Award and Don Prieto the Founder's Award.


Rodney Garlits, Don Garlits' grandson was the host for the evening. Don Garlits was not in attendance because he was with his ill brother Ed, who has since past away.


Joe Costello from WFO radio and a NHRA announcer was the emcee for the evening.


Jack Beckman, driver of the Don Schumacher Racing Infinite Hero Funny Car introduced Robert Balogh.


Pat and Jerry Baltes (CBL AA/FD trophy sponsor), Bob "Bones" Balogh, Rick Green (Summit Racing Equipment ring sponsor), Emily Garlits and Jack Beckman.


Bob "Bones" Balogh recognized for his domination in the early days of the Gasser Wars.


Whit Bazemore, winner of 20 NHRA Funny Car national events introduced Lee Beard.


Pat and Jerry Baltes (CBL AA/FD trophy sponsor), Lee Beard, Rick Green (Summit Racing Equipment ring sponsor), Emily Garlits and Whit Bazemore.


Lee Beard was recognized for his accomplishments as a crew chief. He was crew chief for many championship winning teams and drivers. He took 14 different driver to the winner circles in Top Fuel and Funny Car for a total of 55 National event wins.


Joe Costello and Whit Bazemore.


Greg Crawford introduced Don Enriquez.


Pat and Jerry Baltes (CBL AA/FD trophy sponsor), Don Enriquez, Rick Green (Summit Racing Equipment ring sponsor), Emily Garlits and Greg Crawford.


Don Enriquez Was recognized for his career in Junior Fuel dragsters. He is still driving a Junior Fuel car in the NHRA Heritage Series.


Steve Earwood was one of two to introduce Roy Hill.


Ted Jones also introduced Roy Hill.


Steve Earwood, Pat and Jerry Baltes (CBL AA/FD trophy sponsor), Roy Hill, Rick Green (Summit Racing Equipment ring sponsor), Emily Garlits and Ted Jones.


Roy Hill was recognized for his early days racing Super Stock and Pro Stock in both NHRA and IHRA, also his Drag Racing School.


David Densmore was one of two to introduce Billy Meyer.


Donnie Couch also introduced Billy Meyer.


Pat and Jerry Baltes (CBL AA/FD trophy sponsor), Billy Meyer, Rick Green (Summit Racing Equipment ring sponsor), Donnie Couch and Emily Garlits.


Billy Meyer was recognized for his Funny Car career in NHRA and IHRA, also for building the first "super track", the all-concrete Texas Motorplex.


Ed Justice Jr. introduced Larry Minor.


Pat and Jerry Baltes (CBL AA/FD trophy sponsor), Larry Minor, Rick Green (Summit Racing Equipment ring sponsor), Ed Justice Jr. and Emily Garlits.


Larry Minor was recognized for being a great team owner, Larry Minor Racing.


Sandra Mizell accepted the Pat Garlits Memorial Award on behalf of Etta Glidden.


Sandra Mizell and Joe Costello.


Bob and Etta Glidden.
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Harry Hibler introduced Don Prieto for the Founder's Award


Don Prieto and Harry Hibler.


Don Prieto received the Founder's Award and was unique in that he has been a racer (driver and team owner) and journalist.


2020 International Hall of Fame Class
(front row) Larry Minor, Don Enriquez, Bob "Bones" Balogh and Roy Hill
(standing) Don Prieto, Billy Meyer, Lee Beard Don Priet and Sandra Mizell


The photos in this story and from this event are available for purchase at A Look at Drag Racing





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