2015 Inductees

2015 Nodak Speedway Hall of Fame Inductees

2015hofinductees2The 2015 Inductees being honored during intermission September 6th, 2015

Left To Right:
Hank Albers, Glenn Shumaier, Wayne Schumaier, and Ed Turnbull
(Not pictured: Bud Everson and Jack McDonald)

2015hofinducteesThe 2015 Inductees receiving their coat and plaque at the Award Banquet

Left to Right:
Bottom row:
Gelnn Schumaier, and Wayne Schumaier
Top row:
Hank Albers, Bud Everson, Jack McDonald, and Ed Turnbull

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HANK ALBERS
February 28, 1943

Hank Albers started his racing career in 1964 as the number 77 Super Sprint. He also raced a Midget in Mo., as the number 20. Albers wasn’t a point’s racer; he said he just loved to win whatever race he was in. He didn’t keep track of all the championships he may won, but thinks he did win a few. At the Nodak Speedway he did manage to grab the 1969 Super Modified Mid-Season and Season Championship, 1970 Super Modified Midseason Championship, and the 1976 Super Sprint Midseason Championship, and also a Championship at the Northstar Speedway in Minneapolis. Two of his favorite career highlights were winning 16 out of 18 features at the West Fargo ½ mile track when Don Mack was still racing, and winning the heat, dash, and feature in the Midget in Kansas City against tough competition including Ken Schrader. One racing memory he said he will never forget or understand why the flagman Dave Hammer, gave him the black flag for “overly aggressive driving” while driving Doug Howell’s number 4, Don Mack’s ride. Hank said “I had not touched a soul, just came from 22nd to 3rd in two laps. What a great ride that car was. Drove it six times and won five out of the six with it, the black flag was the only loss.” Albers admits he was a poor loser, and always wanted to win. He loved the big ½ mile tracks, met many great people, and always liked to put on a good show for the fans. Hank has a special thanks to Doug Groves and Irene and Ken Miller for all their help and support when he started racing.

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HAROLD (BUD) EVERSON – DRIVER

Harold Everson became a member of the Nodak Race Club in 1963 at the age of twenty as a pitman for Jerry Lawson. In 1963 he started racing around mid-season owning and driving his 1951 Ford numbered 292. Everson drove this car through the 1964 season and accomplished the Hobby Stock Season Runner-up for that year. The following year he switched cars, owning and racing a 1956 Chevy numbered 192. Bud raced this car though the 1966 season grabbing the 1966 Hobby Class Mid-Season Champion and Season Runner-up. For the 1967 and 1968 season he drove a Chevy powered Sprint Car numbered 92. Amongst the busy race seasons Bud married his wife Gloria in 1964 and started a family, now having three kids, and six grandkids. He took a short two year break to come back in 1971 with a 1955 Chevy that he race and in Minot and Williston. Everson said he had good help in his racing days with good friends and pitmen, Dale Flory, Warren Stebeleton, and Bill Burke. Harold accomplished a Season Championship in 1971 at the Williston race track. He broke the record for fast time at the Tioga track in 1972 and also won the trophy dash that day, but had to miss other events to leave early to make it back to Minot to race that evening. In 1973 Bud stepped in and drove Richard Hanson’s number 15 car. He won the Trophy Dash on that ½ mile track competing against cars from all over the state for the two day event.

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JACK MCDONALD – DRIVER

By the late 1970’s, everyone that followed North Dakota dirt track racing had heard the name of Jack McDonald. McDonald had raced for years before that out of Eldridge, North Dakota, but really came into his own as the decade of the 70’s rolled on. From his louder than most orange Country Kitchen sponsored Late Model, to the familiar red, white and blue 100 machine with the Purina Chow checkerboard roof, no one took McDonald for granted at the big shows. McDonald won many feature races at his home track of Jamestown, and also did very well on a continuous basis at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo. As the states late model drivers came together to run a points competition at numerous tracks, McDonald was one of the front runners whenever the All-star list of drivers got together in a group labeled the Tri-Can Racing Association. McDonald was a weekly competitor for several years in Minot until the Tri-Can Association disbanded. Jack was one of the front runners of the late model division for several years, including championships at the Nodak Race Clubs premier annual event, the Harvest 100, in 1979 and 1981. The Harvest 100 changed into Motor Mania and now Motor Magic over the years. Jack eventually retired from driving and helped his son Jay McDonald get a start in the sport after that, and also helped with the operation of the Jamestown Speedway long after his retirement from driving. Even though his laurels in Minot only included the two Harvest 100 championships, he raised the bar in the late model division at the Nodak Speedway and made a lot of other drivers work to reach his level, which of course helped the quality of racing at the Playground of Power.

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GLENN SCHUMAIER – BOARD MEMBER/VOLUNTEER
November 5, 1952

Glenn Schumaier put in many years with the Nodak Race Club. He started going to the races in 1967 and fell in love. Schumaier spent seven years on the Board as a Board member, four years doing track prep for the fans and drivers and then what people might remember him most at is the flag man. Schumaier started flagging in 1985 and flagged for 24 years, retiring in 2010. Glenn stated, “because I was a flag man you can’t and shouldn’t have any favorites.” A time he remembers most was being ran over in 1996 by a racecar. He was overwhelmed with cards and well wishes that he keeps close to this day. Glenn misses being around the drivers and being around all that racing has to offer. He has many good memories from the years that he was involved with the Nodak Race Club, and still thoroughly enjoys going to the races to this day.

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WAYNE SCHUMAIER
August 18, 1959

Wayne Schumaier has been a Driver, Board Member, Official and Car Owner which has culminated into 30 years of fully active involvement within the Nodak Speedway and Nodak Race Club. Wayne’s racing career began with an occasional invite into the pits with his Max High School classmate Ron Huettl in 1979. Wayne then wanted to take a more active part in racing and in 1980 he and Mark Pearson became co-owners of Mark’s car for a partial season. The following year Wayne began racing his own car in the Street stock class. Wayne progressed into the Super Stock, Late Model, Wissota Modified, Dakota Modified, and IMCA Modified. Wayne’s favorite car number was his lucky 13, even though his 1983 Super Stock Season Championship came while he drove number 11. This season championship was the first year that Nodak Speedway ran the Super Stock class. Wayne took a bigger step by becoming a Board member on an unfinished term starting in 1983. He was an elected Board member for several years starting in 1988. After that he focused his energy and became more involved with his race team and ownership of his racecar. His list of accomplishments are winning the 1983 Heat, Trophy Dash and Feature in Super Stock class at the Bismarck Fast-track and the 1993 Second Annual North Dakota Governor’s Cup Dakota Modified Class at the Missouri Valley Speedway in Bismarck. He continued to race for many years until 1998. He supported the Nodak Speedway by joining the fans in bleachers every Sunday that there was a race. His attendance was noted by the Nodak Race Club members and they invited Wayne to become a weekly Nodak Speedway on-track official for several years after which elevated his involvement by becoming elected candidate for the board once again. Wayne was instrumental in the advancement of racetrack communication by being the first user of the racecar “race-ceivers” by which he would be able to communicate directly with each driver as a whole via one-way radios, conveying important track status and car order information. Many drivers have come up to him off the track and repeated Wayne’s famous phrase of “yellow, yellow, yellow!”

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ED TURNBULL – DRIVER
July, 18 1959

Ed Turnbull has been involved in racing since 1975, starting his racing career in motocross and moving into dirt track racing in 1978 after getting hurt and deciding motocross wasn’t for him. Turnbull has been a fan favorite at various tracks in North Dakota and Canada; he is always bringing excitement to the fans while he is racing. Ed was the Estevan Motor Speedway track Champion in 1980, 1981, 1983, 2001, and 2002, the Nodak Speedway Wissota Modified Champion in 1994 and 1995, and the Williston Basin Speedway Modified Champion in 1998. He also has numerous wins from race specials under his belt including; the Harvest 100 Super Stock Champion in 1984, the 1994 and 1995 Wissota Western 100 Race of Champions winner, 1996 Wissota Western 100 Modifed Champion, 1996 Nodak Speedway Motor Magic Champion, the 2002 Dakota Classic Modifed Tour Champion, and in 2002 he was voted top 3 Modifed driver of all time during Nodak Speedways 50th Anniversary. Ed’s most memorable career highlights were winning all 3 nights of Motor Magic in 1996, watching both of his sons win their first feature wins, and helping Aaron win the 2013 Dakota Modified Tour, and being the only driver to win the back of the pack challenge at Nodak Speedway, twice! Turnbull doesn’t plan on calling it quits anytime soon, he plans on continuing to competitively race and have fun doing it and help his grandson(s) get started in racing when the time comes. Words of advice from Ed Turnbull, “Race to have fun and if you win it’s a bonus, if you have to win to have fun, you could be in the wrong sport.”

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