Motor Sports Round Up; Local racer Pruett enters Motorsports Hall of FameBy: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America recently announced who will be among its seven inductees during a ceremony at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Among those in the elite class this year is local driver Scott Pruett.
Now a resident and a winemaker who resides in Auburn, Pruett is a five time Rolex 24-hour champion. He is known locally for his early days of his career in which he turned many successful laps at the All American Speedway in Roseville as well as starts in NASCAR and the Indy Car circuits. He is a former resident of Granite Bay who, today has entered the business of winemaking while continued his racing career nationally.
“There’s so many great things about coming to Daytona and now being a part of the Motorsports Hall of Fame America,” said Pruett, competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2017. “I’m honored to be a part of this and can’t wait to come back to be part of all the festivities with this great class.”
Pruett was joined in the nominations this year by sprint car legend Steve Kinser, motorcycle champion Dick Klamfoth, NASCAR Champions Terry Labonte and Herb Thomas and drag racing’s Paula Murphy and multi-talented legend Brock Yates.
Urton to take the lead of new race series
The new Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Series is making headlines throughout Northern California. Last week this new traveling series that will make stops in nearby Placerville and Stockton announced that Rocklin resident Kevin Urton will assume the position of Director of Competition in the series.
Urton is known best for his two championship titles with the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series and his 1993 track championship at Placerville Speedway. The veteran driver will now be working on the sidelines in this lucrative new racing series.
“I’ve definitely been really excited about the Sprint Car Challenge Tour since the first time I had heard about it,” said Urton. “I’m looking forward to manning the Director of Competition role and working with all the race teams. This is an exciting time for sprint car racing in California.”
The new series will debut in Antioch on April 1 and will roll into nearby Placerville Speedway on April 15.