MARYLAND

STOCK CAR RACING HALL OF FAME

Many men have spent thousands of dollars on building and financing race cars. One of the most well-known stock car builders is Roy Clifford (Tiny) Slayton. Tiny Slayton's achievements from NASCAR and his contributions to NASCAR are highly commendable.

Talented racers have brought many victories to Tiny Slayton's cars. Feature racers driving his cars include Reds Fowler, Walt Martin, Ed Leslie, Jim Findley, Johnny Roberts, Ray Fanning, Joe Westerman, Johnny Meeker, Lennie Pond, Bill Dennis, Ray Hendrick, Tommy Ellis, Al Grinnan, Ted Hairfield and Joe Thurman. In the 1950's, Jim Findley, who also raced the Grand National Division at Daytona, brought many short track victories to Slayton's cars. In addition, in 1959 the Slayton team was runner up in NASCAR (Modifieds) with the help of a talented racer named Johnny Roberts. For the next three years, Roberts and the Slayton Team dominated the NASCAR Modified Division. In the 1960's, Ray Fanning brought thirty-nine feature wins in one season, including three straight victories at Beltsville, to the Slayton Team. At the same time, the Slayton All-Star Team included Bill Dennis, Ray Hendrick, Lennie Pond, Tommy Ellis. Al Grinnan, Ted Hairfield, and Joe Westerman. This team added fifteen seconds and three thirds to the record. Furthermore, Bill Dennis won the first Carling 100 for Late Model Division at Trenton. In summary, the Slayton teams had more than five hundred feature victories in the NASCAR Modified and Late Model Divisions.

Tiny Slayton's car ideas and designs contributed highly to his success. For modified racing, in the early 1960's, Slayton used 1936 and 1937 Fords containing V-8 flathead Ford engines. However, due to lack of enough horsepower, Slayton switched to V-8 overhead engines.  Consequently, the cars had larger motors, more horsepower and fuel injection. In order to produce more horsepower, a fuel combination of alcohol and nitro was used to produce a more rapid and powerful combustion. In the 1960's and the 1970's, during late model racing, Slayton used 1955 to 1957 Chevrolets with V-8 350 to 454 engines. To make these engines more powerful, Slayton used a process called stroking. In this process, crankshafts were hand ground to produce different strokes to the pistons. Consequently, the cars were more powerful coming out of turns and on straight aways. In addition, Slayton hand ground camshafts to open valves either slower or quicker depending on track size. Along with adjusting engines, Slayton handmade headers on the exhaust to be of equal size. As a result, the cars had more and better performance. Furthermore, pistons were hand bored to produce more cubic inches and more power. Slaton also, adjusted frames to his own specifications. Instead of having suspension mountings in front of the wheels, they were placed directly above the wheels. Consequently, the cars had better control.

Tiny Slayton's ideas are evident in present day NASCAR racing. While it is true that mechanics are much more technical today, the basic ideas are still the same. Along with equally sized headers, engines are still stroked asnd bored. Also, suspension mountings are located above the front wheels. In other words, Tiny Slayton's ingenuities of yesteryear are today common knowledge.

With all things considered, Tiny Slayton was a man who helped build the foundation for present day NASCAR racing. His victories and contributions will never be forgotten or wasted.

There will be more to follow on this legendary Baltimore car owner-mechanic.

Inductees

Legend: S=Sportsman; M=Modified; LMS=Late Model Sportsman; SLM=Super Late Model; (D) Deceased

Driver Inductees

Bobby Abel   (D)                                 Dorsey Speedway M Champ 1965 and 1966

Bobby Allen-Hanover, Pa           Dorsey Speedway M Champ 1967

Roy Anderson                               Potomac Speedway SLM Champion 1980, 84

Buddy Armel                                 Hagerstown Speedway SLM Champion 1971, '75, '76, '77, '89

James Atkins Jr                              Potomac SLM Champion 1998

Bobby Ballentine- Dorsey, Md.   Beltsville Speedway LMS Champ 1968, Potomac Speedway SLM Champion 1983,85

Booper Bare                                Potomac Speedway SLM Champion 1990, 2003

Jack Barrass                                  Potomac Speedway SLM Champion 1979

Tom Bartlett                                  Westport Stadium S Champ 1963

Jack Bland-Riverdale, Md                                    Beltsville Speedway LMS Champ1968 and 1977 Md State Champ 1977

Walt "Steve" Breeding-Smithville, Md

Denny Bonebrake                          Hagerstown Speedway SLM Champ 1969, '72, '74, '81, '83, '84

Pete Cameron                                Dorsey Speedway SLM Champ 1984

Ace Canupp Millersville, Md       Westport Stadium S Champ 1958 and 1959 Westport M Champion 1963 *

Seam Cosgrove                           Potomac SLM Champion 2005

Scott Cross                                  Potomac SLM Champion 1995, 96

Howard Davison                           Beltsville Speedway LMS Champ 1966

Roy Deese Jr                                Potomac Speedway SLM Champion 1991, 93, 94

Bill Dennis-Richmond, Va           Beltsville Speedway M Champ 1966

Denzell Dillman  (D)                        Dorsey Speedway SLM Champ 1969 and 1972

Claude Dilks                                 Dorsey Speedway SLM Champ 1971 and 1973

Will Dilks                                      Dorsey Speedway SLM Champ 1974, '78, '79, '80, '83: Potomac Speedway SLM Champ 1974

Darren Eash                                 Hagerstown Super Sprint Champ 1986

Clay Eastridge                             Marlboro Raceway S Champ 1961 

Ralph Ehlers                               Dorsey Speedway SLM Champ 1983

Bo Feathers                               Potomac SLM Champion 2007

Danie Ferguson-Jessup, Md    (D)                    Westport and Dorsey M Champ 1962

Jerry Foster                               Potomac SLM Champion 1997

Reds Fouts                                  Westport Stadium S Champ 1962                                 

Sid Hinkle-Colora, Md             Lincoln Speedway M Champ 1956

J R Jones-Salisbury, Md           Harrington Speedway S Champ 1957

Rick Jones-Elkridge, Md.         Multi SLM track champion at Potomac Raceway

Mike Gray -Indian Head, Md  Beltsville Speedway LMS Champ 1974

John Grum                                 Hagerstown Sup Sprint Champ 1966, '69

Glen Guthrie- (D) Temple Hills, Md  NASCAR National Modified Champion 1959; Alcyon Speedway M Champion 1959.

Dean Guy                                Potomac SLM Champion 1992, 2001

Runt Harris-Richmond, Va      Beltsville Speedway M Champ 1965

Vernon Harris (D)                   Potomac Speedway SLM Champion 1987, '89

Daryl Hills                               Potomac SLM Champion 2004, 06

Ray Kable-Riesterstown, Md (D)  Westport and Dorsey M Champ 1954; Georgetown Speedway M Champ 1956; Dorsey M Champ 1959

Ray Kable Jr.                           SLM Champion Potomac Speedway  1978, 81, 86

Reds Kagle-Lanham, Md         Westport S Champ 1955; Beltsville LMS Champ 1971, '72, '73, '75; Old Domonion LMS Champ 1972, '73, '74, '75

Irvin King-Gaithersburg, Md   Hagerstown Super Sprint Champ 1970

Vernon Kirk-Baltimore, Md.    1951 American Stock Car Racing Assn. of Maryland Champion.

Vic Lewis     (D)                              Westport Stadium M Champ 1963 *

Ed Lindsey-Randalstown, Md  (D) Dorsey M Champ 1953; Williams Grove 1958; Alcyon 1958

Jimmy Mairs                              Old Dominion LMS Champ 1969; Beltsville LMS Champ 1970

Ken Marriott-Baltimore, Md (D)   Lanham M Champ 1953; Delmar M Champ1953; Harrington M Champ 1953; Richmond Fairgrounds M Champ 1956; Harrington M Champ 1957; Philadelphia Municipal Stadium M Champ 1957; NASCAR National M Champ 1957

B J Mattingly                             Lanham S Champ 1954

Ronnie McBee   (D)                        Lincoln Speedway SLM  1973; Hagerstown SLM 1978, '79; Dorsey SLM  1985: Potomac  SLM 1976

Buck McCardle-Conowingo, Md   Mason Dixon M Champ 1953

Kirk McCauley                          Beltsville Speedway LMS 1967

Dennie Miles                             Dorsey Speedway SLM Champ 1981

Ronnie Miles                            Potomac Speedway SLM Champion 1975,, 77

Milt Miller                                 Hagerstown Super Sprint Champ 1968

George Moreland                     Potomac SLM Champion 2000

Bill Nalley                                 Hagerstown M Champ 1965                                

Sam Nalley                                Hagerstown SLM Champ 1970 and 1982

Joe Owens-Dorsey, Md           Dorsey Speedway M Champ 1958

Lynn Paxton-Mt Holly Spr, Pa  Hagerstown Super Sprint Champ 1972

Dean Pelton-Silvber Spring, Md  Georgetown Speedway S Champ 1959

Jeff Pilkerton                           Potomac SLM Champion 1999

Pee Wee Pobletts-Randalstown, Md   Dorsey M Champ 1952, '56; Delmar m Champ 1958; Mason Dixon M Champ 1958

Johnny Roberts-Brooklyn Park, Md (D)  Westport Stadium S Champ 1951, '52, '53, '54; Lanham Spoeedway S Champ 1953; Wilmington Speedway S Champ 1953; Mason Dixon Speedway S Champ 1953; Richmond Fairgrounds S Champ 1953; Dorsey Speedway S Champ 1954; Harrington Speedway S Champ 1956; Marlboro Raceway M Champ 1961; Richmond Fairgrounds S Champ 1956; Alcyon Speedway M Champ 1960; NASCAR National S Champ 1953; NASCAR National M Champ 1960 and 1961---More to follow 

Jimmy Skinner                              SLM Champion  Potomac Speedway 1982, 88

Ralph Smith-Aberdeen, Md (D)    Dorsey Speedway M Champ 1955, '58; Lancaster Speedway M Champ 1956; Lincoln Speedway M Champ 1956; Vineland Speedway 1957; Alcyon Speedway M 1957; Mason Dixon M 1957

Smokey Snelbaker-Dover, Pa  Hagerstown Super Sprint Cham 1971, '73

Mert Stine                                 Hagerstown Super Sprint Champion 1965, '67   

Ed Sutton-Crownsville, Md (D) Virginia Raceway LM Champion 1981, 1980 World Figure 8 Championship winner in Islip, N.Y.

Chuck Talbert-Randalstown, Md         Westport Stadium M Champ 1958, 1958 Md. State NASCAR Modified Champion

Bob Tester-Severn, Md    Westport Stadium S Champ 1960; M 1961; Dorsey M Champ 1960, '61, '62

Ernie Tester-Baltimore, Md        Westport Stadium S Champ 1961

Bud Thiele-Arbutus, Md    (D)          Dorsey Speedway M Champ 1959 SLM Champ 1968

Lou Thomas-Baltimore, Md       Westport Stadium M Champ 1957

Tom Wagner Sr.                         1973 Potomac Speedway Slm Champion

Rex White-Silver Spring, Md      NASCAR Grand National Champion 1960

Charlie Wierman-Stewartstown, Md   Beltsville Speedway M Champ 1967

David Williams                           Potomac SLM Champion 2008, 09, 10

Danny Woolford-Annapolis, Md    Westport Stadium S Champ 1956, '57 M Champ 1959

Don Yowell                                    Westport Stadium M Champ 1957

*  There seems to be a discrepancy over the 1963 Modified Championship at Westport. The NASCAR Record Book shows Vic Lewis as the champion. However, Going into the last race Vic Lewis had a few point lead over Ace Canupp and Ace won the last race and gained enough points  that the he was declared the champion. It appears that maybe the promotor may not have sent the final results  of the last race to NASCAR as this was the last race ever held at Westport. I'll leave both on the list as champions for that year until I can find more information.

Special Recognition:

Pete Kantorsky-Middle River, Maryland- Pete won at least one feature race at Dorsey every year for twenty years. Quite an accomplishment. 

Bucky Guilfoy                                Has represented Maryland's racing history over the years by towing his vintage modified stock car as far away as Daytona Beach and appearing at many racing related functions throughout the mid-Atlantic states.

Junior Tauber-Linthicum, Md    Has represented Maryland's racing history over the years by towing his vintage sportsman stock car as far away as Daytona Beach and appearing at many racing functions throughout the mid-Atlantic states.

Bill Jones-Elkridge, Md.  Master engine builder. Built engines for Rick Jones and Ace Canupp and many others.

Susie Jones-Elkridge, Md. First lady mechanic to obtain mechanics license from NASCAR.
  
Tiny Slayton-Baltimore, Md  (D)     Car owner and mechanic of the famed #7 red and white sedan that Johnny Roberts drove to 2 NASCAR National Modified titles in 1960 and '61.

Bob Wallace-Baltimore, Md  (D)     Considered to be one of the greatest flathead Ford mechanics of all time.

George Heffner-Baltimore, Md   Owner of the famed Putty Hill Garage and the #88 modifieds driven be several drivers to numerous track championships.

Bobby Allen-Baltimore, Md.  Owner of the potent Late Model number 55 driven to many championships and feature wins by Ronnie McBee and Nathan Dubarow.

Raye Vest     Owner of the World of Outlaws Late Model driven by Rick Eckert. This car has two National Championships to its credit.

Frankie Schneider-Lambertville, N J    Considered the greatest dirt track driver of all time. Raced extensively in Maryland in the early 50's. Once won 7 consceutive features at Westport Stadium. Won the 1952 NASCAR National Modified Championship. 

Frank Sagi-Hagerstown, Md.- Announcer at Hagerstown Speedway for over 40 years, also announced at Beltsville Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, Dorsey Speedway and Westport Stadium. Announced for United Racing Club at their special events in 1965.

Reprint of Article Titled "Pit Talk" by Melissa Slayton (Date Written Unknown)