2015 Hall of Fame Honorees Announced

Albany, NY The New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame will honor representatives of many segments of the sport at the annual NYSSCA awards banquet, set for January 23, 2016 at the Polish Community Center in Albany, NY.
The event will be preceded by an 11 am ceremony at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, site of NYSSCA’s permanent Hall of Fame display. The Albany festivities will commence at 4 pm, with a cocktail hour preceding the Hall of Fame program.
2016 honorees will include longtime NYSSCA officers and organizers Gail and Claude Riley, late model kingpin Norm “The Mover” Moyer, modified racer, car builder and historian Bruce Dostal, modified star Richie Eurich, crewchief and car owner Billy Taylor and Doug Hoffman, dominant in both small block and big block dirt modifieds for decades.
Gail Riley joined the NYSSCA leadership in 1990 as Secretary and banquet chairwoman and went on to serve six terms as Vice President and two years as President along with 18 years as banquet chairwoman, four years on the yearbook committee and five years on the board of directors.
Husband Claude Riley served seven terms as a NYSSCA director while also devoting two years to the car show committee and four more to the Hall of Fame committee. Their year-around devotion included work on the NYSSCA golf tournament and the dynamic duo have long been considered the bedrock upon which the organization was built.
Known as “Moyer the Mover” for his Oneida, NY house relocation business, Norm Moyer loved the late model division. He was older than most of his competitors when he started on the asphalt at the nearby Utica-Rome Speedway and steadily improved his program to the point that he claimed the 1968 Late Model championship.
1968 was his best season, as he won 26 features in some 50 starts. He claimed seven wins and the point title on the asphalt at Albany-Saratoga along with the championship on the half-mile dirt Fonda Speedway, where he would claim two more titles (’70, ’71) and win 22 features to stand third on the all-time list before he retired.
Bruce Dostal was a three-night a week sportsman/modified competitor on the 1960’s and 70’s NASCAR circuit who parleyed the knowledge he gained into a lifelong career as a chassis builder, parts fabricator and speed parts purveyor at his A&B Speed Equipment in Johnstown. Adept at building and then rebuilding everything from street stocks to big block modifieds, Dostal has kept area racers on the track against all odds. He has devoted his life to the sport and, in recent years, turned his energy to preserving racing history as well.
A member of the Fonda Speedway Hall of Fame, Dostal has recreated some of his past race cars for vintage events, aided others in full-blown restorations and, in 2015, launched a Racers Reunion at his shop to bring racers of the past together to rekindle their memories and rerun races from decades ago.
Known primarily for his exploits at the Orange Co. Fairgrounds, Richie Eurich is still winning races in his 60’s and currently stands third on the all-time big block win list at the Middletown oval. His 49 wins trail only legends Brett Hearn and Frankie Schneider and his 27 winning seasons rank second to Hearn’s 30.
The 1970 OCFS Sportsman champ, Eurich recorded 16 small block wins there along with his modified championships in 1981, ’82 and ’88 and is the only driver in the fabled history of OCFS to claim at least one feature in six different decades beginning in the 1960’s. Other career highlights include nine wins and the 1971 championship at Nazareth Raceway and a popular win in the 1988 Eastern States 200.
Billy Taylor spent his career as the man behind the driver in Victory Lane, starting as crew chief with the legendary asphalt star Maynard Troyer in 1975. In 1978, Taylor worked with Geoff Bodine, winning some 55 features, including the Race of Champions. In 1980 he went on his own with backing from his brother, owner of Phil's Chevrolet, claiming the Spring Sizzler to open the season and running fourth at Syracuse in a rare dirt start for Bodine.
Subsequent asphalt drivers for Taylor would include Hall of Fame talents Greg Sacks, George Kent, Mike McLaughlin and Jimmy Shampine before his focus shifted to the DIRT circuit, where he would win the Lebanon Valley 200 twice each with Jack Johnson and Doug Hoffman, claim a pair of 200’s at Fonda with Hoffman and score in the Rolling Wheels 200 with Johnson.
Other dirt legends to wheel the Taylor #1 included Kenny Brightbill and Danny and Alan Johnson, but Taylor’s most significant accomplishments included the 1991 Mr. DIRT title and a win in the 1996 big block finale at Syracuse, both with Hoffman at the wheel.
As good on asphalt as he was on dirt, the late Doug Hoffman is credited with some 482 feature wins at 40 speedways in nine states and two Canadian provinces. First known for his prowess in the small blocks, he proved to be equally skilled in big blocks no matter the surface.
In 1991, he won four of the eight races on the short-lived DIRT/Asphalt Challenge series while also claiming the Flemington 200 and the overall Mr. DIRT title. Hoffman was a three-time winner of both the Lebanon Valley and Fonda 200 and prevailed in the 1996 Fay’s 300 on the Syracuse Mile.
Hoffman was also a power in NASCAR modifieds, claiming the 1992 Whelan Modified 200 at Flemington. All told, he claimed some 25 track and series championships before retiring to start a new career as promoter of the Mahoning Valley Speedway. From the injected small block flyweights at East Windsor to the far-flung DIRT circuit to the speedway office, Doug Hoffman was an outstanding talent.

More information on the event is available through NYSSCA President John Keegan at keeganj66@yahoo.com or Treasurer Cheryl Catman at ccatman@nycap.rr.com or 518-479-0607.

Dates For Next Board Meetings...
The dates for the next five NYSSCA Meetings are as follows:

January 12th, 2016
February 2nd, 2016
March 8th, 2016
April 12th, 2016
May 10th, 2016

Election Results
Officers and Board Members Elected at last evening's meeting:

President: John Keegan
Vice-President: Kenn VanWert
Secretary: Kim Berger
Treasurer: Cheryl Catman
Sergeant at Arms: Andy Hickok

Board Members:

Dan Martin (finishing second year of his term)
Bob James (elected for two year term)
Tom Remington (elected for two year term)
Dan Wood
Clem DaBiere
Mark Brown
Tom Coughlin

Congratulations to all