SPEED SPORT Staff


Al Hamilton (left) poses with driver Stevie Smith after certainly one of numerous victories throughout a prolonged profession as a crew proprietor.

MANHEIM, Pa. — Legendary Central Pennsylvania dash automotive crew proprietor Al Hamilton has died on the age of 91.

Hamilton, who was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2003, was an lively dash automotive proprietor for greater than 4 a long time.

An entrepreneur, Hamilton was the proprietor of a number of companies in and round Lancaster, Pa. In the Fifties, he tried his hand at racing inventory vehicles, late fashions and modifieds earlier than ultimately making his approach right into a dash automotive in 1967.

His stint as a dash automotive driver was temporary, notching a fifth-place outcome at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. He quickly grew to become a crew proprietor moderately than a driver and he employed Mus Weyant to drive the automotive.

Weyant was the primary of a number of drivers to take a flip behind the wheel of vehicles owned by Hamilton. For 40 seasons numerous high drivers would take turns wheeling his automotive, with drivers equivalent to Jan Opperman, Kramer Williamson, Mitch Smith, Lynn Paxton, Stevie Smith, Danny Lasoski, Fred Rahmer, Johnny Herrera, Joe Gaerte, Greg Hodnett, Lance Dewease and Keith Kauffman driving his vehicles.

He spent six years away from the game starting in 1976 earlier than returning in 1983 as a automotive proprietor with Paxton piloting Hamilton’s automotive to a win within the National Open at Williams Grove Speedway.

Hamilton hit the highway with the World of Outlaws in 1990 with Smith as his driver. Together they gained 40 options and practically gained the 1993 Knoxville Nationals. Hamilton ultimately returned to race full time in Central Pennsylvania in 1996, the place he continued to be a powerhouse crew proprietor with a large number of drivers.

His prolonged profession as a crew proprietor noticed him seize tons of of victories and greater than 20 monitor championships at quite a few Pennsylvania tracks, together with 4 at Port Royal Speedway and eight at Williams Grove Speedway.