Honoree of the Month - September 2016
(Ray Toft-Dale Blaney-Whitey Harris)
The Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame, at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum, in Hartford, Wisconsin, is proud to announce its Honoree of the Month for September 2016 is Ray Toft of Antioch, Illinois, past promoter of the Wilmot Speedway. Together with his wife Joan he operated the Wilmot track for thirty-seven years. Ray was also a co-founder of the Interstates Racing Association (IRA) with Whitey Harris and Junior Dodd. Ray was a car owner of modifieds, as well as promoter at race events held at Grundy, Rockford, Sycamore, Waukegan, Hales Corners and Capital Speedways. Ray operated the Lake Geneva Raceway from 1973 through 1984. He is best known for having sprint cars as his top weekly class at Wilmot enabling them to grow into the much sought after form of racing that they have evolved into as of 2016. Ray was inducted into the Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame in November of 2015. He is honored this month with a special display featuring photos, artifacts and other memorabilia chronicling his years in racing.
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