SOS Hall of Fame Class of 2011
The inaugural Southern Ohio Speedway Hall of Fame class was inducted on July 29th, 2011 at the speedway. Below are the members of the 2011 SOS Hall of Fame class.
The Boyer Family
If it wasn’t for the Boyer family, there would of never been a Southern Ohio Speedway. The track was built on the land of John Boyer and opened in 1967. The Boyer family has owned the track ever since, leasing the facility out for racing. The family is still avid race fans and can be seen in attendance at each SOS race.
Accepting the SOS Hall of Fame Induction was John Boyer and Delores Jean Pendland, the current property owners.
Delmas Conley has more track championships at SOS than any other driver. Conley won the first ever SOS track championship in 1967 and went on to win a total of six Late Model track championships. Conley also has more Southern 100 wins than any other driver with three. In addition to his accomplishments as a driver, he has also won two additional Late Model track championships as car owner of his son RJ’s #71c Late Model and won a Southern 100 as owner of son Rod’s #71r Late Model.
In addition to being a member of the SOS Hall of Fame, Conley is a member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. At 67 years old, he finished sixth in the Late Model feature on the night he was inducted into the SOS Hall of Fame.
South Webster, Ohio’s Jim Patrick made a big name for himself in a short period of time at SOS. Patrick was the dominant Late Model driver at SOS from 1972-1974 as he won the Late Model track championship those three consecutive years. He was also the 1978winner of the Southern 100.
While Patrick had much success at SOS, he was a top runner in the entire OH, KY, WV region. At one time, Patrick was the track record holder at the famed Pennsboro Speedway.
Junior Spencer is one of the only legends that came out of SOS to take his talents all the way to the NASCAR level. Spencer has 25 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, scoring one top five and seven top tens in his career. His best career finish came at the Fairgrounds Raceway in Birmingham, Alabama where he finished fifth.
Spencer was the 1968 SOS Late Model track champion and 1970 winner of the “Southern Invitational.”
Charlie Swartz isn’t only one of the most popular drivers to compete at SOS, he is one of the most popular Dirt Late Model drivers in the entire country. Known for putting on a show and being a great innovator, Swartz was the 1969 and 1979 SOS Late Model track champion and is a two time winner of the famed Southern 100.
In addition to his accomplishments at SOS, Swartz was the winner of the 1980 World 100 and the 1982 Dirt Track World Championship. He is also a member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.