WEBSTER CITY – Former Dallas County News Editor/Writer Bill Haglund was one of four individuals elected to the Hamilton County Speedway "Hall of Fame" during the annual meeting of the Hamilton County Speedway Racing Association.
Haglund, who lives in Adel with his wife, Judy, was a former track announcer at the Hamilton County Speedway and is known as an Iowa racing historian. He and Judy founded Mid-States Racing News in Webster City in 1990. Haglund also did a half-hour pre-race radio show and later was also involved in an hour automobile racing talk show on KQWC in Webster City. Haglund, who retired last month, writes a weekly column that appears in the Dallas County News.
Also voted into the Hall of Fame Saturday were "Whit" Hemmingway, who was largely responsible for bringing automobile racing to the Hamilton County Speedway in the 1930s; former Webster City Mayor and multi-track champion driver John Hemmingway; and long-time car builder/owner Dick Hahne.
In addition to the Hall of Fame elections, Saturday’s event featured a number of fund-raisers, including both a silent and live auction, as well as a chili supper.
Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at a special ceremony held during regular racing on Saturday, July 5, at the Hamilton County Speedway.