Two Fairview brothers are once again in the spotlight of the racing world.
The committee overseeing the Hall of Fame at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway recently announced that James Buttrey and Wade Buttrey are among the final four in contention for 2021 induction into the elite group.
James and Wade have shared a long and successful history in racing.
James once drove at the speedway, but is mostly known for his ability to engineer andmaintain the motors and crew chief. He has won multiple championships on the quarter mile and 5/8th high-banked oval with drivers including his brother Wade Allen Buttrey, son Bobby Buttrey and Scott Borchetta.
James raced go-karts at the speedway back in 1983 and has been a part of the racing scene ever since. He was actively involved in building cars or motors for his brother and others while also helping guide and teach other drivers. He even won a bicycle championship speedway once.
James said, “It is a great honor to be a mentioned as a finalist. It would be a great honor to be in the Hall of Fame one day. Although I feel like I am not be done yet. A couple of the finalists deserve to be there more than I and one of them is why my name was even mentioned.”
Wade is a two-time NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Champion and two-time Pro Mod Champion at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. He started out racing go-karts and has advanced through the ranks enjoying success in every turn.
In regards to his nomination, Wade said, “I am honored to be considered for this nomination. To be listed with the elite names that have patterned the history of the sport I love is very exciting. To have been nominated with my brother is my true highlight! We have always done everything together and I would not have been able to race without him.
Both, James and Wade agree they could not have accomplished as much as they did without the great team and support they received.
The two other nominees in the final four are:
• Jeff Green of Owensboro, Kentucky, the 1990 Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Champion. He used Nashville as a spring board to national fame and went on to win the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series Championship.
• Eddie “Blossom” Donnelly, of Nashville, worked for promoter Bill Donoho as a youngster and is a well-known member of the Nashville racing family.
Two inductees will be selected from the group of four for the 1980 to 2021 era. The two inductees will be announced on Friday, July 16, 2021 in a ceremony at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway during the SRX Superstar Racing/JEGS/CRA Masters of the Pros weekend when the local divisions compete on Friday night.