Two native Fairview brothers have been officially selected as 2021 inductees into the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame.
The successful racing careers of James Buttrey and Wade Allen Buttrey, representing the 1980 to 2021 era, were honored by the induction announcement Friday in a ceremony at the speedway during the SRX Superstar Racing/JEGS/CRA Masters of the Pros weekend.
Most notably, James is recognized as a winning crew chief. He has won a total of nine championships on the quarter mile and 5/8th high-banked oval including four with his brother Wade Allen Buttrey at the wheel, three with Scott Borchetta and two with his son Bobby Buttrey.
When I first heard our names were on the list of nominees, I thought it was exciting. But I really didn’t think we would get in. Now to be included with a lot of my heroes, it’s very humbling. And I can’t explain how excited I am to get to go in the hall of fame with my brother,” said James Buttrey following the announcement.
First racing go-karts at the speedway back in 1983, James soon became actively involved in building racing motors for his brother and others while also helping guide other drivers. His history with the track also includes winning a bicycle championship at the speedway.
While James’ racing history has been focused on engines and car set up, his brother Wade Allen Buttrey has been a driving force behind the wheel in a quest for the checkered flag. And Wade’s skills, combined with his brother’s, have landed them in the winner’s circle too many times to count.
Wade Allen Buttrey has celebrated winning four division championships at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. Two of those on the quarter mile in the Pro Modified Division. He is also a two-time NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Champion He remains the last driver to claim back-to-back Premiere Division titles which he won in 2004 and 2005.
Also starting his racing career driving go-karts, Wade has enjoyed success in every turn and every division.
“To be listed with the elite names that have patterned the history of the sport I love is very exciting,” said Wade, who added the true highlight is to share the honor with his brother.
“We have always done everything together, and I would not have been able to race without him,” stated Wade. Both brothers expressed appreciation for the team and family support they have received over the years allowing them to succeed in a sport they love.
The Buttrey brothers will join Bennie Goodman, Mark Parrish, Bobby Celsor and Fulton Stutts in entering the Hall of Fame at the induction ceremony in October.
James’ wife Penny noted, “They share their love of racing by helping others, and both are still involved in racing. This season, Wade is driving a full-winged dirt sprint car, owned by Craig Cropper of Fairview, with James as his crew chief. You can find them at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturdays.
James noted, “It is a great honor…although I feel like I am not done yet!”