Kevin Larkins among Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductees

LINCOLN, Neb. – Long-time IMCA Modified driver Kevin Larkins is among the seven new mem­bers of the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame. 

From Greenwood, Larkins began his driving career as a 17-year-old in 1982, and after spending three seasons in a sportsman car placed his emphasis on IMCA Modifieds beginning in 1985. 

In 1994, he racked up 24 feature race wins, earning the North Central Region championship and finishing a close second in the final IMCA national point standings.

During his 33-year driving career, Larkins raced at more than 100 tracks in nearly two dozen states, scoring over 250 feature race wins and winning 19 track championships. During that pe­riod, he raced both dirt and asphalt Late Models, Sportsmen, Sprint Cars and Modifieds. 

Larkins’ IMCA career totals include 148 feature victories and 16 track titles.

In the early 1990s, after working for Sardeson Racing in Greenwood for nearly eight years, he opened Larkins Racing in Adams where he built upwards of 30 Modifieds each year. In 1995, Lar­kins began working at Speedway Motors in Lincoln, where he now manages four divisions for the company.

His continued involvement in motorsports has spanned a period of more than 40 years.   

The 2020 class of inductees also includes mechanic/car owner Don Barker, car owner Mel Ear­nest, car owner/chassis builder Jim Eilts, drag racer Ed Jochim, driver Wayne “Bromo” Selser and driver/car owner Rallen Zeitner.

The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 17 at Courtside Banquet Hall in Lincoln. Tick­ets go on sale to the general public in early July. 

The Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1998 and since that time has enshrined over 150 members of the Nebraska racing community. The purpose of the organization is to perpetuate the memory of individuals who have brought lasting fame and positive recognition to the State of Nebraska through their achievements in the sport of auto racing.