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August 16, 2013

Shawn Wood's Inside Track column: Hall of Fame needed

Last Saturday's tribute to Kramer Williamson was a fitting end to a long week for many of us.

With the sprint car family dealing with its third on-track death since May, one has to wonder just how quickly will this season end with hopes of a safer 2014.

Resilient as racers and race fans are, there is just so much you can take when it comes to the sport's ugly side. But in comparison, it was a lot less safe and more fatal back in the day.

If Selinsgrove Speedway track announcer and public relations director Steve Inch wasn't in racing, he'd make a great preacher.

Inch's tribute to Williamson was well thought out and well said.

From the story of how Kramer came from his wedding to race at the track to hearing that the family greeted friends and racers alike until 12:30 a.m. at his viewing, it speaks volumes about the numbers of lives he touched.

The fact that Sharon, Felecia and Kurt Williamson came to the track, 48 hours after they buried Kramer, it shows the respect they have for the speedway along with the love they have shown over the years to the racing community.

The sea of pink on display by the fans, drivers and officials was beyond incredible. It goes to prove why the fans at Selinsgrove are the best around.

Adding to it was the touch of pink at sunset. I guess it was Kramer's way of letting us know that everything will be OK.

I don't recall an ovation at the speedway before that was as loud as it was when the ceremony ended. It almost blew the roof off the covered grandstand.

As I was listening to the ceremony, I got to thinking: why isn't the speedway honoring the past greats that have entertained us for so many years?

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