Doug Heveron

Doug Heveron

Auto Racing

Enshrined: 2004

Born: March 29, 1961

Liverpool native Doug Heveron is one of Central New York’s most successful racers. The son Oswego Speedway Hall of Famer Tom Heveron, Doug Heveron attended Liverpool High School and spent his after school, weekend and vacation hours working with his childhood idol, Jim Shampine at Shampine Auto Parts. In 1969, he got his first racing start at the age of 8 at the Syracuse Geddes Mic-Rod Track that competed each week at the New York State Fairgrounds. At the age of 13, Heveron moved to Quarter Midgets. Even as a teenager, race fans knew that this was a young man who would go fast and far in the world of racing.

On April 2, 1978, Heveron drove a 700-horsepower supermodified at an ISMA event at Thompson, Conn. That spring and summer he began his ISMA career, taking Rookie of the Year honors and earned the nickname “The Young One”. His first car was one of Jim Shampine’s renowned supermodifieds known as “8 BALL”. Heveron became the youngest driver ever to win a feature race at Oswego Speedway (the Alean 75 Lapper).

Heveron became the track’s dominant driver. He won the Oswego International Classic at the age of 20. Heveron won 27 of his 33 Oswego Speedway features from 1980 to 1983. In 1983, Heveron took a shot at qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. His opportunity blew apart when he spun into a wall, shattering his ankle thus ending his dream to compete in racing’s most prestigious event.

From 1983 to 1986, Heveron raced on the NASCAR Winston Cup Tour. He drove well, but his team ran out of money and he returned to the Modified Tour. In 1989, he drove in the Little 500, the USAC Sprint Car Championship in Indianapolis sitting on the pole with a new four-lap track record as a rookie.

Returning to Oswego in May of 1989, Heveron again began to dominate the Supermodified races, including the $10,000 Y-94 50-lap race that July. In 2000, Heveron started driving for Norm Huntley in the TBARA Winged Sprint (asphalt) ending in 2002 at which time he started to drive successfully for the Heckman Motorsports.

Career highlights:

1978-1981: Named the International Supermodified Association’s Champion four straight years

1981: Set a record 13 Track Championship feature-race victories

1982: Named the Track and Classic Champion

1983-1986: Raced on the NASCAR Winston Cup Tour

2008: Inducted into the Oswego Speedway Hall of Fame

 

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