Doug Heveron

Inducted in 2004

 

Central New York is extremely fortunate to be the home of one of America’s most successful race tracts for supermodified cars, and much of the success may be attributed to a trio of Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame inductees. They are: the late Nolan Swift (Class of 1990), the late Jim Shampine (Class of 1992) and this year’s entrant to this impressive list, Doug Heveron.

Doug is the son of the late Gail and Tom Heveron, an Oswego Speedway Hall of Famer. While attending Liverpool High School, Doug 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 in 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, Doug moved to Quarter Midgets, even then, race fans knew that this was a young man who would go fast and far in the world of racing.

On April 2 nd, 1978, Doug drove a 700 horsepower supermodified ISMA event at Thompson, Connecticut. 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”. Behind it’s wheel, he became the youngest driver ever to win a feature race at Oswego Speedway (the Alean 75 Lapper).

Soon, Doug became the track’s dominant driver when he won the Oswego International Classic at the age of 20. That year, 1981, saw Doug score a record 13 Track Championship feature-race victories. 82’ saw another banner year for young Doug was named the Track and Classic Champion

In 1983, Doug decided to try for a shot at the Indianapolis Speedway 500. His opportunity blew apart when he spun into a wall, shattering his ankle and his dream to compete in racing’s most prestigious event. Joe Gosek remains the only Central New York driver ever to qualify for and run in the Indy 500.

From 1983 to 1986, Doug raced in 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, IN sitting on the pole with a new 4-lap track record as a rookie.

Returning to Oswego in May of 1989, Doug again began to dominate the Supermodified races, including the $10,000.00 Y-94 50-lap race that July. During his career, Doug has been named the International Supermodified Association’s Champion four straight years from 1978 to 1881.

In 2000, Doug started driving for Norm Huntley in the TBARA Winged Sprint (asphalt) ending in 2002 at which time he started to drive successfully for and still does today for the Heckman Motorsports. Doug and his family reside in Jensen Beach, Florida.

 

 

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