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Gary “Deuce” Turrill shares victory lane with Doug Wolfgang in 1989. (Paul Arch photo)

INSIDER – Turrill: From A Push Truck To The Hall Of Fame

An incredible journey that included time as a teenage push-truck driver and featured a pair of Knoxville Nationals victories will conclude Saturday, June 1, when Gary “Deuce” Turrill is inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Turrill, who turns 70 later this month, is a second-generation racer who used tools and a tape measure instead of a steering wheel to secure his place in sprint car racing history.

“I’m not sure if I can put it into words,” Turrill told SPEED SPORT when asked what it will mean to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. “When the whole Hall of Fame thing became a reality, I saw the guys that were starting to go in and I’m thinking, ‘Man, what a great way to preserve the past.’ I never really thought about being included until I got older and actually quit racing.

“Now, that I’m going in it’s just unbelievable. I’ll be joining guys that are my heroes and guys who mentored me, so to go into the Hall of Fame and be recognized with those names and those people is a feeling I can’t even describe. It’s unbelievable.”

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