The Flemington Speedway Historical Society (FSHS) will honor its “Most Influential People” with the 2022 TAS Award presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 26 at Flemington Elks Lodge No. 1928, 165 Route 31, Raritan Township.
Recipients Ray Bateman, Paul Deasey, Wendy Kennedy and Bob Rossell will join first-time recipient Al “Tas” Tasnady for whom the award was renamed in honor. The TAS awards will be presented to Rossell, along with family and friends of the late Bateman, Deasey and Kennedy. Special guests as well as former recipients of the TAS award will be present.
Flemington Elks is located directly across Route 31 from where the old Flemington Speedway and Fairgrounds once stood. A night of nostalgic racing movies at Flemington Speedway will also air in addition to the awards show.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., as the nostalgic racing movies begin. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. and the awards show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by more nostalgic racing movies at Flemington Speedway.
This year’s winners were elected by FSHS members at the annual meeting and will join 2013 winners of Flemington Speedway’s Most Influential People, Paul Kuhl and Billy Pauch; 2014 recipients Stan Ploski, Ken Brenn Sr., Ace Lane Sr., Bill Singer and Sammy Beavers; 2015 winners Jackie McLaughlin, Ken Brenn Jr., Glenn Fitzcharles and Jim Horton Sr.; 2016 winners Gerald Chamberlain, Budd Olsen, Ace Lane Jr. and Bob Pickell; 2018 winners Harry Dee, Kenny Brightbill, Billy Osmun and Ray Liss; and 2020 winners Ollie Butler, Les Farley, Les Katona and John Norcia.
Race cars and memorabilia will be on display, and door prizes and more are planned for this memorable evening. This event is open to the public and admission is limited by fire code occupancy to 393 people.
Admission is $10 per person, payable at the door. Credit cards are not accepted. The event is free for members of the Flemington Speedway Historical Society (FSHS). There is no advance purchase of tickets. Collared shirts are strongly suggested for men.