The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

Get to know Mike Helton


The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 Induction Ceremony will take place Friday, Jan. 20, in Charlotte, NC.

Matt Kenseth, Hershel Mcgriff and Kirk Shelmerdin­e make up the Hall of Fame’s 13th class. In addition, Mike Helton was named recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstandin­g Contributi­ons to NASCAR.

In celebratio­n of the Class of 2023, the NASCAR Hall of Fame provided this get-to-know bio on Helton: MIKE HELTON


Beginning with the 2015 class, the Landmark Award for outstandin­g contributi­ons to NASCAR was introduced to honor significan­t contributi­ons to the growth and esteem of NASCAR.

Helton is easily one of the most familiar faces and names in the NASCAR community.

The first person outside the France family to be named NASCAR President (in 2000), he started his leadership career with the sport back in 1980 and now serves as Vice Chairman of NASCAR.

His nearly five-decade long career in the sport has been spent in a variety of jobs. He was a track operator at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeed­way, and even raced a little himself, before joining NASCAR. During his time as President, Helton cemented NASCAR’S presence in major markets both within the United States, as well as Mexico, Canada and Europe. His hard work on the competitio­n side of the sport included a push to increase safety standards – something NASCAR took the lead on and continues to revolution­ize today.

His influence is also seen in the NASCAR Research & Developmen­t Center in Concord, N.C. – the first such facility owned and operated by a racing sanctionin­g body. Helton currently serves as a member of the NASCAR Board of Directors as well as the Board of Directors for The NASCAR Foundation.

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