HOF Nominee - Ross Nathan

Posted by John Gartner 10/30/2019 8:19:47 AM

Ross Nathan started racing at the young age of 17 in 1983, hence the number 17 was selected for his first Street Stock  race car. In 1984 Nathan had a banner year as mid-season points runner up, as well as Street Stock season champion. Later on that same year Nathan was diagnosed with a serious health condition that forced him to retire as a driver while still in his teens.

The doctor said no racing was allowed so Nathan gave back to the sport he loved by helping the fledgling Bismarck-Mandan Stock Car Association as they were starting their own operation from scratch. A welder by trade, Nathan helped repair and build much needed track equipment, and he did it as a volunteer at a time when the club was running the operation without adequate resources. Ross did almost all the track prep, served as a race director, tech inspector, flagman, and helped wherever necessary to get the job done. With Nathan’s hard work, along with many others, the club made a good profit in 1989 at a time when they needed capital to build a new track in Mandan.

When the club moved to Dacotah Speedway in June, 1990, Nathan continued his volunteer work helping to build the new guardrail, a new scoring tower, and many other projects that we all still enjoy.  His company—Capital City Welding—donated many materials over the years that continuously improved the track into one of the premier facilities in the upper midwest.

Ross Nathan will be inducted into the Bismarck-Mandan Stock Car Association Hall of Fame as a successful driver, track official, volunteer, and sponsor—all criteria for the award—at the Dacotah Speedway Awards Banquet on Nov. 2, 2019.

Written by John Gartner 

Researched by Marlys Schuler & Curt Klein

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