HoF Nominee - Terry Barnes

Posted by John Gartner 8/10/2017 1:37:54 PM
Terry Barnes— Bismarck, ND
Category: Modern Category

Terry "The Outlaw" Barnes started racing in 1983 in a blue and white, Chevy Impala Street Stock. In 1987, Barnes made the jump to a Late Model competing at the old Fastrax Speedway and other tracks in the region.

In 1991, "The Outlaw" switched to a WISSOTA Super Stock and a year later, he moved up to a WISSOTA Modified. Barnes kept racing through 1998 before he decided to take a break from racing. He eventually caught the racing bug again and jumped into a WISSOTA Street Stock again and raced for a couple more years.

Never at a loss for words and a colorful character at the track, Barnes was always known to have a good time. He gave away hundreds of bikes to young children and many people say Barnes started the ever popular bike giveaways at race tracks in the region.

Barnes also spent time on the Bismarck-Mandan Stock Car Association board of directors in the 1980's and 1990's. Not only was he generous with fellow drivers and fans, but Barnes used his marketing skills to promote the track. He was a tireless promoter of racing. He supported and helped both the Bismarck Speedway and Dacotah Speedway when both tracks were in operation. Barnes was also involved in starting the North Dakota Governors Cup Auto Race and met with Governor George Sinner in the original planning of the event.

Barnes was always willing to help out other drivers and several drivers credit Barnes to the start of their racing careers such as Troy Butz and Jeremy Schmidt.

What makes Barnes a Hall of Fame nominee? It's not that he agreed with all that was done, it is that he showed up and cared enough to express his thoughts on how the racing was being promoted. Terry was never a loss for words and always had a colorful phrase or two when he expressed himself.
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