Saturday, August 12, 2017

"National Sprint & Midget Hall Of Famer" Shorty Templeman Born - August 12, 1919

August 12, 1919 - August 24, 1962
Clark "Shorty" Templeman
Born in Pueblo, Colorado, USA.
He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1954-1962 seasons with 42 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in 1955, 1958, and 1960-1962. He finished in the top ten 16 times, with his best finish in 2nd position, in 1961 at both DuQuoin and Syracuse. His best Indy finish was 4th in 1961.

He won five Washington State and three Oregon midget state championships. Templeman won all three Night Before the 500 midget car features at the 16th Street Speedway in Indianapolis in 1956. Templeman won the first three USAC National Midget Series champions when he won titles in 1956, 1957, and 1958.

Templeman died as a result of injuries sustained in a midget car crash at the Marion County, Ohio Fairgrounds track.

He was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1984 and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1984.

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