by Galen Kurth of Oklahoma City, OK

Emmett was born in Tulsa and first made his mark racing super modifieds there and at other tracks around Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. He was twice champion of the NCRA, a five-time track champion at Tulsa, super modified champion at Oklahoma City and a three-time winner of the Hutchinson Nationals.


After retiring as a driver, he promoted a 1/5 mile track east of Tulsa. That led him to stage a January indoor race at Tulsa’s Expo Center, the STP Shootout. In turn, that triggered the founding of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, the largest and most prestigious indoor race in the country.

In 1990, concerned by the out-of-control cost of sprint car racing, he founded the American Sprint Car Series, or ASCS. This year that series will sanction over 200 races.

Emmett Hahn is a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the National Midget Racing Hall of Fame.