Inductees Don Bohlander won more stock car racing championships in Peoria than any other driver in the history of the sport.
Seven years after he took a 1942 Ford Coupe onto a track for his first race in 1954, he won his first season championship at Mt. Hawley Speedway, the forerunner to the Peoria Speedway.
He went on from there to almost unparalleled success. He won nine more season championships, took his first state championship in 1965 and then chalked up six more between 1967 and 1978.
He won point championships at five tracks: Peoria, Mt. Hawley, Sterling, Freeport and Davenport. In 1974 and 1975 he was a regular on the stock car circuit of the United States Auto Club (USAC) and raced at such major tracks as the Daytona Speedway, Talladega, Pocono and Michigan International.
During his 45 year racing career he won over 350 feature races at over 25 tracks, escaping serious injury in all but one race, a feature duel in 1982 at Tupelo, Mississippi when his car rolled end-for-end six times.
Among his many honors he was presented a plaque in 1998, his final year of competition, calling him a Mississippi Valley racing legend.
Don Bohlander won more stock car racing championships in Peoria than any other driver in the history of the sport.
Fauser is one of the most-accomplished softball pitchers in the area, excelling at Morton High School before starring at the University of Wisconsin. A two-time Peoria Journal Star Softball Player of the Year (1994, 1995), Fauser led Morton to three straight conference championships and back-to-back appearances in the IHSA state tournament, earning a second-place finish in 1994 and a third-place trophy in 1995. Named to the all-tournament team in both 1994 and 1995, Fauser was the 1994 state tournament MVP after pitching back-to-back no-hitters. She still holds school records with 20 strikeouts in a game, 294 in a season and 882 in her career, as well as the school marks with 25 wins in a season and 81 wins in a career. After graduating from Morton, where her jersey was retired in 1996, Fauser starred on the pitching rubber at Wisconsin, appearing in 125 games during her four-year collegiate career. The 1997 team MVP and 1999 recipient of the Coaches Award, Fauser pitched 747.2 innings at Wisconsin, compiling 52 wins, 551 strikeouts and a 2.72 earned run average with 15 shutouts. Fauser went on to play with several area women’s fast pitch teams after graduation, including East Peoria Hits and Avanti’s, and she remains active in area youth softball as a coach and clinic speaker.