Hall of Fame

Dave and Emma Campbell


Back in the early 90’s when the Nostalgia Super Stocks came about we had no idea that the club would still be going as strong as ever some 23 years later.

It was a pleasant surprise to be selected as the first inductee into the Nostalgia Super Stock Association’s Hall of Fame.  To be recognized by your peers is truly an honor.

Through the years we were blessed with many wonderful memories and good friends.  We truly miss not being around our Super Stock Racing Fraternity on a regular basis.  All of you are like family to us.  Emma and I cannot thank you enough.

We would also like to congratulate our dear friends Tom and Leslie Ponder for being selected to the Hall of Fame with us.  It was always a fun time when Les (Penny Pincher) and Tom (Bargain Hunter) Ponder were around.

Thanks for all the memories it was a great ride.


 Tom and Les Ponder



We first raced with MNSSA in August and September 1994 at Great Lake Dragway and Byron.  We were asked to join the Club in 1995.  That was our first year of retirement and we hit the racing circuit hot and heavy.  For several years, besides Club events we raced with NMCA, Chrysler Classic, SuperCar Showdown, Ford Extravaganza, and NSCA – sometimes making 20-22 events a summer.  When the current NSS Club was formed in 1997 Les served as secretary from then until the end of the 2003 season.  At that time the Asphalt Elephant found its new home with John Grinwald.
We are honored to have been selected as first year members of the Hall of Fame along with Dave & Emma Campbell – founding members of the Club.

Mike Swanson


History shows Mike started racing with our club during the 1994 season. Mike was one who built the total car himself in his garage, a single car garage at that! He did not paint it himself but if it had gotten to the point it became necessary, he would have done that too. His 1964 Plymouth Savoy was patterned after a factory Max Wedge super stock car he was familiar with as a teenager in Kansas.

He started out with a black car, no lettering. For the 1995 season Mike named the car Danger Zone and added decals on the quarters. In 1997 Danger Zone was gone and Black Max was born. Black Max was there for the remainder of his career.

In 2002 Mike sold Black Max to a racer in the Denver area. He had met his goal of running a 10.50 at every track where the Club raced. With that behind him, he moved on to be with his two young sons and anticipated the time he could retire.

Unfortunately, after a lengthy illness, Mike passed away on February 20, 2011. For those of us who knew him, and his quick wit, we could always count on a new “Mike joke” at the races plus his desire to help any racer in need. Mike has been missed by all of us who knew him.

Tribute by Dave Campbell and Doug Henderson

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