On the Pegs - November 2021 Volume 6 Issue 11 - November - Page 29

“ I ’ m truly humbled to receive this honor ,” Denton said . “ This is the highest compliment , being voted in by the industry and my peers ! I also want to congratulate the other inductees .”
“ When I look back on 4-wheel ATV racing and all my good fortune ” he continued , “ having all these people help me , I realize I am beyond blessed by God and He is the one that has directed , guided and put all of these amazing people in my life !”
Tommy Hays was one of the best Class C dirt trackers of his time , and arguably the most successful racer from the pre-Grand National
Championship era ( 1933-1953 ) who was not previously inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame . Hays ’ AMA National career ran from 1937 to 1941 , giving the young rider enough time to set records that lasted decades beyond his untimely death on the racetrack .
Hays , who was skilled as well as fearless , won seven AMA National TTs during his career , and currently sits in fourth for most career AMA National TT wins . He was among one of the first riders to receive a National Number and was voted Most Popular Rider for 1941 after his death .