Dick Berggren Presenting Jerry Cook with Honor of International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction
Before Dick Berggren became well known as a motorsports journalist and television broadcaster, he was turning laps at short tracks throughout his native New England. Along the way, he often crossed paths with upstate New York native Jerry Cook, who was one of the premier NASCAR Modified drivers of the 1970s.
Berggren and Cook will be together again on Thursday April 23 for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where Berggren will present Cook as a member of the IMHoF Class of 2009.
Joining Cook in this year’s class are car owner and race promoter J.C. Agajanian, NASCAR Cup driver Donnie Allison, longtime team owner Bud Moore and NASCAR pioneer and car owner Raymond Parks.
A native of Westerly, R.I., Berggren began his racing career in 1967, competing in Sprint cars, Modifieds and stock cars. And while Berggren did not quite match Cook’s success as a seven-time Modified champion, he was good enough to win 26 feature events and set several track records.
In fact, Berggren holds one track record that likely will never be broken. He set the fastest time for a lap on dirt at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine. Beech Ridge is now an asphalt track.
But to most race fans, the 66-year-old Berggren is best known for his work as a member of the motorsports media.
After working the radio broadcast of the 1979 Daytona 500 for the Motor Racing Network, Berggren signed on with the fledgling ESPN television network in 1981. He served as a booth analyst and pit road reporter for coverage of NASCAR Cup and Grand National events throughout the 1980s.
Over the years, Berggren has covered a variety of races for ESPN, TBS, TNN and CBS. He currently is the lead pit report for NASCAR on Fox, and made an appearance as himself in the movie “Talladega Nights.”
As a writer and editor, Berggren spent 22 years working at Stock Car Racing magazine before founding the publication Speedway Illustrated in 1999. Speedway Illustrated currently has a circulation of approximately 140,000.
Also in 1999, Berggren received the Writer of the Year award from the National Motorsport Press Association.
About the International Motorsports Hall of Fame & Museum
Opened in April of 1983, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of motorsports. Each year, the annual International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is held on the grounds of the museum to honor those men and women chosen for induction from among the greatest names in all of motorsports.
The 2009 ceremony will be held April 23rd, at the SPEED Channel Dome, adjacent to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Individual tickets for the evening are $125 and a table of eight may be reserved for $1,000. Tickets and tables are available by calling 1-256-362-5002 or logging on to www.racetickets.com.
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