Hector’s Clarence Washburn has been a fixture in the racing community around the Midwest, including at the Alexandria Viking Speedway. On Jan. 25 of this year, Washburn was honored for that by being inducted into the Willmar race track Hall of Fame.

Washburn received that honor from the Kandi Racing Association in front of about 50 friends and fans during the track’s banquet this winter.

Clarence Washburn started his racing career in a street stock and ran late models later on in his career. He finished with many point championships in Willmar, and also grabbed a championship from the Viking Speedway in Alexandria in 1987. (Submitted photo)
Clarence Washburn started his racing career in a street stock and ran late models later on in his career. He finished with many point championships in Willmar, and also grabbed a championship from the Viking Speedway in Alexandria in 1987. (Submitted photo)

He began his racing career in 1970 behind the wheel of a Street Stock before moving to a Late Model later in his career. He was point champion many times in Willmar and also brought home a points championship from Alexandria in 1987.

Now 76-years old, Washburn is still active in farming and operating his CJW Trucking business that he and his wife, Judy, started 24 years ago in Hector. Washburn has raced at tracks in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin and is still racing behind the wheel of his Late Model.