- Published on Monday, 13 May 2013 10:34
Longtime NHRA national and divisional event announcer and “Voice of the North Central Division” Leo Taugher has been named the Grand Marshal for the upcoming 7th annual Mickey Mart Rewards Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser at Summit Motorsports Park, May 17-19. Taugher will be honored during Saturday’s pre-race ceremonies of what has become the largest NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in the country.
Taugher began announcing for track operators Richard and Vivian Mossey at Quaker City Dragway in Salem, Ohio, his lifelong hometown. In 1977, he was part of the announcing crew for the inaugural NHRA Division III E.T. Finals, now recognized as the NHRA Summit Racing Series.
The 1978 U.S. Nationals was Taugher’s first national event and in 1988 he was named the North Central Division’s official announcer covering special events throughout the division and emceeing the annual “Land of the Winners” Awards Banquet.
Taugher’s distinctive voice and vast knowledge of NHRA sportsman racing has made him one of the favorites of racers and fans alike. Over the years he has worked along side Dave McClelland, Steve Evans, Bob Frey and Alan Reinhart in bring out the excitement of NHRA Drag Racing.