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Denny Hovinga

(Laurens, IA) – Upon his induction into the Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame, Denny Hovinga was described by Chad Meyer as “One of the hardest chargers to ever grace the racing surfaces across the Midwest.” In a 40-year racing career, Denny Hovinga raced hobby stocks, late models and sprint cars before finishing his career in the modified ranks. He was known over the years as “Ho Ho”, “Big 10”, and “Golden Bear”.  He was a master of the early 1970s center-steer roofless cars that the late Keith Knaack referred to as “voodoo” wagonsthose cars that sailed around tracks like Boone without the left front tire ever touching the racing surface. Hovinga won in all types of cars.  In fact, he drove to about 400 feature wins during his career. His career carried him all across Iowa, as well as to tracks in Nebraska, Minnesota, South Dakota, Arizona, Colorado and Missouri. He once traveled through the night from a $10,000-to-win show in Missouri to a $100-to-win race on Sunday at Vinton because “I don’t care what it pays … I like to race.” Denny was born on September 29, 1941 and he died on May 9, 2018 due to injuries sustained in a golf-cart accident.