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Large Crowd Gathers for Earl Wagner Mural Dedication


Around 125 people gathered as one of Marion County’s great sprint car drivers was honored in his hometown Saturday. The “Earl Wagner Thanks for the Memories” mural in Pleasantville was officially dedicated at 11:00 Saturday morning. Wagner passed away in 2009 and is a 2008 inductee of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Friend and race fan Butch Smith says Wagner was the “man to beat” at the Knoxville Raceway during his driving days. The dedication festivities were followed by Earl Wagner Mural Night Saturday night at the Knoxville Raceway.