DATE OF INDUCTION: JANUARY 17, 2002
CAREER SPAN: 1961-1993
COMPETITION TYPE: Husky, Ski-Doo, Arctic Cat & Polaris
BRANDS RACED: Oval
AGE AT INDUCTION: 57
One of snowmobile oval racing’s best known independent pro drivers, Herb Yancey of Syracuse, New York, is recognized as an independent racer who rose through the ranks with daring and skill to post some of oval track racing’s most electrifying victories. Starting in the 1960’s with a local club slalom race, Herb rode a Husky snowmobile to a first try win and found a sport that matched his drive and innate daring. Racing Ski-Doos in the 60’s, Yancey honed his skills in eastern oval racing while building a reputation as a consistent winner and fearless competitor.
Yancey went into the national record books with a stunning World Series 650cc class win against factory Sno-Pro teams in 1975. Racing as a member of legendary New Jersey based Team Abold, a team he joined upon introduction of the Arctic Cat Puma in 1970, Yancey went undefeated in two classes in the ensuing seasons racing in the super-modified classes in USSA and OSRF, one year recording 77 wins in just 99 starts.
During a long career racing mostly as a pure independent, Yancey posted several national wins and competed successfully in seven World Series events before a traffic accident slowed him in the early 1980’s. Holder of several Series championships and a former Eastern Driver of the Year, Herb Yancey stands as one of the sport’s most successful independents and his decades long career places him among snowmobile racing’s elite.