Kevin “KO” Olson
CAGES ARE FOR MONKEYS UNLEASHED WITH KEVIN OLSON RACING’S ZANIEST HALL OF FAMER by KO with forward by Tony Stewart
His career has included five Badger Midget season championships and two USAC Midget national titles. Olson also was part of a winning three-driver team in a 1984 international midget series in New Zealand.
Seven-time Badger Midget champ Dan Boorse said Olson’s hall of fame induction is well deserved.
“He was an awesome racer,” said Boorse, a two-time winner of the prestigious Chili Bowl. “When Kevin Olson was behind you, you could never count him out.”
In 2004, Olson started his seven-year broadcasting career with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, covering the IndyCar Series and NASCAR’s Brickyard race.
Each year, the USAC Hall of Fame adds 12 inductees, four of which are selected through an online fan vote. Olson was the leading vote-getter among the 16 online candidates this year.
“I thought it was pretty cool that people thought enough of me to make sure I got in on the ballot,” Olson said. “I was really honored and appreciate the people who helped.”
Olson, a member of the USAC AAA National Midget Hall of Fame and Belleville (Kansas) High Bank Hall of Fame, said he had hoped to some day be named to the USAC Hall of Fame.
“I thought maybe I would be lucky enough to be alive when it happened, and when I saw the (online candidate) list and my name was on it, I was thrilled.”
And while the hall of fame selection is a jewel in his career highlights, Olson is still competing on occasion with a goal.
“I’m not done racing yet,” he said. “I know there is still a win out there for me. I will get it and then I’m done.”