Dingler, one of Georgia’s most successful engine builders and crew chiefs, has spent more than 40 years building racing engines and working as a crew chief for some of Georgia and the nation’s top racers. His early years were spent working with Ga. Racing Hall of Fame member Pete Hamilton. Dingler worked on the team as Hamilton won the outside pole for the Daytona 500 in 1973, won the Sportsman 100 at Birmingham, Ala., and the Snowball Derby at Pensacola, Fla., in 1974. He was part of the effort when Dick Brooks won the Talladega 500 in the car fielded by Jimmy and Peter Crawford.
In 1977, as a 25-year-old engine builder, he won two of short track racing’s premier events – the Snowball Derby with Ronnie Sanders and the World 100 with Doug Kenimer, both of whom are also members of the Hall of Fame.
He’s won hundreds of races with a host of drivers and continues in the sport today.
“It’s truly an honor to be in the Hall of Fame with drivers I’ve worked with in the past, like C.L. Pritchett, Leon Archer, Doug Kenimer and Ronnie Sanders,” Dingler said. “I’ve always tried to stay out of the limelight, and it’s really humbling to know that voters would choose me for the Hall of Fame.”