Hunter among eight elected to S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame

The late Jim Hunter, former Darlington Raceway President and NASCAR vice president of communications, is one of eight who hail from the Palmetto State to be enshrined in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2012, which was announced Tuesday, includes former Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson, South Carolina running back Duce Staley, former South Carolina baseball Coach June Raines, Clemson basketball standout Dale Davis, Spartanburg High School and Carolina Panthers running back Stephen Davis, and AAU legend Evelyn “Eckie” Jordan.

Hunter, who lost his battle with cancer last year, and late Clemson baseball coach Bill Wilhelm, who never had a losing season in his 36 years with the Tigers, will be enshrined posthumously on May 14 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Hunter, who played football at South Carolina and went on to be a racing writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, later went to work NASCAR as a PR man and track president.

Hunter, who owned a vacation home in the Myrtle Beach area, is credited with overseeing major renovations at Darlington to keep the historic track on NASCAR’s top racing circuit.

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