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NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the 2014 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person group – the fifth in NASCAR Hall of Fame history – consists of Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Fireball Roberts. Next year’s Induction Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, broadcast on Fox Sports 1 from Charlotte, N.C.
The 54-member NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2014. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France made the announcement this evening in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”
Next year’s class was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, which included representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders and a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com – which counted for the 55th and final vote. The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.
Voting for next year’s class was as follows: Tim Flock (76%), Maurice Petty (67%), Dale Jarrett (56%), Jack Ingram (53%) and Fireball Roberts (51%).
The next top vote getters were Jerry Cook, Joe Weatherly and Wendell Scott.
Results for the NASCAR.com Fan Vote, in alphabetical order, were Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Dale Jarrett, Benny Parsons and Fireball Roberts.
The five inductees came from a group of 25 nominees that included:
Red Byron, Richard Childress, Jerry Cook, H. Clay Earles, Tim Flock, Ray Fox, Anne Bledsoe France, Rick Hendrick, Jack Ingram, Bobby Isaac, Dale Jarrett, Fred Lorenzen, Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons, Maurice Petty, Larry Phillips, Les Richter, Fireball Roberts, T. Wayne Robertson, Wendell Scott, Ralph Seagraves, O. Bruton Smith, Curtis Turner, Joe Weatherly and Rex White.
Class of 2014 Inductees:
A two-time NASCAR premier series champion, Flock was one of the sport’s first dominant drivers. In 187 starts, Flock had 39 victories, a total that still ranks 18th on the all-time wins list. Flock won his first series title in 1952 while driving Ted Chester’s Hudson Hornet, and his second in 1955 driving Carl Kiekhaefer’s Chrysler. He dominated that season, posting 18 wins, 32 top fives and 18 poles in 39 races. Flock’s 18 wins stood as a single-season victory record until Richard Petty surpassed it with 27 wins in 1967.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series has had a variety of incarnations through the years but when considered collectively, an argument can be made that Jack Ingram is the series’ all-time greatest driver. Before the formation of the series, Ingram won three consecutive championships, from 1972-74, in its precursor – the Late Model Sportsman Division. When the NASCAR Busch Series was formed, he won the inaugural title in 1982 and again in ’85. In his 10 years of competition in what was called the NASCAR Busch Series, Ingram had 31 wins, a record that stood until Mark Martin broke it in 1997. All but two of Ingram’s 31 wins came on short tracks.
Dale Jarrett personified big-stage performances. A three-time Daytona 500 winner and two-time winner of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jarrett excelled under NASCAR’s brightest spotlights. His 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories – 21st all-time – also include the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jarrett won the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, and recorded six additional top-five championship finishes. With father Ned, the Jarretts are only the second father-son combination with NASCAR premier series championships after NASCAR Hall of Famers Lee and Richard Petty. Ned Jarrett was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May 2011. Ned and Dale Jarrett become the third father-son duo selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, following Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr., and Lee and Richard Petty.
The chief engine builder at Petty Enterprises, Maurice Petty becomes the fourth member of the dynasty to be chosen for membership in the NASCAR Hall of Fame – following his older brother Richard, father Lee and his cousin Dale Inman. The man simply called “Chief” supplied the horsepower that propelled Richard Petty to a majority of his record 200 NASCAR victories, plus his seven NASCAR premier series championships and seven Daytona 500 victories. Lee Petty, Buddy Baker, Jim Paschal and Pete Hamilton were also among those who won with his engines. Petty had a brief driving career – 26 premier series races with seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes between 1960 and 1964 – but was satisfied to work behind the scenes as one of the top engine builders ever seen in the sport.
Glenn Roberts, who got his legendary nickname from his days as a hard-throwing pitcher in high school, is perhaps the greatest driver never to win a NASCAR title. He was arguably stock car racing’s first superstar, an immensely popular prototype for some of today’s competitors who are stars on and off the track. During his career he often came up big in the biggest events, winning the Daytona 500 in 1962 and the Southern 500 in 1958 and ’63. Overall, he won seven races at Daytona International Speedway, starting with the Firecracker 250 in the summer of 1959 – the year the speedway opened.
Lt. Col. Oliver North is a combat decorated U.S. Marine, a No. 1 best-selling author, the founder of a small business, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist and the host of “War Stories” on Fox News Channel.
For his unwavering support of the military, decades of service to his country and a continued commitment to service, the man whom President Ronald Reagan described as “an American hero” can add Stonewall Jackson Award winner to his long list of accolades.
“Each May, as we gather more than 100,000 strong to pay tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces as part of the Coca-Cola 600, we select one recipient as our Stonewall Jackson honoree,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “This year, we could think of no one more deserving to recognize for his decades of unparalleled service to our country than Lt. Col. Oliver North.”
In addition to being recognized with the Stonewall Jackson Award, North will deliver a moving “State of Freedom” speech during pre-race festivities and sign autographs in The Speedway Club for a limited number of military members. The address and the salute for the military portion of the pre-race show is presented by NRA Life of Duty. North is also scheduled to appear earlier in the day at a special “Welcome Home the Troops” luncheon at zMAX Dragway.
North was born in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and served 22 years as a Marine officer. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action.
Assigned to the National Security Council staff in the Reagan administration, North was the United States government’s counter-terrorism coordinator from 1983 until 1986. He was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the island of Grenada and played a major role in the daring capture of the terrorists who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro. After helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi’s terror bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, the infamous terrorist killed in Baghdad in August 2002.
From his years of military service, North knows the sacrifices today’s men and women in uniform make on a daily basis to bring about the freedom enjoyed by millions across the United States.
“Active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines and veterans of all services are America’s heroes,” North said. “They put themselves at risk, forfeit the comforts of home and absent themselves from loved ones to protect us and offer others the hope of freedom.”
Since 2001, he has been the host of “War Stories” – the award-winning military documentary series on Fox News Channel -- and has been embedded with more than 55 U.S. and allied combat units. North has authored 13 books, all of them New York Times best sellers. His latest, “Heroes Proved” is a gripping tale of intrigue and duplicity at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
North serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association and is the founder of Freedom Alliance, a foundation providing college scholarships to the sons and daughters of U.S. military personnel killed in the line of duty.
He claims his most important accomplishment is being “the husband of one, the father of four and the grandfather of 14.”
A decorated veteran, North said he is honored to be a part of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s efforts to pay tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces on Memorial Day weekend.
“What the NRA and NASCAR are doing here at the Coca-Cola 600 should be replicated all across our land,” he said. “Those we honor here are the bravest and best of their generation. They are proof we are the home of the brave – and the reason why we’re still the land of the free.”
Presented annually since 1992, the Stonewall Jackson Award recognizes recipients who have demonstrated, by example, the highest standards of patriotism through personal support of the military and/or by personal service to sacrifice above the call of duty. Past recipients include Gen. Gary Luck (USA), Congressman Bill Hefner (N.C.), Gen. James Livingston (USMC), Gen. Dwayne Dorming (USSOC), the 82nd Airborne Division, Gen.Lloyd Newton (USA), Gen. Peter Pace, Gen. Buck Herman (USA), Gen. Henry Shelton (USA), Gen. John Handy (USAF), Gen. William B. Tonguy (USSOC), Command Sgt. Major Michael W. Williams, Brigadier Gen. Iwan B. Clontz, Col. (ret.) Walter Joseph Marm, former American Legion Post Commander Dale Punch and last year’s winner, Purple Heart Homes co-founder Dale Beatty.
RAB Racing with Brack Maggard and driver Alex Bowman announced today that they are teaming with Microsoft Corp. for the NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 on May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Since its premiere at Daytona International Speedway in February, Toyota teams - including RAB Racing - have been utilizing its line-of-business Windows 8 Trackside app to enhance their performance on and off the racetrack. Developed by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and running on the Surface Pro, RAB Racing is able to monitor real-time performance data, conveniently and portably. Because of its ability to share data with the crew instantaneously, the application has quickly become a staple of the team's strategy.
"I'm very proud to be able to represent a company like Microsoft and great products like Windows 8 and the Surface Pro," said owner Robby Benton. "Microsoft products have been a part of everyday life at RAB Racing since day one, so being able to represent them in NASCAR is a great opportunity. The Windows based application that TRD developed with Microsoft has helped our race team tremendously and made us more efficient utilizing the technology."
TRD selected the Surface Pro because of its touch-screen and lightweight features, making it easy for crew members to utilize its powerful computing features. Additionally, Surface's durable VaporMg chassis allows it to withstand the hazardous conditions of the racetrack.
"I love the Windows 8 Trackside app; it's made a world of a difference and boosted our performance in 2013," said Chris Rice, pit crew chief for #99 Alex Bowman. "There's a long list of features that have made all of our lives easier, from the track map, to the live timing and scoring - I can even make all my setup notes in the application and eliminate that big bulky binder with hundreds of pages that I carried from track to track. Probably my favorite feature on the device is how each one of my guys can share information back and forth without ever passing a note or talking to each other. And I can instantly see all the information from my engineers, read tire temperatures all instantly. The Windows 8 Trackside app really saved us a lot of time which translates into more time on track and less in the garage.
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The Goody’s Fast Relief 500 is five months away, but there is no better time than now to make sure you have the best possible seats for the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Martinsville Speedway.
Tickets in all areas of the grandstands are now on sale for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500, the seventh race in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, on Sunday, Oct. 27.
“We are already looking forward to the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 even though it’s not until October,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “Short tracks offer the best racing around and that’s especially true here at Martinsville with the long straights and tight turns.
“Throw in the fact that the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 is the seventh race of the Chase, and it puts even more pressure on the drivers, makes things even more exciting.”
Whatever your budget or seating needs, Martinsville Speedway can take care of you.
Tickets for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 start at just $37.
There is also great family and youth pricing for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.
- · $90 Family Four Pack, two adults, two children in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 6-14. The Clay Earles Tower is located above the second turn.
- · $120 Family Four Pack, two adults, two children in the Sprint Tower, rows 6-12. The Sprint Tower is located above the first turn.
- · Tickets for youth 12 and under are just $10 in the Clay Earles Tower, rows 15-52. Teen tickets (ages 13-17) in the same area are $25. Youth and teen ticket prices are good with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 with youth 12 and under admitted free. Tickets for Pole Day, Friday, Oct. 25, are $15.
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Like nearly everyone in America this week, Eddie Wood and his fellow members of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team have had the weather on their minds, especially after the heart-breaking death and damage that massive tornados caused in Oklahoma on Tuesday.
Wood and his crew also have been keeping an eye on the forecast for Charlotte on Thursday, when qualifying is scheduled for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, and there’s a chance of rain.
Wood is hoping for clear skies and a fast Ford Fusion so his family team can reach a milestone 1,400 Sprint Cup starts, dating back to Glen Wood’s first appearance in NASCAR’s elite division, at Martinsville Speedway on May 17, 1953, driving a 1953 Lincoln. Should there be rain, enough rain for qualifying to be cancelled, the team would miss the race. By competing on a limited schedule, the team has made fewer attempts to qualify for races this season than the other teams not otherwise locked into the starting field.
In rainouts, the final starting slots go to teams based on the number of attempts to qualify.
“Considering the tragedy and loss the people of Oklahoma have suffered, our weather concerns don’t seem that important,” Wood said. “But the Wood Brothers have run 1,399 races, and we plan to run a lot more in the future. If we miss Charlotte, we’ll make our 1,400th start somewhere else.”
Charlotte would be an appropriate venue, as the team got its first superspeedway victory there in the 1960 National 400 with Speedy Thompson at the wheel.
Crew chief Donnie Wingo also is hoping the weather works out in the team’s favor, as he and driver Trevor Bayne are looking forward to getting the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion back into Sprint Cup action.
“We’re taking the same Ford Fusion we ran at Texas and Las Vegas,” Wingo said. “It was our best chassis last year, and we’ve done a lot of work on it since.”
Wingo, Bayne and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane crew also are hoping to keep up the momentum from two recent test sessions, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway.
“We tested with a different car, but you always pick up things that can help you at other places and with other cars,” Wingo said.
The veteran crew chief will be putting his experience – recent and long-term – to work should the team make the field for NASCAR’s longest race.
“I like the challenge of 600 miles,” he said. “It requires a lot of preparation, and you have to build a lot of adjustability into the car because the race goes from daytime into night, and Charlotte is one of the most heat-sensitive tracks we race on.”
Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled for Thursday at 7:10 p.m., and the race is set to get the green flag just after 6 p.m. on Sunday with TV coverage on FOX.
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COCA-COLA 600 NOTES & QUOTES:
In 40 starts at the 1.5-mile home track, he has two victories, three poles, 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes and has led 807 laps. His average start is 15.675 and his average finish is 15.500.
The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion also remembers his first Coca-Cola 600: "I can remember my first Coca-Cola 600 race and leading at mile 400, it was a wild moment to be in a big event like that and lead with 200 miles to go and finish seventh," Labonte said.
There's nothing like being at home for the 21-time winner: "One of the greatest things about racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway is that you are able to have some time at home for a couple weeks and sleep in your own bed," Labonte said. "I've always enjoyed racing there and for us drivers it's a prestigious race. You want to win in your backyard in front of a hometown crowd."
It's all about beans: "We're happy to have BUSH'S® Grillin' Beans® on the hood of our No. 47 Toyota Camry at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600," driver Bobby Labonte said. "Since the Coca-Cola 600 was the first race I won in my career, that race and track has special meaning to me. Also, it's followed by a special holiday, Memorial Day. It's the time of year when people come together for different things and it's a big day of grilling with family and friends. We look forward to grilling out ourselves on Monday and getting together with the family. There's always a grill lit up at my house."
Moving in the right direction: "The Sprint Showdown was like a test session for us because we tried some different things, but decided to go back to the way we were in the fall race because we were more competitive," crew chief Brian Burns. "That setup points us in the right direction that will make us better. Basically, we are going back to what we thought was right in the first place."
Show and tell: "Finishing strong at Charlotte Motor Speedway is more of a pride thing, kind of like, show and tell in elementary school," Burns said. "There's more pride around this race because your friends and family are here and you always put in extra effort. At the same time, being at home, you are able to catch your breath and relax a little from being on the road. It's good to be home."
Gaining strength: "Every week we get stronger," Burns said. "We understand our strengths and weaknesses and I think that helps make us a cohesive unit. We expect a good qualifying effort on Thursday. Usually, we expect top-20 finishes, but this Sunday we expect a top-15 finish. We had one of our best race car setups at Charlotte last year, but everything that could possibly go wrong, went wrong. We want to go back and redeem ourselves. Also, we are looking at some tests coming up to help improve our intermediate track program. Good things are ahead for us."
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie driver Timmy Hill and the FAS Lane Racing team prepare for the grueling 600 miles that lay ahead this week. Hill and his No. 32 OXYwater Ford head to Charlotte Motor Speedway this week for the very popular running of the Coca-Cola 600. While the Memorial Day weekend event gives the FAS Lane Racing team a race in their hometown it also provides a chance to honor those that have served our great country.
"Charlotte is one of the races that I had circled on my calendar and am really looking forward to," stated Timmy. "Charlotte is one of the few tracks that I have already had Sprint Cup experience at along with it being my favorite 1.5-mile track. My debut with FAS Lane Racing came in the fall race at Charlotte last year and I feel we had a lot of speed but unfortunately our race ended short that night due to engine issues - but it left the team and I wanting more. The entire OXYwater team has some high expectations coming into this week. This will be my first 600 mile race so patience and focus will be keys for me throughout the night."
Hill, the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, has five previous NASCAR starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway as well as a start last weekend in the Sprint Showdown.
"This holiday weekend is a fantastic racing weekend as well as one to remember the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom," said FAS Lane Racing owner Frank Stoddard. "This will be our second race at Charlotte with Timmy and he has shown great improvement when he gets to a track for the second time. We look forward to a clean race and bringing our No. 32 OXYwater Ford home with a solid finish."
The running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will run this Sunday May 26th at 5:30 p.m. ET. The race can be viewed LIVE nationally on FOX and heard on affiliated PRN radio stations and on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
Country music singer, songwriter and two-time GRAMMY nominee, Josh Turner, performed in front of thousands of fans at a pre-race concert presented by Lance® sandwich crackers on Saturday, May 18, at the 29th annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Prior to Turner’s 90-minute set, Snyder’s-Lance CEO Carl Lee greeted the crowd and the Lance® Snack Patrol led concert-goers in wishing Lance® “Happy Birthday” in honor of the brand’s 100th anniversary. Approximately 2,000 Snyder’s-Lance employees and their families from the Charlotte facility also participated in the weekend festivities.
“Our year-long 100th anniversary celebration is about giving consumers more of what they love and also thanking our local Snyder’s-Lance associates,” said Tommy Ingram, Senior Brand Director, Bakery, Snyder’s-Lance. “Our partnership with the Charlotte Motor Speedway was the perfect opportunity to get out in the community, enjoy some great live music and interact with race fans of all ages.”
Event attendees in the Fan Zone had a chance to meet with the Lance® Snack Patrol as they hosted giveaways and activities for families and distributed more than 13,000 samples of new Lance® Xtra Fulls™ sandwich crackers throughout the race weekend.
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Home Field Advantage...The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads home to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first of two visits to the local facility in 2013. Larson has never made a lap at the 1.5-mile quad oval, but he'll have plenty of time to learn before taking the green flag. The weekend begins with a four-hour test session on Wednesday, followed by two additional practices on Thursday afternoon.
This Week's Camaro...This weekend, the No. 32 team will unload chassis TSM-402 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. TSM-402 is a brand new chassis, which will be making its on-track debut in the History 300.
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Previous Race Recap... Larson brought home a top-10 finish at Darlington Raceway, his fourth of the 2013 season. In his first ever tangle with 'The Lady in Black,' Larson scored his career-best NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start before bringing home a sixth-place finish in the Sport Clips VFW Help A Hero 200.
Watch and Listen...The History 300 can be seen live on Saturday, May 25 on ABC. Race coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Kyle Larson on Charlotte Motor Speedway
"I feel good going into this week's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway because of the momentum we're carrying with us from Darlington. We had a good race, without any incidents or goofy stuff, and it's exactly what the No. 32 team needed. We just needed to earn the finish we deserved. I haven't had much luck at the mile-and-a-half tracks so far this year, but the intermediates are where Turner Scott Motorsports really excels. It would be great to get our first win in Charlotte 'at home' with our entire shop and their families cheering us on."
Back Home in Charlotte...Following a one-week hiatus, the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) returns for the 10th race of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) on Saturday afternoon. Justin Allgaier has nine previous starts at CMS, including his NNS debut, with a best finish of third. Track activity for the NNS teams begins on Wednesday at CMS with a four-hour test session. Regular weekend practice begins on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Darlington Recap...Allgaier qualified fifth at Darlington Raceway in the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro. He was the highest qualifying Chevrolet in the 40-car NNS field. After spending most of Friday night in the top-10 at Darlington Raceway, Allgaier brought his car home in the 10th position. With the 10th-place finish, Allgaier is currently fourth in the NNS Driver Point Standings.
This Week's Camaro...This weekend the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet team will utilize chassis TSM-401. TSM-401 is brand new out of the Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) stable.
Watch and Listen...Race coverage forThe History 300 at CMS can be seen live on Saturday, May 25 on ABC at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The event can be heard live on PRN Radio at 2:30 p.m. EDT, and also on SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
Testing...On Tuesday, May 28 Allgaier and his Turner Scott Motorsports teammates will head to Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. The team is road course testing in preparation for the upcoming races at Road America, Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio.
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli on Charlotte Motor Speedway:
"We are taking chassis No. 401 to Charlotte [Motor Speedway], which is the latest chassis design to come out of the TSM shop. We will use Wednesday as a test day and have a large test plan in place to try several different things. On Thursday, we will take our best setup from Wednesday and put it in the car and work on balance for the race."
Justin Allgaier on Charlotte Motor Speedway:
"Charlotte [Motor Speedway] is extremely fun to drive. The track is very wide and we are able to run two and three-wide without a problem. It puts on a great race for the fans. It's also a home race for several of the team and crew members. We put a lot of effort into Charlotte like we do any other week, but winning there would be huge. I rank it right up there with winning at Daytona [International Speedway]."