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Last Tuesday NASCAR announced the 2012 class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five person class which will be officially inducted in a ceremony during the weekend of January 20, 2012 at the Hall of Fame in Charlotte NC, consists of Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman, Richie Evans, and Glenn Wood.
Members of the 55 member voting panel met Tuesday of last week in a closed session in Charlotte NC to vote on the induction class of 2012. The announcement was made by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.
The class was determined by votes cast by the voting panel, which included a nationwide fan vote
conducted through NASCAR.com. The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.
As was the case for the first two classes of the Hall of Fame, the results of this year’s voting were competitive. Yarborough led with 85% of the vote, followed by Waltrip with 82%, Richard Petty’s crew Chief Dale Inman at 78%, King of the modifieds, the late Richie Evans and the patriarch of Stuart, Virginia’s famed Wood Brothers Racing, Glen Wood. Also receiving votes were Jerry Cook, Cotton Owens, Raymond Parks, and Herb Thomas.
The fans’ five picks, in alphabetical order, were Richard Childress, Benny Parsons, Fireball Roberts, Waltrip and Yarbrough.
The five inductees came from a group of 25 nominees that included: Buck Baker, Red Byron, Richard Childress, Jerry Cook, H. Clay Earles, Richie Evans, Tim Flock, Rick Hendrick, Jack Ingram, Bobby Isaac, Dale Inman, Fred Lorenzen, Cotton Owens, Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons, Les Richter, Fireball Roberts, T. Wayne Robertson, Herb Thomas, Curtis Turner, Darrell Waltrip, Joe Weatherly, Glen Wood and Cale Yarborough.
Class of 2012 Inductees:
William Caleb Yarborough was the first driver to win three consecutive NASCAR premier series championships, from 1976-78. During his three-year dominance, Yarborough won 28 races. Nine in 1976, nine in 77, and 10 in 78. His final championship points margin in those three years was never fewer than 195 points and was as much as 474 in 1978. Yarborough totaled 83 victories in 562 races during his 31-year career that spanned from 1957 to 1988. Yarborough is tied for fifth on the all time wins list.
A three-time premier series champion 1981-82 and 85, Waltrip won all three driving for the legendary Junior Johnson. Waltrip is tied with Bobby Allison and Jeff Gordon for third all-time in series victories with 84. His 59 poles rank fifth all-time. He competed from 1972 until 2000, which included a 1989 Daytona 500 victory.
Crew chief for “The King” Richard Petty for nearly three decades, Inman set records for the most wins (193) and championships (eight) by a crew chief. Inman won seven of those championships with Petty (1964, 67, 71, 74, 75, and 79) and a final one in 1984 with Terry Labonte.
The recognized “King” of modified racing, Evans captured nine modified titles in a 13 year span, including eight in a row from 1978-85. His career accomplishments included multiple track championships across the northeast and hundreds of victories, including a 37-win season during a stretch of 60 modified races in 1979. Evans was fatally injured in a practice crash at Martinsville Speedway in 1985.
Glen Wood laid the foundation for the famed Wood Brothers racing team as a driver in NASCAR’s premier series. Competing on a semi-regular basis, mostly at tracks close to his southern Virginia home, Wood won four times, all at Bowman Grey Stadium in Winston Salem NC. Wood is best known for his collaboration with brothers Leonard and Delano in Wood Brothers Racing. The Stuart, Virginia based team, which dates to 1950 and remains active, has amassed 98 victories, including this year’s Daytona 500.