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Variety spices NASCAR Hall of Fame’s third class

“A legend for everyone” describes the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s third class of inductees enshrined last Friday.

Here’s the versatile list. Dale Inman – an eight-time champion; he’s the first to be inducted based on his primary role as a crew chief. Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough – a pair of three-time NASCAR premier series champions, who won a combined 167 races. Glen Wood – the legendary car owner whose team has raced in seven decades, compiling 98 wins. And the late Richie Evans – a nine-time NASCAR Modified champion, the first to be inducted from outside NASCAR’s premier division.

Inman, Richard Petty’s cousin, is generally credited with inventing the modern role of crew chief. He won seven championships with Petty Enterprises and an eighth with Billy Hagan and driver Terry Labonte in 1984. Randleman

Read more: Variety spices NASCAR Hall of Fame’s third class

NASCAR Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway

As the final day of Preseason Thunder testing wrapped up last Saturday, there was certainly no shortage of information NASCAR and the teams gathered during this three-day test as speeds continued to stand close to the 200-mph mark.

 Kasey Kahne led the morning session with a speed of 201.545 mph, with Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson also posting times near the top of the charts.

Teams continued to collaborate with NASCAR throughout the day, in particular with the afternoon pack

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Induction of Third Class to Hall of Fame conterpiece of weekend

For the induction of its third class to the NASCAR Hall of Fame January 20th, NASCAR has pulled out all the stops to create a weekend celebration worthy of the enshrinement of the latest group of the sports all-time greats.

Dubbed Acceleration Weekend, the sports elite will converge on Charlotte, North Carolina for the Hall of Fame induction of Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman, Ritchie Evans, and Glen Wood;  the induction ceremony will be Friday January 20. 

More than 50 drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series are

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Lots of winners and losers at the races, the future is now

NASCAR’s Youth Is Served.  The Future is Now
From Trevor Bayne’s Daytona 500 To Nationwide,  and Truck Series Titles
If it seems top performers in NASCAR are getting younger and younger – you’re right.

Consider this: A 20-year-old, Trevor Bayne, won the Daytona 500; A 21-year-old, Austin Dillon, became the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ youngest champion. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series boasted an 18-year-old champion, Max Gresham, and a 15-yearold  race and pole winner, Dylan Kwasniewski.

Youth being served didn’t comprise the season’s only break-out performances, however – think champion Tony Stewart winning a record five of 10 races during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – but it was a headline from

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Kurt Busch to Phoenix Racing, Allmendinger to Penske as silly season continues

 In the latest installment of Kurt Busch burning bridges and running out of opportunities with top level teams, Penske Racing has named A.J. Allmendinger as driver of the team’s No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger for the 2012 season.

Allmendinger, who has competed in the Cup series since 2007, is coming off a strong season that saw him finish 15th in the standings while battling for a position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The 30 year-old from Los Gatos,

Read more: Kurt Busch to Phoenix Racing, Allmendinger to Penske as silly season continues

Greg Zipadelli named competition director for Stewart-Hass racing

Greg Zipadelli, winner of two championships and 34 victories as a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been named competition director at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). He will work with Vice President of Competition Matt Borland and oversee the Nos. 14 and 39 teams, while also building the No. 10 team for which Danica Patrick will run a 10-race Sprint Cup schedule in 2012.

Zipadelli comes to SHR from Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) where he served as crew chief for the No. 20 team since 1999. It’s where the 44-year-old from Berlin, Conn began a

Read more: Greg Zipadelli named competition director for Stewart-Hass racing

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