June 3 - 9, 2010
June 3 - 9, 2010
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Honoring the Greats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In future years, Bill France Jr. was underestimated when he took over NASCAR from the NASCAR Hall of Fame will choose his father, but how could he have avoided it? He had a father who was five inductees a year, guaranteeing that larger than life. Though he lacked his father’s vision, he inherited toughits shrine will always be exclusive. ness and ambition. continued on page 14 There is, however, only one inaugural class ... and only one inaugural induction. “You get to focus on five people every year, and they get their due,” said executive director Winston Kelley. “It could’ve been four, and it could’ve been six. Some people said ‘you need a bunch of people in there,’ but I didn’t like that concept and gave my feedback to N A S CAR.” Living legends Richard Petty, left, and Junior Johnson were inducted The first into the first NASCAR Hall of Fame, along with the late William H.G. France, William C. France and Dale Earnhart. (John Clark/NASCAR induction This Week photo) class consisted of two men, father and son, instrumental in the organization and growth of NASCAR. It included the driver with the most wins, the two with the most championships and one whose fame stretches from driving race cars to building and owning them. Richard Petty won 200 races at NASCAR’s top level, now known as Sprint Cup. He and Dale Earnhardt each won a record seven championships. Junior Johnson may be the most legendary figure of them all. William H.G. (Big Bill) France founded NASCAR, and his son, William C. (Bill WE WANT YOUR BUSINESS! Jr.) France, took stock-car racing into the American sporting mainstream. Only Petty and Johnson lived to see the inducAll payments are based on 10% down payment or trade equity. tion, which took place on May 23. Even at the dawn of NASCAR -- an organizational meeting on Dec. 14, 1947, in a Daytona 2400 E. Yellowstone • Casper, Wyoming Beach, Fla., hotel -- no one but Big Bill France saw Apply online: WhitesMountainChevy.com. Apply today, drive home TONIGHT! stock-car racing’s possibilities.
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