Four veterans NASCAR champions and a championship car owner are the next five inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Announced on Wednesday, October 13th at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, the next class consists of Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett, Bud Moore, David Pearson, and Lee Petty.
Bobby Allison, a member of the legendary “Alabama Gang,” won the Cup Series championship in 1983; he retired with 84 wins in the division. Also a two-time Modified Division champ, Allison may be best remembered for his role in “The Fight,” along with brother Donnie, against Cale Yarborough near the end of the 1979 Daytona 500.
“Gentleman Ned” Jarrett was a two-time Cup Series champ (1961 and 1965) and a two-time Sportsman Division champ (1957 and 1958); he retired in 1966 with 50 career victories. Jarrett is best known by today’s racing fans as a television broadcaster and as father to another former driver-turned-broadcaster, Dale Jarrett.
Car owner Bud Moore made his way through the Cup Series, first as a crew chief for Buck Baker, and later as car owner for Joe Weatherly, winning two titles in 1962 and 1963. Among other drivers who walked through Moore’s garage-full of Fords: David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt, Ricky Rudd, Benny Parsons, and Geoff Bodine.
“The Silver Fox,” David Pearson, was a three-time Cup Series champion (1966, 1968, and 1969) with 105 wins to his credit ‘” currently second all-time behind one of last year’s inductees, Richard Petty. In his 27 years in NASCAR’s top series, Pearson never ran a full season. Pearson is also the father of former NASCAR driver Larry and former crew chief Eddie.
The patriarch of the Petty clan, Lee Petty was the winner of the first Daytona 500 in 1959, and also the first three-time Cup Series champion (1954, 1958, and 1959); he retired with 54 career victories. He joins his son in the Hall of Fame, as Richard was inducted in the Hall’s first class in 2010.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011 will make an appearance in the Great Hall on Saturday, October 16th. Admission tickets for the Hall are $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military personnel, and $12.95 for children; the Hall is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Visit www.nascarhall.com for more information.
source: “2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class Announced,” NASCARmedia.com