5 Named To NASCAR Hall Of Fame

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The Class of 2018 was announced Wednesday in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.  The latest group of honorees is made up of Ken Squier, one of NASCAR’s original broadcasters and a co-founder of the Motor Racing Network in 1970 … Red Byron, who won NASCAR’s first “Strictly Stock” championship in 1949 – the  precursor to today’s Monster Energy Series … Ray Evernham, the crew chief who guided Jeff Gordon to three Cup Series championships in a four-year stretch and an eye-popping forty-seven race wins during the 1990s … Ron Hornaday, who claimed four Truck Series championships and has a series-record fifty-one wins … and master engine builder Robert Yates, who was this year’s leading vote getter – appearing on ninety-four percent of the ballots … Squier’s golden voice took NASCAR to a national audience thirsting for live coverage of what he famously described as – QUOTE – “common men doing uncommon things” … Byron drove for Hall of Fame car owner Raymond Parks.  He was wounded in World War-2 and drove with a special brace attached to the clutch pedal to ease the movement of his injured leg, making his accomplishments even more impressive … Evernham and Gordon teamed up for two Daytona 500 victories and a pair of Brickyard 400 wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He was also successful as a team owner, winning at Indy in 2002 with Bill Elliott behind the wheel … Hornaday won five straight races in 2009, a feat matched only three other times across NASCAR’s three national series in the sport’s sixty-nine-year history.  He also holds Truck Series records for top fives (158) and top tens (234) … Yates built the engines that powered Bobby Allison to the 1983 Cup Series championship.  He became a team owner in the late 1980s and won three Daytona 500s … The Class of 2018 will be formally inducted in January

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