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Posts Tagged ‘Dale Earnhardt Sr.’

Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains most popular NASCAR driver

Dale Earnhardt Jr. tied Bill Elliott’s record of 10 straight times for winning NASCAR’s most popular driver.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images, courtesy NASCARmedia.com)

The son of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. has won the award every year since 2003.

Earnhardt won the award at the Myers Brothers Luncheon at Wynn’s The Encore.

The award is presented annually by the National Motorsports Press Association.

NASCAR RACE #18 PREVIEW: Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway tonight on TNT

Daytona International Speedway front stretch (photo by ImperialAssassin via wikipedia commons)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the Sunshine State of Florida for the second time this season.

Race #18 will take place in Daytona Beach, Florida and Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400 on TNT at 6:30 p.m.

One of the largest race tracks on the NASCAR circuit, Daytona International seats 147,000 fans, features a 2.5-mile track.

The 400-mile race will encompass 160 laps.

Daytona features restrictor-plate racing.

The late Dale Earnhardt Sr. is the all-time winningest driver at Daytona with 34 victories in NASCAR & non-NASCAR events.

RECAPPING 2011 COKE ZERO 400 RACE: David Ragan took control of the race from Ryan Newman with eight laps to go to earn his first Cup series win.

For more information on the race log onto NASCAR.com or DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

Daytona International Speedway (file photo)


First Class inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame

compiled from staff, wire and NASCAR reports

NASCAR’s new Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural five members on Sunday, celebrating and honoring auto racing’s pioneers.

NASCAR founder Bill France was recognized for his idea and vision of turning unregulated racing into the premiere motorsports series. His son, Bill France Jr., was recalled as a tough taskmaster who worked his heart and soul into keeping NASCAR going and improving it as the years go by.

Richard Petty (nascar)

Seven-time champion Richard Petty, was given credit for being the sport’s first real superstar, while Junior Johnson was honored as the symbol of the sport’s southern roots.

Dale Earnhardt Sr., who is the “champion’s champion” who represented the hard-working, blue collar spirit which is the heart of NASCAR.

“The Intimidator” was represented on stage by his widow, Teresa, and four children. It was a rare form of unity for a family that’s been fractured since Earnhardt’s 2001 death in the Daytona 500.

The Earnhardt family closed the ceremony.

Bill France Sr., was accepted into the Hall by his son, Jim, who said the promoter-turned-NASCAR founder would’ve been thrilled to see the racing series had far exceeded his expectation and vision.

Bill France, Jr., who took the reins from his father and guided NASCAR through a 30-year period of positive extreme growth, was represented by his children, Brian and Lesa.

Richard Petty, NASCAR’s all-time wins leader was inducted by his son, Kyle. “The King,” wearing his trademark cowboy hat and dark sunglasses, deflected attention to his achievements in his speech, preferring to praise his parents, his family, the media, his fans and the France family.

Junior Johnson, the one-time moonshine runner-turned-champion driver and car owner, was inducted by his 16-year old son, Robert.

Busch wins 5th in a row at Texas Motor Speedway

compiled from staff and wire reports

Kyle Busch won his fifth consecutive Nationwide Tour race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, joining two-time series champion Jack Ingram and Dale Earnhardt, Sr., as the only drivers to win five consecutive races in NASCAR’s second-tier series at the same track.

Kyle Busch (nascar)

It was Busch’s second consecutive Nationwide victory, third this season and 33rd of his career. Only Mark Martin (48) and Kevin Harvick (36) have more career victories.

Busch beat teammate Joey Logano, the polesitter, by 0.688 seconds.