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2012 NASCAR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: Richie Evans, National NASCAR modified champion


Richard Ernest Evans, known to his racing counterparts and friends as Richie Evans. He was an American race car driver who won nine NASCAR National Modified Championships, including eight in a row from 1978 to 1985. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame lists this achievement as “one of the supreme accomplishments in motorsports”. Evans won virtually every major race for asphalt modifieds, most of them more than once, including winning the Race of Champions three times.. Evans was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on June 14, 2011. As one of the Class of 2012, Richie will be one of the Hall’s first 15 inductees, and is the first Hall of Famer from outside NASCAR’s premier series.

Evans left his family’s farm at age 16 to work at a local garage in Rome, New York. After he found early success in street racing, then became a winner in drag racing, an associate suggested he try building a car to race at the nearby Utica-Rome Speedway. He ran his first oval-track car, a 1954 Ford Hobby Stock numbered PT-109 (after John F. Kennedy’s torpedo boat in World War II, in 1962. He advanced to the Modifieds, the premier division, in 1965, winning his first feature in the season’s final night.


In 1973, Evans became the NASCAR National Modified Champion. In 1978, the “Rapid Roman” won a second title and did not relinquish his crown during the next seven years. Evans took over four hundred feature race wins at racetracks from Quebec to Florida before he was killed in a crash at Martinsville Speedway in 1985 while practicing for the Winn-Dixie 500 tripleheader in late 1985 (three races in one day — a 200-lap Modified race, a 200-lap Busch Series race, and a 100-lap Late Model race). Before his fatal crash, Evans had clinched NASCAR’s inaugural Winston Modified Tour (now known as Whelen Modified Tour championship.


In 1982, NASCAR created the Whelen All-American Series, then known as the Winston Racing Series, to reward successful short-track racers and to provide incentives for them to support their local weekly short tracks, known now as NASCAR Home Tracks. A region-based series when Evans competed (now an international series, based on individual state and provincial champions), Evans won the Northeast Region championship all four years that he competed in it, from 1982 through 1985, but did not win the national championship.


Richie Evans won 28 championships at 11 different tracks in 4 states.


Evans was born July 23, 1941 and died October 24, 1985.

Richie Evans at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida in 1985 (photo by Kenny via wikipedia commons)




Info compiled from NASCAR, Radio, TV & Wikipedia

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY JANUARY 20, 2011: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Thursday, January 20, the 20th day of 2011. There are 345 days left in the year.


Barack Obama became the United States 44th President on this date in 2009 and the nation's first African American elected to the office (file photo)

* On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th president.

* In 1942, Nazi officials conducted the notorious Wannsee conference, arriving at their “final solution” that called for killing all Jews.

* In 1981, Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, acting minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.

* In 1986, the United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil-rights leader the Reverand Martin Luther King, Jr.

* In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation’s 44th president and first African-American elected to the position.


81 BUZZ ALDRIN, former astronaut

59 PAUL STANLEY, rock musician from the group KISS

55 BILL MAHER, comedian and TV host

48 JAMES DENTON, actor on the TV show Desperate Housewives

46 JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY, country singer

45 RAINN WILSON, actor from the TV show, The Office

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 14, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Thursday, October 14, the 287th day of 2010. There are 78 days left in the years.


U.S. Peace Corps idea was suggested on this date by Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy (file photo)

* On October 14, 1960, the idea of a Peace Corps was suggested by Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy to an audience of students at the University of Michigan.

* In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt campaigning for the presidency, was shot in the chest in Milwaukee. Despite the wound, he went ahead with a speech.

* In 1944, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution for alledgedly conspiring against Adolf Hitler.

* In 1947, Air Force test pilot Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager broke the sound barrier as he flew the Bell XS-1 (later X-1) rocket plane over Muroc Dry Lake in California.

* In 1968, the first successful live telecast from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.

* In 1987, a 58-hour drama began in Midland, Texas, as 18-month-old Jessica McClure slid 22-feet down an abandoned well at a private day-care center; she was rescued on October 16.


83 Roger Moore, actor from the James Bond films.

72 Melba Montgomery, country singer.

71 Ralph Lauren, fashion designer.

64 Justin Hayward, singer-musician (The Moody Blues)

36 Natalie Maines, country singer (the Dixie Chicks).

32 Usher, singer.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Wednesday, October 13, the 286th day of 2010. We have 79 days left in the year.


Bill Mazeroski hit the game-winning homer on this date in 1960 (Pirates photo)

* On October 13, 1960, the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series, defeating the New York Yankees in Game 7, 10-9, on a home run by Bill Mazeroski, an Ohio native from Martins Ferry.

* In A.D. 54, Roman Emperor Claudius I died, poisoned apparently at the order of his wife, Agrippina.

* In 1775, the U.S. Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.

* In 1792, the cornerstone of the executive mansion, later known as the White House, was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.

* In 1943, Italy declared war on Germany, it’s one-time axis partner.

* In 1944, American troops entered Aachen, Germany, during World War II.

* In 1960, Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised debate of their presidential campaign. Nixon was in Los Angeles; Kennedy was in New York.


72 Shirley Caesar, gospel singer.

69 Paul Simon, singer, songwriter and musician.

63 Sammy Hagar, singer, musician.

51 Marie Osmond, singer from famous Osmond family.

41 Nancy Kerrigan, figure skater and Olympic silver medalist.

39 Sasha Baron Cohen, actor.

30 Ashanti, singer.

28 Ian Thorpe, swimmer and Olympic gold medalist.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR TUESDAY JULY 13, 2010: Almanac and Celebrity Birthdays

compiled from staff, wire and Entertainment news


Today is Tuesday, July 13, the 194th day of 2010. There are 171 remaining in the year.


* On July 13, 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination on the first ballot at his party’s convention in Los Angeles, outdrawing rivals, including Lyndon B. Johnson, Stuart Symington and Adlai Stevenson.

* In 1787, Congress enacted am ordinance governing the Northwest Territory.

* In 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Company by Chairman Henry Ford II.

* In 1985, “Live Aid”, an international rock concert in Philadelphia, London, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise money for Africa’s starving people.

* Ten years ago on July 13, 2000, Fellow Democrat Bill Bradley endorsed Vice President Al Gore for president, four months after conceding their fight for the White House.


70 Patrick Stewart, actor.

68 Harrison Ford, actor.

68 Roger McGuinn, rock singer and guitarist of the group, The Byrds.

64 Cheech Marin, actor-comedian.

48 Rhonda Vincent, bluegrass singer

37 Deborah Cox, singer