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NASCAR names Hall of Fame Class Inductees
The second class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame includes David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett and Bud Moore. The Class of 2011 will be officially inducted in a ceremony in May, 2011 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.
As part of the inclusive voting process, hundreds of thousands of NASCAR fans submitted votes online at NASCAR.com.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame broke ground in Charlotte on Jan. 25, 2007 and opened to the public on May 11, 2010. The facility honors the history of NASCAR and the many who have contributed to the success of the sport.
A closer look at the 2011 HOF class:
• Bobby Allison: Allison, winner of the 1983 NASCAR premier series championship, ended his career with 84 victories, tied for third on the all-time list. In 1972, he won 10 races, had 12 second-place finishes and was the NASCAR premier series runner-up (to Richard Petty). Allison captured the NASCAR Modified Special Division championship in 1962 and ’63 and then went on to win the Modified Division the following two years. In 1998, Allison was named one of NASCAR’s “50 Greatest Drivers.”
• Ned Jarrett: Jarrett was a two-time NASCAR champion (1961 and ’65) and two-time Sportsman Division champion (1957 and ’58). Throughout his career he totaled 50 premier series victories, tied for 11th all time. In 1998 he was named one of NASCAR’s “50 Greatest Drivers.” After retiring in 1966, Jarrett helped grow the sport through his second career as a broadcaster.
• Bud Moore: A decorated World War II infantryman, Bud Moore became a successful Cup owner almost immediately upon fielding a team in 1961. Moore won back-to-back championships in 1962-63 with Joe Weatherly.
Earlier, in 1957, Moore – who referred to himself as “a country mechanic” – was crew chief for champion Buck Baker.
• David Pearson: Pearson is a three-time NASCAR champion whose career total of 105 victories is second on the all-time list. Pearson won his titles in 1966, ’68 and ’69. He also won the sport’s biggest event, the Daytona 500, in 1976. In 1998, he was named one of NASCAR’s “50 Greatest Drivers.”
• Lee Petty: Petty became the sport’s first three-time series champion after winning titles in 1954, ’58 and ’59. He also was the winner of the first Daytona 500 in 1959. His 54 career victories stands ninth on the all-time list, and he never finished lower than fourth in points from 1949-59. In 1998, he was named one of NASCAR’s “50 Greatest Drivers.” Petty is the founder of Petty Enterprises and as an owner had more than 2,000 starts and 268 victories.