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NASCAR's 3rd Hall class

Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2011

Cale Yarborough

Driver

Hometown: Timmonsville, S.C.

Age: 72

Career: 1957-88

Why he got in: Was first Cup driver to win three consecutive championships (1976-78) ... Won 83 races in 31 years, sixth all-time ... Won Daytona 500 four times (1968, '77, '83, '84) ... Won 69 poles, fourth on the all-time list.

Quote: "I am very happy about this honor. It caps off a good career that I had. It puts me in the company with some of the best in the world. To be selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and now be alongside those that founded the sport and made it what it is today is a tremendous thrill and honor for me."

Darrell Waltrip

Driver

Hometown: Franklin, Tenn.

Age: 64

Career: 1972-2000

Why he got in: His 84 victories put him in a tie for third all-time with Jeff Gordon and Bobby Allison ... Won three Cup championships (1981, '82, '85) ... Won Daytona 500 in 1989, his 17th season on the circuit ... Won 59 poles.

Quote: "I was sick to my stomach getting here. I didn't want to be disappointed again" after not being inducted this year.

Dale Inman

Crew chief

Hometown: Level Cross

Age: 74

Career: 1958-92

Why he got in: Was Richard Petty's crew chief for seven Cup titles and won another in 1984 with Terry Labonte ... Largely was responsible for how the crew chief of today does his job, revolutionizing the position ... Inman's late-race decision to take fuel only helped Petty win the 1981 Daytona 500 and is considered one of the great strategy calls in NASCAR history ... After the race, Inman announced he was leaving Petty Enterprises.

Quote: "You had to do whatever was necessary to win, I guess. If it was work all night and drive all day. Or drive all night. We'd run Daytona on Friday, then run Dover on Sunday and had never seen the place. And we won the race."

Richie Evans

Driver

Hometown: Rome, N.Y.

Died: 1985, age 44

Career: 1973-85

Why he got in: Dominated NASCAR's modified circuit, winning nine championships in 13 years ... That included eight straight championships in 1978-85 ... Won so many races that the 475 he's credited with is an estimated figure ... Won 12 races in 1985, the last year of his career ... Died in a crash during practice at Martinsville, Va.

Quote: "We are just so thrilled and excited. He has received a lot of rewards, but this is the ultimate. I know he is looking down and smiling ear to ear." - Lynn Evans, Evans' wife.

Glen Wood

Owner

Hometown: Stuart, Va.

Age: 80

Career: 1953-64 (driver); 1953-present (owner)

Why he got in: Is part of the famed Wood Brothers Racing team, which has had top drivers including David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Marvin Panch, Tiny Lund, A.J. Foyt and Junior Johnson, compete for the organization ... Helped revolutionize the work done on pit road, including the importance of fast pit stops ... He won four races as a driver, 98 as an owner, including this year's Daytona 500 with Trevor Bayne driving.

Quote: "I didn't expect this. There were several (nominees) I thought of. I had my five picked and I wasn't one of them."

Compiled by David Scott