BRISTOL, Tenn. – Two of the greatest names in the history of Bristol Motor Speedway and four Bristol winners were among the five legends announced today as the Class of 2012 to be inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough, who combined to earn 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile and were the two most dominant drivers on the high banks for more than a decade, were selected to Hall of Fame’s third class. Joining them was famed crew chief Dale Inman, superstar modified driver Richie Evans and legendary car owner Glen Wood, who in 1998 also was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers.
Inman not only won races at Bristol as crew chief for his cousin Richard Petty, but was calling the shots and turning wrenches for Terry Labonte in 1984 when the duo won the August night race on their way to the Sprint Cup title that season.
Glen Wood and the Wood Brothers' No. 21 have 24 top-10 finishes and a win (2001 with Elliott Sadler) at Bristol.
Evans is the only member of the class not to have a record at Bristol Motor Speedway, which, ironically, now hosts the NASCAR Whelen Modifieds as part of the IRWIN Tools Night Race weekend in August.
"We have said for years the cream rises to the top at Bristol," said BMS Vice-President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell. "The best of the best, behind the steering wheel and behind pit wall, win here. Members of the three classes now part of the NASCAR Hall of Fame represent around 70 wins in the Sprint Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway, either as owner, driver or crew chief. And almost half of them have grandstands named in their honor here because of their success.
“All five of those gentlemen are extremely deserving of being in the NASCAR Hall of Fame and we congratulate them all and their families."