November 02, 2005

EARNHARDT INTO THE INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME: We are pleased to announce that we will induct Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, Janet Guthrie, Jack Roush and Humpy Wheeler next April 27th. Earnhardt, of course, is the seven-time Winston Cup champion and Gant is one of the all-time greats in both Cup and Busch racing. Guthrie is the first female to race in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. Roush’s race teams have won titles in drag racing, sports cars, Craftsman trucks, Busch Series and Nextel Cup Series. Wheeler is the long-time innovative promoter at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

posted by Team SkidMark to auto racing at 04:55 PM - 13 comments

Excellent class of racers, owners, and promoters. I still miss seeing Dale, Sr. on the track.

posted by dbt302 at 07:46 PM on November 02, 2005

Humpy Wheeler? Ye gods. Who names the kids in your country?

posted by owlhouse at 08:16 PM on November 02, 2005

Glad to see Dale and Handsome Harry get into the hall of fame. Two of my favorite drivers. Congrats #3 and #33

posted by Sasquatch12154 at 08:44 PM on November 02, 2005

Why is this Hall of Fame in freakin' Alabama? Indianapolis or Le Mans would seem more appropriate.

posted by gyc at 10:36 PM on November 02, 2005

Why is this Hall of Fame in freakin' Alabama? Maybe because racing is HUGE in alabama? Bought a house in Alabama, middle of nowhere. 3 miles away... a track. Perhaps the better question, why not alabama?

posted by justgary at 11:12 PM on November 02, 2005

Dale Earnhardt aka The Intimidator - needless to say he deserves to be inducted. dbt302 - I'm with you. I miss seeing Dale, Sr. in that #3 car on Sunday.

posted by alljasz at 08:29 AM on November 03, 2005

There are two things that stand out in my mind that haunt me to this day,the first was hearing that my 6 month old sister had died in the hospital and second was seeing the end of the the race and hearing B France say we had lost Dale SR in that wreck. ITs like getting punched in the gut hearing those words. I miss the guy. I am glad his name will be honored because he absolutly earned it. THOMAS J CINCOTTA

posted by TEAMCINCOTTA at 10:17 AM on November 03, 2005

What? No NASCAR bashing today? I guess hater 187 and that guy that gets upset at Redsoxrgay haven't seen this yet. (or maybe, just maybe, they are actually showing respect) Doubt it. They ought to hold off on Humpy resurfaces the track before they pass a final judgement. DE? They oughtta name the building after him.

posted by bugsyduke at 12:24 PM on November 03, 2005

Er, "International"? I guess they mean both Georgia and Alabama...

posted by salmacis at 12:44 PM on November 03, 2005

It's respect bugsy. All ready stated my positon. Please do not taunt me in further posts.

posted by HATER 187 at 01:37 PM on November 03, 2005

I really don't get the whole Nascar thing....very boring to me....a bit pointless. But my dad and the rest of my friends and family back in Texas love it. I guess it's the equivelant of my hero, Julie Foudy. Quite the icon of his sport, that Dale. I say it's a great thing. If the loss of someone means that perfect strangers cry and make their own memorials in their home towns in their honor, they deserve at least that. He was a great. Induct away!

posted by Irish Gal at 01:51 PM on November 03, 2005

I still think the cars should be convertibles so you could see the drivers. A lot like Indy Cars.

posted by JIM W. at 03:34 PM on November 03, 2005

Do not taunt the happy fun ball, er, hater... (but it's so much fun...)

posted by bugsyduke at 02:01 PM on November 04, 2005

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