Earnhardt leads NASCAR Hall inductees

Oct 15, 2009 | Posted by: outnleftfield | Full story: www.arcamax.com

The late Dale Earnhardt was among five people inducted Wednesday to NASCAR's inaugural Hall of Fame class in Charlotte, N.C. He was joined by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., who replaced his father and has been NASCAR's president for 29 years, and former drivers Junior Johnson and Richard Petty.

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kaylighthouse

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This is wonderful! I am so glad that the true Earnhardt fans are doing this for the most deserving driver of our time. The No. 3 driver has been missed since Dale's death and the No. 3 fans really have had no one like him to carry the real sport of racing since then. It is sad and alot of fans don't even watch racing anymore so I hope those fans will get Dale Earnhardt, Sr. the well deserved recognition HE deserves. I miss him in every race!
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I'm surprised they didn't put Jr in with the first group.
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I'm surprised they didn't put Jr in with the first group.
I am suprised that someone has not mashed your big mouth.
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I'm surprised they didn't put Jr in with the first group.
I agree with you! I sat watching and waiting for that bunch of Jr lovin', Stuned A--holes highjack the vote. It wouldn't have surprised me.
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kaylighthouse wrote:
This is wonderful! I am so glad that the true Earnhardt fans are doing this for the most deserving driver of our time. The No. 3 driver has been missed since Dale's death and the No. 3 fans really have had no one like him to carry the real sport of racing since then. It is sad and alot of fans don't even watch racing anymore so I hope those fans will get Dale Earnhardt, Sr. the well deserved recognition HE deserves. I miss him in every race!
WOW! You need a life...LOL

Dale didn't deserve to be in the first bunch! The only reason is cause he's the cashcow of the deal. Now all the Sr fans will flock to the HOF, just like they want...LOL
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Petty, Pearson, Allison, Cale, and Junior Johnson. Period. These guys built the sport. Ironhead came in after all the heavy lifting was done. The "modern day" NA$CRAP fans and the suck-up "media" just doesn't know any better. That's why the "sport" is in the tank and falling farther every minute.

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Oct 16, 2009
 
Out of the five that did get "voted" in, Bill France Jr. was the one that doesn't belong.
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To: Les2
You have your opinion of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and that's o.k. I know what the man did for my daughter and myself when she was in a coma for 30 days and was not expected to live. He was in Florida, North Carolina and I was in Virginia at a hospital with the only recognizable parts of my daughter were her hands. He called each day or had his secretary call to find out her condition. He had only met my 17 yo daughter one time at the open house at Earnhardt Chevrolet. But he remembered her. That said alot. Later, he met her about eight or nine times. For my daughters senior graduation we went to Kannapolis, NC and that was 18 years ago. So, pardon me if I think he was more than a driver of the No. 3 Black Chevrolet. You have a right to your driver and so do I. Enjoy the race this weekend.

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Petty, Pearson, Allison, Cale, and Junior Johnson. Period. These guys built the sport. Ironhead came in after all the heavy lifting was done. The "modern day" NA$CRAP fans and the suck-up "media" just doesn't know any better. That's why the "sport" is in the tank and falling farther every minute.
The only failing I see is you. And thats epic failure. You have this 'i hate nascar' attitude but you cant seem to pull yourself away from it long at all. What was it exactly that turned you into such a whiny little punk that you have to lash out the way you do? If nascar disgusts you so much, why bother reading about it? Go play your frickin gameboy or something, moron.

LOL!! pwned! XD
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kaylighthouse wrote:
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You have your opinion of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and that's o.k. I know what the man did for my daughter and myself when she was in a coma for 30 days and was not expected to live. He was in Florida, North Carolina and I was in Virginia at a hospital with the only recognizable parts of my daughter were her hands. He called each day or had his secretary call to find out her condition. He had only met my 17 yo daughter one time at the open house at Earnhardt Chevrolet. But he remembered her. That said alot. Later, he met her about eight or nine times. For my daughters senior graduation we went to Kannapolis, NC and that was 18 years ago. So, pardon me if I think he was more than a driver of the No. 3 Black Chevrolet. You have a right to your driver and so do I. Enjoy the race this weekend.
First off I didn't say Sr doesn't belong in the HOF, I believe he does, just not the first round. Second, alot of drivers do wonderful things for other people, does that mean they should be in the HOF right now? No. Remember this is the Nascar HOF not the Nice Guy HOF.

It was nice of Sr to do what he did for you and your family, from what I've seen and heard he did this alot.
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The only failing I see is you. And thats epic failure. You have this 'i hate nascar' attitude but you cant seem to pull yourself away from it long at all. What was it exactly that turned you into such a whiny little punk that you have to lash out the way you do? If nascar disgusts you so much, why bother reading about it? Go play your frickin gameboy or something, moron.
LOL!! pwned! XD
LOL. Go polish your Michael (POS) Waltrip toy car or worship at that life-sized poster of Jooonnnnyyyrrr in your room. Don't worry dunce, Jooonnnyyyrrr probably fell asleep in his box (I mean COT) and and broke the transmission. LMAO.

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NASCRAP is a Bore-Fest wrote:
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LOL. Go polish your Michael (POS) Waltrip toy car or worship at that life-sized poster of Jooonnnnyyyrrr in your room. Don't worry dunce, Jooonnnyyyrrr probably fell asleep in his box (I mean COT) and and broke the transmission. LMAO.
How do you know I have a Waltrip car?

Who ARE you!!?

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How do you know I have a Waltrip car?
Who ARE you!!?
She named her vibe ring Joooynrrr if that tells you anything.

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<quoted text>She named her vibe ring Joooynrrr if that tells you anything.
lol I live that reply.

No, I dont really have one and that person couldn't be further off with assuming anything about me. I'm such a wildcard random fan, nothing typical at all about me.
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I did not agree with the first time induction of Dale Earnhardt Sr., not because he was not a great driver, but because there were so many who deserved to go in before him.

To be honest the first class was too small and I think 25 first timers would have been a better idea. The fact that Sr. went in before H. Clay Earles, owner and promoter of Martinsville, one of the original tracks in NASCAR and the only one of that group that remains, is a travesty. The fact that Wally Parks, the money man for France Sr. who helped NASCAR become a reality was not even on the ballot was a travesty. Dale Sr. should be in the HOF and I would vote for him in a minute, if I had the ability, however, not in the first class.

Dale Sr. was a self made man and with the help of Teresa became a role model for what modern drivers would become, his most important help was that unlike the original drivers, Sr. had his complete career on TV and in multiples of magazines. Do you actually think he was better than Pearson and yes I understnad the number of championships, however, do you understand that for many years the Wood Brothers did not run all of the races and only raced in the big money, big time races with the exception of Martinsville because if was so close to Stewart Va.?

We need to place the people who made NASCAR into a real line of importance and I do believe that there are at least 10 others who deserved the honor before Dale Sr.
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I think he deserved it, not because his career was all over the place, not because of how he was a "cash cow," not because of the things he did off the track. Dale was a very unique driver, aggressive but not stupid, and not scared to put you into a wall if you didn't move out of his way. Back in the day before his time, way before it, not all those cars were evenly powered, aerodynamically symetrical car to car. So he did what he did with an even playing field throughout his entire career and was the master of the draft. I doubt he could literally see the wind, but he knew where to put his car to take total advantage of it... having a sense of humor helped too. "The proper way to pass another driver is to get in his mirrors and let him know you're there. If it's Jeff Gordon, put that son of a bitch into the wall." - Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

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Voice of Reality wrote:
I did not agree with the first time induction of Dale Earnhardt Sr., not because he was not a great driver, but because there were so many who deserved to go in before him.
"If you build it, they will come."
You can build tracks all you want but without a driver who draws such a strong following, it would be hard to fill the seats. The #3 has an extremely strong following, and IMO the best players of the sport deserve to be in there alongside the founders of the sport. A great sport is only as great as the great players.
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"If you build it, they will come."
You can build tracks all you want but without a driver who draws such a strong following, it would be hard to fill the seats. The #3 has an extremely strong following, and IMO the best players of the sport deserve to be in there alongside the founders of the sport. A great sport is only as great as the great players.
And the yin to your yang would be, if there had been or if there were not any tracks, where would these drivers ply their craft? I do not argue the fact if whether Sr. belongs in the HOF, HOWEVER, I do believe that there are at least 10 more deserving people in the historical context of NASCAR that should be there before him.

As I stated H. Clay Earls, Wally Parks, Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Banjo Matthews, and the original founders such as the Flocks and the Red Byrons of the world. I only state that the more modern day drivers have all the advantages because they have played their complete career out on TV, the media that the early drivers worked so hard to get interested in racing.

I actually think that if you judge by over all efforts given to further the sport, I would nominate Benny Parsons to be in at this time. He stood out as a Cup champion, possibly the greatest broadcaster (Sorry Chris Ecomackie) in both the ability to call a race, the ability to give his opinion and unlike Darryl Waltrip does not attempt to become the story, rather than report the story.

I met and talked with Dale Sr. on a couple of occasions and can tell you that as much as he appreciated the founders of NASCAR (who were conpemtoraries with his old man) he would most likely be somewhat amazed at him getting in before some of the pioneers of the sport.

As much as Dale Sr. these are all deserving people, we can agree on that, however, we will just disagree on the timeline that they got into the HOF.

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And the yin to your yang would be, if there had been or if there were not any tracks, where would these drivers ply their craft? I do not argue the fact if whether Sr. belongs in the HOF, HOWEVER, I do believe that there are at least 10 more deserving people in the historical context of NASCAR that should be there before him.
As I stated H. Clay Earls, Wally Parks, Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Banjo Matthews, and the original founders such as the Flocks and the Red Byrons of the world. I only state that the more modern day drivers have all the advantages because they have played their complete career out on TV, the media that the early drivers worked so hard to get interested in racing.
I actually think that if you judge by over all efforts given to further the sport, I would nominate Benny Parsons to be in at this time. He stood out as a Cup champion, possibly the greatest broadcaster (Sorry Chris Ecomackie) in both the ability to call a race, the ability to give his opinion and unlike Darryl Waltrip does not attempt to become the story, rather than report the story.
I met and talked with Dale Sr. on a couple of occasions and can tell you that as much as he appreciated the founders of NASCAR (who were conpemtoraries with his old man) he would most likely be somewhat amazed at him getting in before some of the pioneers of the sport.
As much as Dale Sr. these are all deserving people, we can agree on that, however, we will just disagree on the timeline that they got into the HOF.
"if there were not any tracks, where would these drivers ply their craft?"
I didn't know the only asphalt and dirt within driving distance was supplied by NASCAR.

Tracks accommodate fans who come to see races. Those who perform the races bring the fans which give the track and seats purpose. If the tracks aren't built by this guy or that guy, they'll drive fast someplace else.

I think its a win-win situation to make the sport bigger and make a profit, but the drivers aren't guaranteed the purse for showing up. They're the ones putting in the seat time to earn their prizes AND their support. It's a very clear-cut balance for this sport to succeed - You need a facility, you need cars, and you need drivers.

So who was supplying cars? Sponsors and Winnings... who's the big name from Winston who must have been a major factor in the success? What about the rubber these cars had on'em? Stick Goodyear in there. The safety committee representative? Lots of people keep these things going, not just those who think of the idea but the ones who've been responsible for helping throughout many dedicated years.
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Ironhead is nowhere near in the same category as Petty, Pearson, Cale, Allison. The modern day idiots that clain to know better (ie. sucked media that is ruining the sport along with the NA$CRAP management team) are the reason the sport is as boring as watching paint dry.

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