Five new members to the NASCAR Hall of Fame were inducted Friday night in Charlotte North Carolina. The fourth class to enter the Hall, the group represented several generations from pioneers of the sport to those who helped bring the sport into the modern era.
The five members bring the total of those honored to 20.
The most recent five are Buck Baker – a two-time NASCAR premier series champion in 1956-57, the first to ever win back-to-back titles in NASCAR’s top level; Cotton Owens a driver and owner; Herb Thomas – the first driver to win multiple championships in NASCAR’s premier series; Rusty Wallace – the 1989 NASCAR premier series champion and a 55-time race winner and Leonard Wood – legendary engine builder, mechanic and crew chief for the Wood Brothers.
Each of the five inductees were officially welcomed into the hall by former inductees. The inductors for the five inductees: Herb Thomas was inducted by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett; Cotton Owens was inducted by his former driver NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson; Leonard Wood was inducted by his nephew and Wood Brothers co-owner Eddie Wood; Buck Baker was inducted by his son Buddy Baker; Rusty Wallace was inducted by his son Greg Wallace. MORE>>>