The Cat in the Hall

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 12: Chris Buescher, driver of the #16 EcoBoost Ford, talks to team owner Jack Roush on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 12:  Chris Buescher, driver of the #16 EcoBoost Ford, talks to team owner Jack Roush on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
FORT WORTH, TX – APRIL 12: Chris Buescher, driver of the #16 EcoBoost Ford, talks to team owner Jack Roush on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 12, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

FORT WORTH, Tex.–Sprint Cup team owner Jack Roush, known as “The Cat in the Hat” for the trademark fedoras he wears, is the latest addition to the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame. Roush was inducted Thursday night by former driver and long-time friend Mark Martin during a ceremony in the Speedway Club at Texas.

Five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who held off Brad Keselowski to win last year’s Chase race at Texas, was honored as the driver of the year at TMS. Kurt Busch, the 2004 Cup champion, was honored with the Maj. General Thomas Sadler award for his charitable endeavors.

IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal earned the TMS Sportsmanship Award, and the late Chris Economaki was honored with the Bruton Smith Legend Award for his lifelong work as a motorsports journalist.

UP IN SMOKE

Friday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup practice was unkind to Kevin Harvick, who blew an engine in his No. 29 Chevrolet during Happy Hour. Because of the subsequent engine change, Harvick will start from the rear of the field in Saturday night’s Cup race.

Harvick and RCR teammates Paul Menard and Jeff Burton are still seeking the organization’s first top-five finish of the season.

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.