The NASCAR Hall of Fame inducts five new members on Friday, January 30th, including three past champions, a trailblazer for diversity and one of NASCAR’s first true “superstars.”
Bill Elliott – the 1988 Cup Series champion was nicknamed “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” and “Million Dollar Bill” thanks to his 11-win season in 1985 and his “Winston Million” win the same year. Elliott collected 44 wins and 55 poles over his 35-plus-year career, and was voted the sport’s Most Popular Driver 16 times. He won the Daytona 500 twice and the Southern 500 at Darlington three times, and his smooth driving style has rubbed off on his son, 2014 Nationwide Series champ Chase Elliott.
Fred Lorenzen – Lorenzen was one of NASCAR first superstars in a time when a driver didn’t have to run a full-time schedule to be a championship contender – his best finish in points was third in 1963, winning six times and earning 23 top 10 finishes, making only 29 starts in a 54-race season. In 1964, he entered only 16 of 62 scheduled events, but won eight of them. Lorenzen ended his NASCAR career with 26 wins, 84 top 10s and 32 poles in 158 starts; he was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998 and was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2001.
Wendell Scott – Scott was the first African-American driver to compete full-time and to win in NASCAR’s top division, earning fans and friends during his climb through the ranks, from Army mechanic to area short tracks to the NASCAR stage. Scott make his first premier series start in 1961, ending his career with one win in his 495 starts and 147 top 10 finishes.
Joe Weatherly – Weatherly won two consecutive titles (1962 and 1963) and 25 races in NASCAR’s top series, but the man known as the “Crown Prince of Stock Car Racing” was as versatile as he was personable. Between 1952 and 1953, he won more than 100 races in the NASCAR Modified Division, including the 1953 title, and also won 12 times in the NASCAR Convertible Division.
Rex White – White was one of NASCAR’s most consistent drivers, finishing in the top 10 nearly 70-percent of the time he raced. He won the 1960 championship over Richard Petty, winning six times and earning 35 top 10 finishes in 40 starts. He finished his career with 28 wins and 163 top 10 finishes in 233 starts.
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