In some years, controversy surrounds selections for sports hall of fames. That’s not the case here. It’s an impressive group that makes up the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
Robert “Red” Byron- The World War II combat veteran won NASCAR’s first Strictly Stock race and went on to become NASCAR’s first champion. A shrapnel wound badly damaged one of Byron’s legs, and NASCAR innovator Red Vogt fitted the driver with a special apparatus to enable him to use his clutch. Sadly, poor health made for a short career and a short life for this NASCAR pioneer, but there’s only first, and it’s Byron.
Ron Hornaday Jr.- Discovered by the legendary Dale Earnhardt, the Californian found his niche racing trucks. No one has won more races in the Camping World Truck Series than Hornday. He has 51. With those wins came five championships. His persona was perfectly suited for the CWTS. Rugged and rough, “Horns” had something about him that reminds you of a Saturday night short track driver.
Ray Evernham- He may not have raced in NASCAR, but Evernham’s handprints are all over its history. During his career as an owner, Evernham achieved success with Kasey Kahne, Bill Elliott and Jeremy Mayfield. Perhaps Evernham is best known as the crew chief for Jeff Gordon during his earliest and most successful years.
Robert Yates- If you don’t have the horses, the jockey doesn’t matter. Yates is a deserving inductee with the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class as one of the best engine builders that the sport has ever seen. His prowess help Bobby Allison win a championship in 1983. As an owner, Yates won a championship with Dale Jarrett in 1999.
Ken Squier- Simply put, Ken Squier was and is the voice of NASCAR. Throughout NASCAR’s heyday, it was the voice of Squier you would hear describing the action. There has some topflight broadcaster in the sport over the years, but Squier is without equal. You could argue his picture should accompany the dictionary definition of the world “professional.”
Accomplished and eclectic, the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class is impressive. Each in their own way made huge contributions.
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