- Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 May 2010 20:47
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For race fans it just doesn’t get any better than this. The next couple of weeks, as we count down to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, we can enjoy one great event after another.
The 26th annual Sprint Cup All Star race returns Saturday night from Charlotte Motor Speedway. No points racing this weekend. Just a no holds barred dash for the cash. Speaking of cash, there is a cool $1 million to the race winner on the line. The race is open to drivers who have won a Cup race in the past year, plus past All Star race winners, the two top finishers of a 40-lap preliminary race, and the top vote getter in an Internet vote by the fans.
This year’s event again features four segments, with a 10-lap shootout in the final segment. The newest wrinkle: Prior to the final segment, cars must complete one lap behind the pace car, then enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire stop. Exiting order from the pits determines the starting line up for the final 10-lap dash.
Fifty laps with a mandatory green flag pit stop on lap 25 at which time teams must pit and take on four tires. Following the end of segment 1, the caution flag will be displayed for an optional pit stop.
Twenty laps with the caution flag displayed at the end of segment 2 for an optional pit stop.
Twenty laps with a 10-minute break at the end of the segment. Teams may make normal adjustments on their cars during the break. The finishing order after the third segment determines he starting order for the start of the fourth segment.
Once the field takes a lap behind the pace car, all cars must enter pit road for a four-tire stop. The order in which the cars exit pit road is they will line up for the 10-lap shoot out for the $1 million.
The inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. and will feature presentations about each inductee from prominent members of the NASCAR community, highlighted by the official induction of the Inaugural Class of 2010: Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Junior Johnson, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
If you’re not one of those lucky enough to attend in person, Speed TV will broadcast the ceremony live.
The Hall of Fame voting panel consisted of members of the nominating committee, along with 29 others representing NASCAR, the Hall of fame, major race track ownership retired drivers, owners, crew chiefs, and the media. The fans also had a say in the nominee’s selection, via a fan vote on NASCAR.com. More than 670,000 fan votes were tabulated.
Established to honor the history and heritage of the sport, the Hall of Fame broke ground in January 2007. Once was regarded as nothing more than a gang of roughnecks and bootleggers acting up, the establishment of the Hall of Fame, designed to be equal or better than the NFL and Major league Baseball Halls of Fame is a testament to how far the sport has come. Right down to the inclusion of a fully functional moonshine still in the exhibit area.
Interestingly enough, when they received the still, the crew putting the exhibits together could not quite figure out how to put the thing together. No problem, they simply called junior Johnson up in his Wilkes County home. Johnson made a quick trip to Charlotte and had it together in short order.
Of his selection in the inaugural class Johnson said: “For me to go in with Richard Petty and the Frances and Earnhardt was just unbelievable. It still ain’t soaked in. It’s just the greatest thing that eve happened to me.”
Ever humble and modest, Richard Petty took the opportunity to reflect on his personal experience with the evolution of NASCAR saying, “Of all the thousands and thousands of people who worked to make NASCAR what it is today, we were just along for the ride.”
A sure bet for future induction, Bobby Allison said on a recent Sirius radio interview, induction into the Hall of Fame would be the greatest moment of his career.
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