Jeffery Michael Jeff Gordon is an American former professional stock car racing driver and currently an announcer for Fox NASCAR. He is a four-time Sprint Cup champion, having won the title in 1995,1997,1998 and he also won the Daytona 500 three times in 1997,1999, and 2005. He is third on the all-time Cup wins list with 93 career wins, Gordons 81 pole positions led all active drivers and is third all-time, Gordon won at least one pole in 23 consecutive seasons, making this a NASCAR record. He was also the iron man leader for consecutive races participated in with 797 through the 2015 season. In 1998, NASCAR named Gordon to its 50 Greatest Drivers list, in 2008, ten years later, ESPNs Terry Blount ranked him 10th in the 25 Greatest Drivers of All-Time. Foxsports. com named him as the fifth-best NASCAR driver of all time, Gordon, along with Rick Hendrick, co-owns the No.48 Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson, who won seven Cup championships from 2006 to 2010,2013, and in 2016. Gordon also has an equity stake in the No.24 team, Gordon also owned a Busch Series team between 1999 and 2000, Gordon/Evernham Motorsports, winning twice. Gordon was born in Vallejo, California and raised in Pittsboro and he currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, Ingrid Vandebosch and their two children Ella Sofia and Leo Benjamin. When he was four years old, Gordon rode a BMX bike that his stepfather bought for him, the Roy Hayer Memorial Race Track in Rio Linda, California is noted as the first track Gordon ever competed on. By the age of six Gordon had won 35 main events, in 1979 Gordon won 51 quarter midget races. When he was 11, Gordon won all 25 of the races he entered. At age 12, Gordon became bored with cars and decided to start a career in waterskiing before switching back to driving one year later, in 1986, Gordon began racing sprint cars, winning three races. The next year, Gordon was awarded a USAC license at age 16, during the 1980s, Gordon and his family had to overcome an insurance hurdle. The minimum age for driving the sprint cars was 16, supporting his career choice, Gordons family moved from Vallejo, California, to Pittsboro, Indiana, where there were more opportunities for younger racers. Before the age of 18, Gordon had already won three races and was awarded USAC Midget Car Racing Rookie of the Year in 1989. That season was highlighted by winning Night Before the 500 midget car race on the day before the Indianapolis 500, during the decade, Gordon also ran sprint cars in Australia and New Zealand. In 1990, Gordon won his second consecutive Night Before the 500, the Hut Hundred, in 1991, Gordon captured the USAC Silver Crown, and at the age of 20 became the youngest driver to win the season championship. He also won the 4 Crown Nationals midget car race that season, in his midget car career between 1989 and 1992, he finished in the Top 3 in 22 of 40 USAC midget car events
Hendrick Motorsports, originally named All Star Racing, is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team, created in 1984 by Rick Hendrick, is one of stock car racings premier organizations. As of the 2016 season, the team has won a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on track on the current circuit – except for Kentucky Speedway. The team formerly fielded teams in the now-Xfinity Series before merging its efforts with JR Motorsports, the team also fielded several trucks in the Camping World Truck Series, most recently for development driver Chase Elliott in 2013. All Hendrick race cars are constructed start-to-finish at the 100-plus acre Hendrick Motorsports complex in Concord, more than 550 engines are built or re-built on-site each year, with the team leasing some of those to other NASCAR outfits. Hendrick Motorsports employs over 500 people that perform many day-to-day activities, in 2009, Hendrick Motorsports made history by having three out of the four full-time drivers finish in the top three places in the point standings. The team was formed along with crew chief and car builder Harry Hyde, NHRA and NASCAR team owner Raymond Beadle. The team, called Hendrick Motorsports by 1985, expanded to two cars in 1986, three in 1987, and four in 2002. HMS was one of the first teams in NASCAR to be successful operating multiple entries, the team has also been credited for innovations in engine construction and pit crew training. Hendrick Motorsports debuted in 1984 under the banner All Star Racing with five employees, rented equipment, initially, the team had planned to field a car for seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty with funding from country music business mogul C. K. Spurlock, but the failed to materialize. Afterwards, Hendrick attempted to hire Tim Richmond, then Dale Earnhardt, as a result, the team signed former Rookie of the Year Geoff Bodine to drive the unsponsored No.5 Chevy Monte Carlo for 1984. After a slow start seven races into the season, Hendrick informed Bodine, if we hadnt won that race, then literally the next Monday we were going to shut it down. The team won two times and finished ninth in points. Levi Garrett came on to sponsor the No.5 Chevy in 1985 as part of a multi-year deal, despite not winning a race that year, Bodine earned three poles and improved to fifth in points. The team briefly became an operation when Dick Brooks drove the No.1 Exxon Chevy at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hendrick expanded into a multi-car team full-time in 1986, with Bodine, Bodine won twice in the No.5 and posted an eighth-place finish in points. His younger brother, Brett, raced as a teammate in the World 600 that year, Bodine went winless again in 1987, finishing thirteenth in points
Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
From 1998 to 2009, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. operated as a NASCAR-related organization in Mooresville, North Carolina, United States. The company was founded by Dale Earnhardt and his wife, Teresa Earnhardt, Earnhardt was a seven-time Winston Cup champion. He died in a crash on the lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Despite his ownership of the DEI racing team, Earnhardt never drove for his team in the Winston Cup, instead, he raced for his long-time mentor, DEI maintains a showroom where fans can purchase memorabilia and other goods and pursues partnerships which bring tribute to Earnhardts memory. The DEI campus is open to visitors from Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm, drivers for DEI included Dale Earnhardt Jr. Michael Waltrip, Steve Park, Martin Truex Jr. Mark Martin, Kenny Wallace, and Darrell Waltrip. The No.01 car began in 1997 as the No.36 MB2 Motorsports Pontiac with Skittles sponsorship, derrike Cope was the driver and he finished 27th in the final point standings. In 1998, Ernie Irvan, a driver, took over from Cope. The season was highlighted by Irvans pole win at the Brickyard 400, M&Ms replaced Skittles as the teams sponsor in 1999. Irvan retired from racing in September 1999, following a crash at the Michigan International Speedway, dick Trickle temporarily replaced Irvan before the journeyman, Jerry Nadeau coming over from Melling Racing became the driver of the 36 team. Nadeau left MB2 due to a commitment to drive for Hendrick Motorsports to drive the 25 in 2000. MB2 then signed four-time winner Ken Schrader, Schrader drove the No.36 for three seasons including 2 Top 20 seasons, before leaving for BAM Racing. In 2003, the United States Army replaced M&Ms as the teams sponsor, the car number switched from No.36 to No.01 to support the Armys slogan, An Army of One. Nadeau agreed to return to MB2 as the driver of the No.01 car, in May 2003, Nadeau was seriously injured in an accident while practicing at Richmond International Raceway. Nadeau has never returned to motorsports as a driver and is not expected to do so, the team employed several temporary substitutes before signing Joe Nemechek to drive the No.01 car. Nemechek won the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway in 2004 and signed an agreement to remain with MB2. Nemechek finished 19th in points in 2004, then improved to 16th in points in 2005,2006 was a struggle for Nemechek and the 01 team, with the team not scoring a top 10 until finishing 9th at Charlotte in October, the 31st race of the season. Nemechek went winless again, with no starts, only two top 10s, and a dismal 27th-place points finish. In 2007, Nemechek moved over to the now-Ginn Racings new 13 Car, veteran Mark Martin, coming off his final year with Roush Racing, was signed drive the car for 23 races in 2007, with Joe Nemechek moving over to the teams new 13 team
Darrell Lee Waltrip is an American motorsports analyst, author, national television broadcaster, and former racing driver. He is also a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and a three-time NASCAR Cup Series runner-up and those victories tie him with Bobby Allison for fourth on the NASCARs all-time wins list in the Cup Series and place him second to Jeff Gordon for the most wins in NASCARs modern era. He is ranked second for all-time pole positions with 59, including all-time highs with 35 on short tracks, competing in 809 Cup starts over four decades and 29 years, he has scored 271 Top 5s and 390 Top 10s. Winning $19,886,666.00 in posted earnings, he became the first NASCAR driver to be awarded over $10 million in race winnings, more than $26 million in todays currency. Waltrip also holds the track record 67 wins the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee, including NASCAR, USAC, ASA. He still holds many NASCAR records, more than a decade after his retirement as an active driver and he competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona. He has also won awards in NASCAR. He has been inducted in numorous halls of fame, including the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America for 2003 the International Motorsports Hall of Fame for 2005, after being nominated for the inaugural 2010 and 2011 classes, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fames 2012 class. Waltrip currently serves as a color analyst for Fox Sports alongside Mike Joy, and Jeff Gordon, a columnist at Foxsports. com, and he is the older brother of NASCAR driver and MWR team owner Michael Waltrip. Waltrip was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, February 5,1947, starting his driving career in Go-karts at age 12, Waltrip entered his first stock car race just four years later. Waltrip and his father built a 1936 Chevrolet coupe and headed to a dirt track near their Owensboro home. The first night out was far from a success as the youngster, barely old enough to drive on the street, Waltrip slammed the wall and heavily damaged the coupe. Waltrip soon left the dirt and found his niche on asphalt where the smoothness he learned in the karts proved a valuable asset. C and his success gained the attention of Nashville owner/driver P. B. Crowell, who urged Waltrip to move to the area to race at the Fairgrounds Speedway, at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Waltrip drove the #48 P. B. Some of the notorious on air trash-talking included making fun of some of the local drivers such as Coo Coo Marlin and James Flookie Buford. It pleased track management that he was helping sell tickets, leading to packed grandstands and he became a Christian in 1983 but it was years later before God came first in his life. One of the charities he supports is the Motor Racing Outreach providing spiritual support to racers, Waltrip finished 38th in his first NASCAR Winston Cup race after retiring on lap 69 due to engine failure. Waltrip paid $12,500 for the car, an engine and some spare parts
Stock car racing
Stock car racing is a form of automobile racing found mainly and most prominently in the United States and Canada, with Australia and New Zealand also having forms of stock car auto racing. Traditionally, races are run on oval tracks measuring approximately 0.25 to 2.66 miles, the worlds largest governing body for stock car racing is the American NASCAR, and its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is the premier top level series of professional stock car racing. Top level races typically range between 200 to 600 miles in length, top level stock cars reach speeds in excess of 200 mph at speedway tracks and on superspeedway tracks such as Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Contemporary NASCAR-spec top level cars produce maximum power outputs of 860-900 hp from their naturally aspirated V8 engines, for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, power output of the competing cars ranged from 750–800 hp. A stock car, in the sense of the term, is an automobile that has not been modified from its original factory configuration. Later the term stock car came to mean any production-based automobile used in racing and this term is used to differentiate such a car from a race car, a special, custom-built car designed only for racing purposes. The actual degree to which the cars conform to standard model specs has changed over the years, are architecturally identical on all vehicles. For example, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series now requires fuel injection, the closest European equivalent to stock car racing is probably touring car racing. In the UK and New Zealand there is a formula called stock cars. In Australia there was a formula that was similar to NASCAR called AUSCAR. The Racecar-Euro Series began in 2009 and was sanctioned by NASCAR as a series in 2012. True stock car racing, which consists of only street vehicles that can be bought by public, is sometimes now called street stock, pure stock, hobby stock, showroom stock. In 1972, SCCA started its first showroom stock racing series, some modern showroom stock racing allows safety modifications done on showroom stock cars. Super stock classes are similar to street stock, but allow for modifications to the engine. Power output is usually in the range of 500–550 horsepower, Tire width is usually limited to 8 in. Some entry level classes are called street stock, and are similar to what is called banger racing in England. Late models are usually the highest class of cars in local racing. Rules for construction of a model car vary from region to region
Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. known professionally as Dale Earnhardt, was an American professional stock car racing driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. The third child of racing driver Ralph Earnhardt and first of two to Martha Coleman, he began his career in 1975 in the World 600 as part of the Winston Cup Series. Regarded as one of the most significant drivers in NASCAR history, Earnhardt won a total of 76 Winston Cup races over the course of his career and he also earned seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships, tying for the most all-time with Richard Petty. This feat, accomplished in 1994, would not be equaled again for 22 years until Jimmie Johnson in 2016 and his aggressive driving style earned him the nickname The Intimidator. Earnhardt has been inducted into halls of fame, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame inaugural class in 2010. He was born on April 29,1951 in Kannapolis, North Carolina, as the child of Martha. Although Ralph did not want his son to pursue a career as a car driver. Ralph was a teacher for Dale and after Ralph died of a heart attack at his home in 1973 at age 45. Earnhardt had four siblings, two brothers, Danny and Randy, and two sisters, Cathy and Kaye, in 1968, at the age of 17, Earnhardt married his first wife Latane Brown. With her, Earnhardt fathered his first son Kerry a year later, Dale and Latane divorced in 1970. In 1971, Earnhardt married his second wife Brenda Gee, the daughter of NASCAR car builder Robert Gee, in his marriage with Gee, Earnhardt had two more children, a daughter Kelley King Earnhardt in 1972 and a son Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 1974. Not long after Dale Jr. was born, Earnhardt and Gee divorced, Earnhardt then married his third and final wife, Teresa Houston in 1982. She gave birth to their daughter Taylor Nicole Earnhardt in 1988, Taylor and her husband, Brandon Putnam, are professional rodeo performers. Earnhardt began his career in the Winston Cup in 1975. He drove the No.8 Ed Niegre Dodge Charger and finished 22nd in that race, just one ahead of his future car owner. Earnhardt competed in eight more races until 1979, during his sophomore season, Earnhardt, now with 20-year-old Doug Richert as his crew chief, began the season winning the Busch Clash. With wins at Atlanta, Bristol, Nashville, Martinsville, and Charlotte, to this day, Earnhardt had been the first driver in all of NASCAR Winston Cup history to follow a Rookie of the Year title with a NASCAR Winston Cup Championship the next season. He was also the driver in NASCAR history to win both the Rookie of the Year and Cup Series championship, following David Pearson and Richard Petty
Chevrolet, colloquially referred to as Chevy and formally the Chevrolet Division of General Motors Company, is an American automobile division of the American manufacturer General Motors. Louis Chevrolet and ousted General Motors founder William C. Durant started the company on November 3,1911 as the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Durant used the Chevrolet Motor Car Company to acquire a stake in General Motors with a reverse merger occurring on May 2,1918. Chevrolet-branded vehicles are sold in most automotive markets worldwide, with the exception of Oceania. However, GM reversed this move in late 2013, announcing that the brand would be withdrawn from Europe, with the exception of the Camaro, Chevrolet vehicles will continue to be marketed in the CIS states, including Russia. After General Motors fully acquired GM Daewoo in 2011 to create GM Korea, in North America, Chevrolet produces and sells a wide range of vehicles, from subcompact automobiles to medium-duty commercial trucks. Durant was cast out from the management of General Motors in 1910 for five years and he took over the Flint Wagon Works, incorporating the Mason and Little companies. As head of Buick Motor Company prior to founding GM, Durant had hired Louis Chevrolet to drive Buicks in promotional races, Durant planned to use Chevrolets reputation as a racer as the foundation for his new automobile company. Actual design work for the first Chevy, the costly Series C Classic Six, was drawn up by Etienne Planche, the first C prototype was ready months before Chevrolet was actually incorporated. However the first actual production wasnt until the 1913 model, so in essence there were no 1911 or 1912 production models, only the 1 pre-production model was made and fine tuned throughout the early part of 1912. Then in the fall of that year the new 1913 model was introduced at the New York auto show, Chevrolet first used the bowtie emblem logo in 1914 on the H series models and The L Series Model. It may have been designed from wallpaper Durant once saw in a French hotel room, more recent research by historian Ken Kaufmann presents a case that the logo is based on a logo of the Coalettes coal company. An example of this logo as it appeared in an advertisement for Coalettes appeared in the Atlanta Constitution on November 12,1911, others claim that the design was a stylized Swiss cross, in tribute to the homeland of Chevrolets parents. Chevrolet eventually unified all vehicle models with the gold bowtie in 2004, Louis Chevrolet had differences with Durant over design and in 1914 sold Durant his share in the company. By 1916, Chevrolet was profitable enough with successful sales of the cheaper Series 490 to allow Durant to repurchase a controlling interest in General Motors. After the deal was completed in 1917, Durant became president of General Motors, in 1919, Chevrolets factories were located at Flint, Michigan, branch assembly locations were located in Tarrytown, N. Y. Norwood, Ohio, St. Louis, Missouri, Oakland, California, Ft. Worth, Texas, mcLaughlins were given GM Corporation stock for the proprietorship of their Company article Sept.23,1933 Financial Post page 9. In the 1918 model year, Chevrolet introduced the Series D, Sales were poor and it was dropped in 1919
Kevin Michael Harvick is an American professional stock car racing driver. Harvick is the owner of Kevin Harvick Incorporated, a race team that fielded cars in the Xfinity. He is the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and a two-time Xfinity Series champion, Harvick holds the all-time record for Cup Series wins at Phoenix International Raceway with eight wins. Harvick is also the third winningest driver in Xfinity Series history with 46 wins, Harvick also won the 1998 Winston West Series title with 5 wins that season. Harvick was born in 1975 in Bakersfield, California to parents Mike and he is a big New York Yankees fan. He has a sister, Amber and an older brother Clayton. Harvick began kart racing at an age, after his parents bought him a go-kart as a kindergarten graduation gift in 1980. Over the next decade Harvick achieved considerable success on the racing circuit, earning seven national championships. In 1992, he started racing late models part-time in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series, while in 5th grade Harvick gave a glimpse of his future career plans when he completed a class project poster listing his goals as competing in NASCAR and racing at the Indy 500. Growing up Harvick also participated in baseball, basketball, football, originally intending to attend college and major in architecture, Harvick took classes at Bakersfield College. However he found his heart was in racing and dropped out to continue his racing career full-time, Harvick has stated countless times that his favorite driver growing up was 4-time Indy 500 champion Rick Mears who grew up at and was an idol of Bakersfield, California. Harvick made his Craftsman Truck Series debut in 1995 at the Mesa Marin Raceway, in his hometown of Bakersfield and he drove four races in the No.72 the next season, his best finish was 11th at Mesa Marin. In 1997, he signed to drive the No.75 for Spears Motorsports mid-season and he ran a full schedule the next season, posting 3 top-fives and finishing 17th in points. He received his first real national exposure during the winter of 1997/1998 on ESPN2s coverage of the NASCAR Winter Heat Series at Tucson Raceway Park, in 1999, he drove the No.98 Porter Cable Ford for Liberty Racing, finishing 12th in points with six top-fives. On October 23,1999, Harvick made his first NASCAR Busch Series start in the Kmart 200 at the Rockingham Speedway in the No.2 Chevrolet and he would start 24th and finish 42nd due to engine failure. The race would be his start in 1999. In 2000, Harvick would sign with Richard Childress Racing to drive the No.2 Chevrolet for his first full Busch Series season. For 2001, Childress planned to run Harvick in the No.2 Chevy in the Busch Series full-time again and he planned to race Harvick for a full schedule in 2002
The Star-Spangled Banner
The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States of America. Key was inspired by the large American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner, the poem was set to the tune of a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a mens social club in London. To Anacreon in Heaven, with lyrics, was already popular in the United States. Set to Keys poem and renamed The Star-Spangled Banner, it became a well-known American patriotic song. With a range of one octave and one fifth, it is known for being difficult to sing, although the poem has four stanzas, only the first is commonly sung today. Before 1931, other songs served as the hymns of American officialdom, hail, Columbia served this purpose at official functions for most of the 19th century. My Country, Tis of Thee, whose melody is identical to God Save the Queen, following the War of 1812 and subsequent American wars, other songs emerged to compete for popularity at public events, among them The Star-Spangled Banner, as well as America the Beautiful. Beanes was accused of aiding the arrest of British soldiers, because Key and Skinner had heard details of the plans for the attack on Baltimore, they were held captive until after the battle, first aboard HMS Surprise and later back on HMS Minden. On the morning of September 14, the flag had been lowered. During the bombardment, HMS Terror and HMS Meteor provided some of the bombs bursting in air, Key was inspired by the American victory and the sight of the large American flag flying triumphantly above the fort. This flag, with fifteen stars and fifteen stripes, had made by Mary Young Pickersgill together with other workers in her home on Baltimores Pratt Street. The flag later came to be known as the Star-Spangled Banner and is today on display in the National Museum of American History and it was restored in 1914 by Amelia Fowler, and again in 1998 as part of an ongoing conservation program. Aboard the ship the day, Key wrote a poem on the back of a letter he had kept in his pocket. At twilight on September 16, he and Skinner were released in Baltimore and he completed the poem at the Indian Queen Hotel, where he was staying, and titled it Defence of Fort MHenry. Much of the idea of the poem, including the flag imagery and some of the wording, is derived from a song by Key. The song, known as When the Warrior Returns, was written in honor of Stephen Decatur, absent elaboration by Francis Scott Key prior to his death in 1843, some have speculated in modern times about the meaning of phrases or verses. Professor Mark Clague has stated that the two verses of Keys lyric vilify the British enemy in the War of 1812 and in no way glorifies or celebrates slavery. Clague asserts that the used to refer to British professional soldiers but also the Corps of Colonial Marines which Key viewed as scoundrels
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Ralph Dale Earnhardt Jr. known professionally as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Jr. or just Junior, is an American professional stock car racing driver and champion team owner. He is the son of NASCAR Hall of Fame member Dale Earnhardt Sr. Earnhardts success at Daytona International Speedway throughout his career has earned him the nickname Pied Piper of Daytona. He is a two-time Daytona 500 winner, having won the races exactly 10 years apart and he has an estimated net worth of $300 million. He had previously driven the No.8 Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt, Earnhardt was born and raised in Kannapolis, North Carolina, the son of Brenda Lorraine and Dale Earnhardt Sr. His maternal grandfather, Robert Gee Sr. was a NASCAR car builder and his first race car was a 1979 Monte Carlo that he co-owned with his older half-brother, Kerry Earnhardt. By age 19 after two seasons of driving Street Stock Division, Earnhardt had honed his abilities to the point of joining the Late Model Stock Car Division. He competed on the North and South Carolina short tracks driving a No.3 Chevrolet, there he developed an in-depth knowledge of chassis setup and car preparation, while racing against his older brother Kerry and his sister Kelley. He worked at his fathers dealership as a mechanic while he went to Mitchell Community College to earn a degree in automotive technology. Earnhardt ran nine Busch Series races between 1996 and 1997 for Dale Earnhardt, Inc, Earnhardt won consecutive NASCAR Busch Series Championships in 1998 and 1999 barely edging Matt Kenseth. In 1998, he made his first start in the Winston Cup Series, at the race held in Motegi. Also in 1999, he drove in 5 Winston Cup races in the No.8 Budweiser-sponsored Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and then in 2000,2000 was Earnhardts breakout year in the Cup Series. He competed for the Raybestos NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award in 2000 and his primary competitor for the award was Matt Kenseth. Kenseth outran Earnhardt in the season-opening Daytona 500 and he became the first rookie to win the All-Star exhibition race. Earnhardt played a part in recreating one Winston Cup milestone in 2000 when he competed with his father and half-brother Kerry in the Pepsi 400 at Michigan International Speedway. That occasion was only the time that a father had raced against two sons – Lee Petty and his two sons Richard and Maurice had previously accomplished the feat. Earnhardt ended the year with two wins, three top-5s, five top-10s, and two poles, in 2001, the major event of the season occurred on February 18, in the final corner of the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. As Earnhardt and his teammate Michael Waltrip raced to the finish line and his father had crashed in turn 4 after Sterling Marlin made contact with his left rear bumper. Earnhardt Sr. shot up the track into the wall behind Waltrip and his son
Ron Hornaday Jr.
Ronald Lee Ron Hornaday Jr. is a retired American professional stock car racing driver. He is the father of former NASCAR driver Ronnie Hornaday, Hornaday is a four-time champion in the Camping World Truck Series, his most recent coming in 2009. He was a driver in NASCARs Winston West Series, and is a Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion. He was noticed by Dale Earnhardt while participating in the NASCAR Winter Heat Series on ESPN2, Hornaday was born in Palmdale, California, and began racing in go-karts and motorcycles early in his career. Eventually, he moved up to stock cars at Saugus Speedway. In 1992, he won his first championship in the Southwest Series as well as winning the Most Popular Driver award. He won the Southwest championship the year as well, becoming the only driver to do so in series history until Jim Pettit won back to back titles in 2004-2005. Pettit won the title again in 2011 in the SRL Southwest Tour Series and he made his Winston Cup debut in 1992 at the Save Mart 300K, where he started seventeenth but finished 32nd in Bob Fishers No.92 Chevrolet. He made another start later that year at Phoenix International Raceway and he ran at Phoenix the next year as well, finishing 22nd in the No.76 Spears Motorsports car. Hornaday signed to drive the No.16 RCCA Products/Papa Johns Pizza Chevrolet Silverado owned by Dale Earnhardt, in the first season of competition, Hornaday won six races and four poles on his way to a third-place points finish. The next year, with sponsorship from NAPA Auto Parts, Hornaday won four races, in 1997, despite seven wins, two of which came by leading every lap in the race, he finished fifth in points. He was able to re-claim his title in 1998 by garnering six wins and that season, he also made his Busch Series debut, driving four races for ST Motorsports, his best finish an eighth at Pikes Peak International Raceway. He also debuted a Winston Cup car for Tim Beverly at Sonoma, in 1999, he won the 100th race ran in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. He was one of four drivers entered in the race that competed in every race since its inception at the time for an extra $100,000 if he won. However, he was unable to capitalize on it and win the championship, finishing 7th in the standings after an up. Hornaday began racing full-time in the Busch Series in 2000 and he picked up wins at Nazareth Speedway and Indianapolis Raceway Park and finished fifth in points, runner-up to Kevin Harvick for Rookie of the Year honors. He was also voted Most Popular Driver, unfortunately, Earnhardt elected to move Hornadays team up to the Cup series in 2001 and hire Michael Waltrip to drive the car, and Hornaday was released. Foyt Racing in the Cup series, driving the No.14 Conseco-sponsored Pontiac Grand Prix
Kenneth Kenny Wallace is an American professional stock car racing driver. He retired from NASCAR after a 2015 Xfinity Series race at Iowa, in a career spanning twenty-five years in NASCAR, Wallace had nine wins, all occurring in the Xfinity Series. Now retired from NASCAR competition, he continues to race on dirt tracks across the country as a hobby. Wallace is the youngest of three born to Russ and Judy Wallace. Russ was a race winner himself, which made him unpopular with fans. He went to Fox High School in Arnold, MO. Wallace began his career by working as a mechanic on his fathers race cars and brothers team. He entered his first race, the Illinois Street Stock State Championship, in 1982 and this victory sparked Wallaces driving career, and he entered the American Speed Association in 1986, achieving Rookie of the Year honors in the series. In 1990, he made his Winston Cup debut at North Wilkesboro Speedway in the No.36 Pontiac for Randy Cox and he finished seventh in the Busch Series. The following season, he won his first two races and finished a career-best second in the Busch points, and subbed for Kyle Petty in two races in the Cup series. At the Pyroil 500, he competed against his brothers Mike and Rusty, marking the first time since Bob, Fonty, and Tim Flock raced that three brothers competed in the same race. In 1992, Dirt Devil became his sponsor and he won his third Busch race of his career, in 1993, Wallace moved up to the Winston Cup Series full-time, driving the No.40 Dirt Devil Pontiac Grand Prix for SABCO Racing. The team got a considerable amount of time as the team was featured on the TV show What Would You Do. He had three top-tens and a points finish, but lost his ride at the end of the season. He returned to the Busch Series to drive the No.8 TIC Financial Systems Ford for FILMAR Racing and he picked up three wins and finished fourth in points. Towards the end of the season, he was hired by Robert Yates Racing to replace the injured Ernie Irvan in the Cup series, in twelve races, he finished in the top-ten three times. In 1995, Wallace and FILMAR split time between the Cup and Busch Series, Wallace had one win with the Red Dog Ford in the Busch Series, and made eleven starts in the Cup Series in the No.81 car. Wallace and FILMAR began racing in Cup full-time 1996 with funding from Square D and they had two top-ten finishes and a twenty-eighth-place points finish. The following season, he won two poles, at Bristol and Martinsville respectively, but fell five spots in the standings, despite seven top-tens in 1998, Wallace and Square D left FILMAR to drive Andy Petree Racings new No.55 entry