DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The class of 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees was elected and announced on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., and the inductees, two of which are Daytona 500 champion drivers, all have experienced success at Daytona International Speedway or the beaches of Daytona Beach.
Included in the 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame class were:
· Glenn “Fireball” Roberts, who moved to the Daytona Beach area as a teenager and attended Seabreeze High School. Roberts dominated Daytona International Speedway in 1962 by winning the pole, a qualifying race, the Daytona 500 and the Firecracker 250 in July. Among his 33 NASCAR victories was also the inaugural Firecracker 250 (now Coke Zero 400) in 1959.
· Dale Jarrett, a three-time Daytona 500 champion who won NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race in 1993 with Joe Gibbs Racing and 1996 and 2000 with Robert Yates Racing. Jarrett’s father, Ned, called the finish for CBS Sports for all of Jarrett’s Daytona 500 victories. Dale Jarrett is one of only five drivers who have won the Daytona 500 three or more times.
· Maurice Petty, chief engine builder for Petty Enterprises. Maurice Petty delivered the horsepower that propelled Richard Petty to a majority of his record 200 NASCAR victories, plus his seven NASCAR premier series championships and seven Daytona 500 victories. Maurice Petty also served as the crew chief for the 1970 Daytona 500 winning car driven by Pete Hamilton.
· Jack Ingram, who is one of the legendary drivers of what is today called the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Ingram won three consecutive championships from 1972-74 in the Late Model Sportsman Division as well as two NASCAR Busch Series titles (now the NASCAR Nationwide Series). At Daytona International Speedway, Ingram won the DRIVE4COPD 300 in both 1975 and 1980.
· Two-time premier series champion Tim Flock, who was successful on the beaches of Daytona Beach. Driving for Carl Kiekhaefer, Flock swept the pole and race in the 1956 and 1957 NASCAR Grand National races. In the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959, Flock came home ninth. Flock is 18th on NASCAR’s career victory list with 39.
“The legacy of racing at Daytona is strongly represented among the 2014 class of NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees,” Track President Joie Chitwood III said. “From racing on the beach to winning the Daytona 500, these legends each have their own unique story and place in the history books at the ‘World Center of Racing.’ ”
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