Dale Jarrett, member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, has the coronavirus

Dale Jarrett, member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, has the coronavirus

Seven-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Mike Stefanik will be posthumously inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as part of the 2021 induction class.

A 15-time victor of NASCAR's Most Popular Driver Award, Earnhardt joins his father in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of the most-popular race auto drivers in the sport's history, has joined Red Farmer and Mike Stefanik as part of the 2021 class for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

R.J. Reynolds executive Ralph Seagraves, who helped spearhead Winston's decision to sponsor NASCAR's premier series beginning in the early 1970s won the Landmark Award for outstanding contributions to the sport.

Farmer was elected from the Pioneer Ballot, with Earnhardt and Stefanik chosen from the Modern Era Ballott.

"Just conversing about it, it's truly emotional simply because I feed off affirmation", he claimed wistfully.

Being an Earnhardt certainly provides some advantages.

Junior's grandfather, Ralph, went into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997 and was named one of the NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. Junior's father, The Intimidator, also made the checklist, even prior to ending his occupation with 76 wins and a document-tying seven Cup titles. The other inductees are Red Farmer and the late Mike Stefanik.

The group-proudly owning father gave Dale Jr. his to start with massive break: a comprehensive-time experience in the Busch Series in 1998. It didn't take long for Junior to prove he was a natural - on and off the track.

He gained Busch championships in just about every of his first two seasons and two races as a rookie Cup driver in 2000. When Dale Earnhardt was killed in a crash on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, many of his fans started rooting for his engaging son.

He won 26 races, including the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014.

Still, fans watched to see if he could replicate the fearless style that made his father so popular. "I'm not going to acquire 100 races I may possibly not even earn 40", he mentioned. "There were a lot of people that wanted me to be as successful as he was and be as aggressive as he was and spin people out or whatever".

The induction ceremony is scheduled for the winter of 2021.

He holds the all-time record in championships (7), wins (74), pole positions (48), top-5 (223) and top-10 (301) finishes in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and in 2003 was named one of its 10 Greatest Drivers.

"Phenomenal when you consider about what he did". The results were announced on NASCAR America on NBCSN. "Phenomenal record, phenomenal amount of wins".

Farmer, 89, was born in Hialeah, Fla. but is better known as an original member of the famed "Alabama Gang" after relocating to the state and teaming up with fellow Florida-transplants Bobby and Donnie Allison and Alabama's Neil Bonnett. Already a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which is located at Talladega Superspeedway, Farmer was NASCAR's late model sportsman champion in 1969, 1970 and 1971 and its modified champion in 1956.

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