Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rusty Reckons: HOF Inductees - It's About Dadgum Time!

Yesterday, NASCAR announced the latest class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Included in this year's inductees are Darrel Waltrip and Cale Yarborough. It's about dadgum time! The younger fans may know Waltrip as the comical fellow from Fox Sports who hollers, "Boogity, Boogity, Boogity" at the start of the race. Before his stint in the booth, though, which fortuitously began at the Daytona 500 in 2001 where Dale Sr. died and DW's little brother won the race, Waltrip was known as the flamboyant driver tied for 3rd on the all time wins list with Bobby Allison. Jeff Gordon's recent win at Pocono now add him to that esteemed group in third.

DW gives a celebratory fist pump - Springsteen style!

DW's fellow inductee, Cale Yarborough won three consecutive championships, a feat unmatched in NASCAR history until the new superman, Jimmie Johnson reached number four in his current streak of five and counting. Cale is also the guy who in 1979 got into a little "altercation" with the Allison brothers in the infield at the end of the Daytona 500. It was the first live broadcast of NASCAR, and that little incident has been credited by many as helping fuel part of NASCAR's reputation over the years.

Why it took three years for these boys to make it, Rusty will never know. However, I'm sure glad they did.

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