Dale Earnhardt Jr., Farmer, Stefanik to enter NASCAR Hall of Fame

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Farmer, Stefanik to enter NASCAR Hall of Fame

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Farmer, Stefanik to enter NASCAR Hall of Fame

He waited for a pat on the back again from his well-known father, worked diligently to make compliments from crew members and other motorists, and reveled in the roar of his enthusiasts - all those he inherited from his father and the new types he brought together for the journey.

NASCAR announced its 2021 class on Tuesday with Stefanik and Dale Earnhardt Jr. representing the Modern Era inductees.

In addition, Ralph Seagraves was named as the recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

Earnhardt Jr. and Stefanik were selected from a list of 10 nominees on the Modern Era ballot, reserved for the sport's "contemporary stars". "So, I'm doing really well", he says.

Being an Earnhardt certainly provides some advantages. The Intimidator reached victory lane 76 times, winning a record-tying seven Cup championships and hordes of fans with his fearless style.

Mike Stefanik, left, and Red Farmer.

The group-proudly owning father gave Dale Jr. his to start with massive break: a comprehensive-time experience in the Busch Series in 1998. And today he suits up at short tracks around the country primed to take on the sport's era of next superstars. Earnhardt then won his first Cup Series race in his 12th start. The legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr., who was killed at age 49 in a crash at the 2001 Daytona 500, was inducted in 2010. What isn't known is just how many races he has won, but it is said to be north of 700. He is also a two-time Daytona 500 victor in the NASCAR Cup Series, where he scored 26 career wins. But Junior under no circumstances tried to compete with that graphic.

"There was a point in my career where i started to think I'm not going to win seven championships; I might not even win one". "I'm not going to win 100 races, might not even win 40 races". "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". What else could I control that would help the sport and be a good ambassador for the sport.

Junior launched new enthusiasts to stock-car or truck racing by way of various information stores, social media and podcasts. The result: Fifteen consecutive Most Popular Driver awards.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for the winter of 2021. The nine total victories is tied for second in series history with Richie Evans and Stefanik was named the second greatest driver in modified history in 2003.

Stefanik, 61, died from injuries sustained in a plane crash in CT last September and received 49 percent of the 65 votes.

"Phenomenal when you consider about what he did. Nine championships", Kyle Petty said during NBCSN's announcement show. "Phenomenal file, phenomenal sum of wins". Farmer was an original member of the Alabama Gang, which included fellow Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Davey Allison and Neil Bonnett. He also won three consecutive NASCAR Late Model Sportsman division titles between 1969 and 1971.

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