Driver Rusty Wallace accepts the award for eighth place in championship points at the NASCAR awards ceremony in New York in 2005. Wallace was recently inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame (Photo : Reuters)
The champion of 55 races and series champion in 1989, Rusty Wallace now heads the group of five members picked by the NASCAR Hall of Famers. Other inductees included: Leonard Wood, Herb Thomas, Cotton Owens and Buck Baker. Going by the reports at the hall of fame where some of the well known and most popular race drivers from the NASCAR had gathered to honor the chosen five for the Hall of Fame for 2013. It was the very reason why Rusty Wallace didn't expect for a minute that he would be chosen for the Hall of Fame in 2013.
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On this occasion, surprised by the announcement of his name, the former world champion turned TV analyst, Rusty Wallace made a promise on this occasion that he will continue promoting the race in his own style of commentary in the media. "I can tell you what, I'm not going to run second to Darrell Waltrip. I can tell you that," Wallace said.
The chosen five drivers will be formally inducted to the legendary Hall of Fame in uptown Charolette on February 2013.
"I'm totally surprised. I really am," Wallace said. "My numbers are one thing and the wins, that's there. But the names, you think of Benny Parsons, you think of Freddy Lorenzen, Fireball Roberts and Wendell Scott, these are guys I grew up listening to."
Addressing the gathering on this occasion, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said that choosing the ultimate drivers for the Hall of Fame for the third class has been the most difficult for the board of members of NASCAR. The selection which was done by using the voting by the public and the board of members, received a mass approval for Rusty Wallace who has been serving the NASCAR races for many years by working as a TV analyst and continues serving his passion for race cars.