NASCAR Hall of Fame inductors bring star power
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR's Hall of Fame induction ceremony will have star power- and it won't be limited to the five guys getting honored.
NASCAR announced Thursday that seven-time champion Richard Petty, engine builder Waddell Wilson, retired driver Harry Gant, track owner Humpy Wheeler and country music star Blake Shelton will induct the fifth class next week in Charlotte, N.C.
The class includes Petty's brother, Maurice, NASCAR pioneer Fireball Roberts, driver Jack Ingram, two-time NASCAR champion Tim Flock and 1999 Cup champion Dale Jarrett.
Here are the inductee-inductor relationships:
_Maurice Petty built engines that propelled Richard to seven NASCAR championships and most of his 200 wins.
_Roberts won the 1963 Southern 500 with an engine built by Wilson.
_Ingram and Gant had a fierce rivalry that helped build the popularity of what is now the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
_Flock worked with Wheeler at Charlotte Motor Speedway for more than 30 years.
_After an introduction by former teammate Elliott Sadler nearly a decade ago, Jarrett and Shelton have become close friends.
"I couldn't have all four of my kids as inductors, and I couldn't just ask one," said Jarrett, who inducted his father, Ned, in 2011. "I wanted my dad to be able to enjoy the moment with my mom and the rest of my family. So it just kind of opened up the opportunity.
"This sport brought a lot of really good things to me. It gave me a chance to be a competitor, an opportunity to compete at the highest level and win, but it also has allowed me to make some really good friendships and Blake Shelton is one of those people."
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