Yates, Evernham lead NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees
- Author: Julie Sanders May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 5:18
Won NASCAR Cup series championship as both an engine builder and owner.
Won the first race in 1948 on the Daytona beach road course. Success came quickly - driver Davey Allison won the 1992 Daytona 500, and finished third in that season's championship. After leaving Johnson, Yates powered Allison to the 1983 premier series championship with DiGard Racing. He left the team to lead Dodge's return to NASCAR Cup competition in 2001.
Byron (74 percent) was NASCAR's first Cup Series champion in 1949 and was NASCAR's first Modified champion in 1948. His drivers won 13 times.
Ken Squier was shocked to receive 40 percent of the vote that placed him in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Helped co-found the Motor Racing Network. It was his golden voice that took NASCAR to a national audience thirsting for live coverage, giving his insider's view of what he famously described as "common men doing uncommon things". In a re-vote between the two nominees, Hornaday received 38 percent of the votes. Evernham was a three-time series champion as a crew chief, and Hornaday was a four-time champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
In addition, Jim France, the son of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., was named the victor of the Landmark Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to NASCAR. France is the chairman of International Speedway Corporation and NASCAR's vice chairman of the board of directors and executive vice president.
Alan Cavanna of Fox Sports noted there was a tie in the vote, which forced a tiebreaker vote for the fifth and final spot.
Yates was an overwhelming favourite, selected by 94 per cent of the voters.
NASCAR unveiled its Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on Wednesday night.