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March 1st, 2007, 09:53 AM   #1
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Rainey To Be Inducted Into Motorsports Hall of Fame
by staff
Monday, February 26, 2007

This just in from the Motorsports Hall of Fame. Previous motorcyle racers inducted into the Hall include Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson:

2007 International Motorsports Hall Of Fame Inductees
Include Donlavey, Hendrick, Ingram, Johnson, Rainey, Smith

The 17th Annual International Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 26, 2007, marks the 17th class of the greatest achievers in motorsports history inducted into this most prestigious Hall of Fame. This year's inductees are Junie Donlavey, Ray Hendrick, Jack Ingram, Warren Johnson, Wayne Rainey and Bruton Smith. Also honored during the evening is 2006 Driver of the Year Jimmie Johnson, reigning NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion, as well as eight-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel.
Longtime car owner Junie Donlavey gave many of NASCAR's biggest stars their starts. Bill Dennis, Jody Ridley and Ken Schrader all won Rookie of the Year honors in Donlavey's No. 90 Fords. His biggest win as a car owner was Ridley's 1981 Dover victory. In all, an incredible total of 60 different drivers drove in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races for Donlavey.

Driver Ray Hendrick posted more than 700 victories on the modified and late model sportsman circuits, a record that earned him the distinction of being one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers. Hendrick filled his schedule by taking every good opportunity that presented itself to race in various series, and therefore never undertook a full-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series campaign. However, in just 17 starts in the series, he posted two top-five and six top-10 finishes. Hendrick passed away in 1990.

Driver Jack Ingram won three NASCAR Late Model Sportsman titles (1972, 1973, 1974), then won two Busch Series championships (1982, 1985). When he retired in 1991, Ingram was the all-time series win leader, with 31, and remained as such until Mark Martin broke the record in 1997.
Ingram competed in 275 Busch Series races, averaging five wins a year from 1982-87.

Driver Warren Johnson, known as "The Professor," won six NHRA Pro Stock championships, the most recent in 2001. His 96 win total is the most in Pro Stock history and is second overall to that of John Force. In 2000, Johnson was named as one of NHRA's Ten Greatest Drivers.

Driver Wayne Rainey won three consecutive 500cc Grand Prix World titles in 1990, 1991 and 1992, as was well on his way to a fourth when an injury ended his career in 1993. He posted 24 wins in only six seasons, and also won two AMA Superbike titles in 1983 and 1987.

Entrepreneur Bruton Smith is chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., which owns tracks at Charlotte, Atlanta, Bristol, Texas, Sears Point and Las Vegas. Smith was a pioneer in the area of fan amenities at racetracks, such as building condos at Charlotte and being the first to light a major speedway.
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i was just about to post a link to this article. yes & it is about time!
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March 1st, 2007, 09:59 AM   #3
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It says international but are the people recognised all american or what? All of these descriptions aove refer to drivers in the US.
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It's about time. Very well deserved, Rainey was the man in his day.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (L8Braker @ Mar 1 2007, 01:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>It's about time. Very well deserved, Rainey was the man in his day.

+1 That guy was (is) one of my heros..I remember his last (ever) race..I was 17..when I saw the helicopter take him I started to really worry, and shortly after that the bad news came in..It sucked..

I actually stopped watching moto gp after that year (I did watch Schwanz take the title)..I just lost intrest and it didn't grab me again untill Rossi came up (in 2000) and brought me a renewed spark for the sport..
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March 1st, 2007, 12:09 PM   #6
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This should have happened years ago.
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