Other former Winston Cup drivers now plying their trade in the truck series include Ricky Craven and Steve Park. Craven was on hand for the announcement.
“This track (Talladega Superspeedway) has been such a significant part of NASCAR, I think it only makes sense that we race trucks here,” Craven says. “The fans are going to be in for a lot of excitement. This is quality racing, and the show we put on is second to none.”
The deal between Talladega and the NCTS is for one year, although track officials predict it will become a regular event.
Hall of Fame Finalists Announced
Seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, car owner Jack Roush and Lowe’s Motor Speedway president H.A. (Humpy) Wheeler are among 22 finalists in the voting for the 2006 class of inductees to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Five inductees will be selected for the hall and are being voted on now. This year’s inductees will be announced in November and will go into the hall in April 2006.
This is the first year of eligibility for Earnhardt, who was killed in a crash at Daytona in February 2001. There has never been a unanimous selection for the hall (Richard Petty and Bobby Allison missed by one vote), but “The Intimidator” could end that streak.
The other finalists are two-time Indianapolis 500-winning car owner J.C. Agajanian, 1949 NASCAR strictly-stock champion Red Byron, six-time NASCAR modified champ Jerry Cook, 1925 Indianapolis 500 winner Pete DePaolo, Formula One driver Rene Dreyfus, road racer Gene Felton, NASCAR driver Harry Gant, pioneering female driver Janet Guthrie, NASCAR modified and sportsman champion Ray Hendrick, U.S. Auto Club sprint-car champion Tommy Hinnershitz, five-time NASCAR late model/Busch Grand National champion Jack Ingram, drag racer and car owner Bill (Grumpy) Jenkins, sprint car driver Jan Opperman, NASCAR driver and car owner Cotton Owens, motorcycle Superbike champion Wayne Rainey, road racer Brian Redman, former NASCAR official and IROC co-founder Les Richter, former R.J. Reynolds special events director Ralph Seagraves, and 1960 NASCAR champion Rex White.