Ingram won three consecutive NASCAR late model sportsman titles from 1972-74, then won Busch Series (then Grand National) crowns in 1982 and 1985. Although he has since been passed by Mark Martin, Ingram retired in 1991 with the most career Busch wins (31) to that point.
Johnson won six NHRA Pro Stock championships, his last coming in 2001. His 96 victories are the most in Pro Stock history, and he was named one of NHRA’s Ten Greatest Drivers in 2000.
Rainey won three consecutive 500cc Grand Prix championships from 1990-92 and was headed to a fourth before a back-breaking crash ended his career in 1993. In six seasons he registered 24 wins and also claimed a pair of AMA Superbike titles.
Smith, the high-profile owner of Speedway Motorsports, is considered a pioneer in the area of fan amenities. Aside from building condominiums within the track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, he is also the first track owner to install lights at a major speedway, also at Charlotte.
“I’m mighty proud,” Donlavey says. “I helped start Ray Hendricks when he first got going, and I figured that’s what I was going to talk about today. Instead, you folks put me in there with him.
“I’ve had a world of fun in my life.”
In the Driver’s Seat
A lineup of NASCAR drivers, past and present, joins veteran broadcaster John Kernan for a new daily talk show on Sirius satellite radio.
The Driver’s Seat, a call-in show, began Jan. 1 and airs every weekday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Sirius’ NASCAR Radio channel 128, a newly launched 24-hour channel dedicated to NASCAR.
Drivers, including Hall of Famer Buddy Baker, former Busch and Cup Series Rookie of the Year Ricky Craven, 1995 Busch Series champion Johnny Benson, and two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, will cohost with Kernan, accepting calls from listeners, interviewing special guests and discussing NASCAR news.
“John Kernan and I have worked together on several occasions, and I look forward to teaming up with him again on Sirius,” Baker says. “John brings a lot of experience, and I started racing in 1959, so I have worked with more than three generations of drivers. We know the racing, the drivers and the inside stories you don’t always hear about. We’re going to give the fans the kind of entertaining and informative show they expect.
“If it comes out of my mouth, it’s the truth, and I’m not a ‘yes’ man for anybody. That’s what you’ll be hearing on our show.”
The Driver’s Seat is produced in conjunction with Performance Racing Network and will air exclusively on Sirius.
“Taking listeners inside NASCAR racing has always been Performance Racing Network’s primary objective, and The Driver’s Seat gives us the opportunity to make them feel like they are in the garage area,” says Doug Rice, president and general manager of PRN. “Teaming a veteran broadcaster like John Kernan with a strong and very opinionated lineup of drivers is going to result in informative and entertaining radio.”