This past Sunday, the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. inducted its first five Hall of Famers.

Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Junior Johnson were the lucky ones.

Let me give you a little background about these men and why I think they belong there. I'll start with the drivers.

Dale Earnhardt won 76 races and seven championship's in his NASCAR career that started in 1975 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Over time, Earnhardt was nicknamed "The Intimidator" because that's how he raced. He really did intimidate people.

There was a side of Earnhardt not everyone knew.

He loved to play practical jokes, and I think a lot of people didn't realize what a generous and caring man he was.

He started "The Dale Earnhardt Foundation" to help support children, education and environmental/wildlife preservation. I believe that's what he was really all about.

Next up, the "King," Richard Petty. He won seven championships and 200 races.

He started racing in NASCAR on July 18, 1958, and won "Rookie of the Year" honors in 1959.

STP sponsored his "Petty Blue" Dodge for 28 years until his retirement in 1992.

In 1965, when he was competing in a drag race at Southeastern Dragway in Georgia, he crashed his car, injuring seven spectators and killing an 8-year-old boy. He quit drag racing.

The Richard Petty Fan Appreciation Day was held yesterday (Thursday), May 27, in Concord, N.C., If you know anything about Petty, you know he's all about the fans.

To be continued.

The Coca Cola 600 will be Sunday at 5 p.m.


Whip City Speedway: Peter Dance (1st). Congratulations, Peter.

Lebanon Valley Speedway: sportsman division -- Kyle Armstrong (11th); pro stocks -- Bill Deak (13th); four-cylinder dual cam -- Billy Deak Jr. (8th).

Stafford Motor Speedway: SK modified -- Chris Jones (7th); SK light -- David Webb (5th), Lauren Cooper (21st); Lauren won her qualifying race.