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STATESVILLE, N.C--Valvoline will pay tribute to legendary crew chief Dale Inman, and all crew chiefs, with a special paint scheme on the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Dodge Charger for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Darlington ...

STATESVILLE, N.C--Valvoline will pay tribute to legendary crew chief Dale Inman, and all crew chiefs, with a special paint scheme on the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Dodge Charger for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway.

The Valvoline Dodge, piloted by Reed Sorenson, will feature the names of Valvoline crew chiefs from both NASCAR and NHRA, and a crew chief-tribute logo on the hood. The deck lid will feature Inman, who was a crew chief for eight NASCAR Cup championships -- seven with Petty and one with Terry Labonte.

Dale Inman on the Creation of the Crew Chief Position --"I started going to the races with Richard's Dad (Lee Petty) in 1950 and there wasn't anyone called a crew chief back then. I don't know when the title of crew chief came about. I changed the right front tire, did the arguing with NASCAR, loaded and drove the truck and I was the only one with a radio in the pits so I had to make the calls. I guess that's how I got to be crew chief. Over the years instead of a coach, manager or anything like that the title for the person calling the shots became crew chief and that's how it developed."

Changes Over the Years-- "It's just got so much broader and wider now. Seems like we now have a specialist for every situation. I used to call the air pressures and whatnot and now we have engineers and assistants and assistants of assistants. Heck, when there was a rainout I was the person that had to scramble around and get everyone rooms. Now, there's people that handle that. I'm not saying the crew chief job is any easier. I think not only NASCAR but all sports are like that now. There's someone for every situation and there are so many more people needed now. Could I be a crew chief today? I don't know, maybe I just happen to come along at the right time."

Secret to Success: "Well, we had Richard Petty and that made a big difference."

* Sorenson will drive chassis 276 at Darlington Saturday. It finished 23rd at Bristol.

* Sorenson will sign autographs at his merchandise hauler at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

* To vote Sorenson in to the May 16th All-Star race click here: www.nascar.com

* Sorenson will race in the Inaugural "King's Cup Karting for a Cause" event on May 19th at The Pit Indoor Kart Racing facility in Mooresville, N.C. The event will feature a four-hour endurance go-kart race, along with appearances by Richard Petty and his drivers, entertainment and a silent auction. For more information visit www.pva.org/gokart

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Reed Sorenson , Lee Petty
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports