Talladega, AL, Sept. 23, 2003 - ChevronTexaco announced today that NASCAR fans have voted Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as the 2003 inductee to the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame. On the eve of the EA SPORTSTM 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, the 2003 ...
Talladega, AL, Sept. 23, 2003 - ChevronTexaco announced today that NASCAR fans have voted Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as the 2003 inductee to the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame. On the eve of the EA SPORTSTM 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, the 2003 Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2003 at the Davey Allison Memorial Park in downtown Talladega, AL.
Fred Lorenzen, voted as one of the 50 greatest drivers in NASCAR history, will be enshrined into the Walk of Fame as the inactive driver for 2003. ChevronTexaco also announced additional events taking place this week in tribute to former Havoline driver Davey Allison.
"We really feel it's important to celebrate the lives and achievements of NASCAR's great drivers," said Craig Duncan, vice president, ChevronTexaco Global Lubricants (CTGL), North America. "For the drivers and the fans, ChevronTexaco is very proud to continue its support of the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame and honor beloved drivers like Davey Allison."
"The Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame is a celebration of great NASCAR drivers and their relationship with the fans," said Ken Allen, chairman of the Walk of Fame's board and president R.K. Allen Company. "Fan response to this year's Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame has been immense, and they've chosen two very deserving drivers."
The Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame was created in 1994 after the death of Davey Allison. This year's ceremony marks the 10th anniversary of Davey's death. Liz Allison, along with children Robbie and Krista, will join emcee Benny Parsons on stage at the induction ceremony. Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 42 Havoline Dodge, will also be present to help induct Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public. At least 10,000 fans are expected to attend Saturday's ceremony.
Davey Allison Celebration Activities
Reflecting Havoline's ongoing commitment to NASCAR and its fans, Havoline Racing, along with Chip Ganassi Racing, Ranier Racing, Action Performance and Liz Allison will join to celebrate the life of driver Davey Allison on the 10-year anniversary of his untimely passing.
"I am truly honored to have this opportunity to pay tribute and to remember the legacy that Davey left for the NASCAR community and fans," said Jamie McMurray. "While we have a new number on the Havoline Dodge this year, it's important for us to look back at where it all started and to recognize Davey's contributions to making Havoline a household name in NASCAR for performance on and off the track."
Fans Pick Favorite 'All Stars'
Every year the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame honors accomplished NASCAR drivers by inducting a few fan-selected drivers into the 'Walk of Fame.' The winning drivers were selected by NASCAR fans who voted via the talladegawalk.com website. As an original sponsor, the Texaco star is visible throughout the walk, park and on the website.
Dale Jr. has won four straight NASCAR Winston Cup Series events at Talladega Superspeedway and is a two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion. He won NASCAR's all-star race, The Winston, in his rookie season. In his second full season on the circuit, Dale Jr. won three races, including the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway and the EA SPORTSTM 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. He swept Talladega in 2002 and won his fourth straight Winston Cup event at Talladega this past April in the Aaron's 499. Dale Jr.'s father, Dale Earnhardt, was the first active driver to be inducted into the Walk of Fame, in the inaugural class of 1995.
Dale Jr. and his No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Inc.-owned Budweiser Chevrolet team are in third place in the Winston Cup points race. He has a dozen top 10 finished this season and has been in the top 10 in points for 16 consecutives races.
Fred Lorenzen recorded 26 wins in his career. He was the first driver in NASCAR to win more than $100,000 in a season, claiming $113,570 driving for the legendary Holman-Moody team in 1963. He is considered one of the most capable drivers in NASCAR history. In 1964 Lorenzen won eight of the 16 races he entered and finished 13th in the points despite not running in 45 of the 61 events held that year.
Joining the Earnhardts as active driver inductees for the Walk of Fame are Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Hamilton, Ricky Rudd and Mark Martin. Richard Petty and Parsons were the first inactive drivers to be inducted. Alan Kulwicki, Cale Yarborough, Ned Jarrett, Buddy Baker, David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Harry Gant, Lee Petty, Tim Flock, Fireball Roberts, Buck Baker, Joe Weatherly, Red Byron and Bobby Isaac have been inducted as inactive drivers.