Bobby Hamilton to be inducted into Talladega Walk of Fame

Bobby Hamilton, driver of the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo, will be inducted into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame. The 43-year-old, Nashville, Tenn., native officially won the honor as voting ended last Thursday. Hamilton becomes the ...

Bobby Hamilton, driver of the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Monte Carlo, will be inducted into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame. The 43-year-old, Nashville, Tenn., native officially won the honor as voting ended last Thursday. Hamilton becomes the second Morgan-McClure Motorsports driver to be included in the Walk of Fame. Ernie Irvan, who drove for the team from 1990 until 1993, was inducted in 1996. Morgan-McClure Motorsports has 14 wins, with four of those being at Talladega Superspeedway. Each year since 1995, the Walk of Fame has inducted one active and two inactive drivers based completely on fan voting. Fifteen names filled the ballot of active drivers with names ranging from Geoffrey Bodine and Sterling Marlin to Rusty Wallace and Darrell Waltrip. Over one million votes were cast on the official website. The popular www.jayski.com website even got involved, with a link that took fans interested in voting directly to the Walk of Fame site. The fan-favorite ceremony is held at Davey Allison Memorial Park located in downtown Talladega in conjunction with Talladega Superspeedway's "White Knuckle Weekend." The event is free to fans and the speedway offers shuttle bus rides. Normally held on the eve of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Winston 500, this year's induction ceremony has been moved to Friday, Oct. 13, and will begin at 8 p.m. In 1999, a standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Davey Allison Memorial Park for the fifth annual induction ceremony that added Jeff Gordon, Harry Gant and Lee Petty. They joined 1998's class of Bill Elliott, David Pearson and Junior Johnson; 1997's class of Dale Jarrett, Ned Jarrett and Buddy Baker; 1996's class of Ernie Irvan, Alan Kulwicki and Cale Yarborough; and the Class of 1995, Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty and Benny Parsons. Bobby Allison, Neil Bonnett and Red Farmer, members of the original "Alabama Gang", were inducted as the inaugural Class of 1994 into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame. For more information visit their website at www.talladegawalk.com. <pre> Bobby Hamilton Stats 1987 & 1988--Nashville Speedway Track Champion Eighth on all time win list with 27 wins 1989--NASCAR Busch Grand National Series win-Richmond 1989--Drove cars in movie "Days of Thunder" 1991--NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year 1996--Won first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race-Phoenix 1997--NASCAR Winston Cup Series winner-Rockingham 1998--NASCAR Winston Cup Series winner-Martinsville 2000--NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner as driver-Martinsville 2000--NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winning owner-Joe Ruttman driver

Phoenix-ironically his first win as driver came at the same track Indianapolis and Chicago * Five Career NASCAR Winston Cup Series Poles * Two Career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Poles * 290 NASCAR Winston Cup Series career starts--300th will be at Homestead * 54 top-10 NASCAR Winston Cup Series finishes

Bobby Hamilton on winning contest "I really didn't think I could win when the voting started a few months ago. I am really excited about being chosen for the induction. It's important to me because the fans and Kodak followers are the ones who voted. "Our team has had a tough season. We've been hit with bad luck from race one at Daytona. Being inducted into the Talladega Walk of Fame is definitely a positive factor for me and the entire Morgan-McClure team. It's nice to have a good thing happen, especially at Talladega. The track has a lot meaning to the team. I would like to top off the weekend there with a visit to victory lane. "Thanks to all of the fans that participated in the voting. We have a huge following on our Morgan-McClure and Kodak websites. It's amazing how the internet can bring so many people together. I truly look forward to being at the event in October. It's on Friday the 13th, maybe that'll be the factor to break our bad luck streak."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Ernie Irvan , Darrell Waltrip , Rusty Wallace , Geoffrey Bodine , Sterling Marlin , Joe Ruttman , Ned Jarrett , Richard Petty , Benny Parsons , Junior Johnson , Bobby Allison , Buddy Baker , Harry Gant , Cale Yarborough , David Pearson , Lee Petty , Davey Allison