Rusty Wallace enters Hall of Fame
Associated Press
February 9, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rusty Wallace touched on his early days trying to make it as a professional race car driver, the lessons he learned from NASCAR's pioneers and his relentless push to drive for Rog...
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675denny 
55 wins in what, 25 yrs. Outstanding!
200 Days ago
caajunchef 
This jerk will find fault with someone else for something he doesn't like then cry to anyone and everyome who will listen to his pathetic whining. He belongs in the same playpen as Dwight Howard and all the other crybabies who can't man up for their own faults. RW might have won over 50 races but he cried about the hundreds of others he didn't win. Frankly, he doesn't belong in the HoF.
202 Days ago
TruthNoBS 
I still think they need to start looking at more modern era drivers for future hall inductions, and don't necessarily think it needs to be loaded up with 50s and 60s era drivers and owners. Though the more I learned about Herb Thomas, he sounds very deserving. But Cotton Owens - 9 wins gets you in the hall of fame? I know the name is cool but I'm questioning that. I still don't agree with Bud Moore being in there either.
202 Days ago
TruthNoBS 
Rusty rambled and took more time by far than the others, I actually didn't mind it too much though. Plugged a lot of names throughout his speech of people that helped, sure they appreciated it. Wasn't sure either on his comments towards Beadle and running out of money, and acting like he wanted to be with Penske all along, sort of appeared he was just brushing aside the great accomplishments of that 27 team. When in fact he may not have ever been better than he was in '88-'89 in that car.
202 Days ago
stewartw84 
Met Rusty Wallace at a very small airport in SC while we were weathered in back in his hayday driving the MGD car. He was an absolute jerk to all of us. We were flying 4 Navy Helocopters out to the Boneyard in Arizona...I for one will never call him Mr. Wallace!
202 Days ago
Golong Godeep 
Rusty Wallace is n-o-t worthy. He won one Cup championship. He was competitive in the early years. The rest of the time he just showed up.
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andrewjohn329 
In his 25th and final full season (he ran 3 partial seasons and 22 full) of competition he had 8 Top 5s, 17 Top 10s, an average finish of 13.8 and finished 8th in points. He won his Championship in 1989. In 1990-2005 he finished top 10 in points 13 times with 39 wins. Yup he just showed up!
202 Days ago
T0ny Perkis 
Nascar has turned into a soft man or womens sport. I miss the old days and the grit of the drivers. Is trading paint a sin?
203 Days ago
Former Oilers 
Thought the HoF show was cool...Rusty Spoke for a bit too long. It was almost as if he didnt want to stop heating his voice. It was interesting since I don't know the much of the early history.
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Jmartrucking2 
Wouldn't have*
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Jmartrucking2 
His speech was very self serving and sort of insulting in some ways. Like he made a point to let everyone know that his car owner, Raymond Beadle, would have had enough money to finish off the season that they won the championship without Rick Hendricks help
203 Days ago
hardwood_2x4 
I'm a huge fan of Steve Wallace. He brings excitement to every race he runs. He crashes & wrecks into everyone including his own teammates.
203 Days ago
Aaron_Bear_Den 
I love Rusty Wallace, and props to him on a great career, but I'm surprised he got into the Hall of Fame so quickly. I really thought it would take another year or 2, with so many big names still not in. Still well deserved, though.
203 Days ago
V-Da-Man 
I have lost nearly all interest in NASCAR, but was an avid fan in Rusty's younger days. Congrats Rusty! even though I still think you are an A--Hole.
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andrewjohn329 
So you were an avid fan, but think he is an a hole? How does that work?
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andrewjohn329 
That's the longest and most pointless "NASCAR drivers are not athletes" rant I've seen yet! If you don't think race car drivers are athletes, scroll down to the links I posted below!
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Curtis.ryan24 
Alot of drugs its all part of football. And getting concussions to the point you can't do anything but babble on about how driving a race car is not a sport.
204 Days ago
GravityKing 
Hall of Fame Jeopardy for $500. "In what sport did Leonard Wood, Buck Baker, Herb Thomas, and Cotton Owens compete?" "Anyone? Anyone?." Buzz. Buzz. "Sorry, time's up. The answer is, 'what is NASCAR?'"
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Jmartrucking2 
Hey I agree that some of the drivers are athletic, i wouldn't say that they are athletes because they race cars. By that definition then any competition with an engine could be considered a motor sport....right? So that means guys who race lawn mowers and bar stools are athletes?
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Jmartrucking2 
Lol well you don't know sh$t because I'm not lying. I enjoy giving you crap because you come on here like you are the only NASCAR fan in the world and the only one who knows anything about racing. You might know how many top tens dale jr has in his career but you wouldn't know the first thing about what makes a car go around a track fast
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andrewjohn329 
Oh, and learn how to use the "reply" button ;)
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andrewjohn329 
Wow, you need to come here more often if you think that all I do on here is act like I am the only one that knows anything about NASCAR. Have you seen ThePhoenix2012, Professor Luri, or STP43FAN?!?! All of those are 10 times worse than I am. Professor Luri is convinced that NASCAR is dying and turns every article into something negative. STP43FAN1 goes as far as telling everyone that disagrees with him that they are wrong and not entitled to an opinion. Is there something wrong with trying to have a good debate with someone with a differing opinion? What's funny is how ignorant you are toward me, doing the same thing you are complaining about me doing with comments such as :"but you wouldn't know the first thing about what makes a car go around a track fast". Have I ever driven a car? No, I haven't. Have I ever been on a pit crew? No, I haven't. However, I grew up at the local short track watching my two neighbors race whom my dad was on the pit crew for and I have followed NASCAR for over 20 years, so I know more about the sport than you give me credit for! Oh, and if you look at the definition of sport, motor sport, and athlete then technically your dad and uncle are athletes.
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Jmartrucking2 
Hey andrewjohn, my dad and uncle drive Dirt late models here in Florida....are they athletes? They don't race 500 miles a night or lose 10 lbs a race....
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andrewjohn329 
If I knew you weren't lying, then I would put more effort into this response, but I have seen you around here enough to know better. After all, your last comment was to complain about the way I talk to people on here....
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Jmartrucking2 
You're so awesome. I'm glad there's someone like you who can continuously come on here and nit pick people's comments.
204 Days ago
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andrewjohn329 
It's slow, it's the offseason, and I was bored. If you have a problem with it, then ignore me!
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andrewjohn329 
If this is Jeopardy it would have been worded as an answer: "The Racing series in which the likes of Leonard Wood, Buck Baker, Herb Thomas, and Cotton Owens competed."
204 Days ago
thebullforever 
Congrats to Rusty Wallace. Been a fan since 1989 when I was 6 years old. Watched every race I could and watched him win a championship that year mostly thanks to Ricky Rudd who took out Earnhardt on the final lap at North Wilkesboro. I remember the race in 1991 where he fell 3 laps down at Bristol because of a flat tire, there was a rain delay, turned off the TV figuring the race was gonna be called because of the rain, picked up the paper the next day and he had won the race. This guy was a master at coming from laps down to win races, he did it at bristol a few times, went 2 laps down at Dover and won that race. Theres probably 10 or 12 races he should have won but had mechanical problems with his car, blew an engine or transmission went out while he was leading and the one at Martinsville in 97 where they claimed he jumped the last restart when he was leading the race. A bunch of BS. Anyway I have fond memories of this guys whole career, successes and disappointments.
204 Days ago
nuccionino 
Lol at everyone jealous this is on the front page. Yes, the second most popular sport in America has a HOF, and yes it is front page worthy. That and the fact Rusty works for ESPN. Get ready for a lot of NASCAR coverage on ESPN starting in about 9 days. I'm excited!
204 Days ago
Mulachicrunch 
Just a note for the "who cares about NASCAR" crowd. Last weeks Super Bowl had a live crowd of 71,000 people. Next weeks Sprint Unlimited EXHIBITION race at Daytona averages 82,000 live attendees. The following weekends Daytona 500 will have about 150,000 fans. Last year, in a still lousy economy, NASCAR averaged 100,300 tickets sold per event. Considering many of these tracks are way out in BFE (Watkins Glen, NY, Martinsville, VA, Pocono, PA) that's pretty darn impressive.Logistically speaking NASCAR puts on 38 events every year bigger than the Super Bowl. But, hey if you you want to tell yourself they are all dumb hicks, have at it.
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MaxFriz93 
of those 150,000 due to attend there will only be 13 full sets of teeth
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ytib2012 
You do know NASCAR ticket revenue has been in a sharp decline the past years including the following from July 2012. "The green flag dropped on Saturday nights Coke Zero 400 NASCAR race with all 57,000 seats in Daytona International Speedways backstretch grandstands empty." http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/07/08/2186208/nascar-ticket-revenue-in-sharp.html
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Mulachicrunch 
Every other sport in the world wishes their avg attendance was "only" 100,300 people! That is an accurate number, look it up. The live crowd for the race you cited was 115,000. Far more than any NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL game in history.
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mastersbk 
You do realize that no football venue in the country can seat 150,000, right? The average is like 40k.
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Mulachicrunch 
Because there isn't enough demand for a 150,000 seat football stadium. If there was, you can be sure it would be built. Also, tickets cost way more than a few dollars. The average live attendee at a Sprint Cup event travels 350 miles from home, and spends over $500. Most fans spend the entire weekend at the track. Does any of that sound cheap or easy to you? Throw in the fact that racing has the built-in disadvantage of never having a home team. That is a huge part of the appeal of other sports. If they weren't OUR Boston Celtics, or OUR Chicago Bears, interest would drop off drastically. Racing has to sell itself purely on the fun of being there live.
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voiceover310 
Tickets are also only a few dollars. Do you have any ideas how much Super Bowl tickets are?? You can't compare the two. Anyone in the world can (and usually does) drive a car.
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Esus33 
I don't watch NASCAR and love the NFL; with that said, your comment doesn't make me feel better about the sport I support. I believe I heard the average price for a Super Bowl ticket was $3,300 and around 80% of the tickets were reserved for corporations, not fans of the 49ers or Ravens.
204 Days ago
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