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2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held Jan. 19

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The NASCAR Hall of Fame will induct its 2018 Class on Jan. 19 at the Crown Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now.

The 2018 Class includes:

  • Red Byron won NASCAR’s first race in 1948 on the Daytona Beach Road Course. He went on in 1948 to win NASCAR’s first season championship—in the NASCAR Modified Division. The following year, he won NASCAR’s first Strictly Stock Division title—the precursor to today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series—driving for NASCAR Hall of Fame car owner Raymond Parks.
  • Ray Evernham guided Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 team to three championships in four seasons (1995, ’97 and ’98) and a series-leading 47 wins in the 1990s. Among their triumphs were two Daytona 500s (1997 and ’99) and two Brickyard 400s (1994 and ’98).
  • Ron Hornaday Jr. boasts a record four championships and 51 wins in what is today the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Hornaday also holds the Truck Series record for top fives (158) and top 10s (234).
  • Ken Squier co-founded the Motor Racing Network in 1970. He called the 1979 Daytona 500 on CBS, a milestone moment for the entire sport, as his voice welcomed millions to the first live flag-to-flag coverage of “The Great American Race”—a moniker he coined. He is the inaugural winner/namesake of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence.
  • Robert Yates won NASCAR premier series championships as both an engine builder and an owner. He provided the power behind NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough, later leading Allison to a series championship in 1983 with DiGard Racing. In the late 1980s, Yates tried his hand at ownership, and success quickly followed to the tune of three Daytona 500s and the 1999 NASCAR premier series championship.

Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

NASCAR America 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN: Evernham, Inman, Squier from NASCAR Hall

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Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs live from the NASCAR Hall of Fame from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Marty Snider, Steve Letarte and Dale Jarrett host from the NASCAR Hall of Fame, with special guests Dale Inman, Ray Evernham and Ken Squier.

On today’s show:

* Veteran crew chiefs Inman and Evernham discuss their journey in NASCAR and share some of their fondest memories.

* Squier stops by to tell us how Darlington Raceway has thrived throughout the years, plus what it means to be a NASCAR Hall of Famer.

* Letarte will hold a crew chief debrief which examines the many changes in NASCAR over the years.

* Also, fans can submit their questions by using #AskALegend

If you can’t catch today’s show on TV, you can also watch it via the online stream at

http:/nascarstream.nbcsports.com.If you plan to stream the show on your laptop or portable device, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified.

Once you enter that information, you’ll have access to the stream.

Click here at 5 p.m. ET to watch live via the stream.

2018 NASCAR Hall inductees to serve as Southern 500 grand marshals

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Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squire and Robert Yates – who along with the late Red Byron – will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall next January, have been named grand marshals for Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Among their duties, the grand marshals will give the command to start engines prior to the race, which will be televised at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Bojangles’ CEO Clifton Rutledge will also be part of the group that will give the command to start engines.

“Having the NASCAR Hall of Fame members, and Bojangles’ CEO Clifton Rutledge, serve as grand marshals for our Bojangles’ Southern 500 is a wonderful tradition we started in 2015,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said. “It concludes pre-race ceremonies with an historic touch.”

Terry Labonte was grand marshal and gave the command to start engines before the 2015 Southern 500.

Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Mark Martin served as grand marshals and gave the command to start engines before last year’s Southern 500.

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NASCAR America: Ken Squier on the ‘Mark of an Earnhardt’ at Daytona

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Ken Squier was there in 1979 when Dale Earnhardt Sr. made his first start in the Daytona 500 and Squier was there when Earnhardt finally won the race in 1998.

There’s no one better than Squier to narrate an essay on the importance of the history of the Earnhardt name and family to the track.

“Dale Earnhardt Sr. needed Daytona and Daytona needed Dale Earnhardt,” Squier says. “As Daytona grew, Dale grew.”

The Intimidator won 34 times at Daytona and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., has added 17 of his own wins in his NASCAR career. His last chance to add to the “Earnhardt mark” on Daytona comes Saturday in the Coke Zero 400 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

NASCAR America’s analysts discussed what the legacy of the Earnhardt name is with Earnhardt Jr.’s impending retirement.

“The way their lives were intertwined, what they did on the race track has been intertwined,” Kyle Petty said. “The way the fans perceive what Senior was, what Junior is and what Junior has meant for this sport. What he has done recently as a leader of the sport, he has stepped into his father’s shoes. … When Junior stood up last year and said I’m not getting in that car because of my head injuries, I’m going to sit out.’ That’s leadership.

NASCAR America: 50 States in 50 Shows: Vermont

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The final week of NASCAR America’s “50 States in 50 Shows” begins with a look at the state of Vermont and a call from Ken Squier.

Squier is a lot of things. He’s a legendary NASCAR announcer, the co-founder of the Motor Racing Network and as of last month, a member of the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.

But he’s also one of the founders of Thunder Road International Speedbowl in his home state of Vermont.

Squier called into NASCAR America to talk about the 1/4-mile track, which awards the winner of the Milk Bowl Invitational with kissing a cow. I’m sorry, it’s not a cow.

“That is a genuine, Vermont beauty,” Squier clarified. “That’s what we promoted and advertised, that we were going to do our very best, we were sick and tired of all this nonsense about these ‘bimbos’ that would be in victory lane, that we would have  ‘genuine Vermont beauty.'”

The Milk Bowl was once won by the current governor of Vermont, Phil Scott.

Watch the video for the full interview with Squier.