Hall of Fame

Richie Evans

Born: July 23, 1941
Died: Oct. 24, 1985
Hometown: Rome, N.Y.
Competed: 1973-85
Starts: 1,300 (estimated)
Wins: 475 (estimated)

Career Highlights
The recognized "king" of Modified racing, Evans captured nine NASCAR Modified titles in a 13-year span, including eight in a row from 1978-85.

In the first year of the current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour format in 1985, Evans won 12 races, including a sweep of all four events at Thompson, Conn.

Nicknamed "The Rapid Roman," his career accomplishments included multiple track championships across the Northeast and hundreds of victories -- including a 37-win season during a stretch of 60 Modified races in 1979.

Evans, who was fatally injured on Oct. 24, 1985, during a practice crash at Martinsville Speedway, ranked No. 1 in the 2003 voting of the "NASCAR All-Time Modified Top 10 Drivers."

He also was named one of NASCAR's "50 Greatest Drivers" in 1998.