Born: August 19, 1936
Hometown: Level Cross, N.C.
Behind every legendary driver, there is usually a legendary wrenchman.
That was Dale Inman, without whom Richard Petty might never have been the King.
Inman, Petty's crew chief at Petty Enterprises for nearly three decades, set records for most wins (193) and championships (eight) by a crew chief.
Inman won seven of those championships with inaugural Hall of Fame inductee Petty (1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, and 1979), and another one in 1984 with Terry Labonte .
Credited with revolutionizing the crew chief position, Inman's standout year was 1967. That season, Inman and Petty won a NASCAR-record 27 races -- 10 of them consecutively. All 27 victories were in the same car they built a year earlier.
Inman retired from NASCAR in 1998, and in 2008, helped unveil the first artifact at the NASCAR Hall of Fame -- the Plymouth Belvedere that Petty drove to 27 wins in 1967.