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Hall of Fame Class of 2013

May 22, 2013,

Inducted, Feb. 8, 2013: Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace, Leonard Wood

The third class in the NASCAR Hall of Fame was inducted in late January, with a cast of characters that included some of the sport’s most prominent names.

The induction saw a legendary crew chief, two great champions of racing, a driver whose streak in NASCAR Modified is unparalled, and a founding member of one of NASCAR's historic racing teams.

Buck Baker

Elzie Wylie "Buck" Baker established himself as one of NASCAR’s early greats, becoming the first driver to win consecutive NASCAR premier series championships. | Read full story | Watch video

Cotton Owens

There are successful drivers and there are successful owners. But, rarely are there both. Cotton Owens, a recent inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, joins fellow Hall of Famer Junior Johnson as masters of the two crafts. | Read full story | Watch video

Herb Thomas

Herb Thomas was the first to win two NASCAR premier series championships (1951, ’53). He finished second in the points standings in 1952 and 1954 giving the North Carolina veteran top-two championship finishes in four consecutive seasons. | Read full story | Watch video

Rusty Wallace

Rusty Wallace’s 55 victories rank tied for eighth all time. He was especially adept on the circuit’s short tracks winning 25 times at Bristol, Martinsville, North Wilkesboro and Richmond. | Read full story | Watch video

Leonard Wood

The Wood Brothers team is renowned as the innovator of the modern pit stop. Leonard Wood, brother of Glen and Delano Wood, was front and center in its development as chief mechanic. | Read full story | Watch video

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