Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Morgan Shepherd Is Now Talladega Walk Of Fame Member

This is straight copy & paste from RaceWithFaith.com news:

Fans vote Morgan Shepherd into Talladega fame
Author: Talladega Superspeedway PR
Date Posted: 07-28-09

TALLADEGA, AL - The fans have spoken...and Morgan Shepherd and Jack Smith will be the next drivers enshrined to the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 31. Shepherd won the active driver nomination over Michael Waltrip and Kasey Kahne, while Smith won in the inactive driver category.

The Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame in downtown Talladega is both a focal point saluting NASCAR’s greatest names and a tribute to one of racing’s brightest stars – the late Davey Allison. Developed in 1994, the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame has inducted one active driver and up to two inactive drivers since 1995 based on the fans’ vote chosen from a ballot of nominees selected by strict guidelines.

Shepherd, 67, a native of Ferguson, NC, made his NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) debut in 1970 at Hickory Motor Speedway. And, for nearly 40 years since, Shepherd has competed in one of NASCAR’s top divisions. He is a four-time winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and has 15 wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series where he currently competes.

Shepherd is the 1980 NASCAR Late Model Sportsman division champion and recipient of the 2005 NMPA Pocono Spirit Award.

For Shepherd, his work in the race car is only part of his duties at the track each weekend. As co-owner of his Faith Motorsports team, he oversees all daily operations of the race team including car preparation, engine building, testing and racing. Shepherd also serves as a lay minister, spreading the gospel to the NASCAR community.

Smith, of Metropois, Ill., was one of NASCAR’s pioneers. He first raced in what is now considered the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1949, beginning a career that would span 15 years. He recorded 21 wins and is a member of the NMPA Hall of Fame. Smith passed away in 2001 at the age of 78.

Past active driver inductees have included Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Bobby Hamilton, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin, Kyle Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Bobby Labonte. Richard Petty and Benny Parsons were the first inactive drivers to be inducted, later joined by Alan Kulwicki, Cale Yarborough, Ned Jarrett, Buddy Baker, David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Harry Gant, Lee Petty, Tim Flock, Fireball Roberts, Buck Baker, Joe Weatherly, Red Byron, Bobby Isaac, Fred Lorenzen, Fonty Flock, Herb Thomas, Terry Labonte and Rex White.

The first inductees – “ Alabama Gang” drivers Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Red Farmer and Neil Bonnett – were inducted by decree of the board.

In the park, Davey Allison is remembered with a large marble monument, while drivers inducted into the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame have bronze plaques placed around the park, accessible by walkways that form the shape of Talladega Superspeedway.

For additional information, visit www.talladegawalk.com.

10 comments:

klvalus said...

Cool indeed...what took em so long!

HotfootLori said...

I do not know?! Thanks for stopping by :)

moseby said...

Good for Morgan, he deserves it. Hope he keeps on going.

volfan69 said...

I had no idea. Thank you for being on top of things and letting us all know. Morgan is such a sweet person and someone that I really admire and respect.

Tsfanpc said...

I am glad that he got voted in this time. He sure deserves it.

I usually keep up with who goes in each year, but for some reason, this year I actually forgot about it.

photogr said...

I was great to hear Morgan make it. 67 ? I didn't think he was that old yet.

jon_464 said...

Awesome to hear that Morgan Shepherd is in the Talladega Walk of Fame. I'd love to see him continue his NNS career as long as humanly possible.

CR_Racing said...

Glad to hear it. Morgan can race, and I hope the best for him.

HotfootLori said...

Moseby, Vol, TSfan, Photo, Jon & CR - thank you guys... you know I just love Morgan Shepherd and was very glad to read about this :)

Iowa-Girl said...

That's Great! Morgan was doing so well on Saturday until the last couple laps. I keep hoping he'll get some top 10's etc in the Nationwide series.

Are other drivers still helping him with tires etc?