Online Voting Begins For 2007 Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame
Online fan voting begins April 15 for this year's Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame honorees, and on Saturday, Oct. 6, two new names will be added to this prestigious list.
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.
Fans may vote for their driver of choice through July 15 by visiting www.talladegawalk.com. Voting is limited to one vote per day. Active driver nominees for 2007 include: Kasey Kahne, Ward Burton, Kyle Busch, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Burton, Morgan Shepherd, Kurt Busch, Robby Gordon, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Jeremy Mayfield, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Newman, Elliott Sadler, Ken Schrader and Carl Edwards. Inactive driver nominees for 2007 include: Terry Labonte, Jim Paschal, Bill Rexford, Jack Smith, Rex White, Red Byron and Speedy Thompson.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace became the most recent drivers to be enshrined.
Stewart, 35, of Columbus, Ind., is a two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion (2002, 2005). He also won the 1997 IRL IndyCar Series Championship, in addition to multiple United States Auto Club championships as a driver and team owner. In 1998, Stewart drove for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Busch Series, preparing him for his first full NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season with the organization in 1999. He won three races in NASCAR's top series that year, and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Three seasons later he won his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series title, following it with his second in 2005 and joined the ranks of only 14 drivers in series history to have won more than one championship.
Wallace, 49, originally from St. Louis, Mo., was the 1989 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion and has been named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers, having won 55 races in his 25-year career in NASCAR's top series, ranking eighth on the all-time victory list, (seventh in the modern era). Wallace is an avid aviator who owns airplanes and a helicopter, and also enjoys spending time on the golf course in his free time.
He made his first start in 1980 at Atlanta, but competed in his first full season in 1984, taking Rookie of the Year honors. He is also the 1991 International Race of Champions (IROC) Champion. In 2004, he became owner of a NASCAR Busch Series team and most recently joined ABC Sports and ESPN as a lead racing analyst covering IRL and NASCAR events. Wallace and his wife, Patti, reside in Cornelius, NC, and have three children.
Other past active driver inductees have included Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kevin Harvick, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Hamilton, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin, Kyle Petty and Darrell Waltrip. 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 and Wallace.
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.
Talladega Superspeedway welcomes fans back for another year of the most competitive racing on the NASCAR circuit! Get your tickets now for Aaron's Dream Weekend, set for April 27 - 29, 2007, featuring the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series and Aaron's 499 NEXTEL Cup Series races. Friday, April 27 will feature The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series. Saturday, April 28 will feature The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race. Then on Sunday, April 29, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will compete in the Aaron's 499, the ninth race of the season. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA (462-3342) Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT, or by logging onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). You may also purchase tickets in person at Talladega Superspeedway's Ticket Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday.