2012 Hall of Fame Profile: Dale Inman


The only crew chief in the Class of 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductees is our next profile.

2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Dale Inman, was born on August 19th,  1936 in Level Cross, North Carolina. Inman is best known for being the crew chief for Richard Petty at Petty Enterprises for 30 years. Combined they won a total of 198 races and seven championships together. He is credited for starting the main duties of the crew chief position including preparing and driver-pit communications.

Dale Inman came into the sport as a pit member for Richard Petty in the late 1950s. He was too young to be a crew chief, but wanted to work in the sport. Inman came on the box in 1960, when Petty Enterprises started concentrating on engine building for the team.  After winning the 1981 Daytona 500 with Richard Petty, Inman made the decision to depart the time.

Inman would later go on to climb on the box and work with Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Terry Labonte. He would win the 1984 championship with Labonte.  Inman would later return to Petty Enterprises in 1986 to overseas the business side of the shop. He continuted his role in helping Richard Petty until Petty retired in 1992. He later went on to help Rick Wison, John Andretti, and Bobby Hamilton.

Inman would retire from NASCAR in 1998. Inman has recieved the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Golden Wrench Award and the Smokey Yunick Award. He has also helped the Victory Junction Gang Camp get started.

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