On Wednesday, the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte will induct its 2014 class, including Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Fireball Roberts. The induction ceremony is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. ET and may be seen live on FOX Sports 1. Below, is the second in a series of Hall of Fame profiles, this one featuring Jack Ingram:
With his official induction on Wednesday evening, Jack Ingram will become the first driver inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in the Nationwide Series. Ingram was the first champion of the Busch (now-Nationwide) Series in 1982, but that was after he posted impressive states in the Late Model Sportsman Division, the series that would eventually become the Busch-turned-Nationwide Series.
Ingram claimed three-straight Late Model Sportsman Division titles between 1972 and 1974. Several years later, the Busch Series came along. Not only did he claim the first Busch Series championship in 1982, he also claimed a second one in 1985. Ingram may have won a third title and a second-consecutive one in 1986, had it not been for a two-race suspension for rough driving late in the season.
In all, Ingram competed in the Busch Series for 10 years (1982-1991). During that time, he made 31 trips to victory lane, a series best until Mark Martin claimed the record for most career wins in the series in 1997 (a record that would eventually be broken by Kyle Busch).
Twenty-nine of those 31 wins came on the circuit’s short tracks, prompting Ingram to declare himself the “best short-track racer, ever.” That honor may have been unofficial, but one that is official is that of one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers, an honor he received from NASCAR in 1998.
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