Gas 'N' Go: Who Is On NASCAR's Mount Rushmore?
By: MRN Staff on July 17, 2014 | 9:30 A.M. EST
Whou would you put on your NASCAR Mount Rushmore if you were limited to one driver, one owner, one crew chief and one official? (Photo: National Park Services)
The pits are open again and, MRN.com's Pete Pistone and Dustin Long each answer this week's featured question in "Gas 'N' Go."
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of NASCAR if you could have only one driver, one owner, one crew chief and one official?
Driver - Richard Petty: "The King" will always be NASCAR's all-time Sprint Cup Series race winner and even today his name is synonymous with the sport.
Owner - Raymond Parks: The fact that the first man to field a championship winning team is not a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame is one of the sport's major oversights. Without Parks, there would be none of today's contemporaries who came after his sacrifice and perseverance.
Crew Chief - Dale Inman: Arguably one of the most creative and knowledgeable minds to work with a racecar in any form of motorsports, Inman was a major component of Richard Petty's storied success.
Official - Bill France Sr.: Visionary is an understatement in describing France, who took what was nothing more than a niche group of competitors and turned it into one of the most successful sports organizations in the country.
Driver - Jimmie Johnson: Although Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt have more titles, Johnson was first to win five in a row and his six crowns come in sport’s most competitive era.
Owner - Junior Johnson: Innovative, versatile and successful. He won as a driver and had greater success as an owner, claiming six titles and 132 races.
Crew chief - Dale Inman: One of the few men with more championships than Richard Petty. Inman has eight.
Official - Bill France Jr.: Give Bill France Sr. credit for starting the sport, but his son moved NASCAR through the tumultuous 1970s and helped it reach heights few thought possible.
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