Elliott, Lorenzen, White, Scott, and Weatherly enter NASCAR Hall of Fame (VIDEO)

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Five more NASCAR legends achieved the sport’s highest honor Friday in Charlotte, N.C.

Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Rex White, and the late Wendell Scott and Joe Weatherly were inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame as its Class of 2015.

Additionally, the late Anne B. France was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

Longtime Charlotte Observer reporter Tom Higgins also was recognized after accepting the Squier-Hall Award for Media Excellence earlier in the evening.

The 2015 Class is the sixth class inducted into the Hall of Fame. Here’s a look at each inductee, as well as their speeches…

BILL ELLIOTT (Presented for induction by Kasey Kahne and Bill’s former team owner, Ray Evernham)

THE CAREER: Native of Dawsonville, Ga. … 44 wins and 55 poles in 828 career premier series starts … Won the 1988 Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) championship with six wins, 15 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s in 29 races … Two-time Daytona 500 champion (1985, 1987) … Three-time Southern 500 champion (1985, 1988, 1994) … In 1985, he won the Daytona 500, the spring race at Talladega, and the Southern 500 to capture the “Winston Million” $1 million bonus … Record 16-time Most Popular Driver winner.

THE QUOTE: Bill Elliott: “One thing that I see as I look out here today is one common bond with all these racers – it’s the hard work and the dedication all these guys had. For me to stand up here among the guys that have already been here, it’s just totally incredible.”

FRED LORENZEN (Presented for induction by Tony Stewart; Lorenzen’s son, Chris; and Lorenzen’s daughter, Amanda Gardstrom)

THE CAREER: Native of Elmhurst, Ill. … 26 wins and 32 pole positions in 158 career premier series starts…Won the 1965 Daytona 500 and World (now Coca-Cola) 600 at Charlotte…Never ran a full season; most races he ran in a year was 29 in 1963…That was his best season with six wins, 21 top-five finishes, and 23 top 10s; finished third in championship standings that year despite missing 26 races…Won eight times in 16 starts in 1964 (62-race season), including five consecutive starts…His 26 wins from 1961-1967 were more than fellow Hall of Famers Richard Petty (21) and David Pearson (eight) in that same span.

THE QUOTE: Chris Lorenzen: “As a young teenager, Dad built a go-kart using a lawnmower motor. He drove it all over Elmhurst until the police took it away. He would sit in his tent in his backyard listening to some greats such as Fireball Roberts, Joe Weatherly, and Curtis Turner race their cars. Those were his idols and his heroes. And all Dad could think about was that he had to find a way to become a race car driver. He proceeded to live his life doing everything possible to make that dream come true.”

REX WHITE (Presented for induction by Kevin Harvick and James Hylton)

THE CAREER: Native of Spartanburg, S.C. … 28 wins and 36 poles in 233 career premier series starts…Won the 1960 Grand National (now Sprint Cup) championship with six wins, 25 top-five finishes, and 35 top 10s in 40 races…The fourth driver to win a premier series championship in his own equipment…A potent short track competitor, White took all but two of his victories on tracks shorter than one mile…Becomes the latest NASCAR Hall of Famer to hail from Spartanburg, joining a group that includes David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Cotton Owens, and Bud Moore.

THE QUOTE: Rex White: “Words can’t express how honored I am to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame along with the other Hall of Fame members, especially the 2015 fellow inductees. No driver wins a championship by himself. Nobody enters the Hall of Fame alone. I am a symbol of a team effort. [From] my first race in 1953 until now, this effort spans 62 years.”

WENDELL SCOTT (Presented for induction by Jeff Gordon and Wendell’s sons, Franklin Scott and Wendell Scott Jr.)

THE CAREER: Native of Danville, Va. … One win and one pole position in 495 career premier series starts … Became the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR premier series race on Dec. 1, 1963 at Jacksonville, Fla. … Made his first premier series start on March 4, 1961 at Spartanburg, S.C. … Collected 20 top-five finishes and 147 top 10s in his career…Finished four times in the top 10 of the championship standings.

THE QUOTE: Franklin Scott: “Daddy was a man of great honor. He didn’t let his circumstances define who he was. The Bible teaches that, before a person can have honor, they must first have integrity and humility. In addition, another one of his great attributes was perseverance. There were two words that were forbidden for us to use growing up in the Scott household. Those words were can’t and never.”

JOE WEATHERLY (Presented for induction by Brad Keselowski; Joe’s niece, Joy Barbee; and Joe’s championship car owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer, Bud Moore)

THE CAREER: Native of Norfolk, Va. … 25 wins and 18 poles in 229 career premier series starts…Won back-to-back Grand National championships in 1962 and 1963 … Weatherly also won 101 races and the 1953 championship in the Modified Division… Also won 12 times from 1956-1959 in the short-lived Convertible Division … Fun-loving personality led him to be dubbed “The Clown Prince of Racing” … Died in a crash during a Jan. 19, 1964, race at Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway.

THE QUOTE: Joy Barbee: ““He loved his family and he was very generous, but I am sure there are many memories the fans could share as well, maybe ones of the practical jokes he enjoyed playing on fellow drivers. He definitely had a sense of humor, he loved a good laugh and he loved to have a good time. He always had a big smile on his face; he was a character to be around and definitely lived up to the title given to him – the ‘Clown Prince of Racing.’”

ANNE B. FRANCE – Landmark Award (accepted on her behalf by Lesa Kennedy, Anne’s granddaughter and CEO of International Speedway Corporation)

Anne B. France was the wife of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and a former secretary and treasurer for both NASCAR and ISC. Mrs. France helped maintain the financial health of the sport in its early years and was known to keep two sets of books – one that was the real set and another she shared with “Big Bill” to ensure that he wouldn’t, in Kennedy’s words, “spend us out of business.”

“She was the epitomy of what this award represents – a great ambassador to our sport and someone who always strived to grow the business,” Kennedy said of her grandmother. “She did it her way, in an honest, often understated and pragmatic fashion. She was the glue that held NASCAR together in the beginning, and she worked tirelessly to see it succeed.”

Adam Enticknap paves the way for the ‘Other 19’

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Once the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season kicks off in Anaheim, Calif. on January 4, eyes inevitably will begin to focus on the front of the field.

One rider will win that race. Two will stand on either side of him on the podium. Nineteen others will ride quietly back to the garage and if they’re lucky, get a few minutes to tell the tale of their race to a few members of the media. On their way off the track, the other 19 will take a minute to wave to the fans in the stands.

Adam Enticknap will motion for them to follow him.

One of the most engaging riders in the sport, Enticknap not only recognizes his role as a dark horse on Supercross grid, he revels in it.

“Not everyone is going to win,” Enticknap said last week at the Supercross media sessions. “There’s only one winner on a weekend; that’s it. There can’t be more than one winner. And everyone else has got to go home and eat too.”

A recognized Hip Hop artist known for his video ‘My Bikes Too Lit’, Enticknap is bringing new fans to the track – and as a result, he is putting a spotlight on riders deeper in the field.

Last year Enticknap was coming off a broken femur that marred his SX season. He made only three Mains with a 20th in Indianapolis, 15th at Houston, and an 18th at Las Vegas. In October, he earned a career-best 14th in the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. He got there by being consistent in the three heats, finishing 16-15-15.

But that’s not the point for Enticknap. Yes, he wants to win but it is just as important to be the ambassador for those riders who are known only to their fans.

“I’ve made a path for riders that are not going to win,” Enticknap said. “And that’s not saying that I don’t want to win, or that I’m not going to win, but I’ve made it so that the guy who’s finishing 20th and barely making the Mains can make a full career out of it. I’m probably the most famous, slowest guy on the track. It’s come from the way I’ve marketed myself and the way I’ve been with my fans and I’ve appreciated every second that I’ve been here.”

On a good weekend, Enticknap is one of the “other 19” in the Main Event.

“Without all of us, there really is no winner. Everybody’s got to show up and everybody’s got to compete during the weekend. In our sport, everyone is so hyper-focused on the guy who is winning all the time, but I hope that I’ve opened people’s eyes that sometimes it’s not just about the guy who wins the race as much as it is about the guy who is succeeding during the weekend.”

For Enticknap, success looks different than for last year’s champion Cooper Webb or Eli Tomac who won six of the 17 races in 2019. It’s about knowing that when it’s time to ride back to the hauler – whether that is at the end of the Main or after a Last Chance Qualifier – that nothing was left on the track.

“My best finish was a 14th at the Monster Energy Cup – ever in my career,” Enticknap emphasized. “Making my way from the bottom is huge. I made my way from not even making the top 40 to finishing 14th in A-Main Event. That’s huge.”

And that’s progress.

In his second season with H.E.P. Motorsports, Enticknap predicts he will make 10 Mains this year.

Even if he advances to only half of the Features, it will be his best season in eight years at this level. Enticknap qualified for seven Mains in 2017 with a best of 18th at Vegas. He was in five Mains in 2018 with a best of 16th at San Diego before signing with his current team – and getting injured without rightly being able to show what he could do with them.

“I want to break into the top 10 – that’s my goal for the year – but as of right now I’m succeeding in all the little goals that I’ve set and I want to keep succeeding,” Enticknap said.

It’s not enough to want to finish well, however; riders have to visualize a path to success. For Enticknap, that will come with because of how he approaches stadium races. Towering over the field, Enticknap is not a small man by anyone’s measure so it’s ironic that he makes a comparison between Supercross and ballet. The indoor season is about precision, technical mastery, and finesse. And that is where Enticknap believes he shines.

“Supercross is more of a ballet. It’s more perfection. It’s something that takes so much talent – and you can see it in real life. When you watch an outdoor race, you’re like ‘that guy’s a beast’; he’s manhandling it; he’s hammering the throttle. And when you see a Supercross race it’s just so rhythmic and flowing and light. So much finesse on everything. Just such a fluent, technical race.”

Enticknap credits his background in BMX racing as one of the reasons why he is so fluid on a tight track.

“Supercross fits my riding style a lot,” Enticknap said. “I don’t like to just hang it out and get all sideways and just swap, swap, swap. I like to be very precise in all my movement. I’m a perfectionist. It helps in Supercross because everything is just timed by the millisecond.”

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