WATCH LIVE: NASCAR Hall of Fame special and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. ET

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Some of them won championships. Some of them did not. One of them won 44 races in his career. Another only won once.

But all of them left their own marks on NASCAR.

Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Rex White, and the late Wendell Scott and Joe Weatherly took different paths in their careers. Tonight, those paths converge in one special place: The NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NBCSN is proud to bring you coverage of the Class of 2015 Induction Ceremony, which begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET with a one-hour special hosted by Mike Massaro that will delve deeper into how these five men became legends in the sport.

After that comes the ceremony itself at 8 p.m. ET, LIVE from the Crown Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina. If you cannot watch on TV, then you can STREAM IT online and on your mobile device through NBC Sports Live Extra.

In addition to the inductions of Elliott, Lorenzen, Scott, Weatherly, and White, the late Anne B. France (wife of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.; former secretary and treasurer for both NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation) will be honored with the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

If you plan to stream, be sure to have your username and password from your cable/satellite/telco provider handy so your subscription can be verified. Once you plug those pieces of information in, you’ll have access to the stream.

Again, CLICK HERE at 7 p.m. ET and join NASCAR for one of its biggest nights of the year.

April 5 in Motorsports History: Alex Zanardi’s amazing Long Beach rally

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Alex Zanardi entered the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 5, 1998 as the race’s defending champion and the series’ defending champion.

But the Italian didn’t seem a serious contender for much of the 105-lap event. Zanardi started 11th position and lost a lap early when he was involved in a multicar spin in the hairpin.

Alex Zanardi celebrates after winning the 1998 Grand Prix of Long Beach. Photo: Getty Images

But the race was still young, and despite emerging from the incident in 18th place, Zanardi slowly progressed through the field while battling radio problems that made communication difficult with his team.

With five laps remaining, Zanardi passed Dario Franchitti on the backstretch for second place and then focused in on leader Bryan Herta.

With two laps remaining, Zanardi made his move, making a daring pass on the inside of Herta in the Queen’s Hairpin (which no longer exists as the track layout was changed the following year).

The move was reminiscent of Zanardi’s famous last-lap move on the inside of Laguna Seca’s famed Corkscrew in 1996, which deprived Herta of his first CART victory.

Franchitti passed Herta as well, and Zanardi went on to clinch his first victory of the season.

“On a day when everything went wrong, we came back and won,” Zanardi said following the race. “I can’t explain it. It wasn’t until I saw Bryan ahead of me that I ever thought I had a shot at winning. It was amazing. I have no words to describe it.”

Following Long Beach, Zanadri won six more times in 1998 en route to his second and final CART championship.

Also on this date:

1992: Bobby Rahal led from start to finish to win the Valvoline 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. The win was the first of four victories for Rahal during his championship season.

2009: Ryan Briscoe won the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the first of three victories for the Aussie in 2009. The race was also the first IndyCar Series on Versus, which was rebranded as NBC Sports Network in 2012.

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