the nascar hall of fame induction ceremony experience

The inaugural induction ceremony for the NASCAR Hall of Fame was held on Sunday. I was excited that I got to attend and be there for the induction of the very first class. While the ceremony itself wasn’t nearly as emotional as I had hoped, I basically wanted everyone to break down in tears, it still delivered on some great moments.

My number one favorite moment was when Junior Johnson’s son, Robert, introduced him and used words like “heart” and “love.” It was so sincere and just really sweet. When he said, “I love you, Dad.” I was telling myself not to cry, don’t friggin cry!

I guess my bone of contention with the whole ceremony was that I didn’t understand why more NASCAR drivers weren’t in attendance. This seemed like a no-brainer event that shouldn’t have been missed.

Out on the red carpet, which was actually blue, I was positioned behind the crew from SPEED. It was the perfect spot to snap photos of the drivers that did attend this super historic event.

Jimmie and Chandra Johnson were there but they showed up before I got to the blue carpet. In all I witnessed the arrivals of Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Ned Jarrett, Rick Hendrick, Junior Johnson, Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip, Richard Petty, Felix Sabates, Jack Roush, Carl Edwards, Teresa Earnhardt, Taylor Earnhardt, Kerry Earnhardt, Kyle Petty and Joe Gibbs.

My favorite result of that day are the photos that I took which you can see below. I spent some time looking around the Hall of Fame but I’m going to save all of that for another post, plus I’m planning on checking it out again this week.

Kasey Kahne

My best Kasey Kahne photo to date. For the record, I wasn’t making any wild or large movements. It helped that I was standing behind the SPEED reporter who was asking him questions.

Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards

Darrell Waltrip

Darrell Waltrip, who took way MORE time than he was supposed to during the actual ceremony. He was just supposed to introduce the video not tell like 50 stories about Junior Johnson. They were good stories though.

Ingrid Vandebosch

Jeff Gordon’s wife, Ingrid Vandebosch.

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon

Junior Johnson

NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Junior Johnson

Kate Downey Edwards and Ingrid Vandebosch

Those are the feet of Kate Edwards, Carl’s wife, on the right sporting some supercute Christian Louboutin’s and at left are Ingrid Vandebosch’s wedges.

Kate Edwards and Ingrid Vandebosch

Kate (right) and Ingrid chatting it up on the blue carpet.

Richard Petty

NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Petty

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart

Michael Waltrip

Michael Waltrip

Red Carpet at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

This was the red carpet area just before you entered the ballroom where the ceremony was held. I got to walk this and it was kinda cool. Only people with the “silver star” tickets got to take this route. Veddy nice.


  1. Sue
    May 25, 2010 at 11:36 AM ·

    Great to see so many current drivers at the HOF induction. You certainly got some great pics of the drivers. The stories that DW told were better than that 1st speaker for France Sr though.

    Did Tony have his girlfriend with him? What about Kasey? Inquiring minds you know.

    Thanks for sharing

  2. May 26, 2010 at 8:46 AM ·

    Yeah I am curious about Tony and Kasey’s girlfriends too :-)

    Also..that picture of DW…the expression on his face cracks me UP!

    I don’t know HOW on earth anyone can walk in shoes like the ones ingrid is wearing…

  3. Valli
    May 26, 2010 at 3:24 PM ·

    Kasey and Tony were both dateless at the HOF induction ceremony.


  4. Mel
    May 26, 2010 at 8:09 PM ·

    Those are some attractive men. Lucky you!

    Wedges are easier to walk in than stilettos…and Ingrid’s are fierce! She has the best shoes…but I guess lots of money does that for you!

  5. Melody
    May 27, 2010 at 6:48 PM ·

    That is a VERY great pic of Tony, Valli, thanks!!!!! Loving all your blogs and information, it’s like being there.