For over 30 years, racing legend Rusty Wallace has delighted racing fans not only with his hard-nosed and aggressive approach to racing, but also with a personality and charisma that are unmatched in the sport.
Wallace, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 55-time race winner, will go into history as one of America’s greatest racing drivers. At the time of his retirement in 2005, Wallace ranked as one of the top five money winners in NASCAR history with nearly $50 million in career earnings. His 55 career victories marked the eighth best all-time career total and his nearly 20,000 laps led ranked him seventh of all time.
For sixteen straight seasons, Wallace won at least one race in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, making the third longest such streak in history. He is a former champion of the International Race of Champions and in 1991 bested many of the world’s greatest drivers for the series title becoming the only driver in history to win three of the series four events in a single season.
He is a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame making him one of only 20 individuals to have completed the “triple crown” of America’s auto racing halls of fame. He is a board member for The NASCAR Foundation, with a mission of helping children live, learn and play.
Sarah Palin grew up in Alaska, hunting, fishing, snowmachining, and playing every sport offered. She’s a graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in Communications/Journalism.
Palin served as the first woman, and youngest person, elected as Mayor of her city; was city manager; Chair of the Conference of Mayors; Chair of Alaska’s Oil and Gas Commission and co-chaired Resources on the nation’s Interstate Oil and Gas Commission.
Palin made history becoming the first female, and youngest person, elected as Governor of Alaska, and went on to be nominated as America’s first female GOP candidate for Vice President of the United States.
Palin was named as one of the ”Most Influential People in the World” by the Smithsonian; named to Time Magazine’s “Top 100”; is a four-time Best Selling Author, including NYT’s Top Seller “Going Rogue.”
Palin guest hosts and contributes to television shows and documentaries; operates the news website Sarahpalin.com; and travels the country as an Inspirational Speaker.
Palin is still anchored at “home” in Alaska, loving the great outdoors and cherishing her family that includes five kids and a growing brood of grandkids. She and her family commercial fish in Bristol Bay. Her husband, Todd, is the four-time winner of the world’s longest and toughest snowmachine race - the Iron Dog - crossing over 2000 miles of Alaska’s toughest terrain in the dead of winter.
And Sarah Palin loves motorheads.
The sport’s most visible leader at the race track, Mike Helton was named Vice Chairman of NASCAR in February 2015.
Helton had served as NASCAR president since 2000 and has been with the sanctioning body in various roles since joining it in 1994 as vice president of competition. In February 1999, Helton assumed the role of senior vice president and chief operating officer, becoming the first person outside the France family to take over the day-to-day operations of NASCAR.
He serves as a member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors and is also a member of the company’s Executive Council.
After becoming only the third president in the sport’s history, Helton cemented NASCAR’s presence in major markets within the United States, as well as Mexico, Canada and Europe.
His expertise in competition directly led to the formation of the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. Dedicated to strengthening NASCAR’s competition and safety initiatives, it is the first R&D center owned and operated by a sanctioning body of a major motorsports series.
In addition to his role as a member of NASCAR’s Board of Directors, Helton maintains a similar role with The NASCAR Foundation, NASCAR’s charitable arm that seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support nonprofit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation.
Born and raised in Bristol, Virginia, Helton’s motorsports experience is multi-faceted. In addition to working for NASCAR, he has also been a track operator at both Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway and even raced a little himself.
Helton and his wife, Lynda, reside in Ormond Beach, Florida.
Clint Bowyer is one of the most adored and loved professionals in the world of car racing. Competing in a host of different series and racing events has seen his popularity go on a steady rise over the past few years.
Motocross was his arena and he went on to conquer it with as many as 200 wins along with championships in the 8 years that followed.
In 1996, he began at the famous point Thunderhill Speedway located in the city of Mayetta, Kansas, racing street stocks. Over time, he was able to win the Modified Championship in 2000 after which he went professional in 2004 when he started out with NASCAR.
Clint’s professional break came in 2003 when he finished in 2nd place while racing for Nashville Superspeedway. Car owner Richard Childress offered him a job and he has pushed on ever since. In 2007, Clint won his first race at Sylvana 300 in 2007. Currently, he is a professional stock car race driver and has participated in a host of different series during his career; Busch Series, Xfinity Series, ARCA Remax Series and more.
Aside from his car racing career, Clint Bowyer is also a television personality in his own right, having appeared on episodes of popular television series A&E’s Duck Dynasty. He has also co-hosted episodes of the popular television show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Sports and television have put Clint Bowyer under the spotlight and he has replied with his charitable work. He has also been a guest star on two episodes of Inside NASCAR.
Walker “The Legend” Evan is one of the most accomplished competitors in the sport of off-road racing and is an Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame driver. Throughout his 30-year racing career, he has racked up 142 victories and 21 championship titles, including winning the Baja 1000 nine times, the first in history to win that grueling race overall in a truck. He’s also won races like the Mint 400, the Baja 500, the Parker 400 and the Fireworks 250.
One of the most famous names in drag racing, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, has won four consecutive NHRA series titles, won the prestigious U.S. Nationals seven times, was the first Funny Car driver to break the 250-mph mark (250.00 mph), was the first to post an elapsed time under 5.20 seconds (5.193), became the first driver to win seven of eight national events in one season (1976), was the first NHRA Winston World Champion (1975), and became the first driver to win the U.S. Nationals and Winternationals in the same season (1965). At age 51, he became the third Top Fuel driver to pass the 300-mph mark (301.60) in 1993.
Evan Walker Evans(born February 11, 1965) is an Off-Road Racer who competes in the highly competitive form of off-road racing known as Short Course Off-Road Racing. He has successfully competed in other forms of off-road racing such as long distance desert races and even the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.
He was no doubt influenced by his very famous father,"The Legend", off-road racer Walker Evans. However, Evan has carved his own niche in the history of off-road racing. He started his short course career in the now defunct Mickey Thompson Stadium Series. In 1996, Evan took a class 13 Chevrolet full size truck, that he purchased from his dad, to the Midwestern SODA short course series. Evan dominated the series with seven Sportsman class victories plus a second-place finish to win the class 13 Championship title.
That 1996 season put his name in the record books as the most victorious truck class driver in SODA history, and netted him honors of being elected to the 1996 Auto Racing All-American Team, and being named the 1996 SODA "Driver of the Year." I997 saw Evan taking over right where he left off in 1996, and finished the season in second place in Class 13 points, with five victories out of eight races.
In 1998 the SODA series was replaced by CORR, and over the next 7 seasons in the Midwest Evan would go on to win 23 more races with CORR along with 51 top fives, and finish in the top six or better in points every season. Four of those seasons he finished 2nd in the points, and one other season he finished 3rd. All this in the highly competitive and elite Professional Pro-2 truck class. Then, even though the 2004 season was another one of those second place finishes in the Pro-2 Championship points, the significant records for Evan that season was 11 top 5 finishes and a record setting 4 consecutive wins.
In 2005, CORR moved to the West and WSORR, World Series Off Road Racing, became the promoter/sanctioning body for the Midwest short course off-road racing series. Evan competed for the next 4 years in both series with great success, with many more wins, top 5's, top 10's and more 2nd place finishes in points. In 2008 he placed 4th in Pro-2 truck class WSORR Championship points with one 1st place, three 2nd places, and two more top fives out of 12 races, and he finished up the CORR Pro-2 truck class 17th in points in a shortened season. In 2009 Evan finished the TORC series season 7th in Pro-2 points with a limited budget.
The fact Evan Evans has been a Professional Championship off-road race truck driver for the last 22+ years is not his greatest achievement, even though he has had a phenomenal racing career. The facts that he did it all without the use of his legs is the achievement that surpasses anything that the rest of us might little understand or know how to overcome.
In 1989, a motorcycle accident changed Evans' life. While riding near his home he hit an unseen construction ditch and the resulting accident left him paralyzed from the chest down.
"My worst nightmare came true, when the doctors told me my spinal cord had been severed," says Evans. "But I decided right there. I was not going to give up."
Evan developed an interest in racing competition at an early age. He began racing motorcycles, then moved to racing carts, and finally to off-road racing in trucks. In no time at all he was winning---in fact, winning four off-road desert races in a row. Sadly, five days after his win at the Fireworks 250 in Barstow, California, he was paralyzed.
Evan is not only a champion race driver but he has taken advantage of his celebrity in order to make himself available as a standout national spokesperson to persons with disabilities. Evan joined Chevrolet as a spokesperson for the GM Mobility Program; a program that helps people with their disability challenge, and driving a vehicle, by locating specific adaptive equipment and installers to help get them on the road.
Evans' personal vehicle and his race truck are both fitted with adaptive hand controls that enable him to drive himself where he needs to go, or race around a dirt track at well over 120mph with a 950hp truck. These dirt tracks have obstacles of high banked turns and jumps that can toss the truck in a flying arch of more than 15 feet high, and farther than 100 feet in length. These adaptive hand controls will not make a disabled person a world famous race driver, that makes Evan special, but the controls will make that person mobile and free.
In addition to all of his accomplishments in short course off-road racing, in 2003 while he was having a very successful season, he quietly set a fast lap overall record at Bark River, MI. This was the first time a 2 wheel drive Pro-2 truck beat the fastest lap times of the 4 wheel drive Pro-4 trucks. Also, that year he qualified for the pole position for the "Fabulous Five" in the Borg Warner Cup at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.
In 2000 Evan was given the opportunity to race a Chevrolet Duramax Diesel pickup truck up the prestigious Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Because of the trucks unusual power plant and other classification factors, Evans' ride was the only truck in the "High Performance Show Room Stock" class. In class he was mostly pitted against some 30+ Porsches and Toyota cars, yet Evan placed fourth in class and set a record for fastest diesel vehicle ever up the Pikes Peak climb. The record still stands.
On top of that, all based on that one race, he was named "Rookie of the Year" and was awarded the Ralph Bruning "NEVER GIVE UP" Award. An award that was very fitting, as those words had served Evan for the last eleven years as his personal motto.
"When other people with disabilities see me racing," says Evan, I hope that they will be encouraged by the fact that I can still do what I always wanted to do, something that I love. I have this to tell them: No matter what you are going through in life, never give up."