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CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 23: Hall of Fame inductee Richard Petty speaks during the 2010 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Charlotte Convention Center on May 23, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Think Richard Petty is the most successful NASCAR competitor from North Carolina? Think again. He's beaten in his own hometown of Level Cross -- and in his own shop. Dale Inman, one of the five men who will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday night, topped his cousin in championships. A true innovator and a creative mechanic, Inman fostered in the men around him not only a desire to win but a genuine love for the ability to do so. He knew both how to make a car run fast and how to bring out the most in the people around him. That combination crafted one of the dynasties of the sport -- and set him apart as one of the sport's true geniuses. Soft-spoken and hard-working, Inman essentially created and then re-created the crew chief role, setting it up as one of leadership within the team. He didn't do so for a massive paycheck or the respect it garnered from competitors around him. In fact, neither was evidenced in heavy doses during his tenure at the top. Instead, h...
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