CHARLOTTE Brad Keselowski pulled the brown bottle out of his suit pocket, offering a toast from the present to the past.
Heres to Rusty, he said, holding up the Miller Lite bottle.
It was Keselowski that gave the Blue Deuce -- the No. 2 with its blue and white Miller Lite paint scheme -- its first championship, but it was Rusty Wallace that put it on the map.
Friday night, Wallace took his place among NASCARs immortals in what he called the biggest day of my racing career, as he headlined the Hall of Fames fourth class.
Im humbled that Ive made it here, Wallace said. Im humbled that Im standing up here.
The St. Louis native entered the sport as a young, brash outsider and would go on to win 55 races and the 1989 Cup series championship. Wallace was inducted along with innovative crew chief Leonard Wood, Buck Baker (the first back-to-back Cup champ), Herb Thomas (the first two-time title winner) and former car owner Cotton Owens.
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