Richie Evans took NASCAR Modified racing to new heights, wining a slate of championships and gaining notoriety beyond his sport. He was popular and talented, a combination that keeps people talking about him beyond his career. Here are five reasons he is a Hall of Famer.
Evans was successful from the moment he began his career. He won more than 30 track championships on a wide range of sizes and styles of racetracks.
Consistency marked Evans' career throughout, but it was perhaps never more obvious than in 1979. That season, he started 60 NASCAR modified races and earned 54 top-five finishes. He won 37 of those races.
Evans is widely credited with winning more than 400 feature races before he was fatally injured at the age of 44 in a crash at Martinsville Speedway in 1985. He had already clinched the inaugural Winston Modified Tour (now known as Whelen Modified Tour) championship.
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Evans was a versatile racer. He won drag-racing events before transitioning to NASCAR and the Modifieds, in 1965. He won his first feature in his first season.
Evans demonstrated his winning ways with amazing nine NASCAR national modified championships, including a string of eight in a row from 1978 to '85. His mark is considered one of the tops in racing. He also won the title in 1973.