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NASCAR 167 43 Les Richter has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29892761 Fair and popular Fair+and+popular NASCAR

Les Richter first carved out a name for himself as a football star, then took on a role helping to lead NASCAR. He was a personable and popular leader in the garage area and a cose friend of the France family who helped shape policy. Here are five reasons he could be a NASCAR Hall of Famer. 

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NASCAR 167 43 Les Richter has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29895342 Insider role Insider+role NASCAR

Richter was popular with drivers and NASCAR competitors and an advisor to the France family. In 1986, he was named NASCAR’s executive vice president for competition. He was promoted to senior vice president of operations in 1992.

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NASCAR 167 43 Les Richter has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29895343 Laying the groundwork Laying+the+groundwork+ NASCAR

He played a pivotal role in putting Riverside International Raceway into race fans’ conscience as well as helping NASCAR gain footing on the West Coast. Richter ran the road course from 1963 to 1984.

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NASCAR 167 43 Les Richter has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29895341 Shaping a future Shaping+a+future NASCAR

Richter didn’t give up on West Coast racing, either. He later headed back to California to help with the planning and development of what is now Auto Club Speedway. He was vice president of racing operations there, his final role in NASCAR.

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NASCAR 167 43 Les Richter has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29895344 Changing things up Changing+things+up+ NASCAR

Open to all types of competition, he played a pivotal role in getting the International Race of Champions off the ground. It was a series that ended up as a major player in the racing world, one where champions from a variety of series went head to head in identically prepared cars.

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NASCAR 167 43 Les Richter has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29892759 National appeal National+appeal+ NASCAR

It wasn’t NASCAR, but it didn’t hurt the sport that Richter was already recognizable to the desired football audience. He earned eight Pro Bowl selections during his tenure with the Los Angeles Rams, was a two-time all-American at Cal and has been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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