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NASCAR 167 43 Richie Evans has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29792062 Stellar star Stellar+star NASCAR

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.

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NASCAR 167 43 Richie Evans has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29792064 Celebration time Celebration+time NASCAR

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.

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NASCAR 167 43 Richie Evans has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29792063 Give me the keys Give+me+the+keys NASCAR

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.

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NASCAR 167 43 Richie Evans has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29792065 Winning ways Winning+ways+ NASCAR

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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NASCAR 167 43 Richie Evans has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29792061 Smooth runner Smooth+runner NASCAR

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.

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NASCAR 167 43 Richie Evans has NASCAR Hall of Fame credentials 29792066 Champion! Champion%21 NASCAR

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.

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