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Ken de la Bastide: Johnson, Knaus elected to NASCAR Hall of Fame

Jan. 23—It was only fitting Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus were inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame at the same time.

Johnson and Knaus combined during their years together with Hendrick Motorsports to win seven championships, tying Johnson with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

During his career, which will continue this year, Johnson won a total of 83 Cup races.

Joining them as members of the Hall of Fame is Donnie Allison, a famed member of the "Alabama Gang."

Allison recorded 10 Cup victories and is best remembered for his fight with Cale Yarborough while the two battled for a victory in the Daytona 500.

The fourth inductee was groundbreaking woman driver Janet Guthrie.

Guthrie made her first NASCAR start in the World 600 in 1976.

She competed in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in 1977, becoming the first woman to compete in the two races.

During her career, Guthrie made 33 NASCAR starts with a career-best sixth-place finish in 1977 at Bristol. She finished in the top 10 a total of five times.

Last weekend the ASA All Stars Tour kicked off the 2024 season at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Georgia.

Bubba Pollard won the super late model race for the third consecutive time and fourth overall. Stephen Nasse and Casey Roderick rounded out the top three.

Nasse claimed the JEGS All Stars feature for crate late models. NASCAR regular Ross Chastain finished second with George Phillips rounding out the podium.

It will be interesting to see how many of the drivers make the trip in May to Anderson Speedway for the return of the series to the high banks.

IN OTHER RACING NEWS

It was announced the Battle of Berlin for super late models at the Michigan racing facility will pay $40,000 to win.

This weekend marks the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car Challenge.

Much of the race will be broadcast on NBC, USA and Peacock Premium during the overnight racing Saturday and Sunday.

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