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Dale Inman

Behind every legendary driver, there is usually a legendary wrenchman.

  • Inducted: 2012
  • Position:Crew Chief

Vitals

Hometown

Level Cross, NC

Born

08/19/1936

PREMIER SERIES STATS

Competed

1958-1992

Wins / Poles

193 / 129

A Legendary Wrenchman

Without Dale Inman, Richard Petty might never have been "The King."

Inman, Petty’s crew chief at Petty Enterprises for nearly three decades, set records for most wins (193) and championships (8) by a crew chief. He won seven of those championships with inaugural Hall Of Fame Inductee Petty (1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1979), and another one in 1984 with Terry Labonte.

Credited with revolutionizing the crew chief position, Inman’s standout year was 1967. That season, Inman and Petty won a NASCAR-record 27 races —10 of them consecutively. All 27 victories were in the same car they built a year earlier.

Inman retired from NASCAR in 1998, and in 2008, helped unveil the first artifact at the NASCAR Hall of Fame —the Plymouth Belvedere that Petty drove to 27 wins in 1967.