On Saturday, Bobby Labonte, the 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, will join the legendary Rex White, as both will be in the 2008 inductee class for the Talladega-Texaco Walk of Fame in downtown Talladega.
The ceremony takes place on Oct. 4, and it's part of the race weekend at the Talladega Super Speedway. In July, fans voted on who would be this years honorees, and both Labonte and White received the honor from the fans.
"This is one of the highest honors of my career because it came from the fans," said Labonte. "I'm always humbled to win an award from fans because they drive our sport. Since coming to Petty Enterprises and seeing first hand how "The King" Richard Petty appreciates all the fans, it is important to me to continue to do the same.
"My brother Terry received this honor last year, and I know how much it meant to him. Thank you to all of the fans that voted for me and allowed me to join my brother in this special achievement".
The Talladega-Texaco walk of Fame is located in downtown Talladega. It's a landscape park, one full city block in length, open 365 days a year and dedicated in 1994. It's a tribute to the late Davey Allison but also is a focal point to salute NASCAR's greatest drivers.
Excluding the first year, when a decree passed by the board honored Bobby and Donny Allison, Red Farmer and Neil Bonnett as the first inductees. Since 1995, each nominee has been voted in by the fans, one active driver and up to two inactive drivers each year.
Davey Allison's remembered by a large marble monument. While each driver inducted into the Walk of Fame gets honored with a bronze plaque, which gets placed in accessible areas around the parks walkways. The park's walkways form the shape of Talladega Super Speedway.
Dr. Jerry Punch, from ESPN/ABC will be, for the second year, the emcee for the induction ceremony. He took over the emcee's duties last year after Benny Parsons passed away.
BP has been a long-time supporter of the project and played a significant part in the event each year. He's credited as being the first inactive driver to be inducted in the Walk of Fame.
At this year's event, his brother Phil Parsons will help unveil a special permanent plaque will be honoring BP for his long-time contribution and duties for the park.
BP's remembered for his smile, humor, and knowledge of the sport and its drivers. He's greatly missed by the whole NASCAR community, and I fondly remember him as NASCAR's version of John Madden.