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Iron Man Among NASCAR's Newest Hall of Famers

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ASHEVILLE, NC – NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram is known as “Iron Man.” The nickname is founded in Ingram’s dedication to competition.

In 1973, he competed in six races, traveling from Columbia, South Carolina to as far as St. Paul, Minnesota. Ingram won three races and never finished lower than fifth.

“1,750 laps in competition," Ingram said. "Some nights I didn’t even lay down."

Throughout his career, in what is now the NASCAR Nationwide Series, he won two championships and 31 races. He also won numerous track championships and competed in the Late Model Sportsman Division, where he won three championships in a row.

Fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett considers Ingram an influence on his career.

“Being able to start at Hickory at race against some of the very best,” said Jarrett. “One of those is Jack Ingram. I watched him when I was a kid win a lot of races there, later getting to compete against him and learn what and see what it was gonna take to be a driver.”

Throughout his career, Ingram competed against a number of drivers, but counted Alexander County legend Harry Gant as his friend, on and off the track.

“First time I met Jack was up there at Asheville,” said Gant. “Jack was on the pole and I was back about fourth or fifth. They throwed the green and all of the sudden the caution comes out. I come around the race track there’s two ‘55 Chevrolets stuck in the hole of the flag stand. Jack’s got his foot stuck in the window of Bosco Lowe’s [car].”

Ingram’s most recent win is his induction to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and he asked his old friend Harry to induct him.

“Well that was a great day in my life,” said Ingram. “Do 35 years of racing and to wind up in that NASCAR Hall of Fame is pretty special to me.”

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