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Eight NASCAR legends made their way to Raleigh Wednesday to be honored by the North Carolina House of Representatives, Senate and Governor Pat McCrory.

Jack Ingram, Junior Johnson, Dale Inman, Ned Jarrett, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Richard Childress and Bobby Allison spent the day meeting with lawmakers and being praised by various legislators from throughout the state.

“Personally, it means a lot to me,” said Ned Jarrett. “To be able to come here and be introduced and to meet some of the new legislators, and to learn a little bit about what they do. But, to have our sport recognized in this manner is very, very meaningful.”

State Rep. Mitchell Setzer took time to recognize the Jarretts on the House floor.

“It’s hard to imagine that this is the birthplace of NASCAR,” said Setzer. “But, North Carolina is and they have contributed to our community in so many ways that it's countless.”

1999 Sprint Cup Champion Dale Jarrett was particularly pleased to be included with the other racing legends for the visit to the opening sessions.

“This is a nice honor,” said Dale Jarrett. “To be able to come here and be here with the people I’m here with, basically, that have done a lot for this sport over a lot of years. This sport's been great to the Jarrett family, but to be here and be a part of this is a pretty neat experience.”

The group, made up mainly of NASCAR Hall of Fame members, rounded out the day at the Executive Mansion with Governor Pat McCrory.

“I’ll do everything I can to promote motorsport racing and the industry,” said McCrory. “Because it’s important to North Carolina. This is the home of motorsports, North Carolina, the home of NASCAR. And, I consider it NASCAR valley.”

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