Dale Inman, longtime crew chief for Petty Enterprises, was awarded the Smokey Yunick Award before the start of Saturday's Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
After serving in the Army, Inman went to work with the Petty operation and was on hand when Richard Petty won his first NASCAR race on July 12, 1958, in Columbia, S.C. Inman retired in 1998.
While Petty's won seven titles at NASCAR's top level - the same as the late Dale Earnhardt - Inman won eight as a crew chief. All of Petty’s championships were won on Inman's watch, along with 198 of the record 200 race victories. Inman won his eighth championship with Terry Labonte in 1984.
"It's an honor to be associated with Smokey Yunick and all of the names that have won this award," Inman said. "Smokey was a unique individual. His cars were always fast and he took a lot of pride in that."