Blake Shelton inducts Dale Jarrett into NASCAR Hall of Fame (WATCH)
Stephen L. Betts
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Country superstar Blake Shelton was on hand Wednesday (Jan. 29) in Charlotte, N.C., to induct racing legend Dale Jarrett into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. In an emotional presentation, the singer evoked memories of his late father and brother and his sister, all of whom were involved in race events, in one way or another.
"People ask me all the time how I became a NASCAR fan and my answer is, 'Man, I guess I was just born that way.'" Blake said to the audience before the official induction. "You see, my dad was a driver when I was a kid, not like y'all, but he raced stock cars and ... what are the ones with the wings? Sprint cars, but the ones without the wings on 'em that look like a sprint car? A midget? I guess my dad raised midgets. ... He was also a huge fan of races on TV. I can't remember my dad ever missing a Daytona 500 or an Indy 500. ... I think my dad always had a secret dream of one of us kids becoming a race car driver. He entered all three of us into local motocross events. My brother was good, my sister was OK, and I sucked. So I learned to play the guitar, thank God!" (Watch the video of Dale Jarrett's induction by Blake below, with wife Miranda Lambert watching from the audience.)
Also inducted into NASCAR's now 25-member Hall of Fame at the event were engine builder Maurice Petty, Jack Ingram, the late Tim Flock and Fireball Roberts.