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Houston Inducted into NMPA Hall of Fame

 
Former NASCAR Busch Series driver Tommy Houston was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame Saturday night during a ceremony in Concord, N.C.

Houston, a native of Hickory, N.C., was an integral part of the Busch Series at its very beginning, winning the first Busch short-track race way on February 20, 1982. He went to set a whole host of marks, winning 24 races and 18 poles between 1982 and 1996 and setting series records for top-five finishes with 123 and top 10s with 198. His record of 417 NBS starts stood until this year, when Jason Keller broke the mark.

The product of a racing family that saw his three sons and his brother involved in the sport, Houston was an old-school racer from an era when racers raced to make a living, not to become rich or famous.

Glenn Jarrett, a family friend of Houston's for more than three decades gave the induction speech and Houston was joined by his wife, Martha, sons Scott, Marty and Andy and their respective families.

"To be inducted into the NMPA Hall of Fame, it's just such a great honor," Houston said. "It's just really exciting. I don't know….it's hard to put into words."

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