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Wallace, 'Midnight' to enter NASCAR HOF

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Rusty Wallace will race his famed car "Midnight" into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The winner of 55 races and the 1989 Cup championship will headline the fourth group of inductees, along with champions Buck Baker and Herb Thomas, championship car owner Cotton Owens and innovative crew chief, mechanic and engine builder Leonard Wood.

Midnight will be part of Wallace's Hall of Fame display. He drove that car to 13 wins from 1992-94.

"Back then, it was Dale Earnhardt and I racing for the win all the time," Wallace told reporters. "I remember every week when we got to the track, he'd come up and ask me, "What car you got? It's not that darn Midnight is it?" If it was, he knew he had his work cut out for him."

Wallace raced Midnight 38 times, and finished in the top five 30 times. He led nearly one-third of all possible laps while in the car. It was restored last year and will enter the Hall in race-ready shape.

"I'm really excited to have Midnight in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, that car was such a huge part of my career," Wallace said. "Every time I sat in it, it just felt right; it fit like a glove. I'll tell you what, if we had Midnight at the race track, everyone else there knew that they had a long day ahead of them - Midnight was just that good. The black and gold MGD paint scheme was the coolest one we ever had too. It just looked mean and the fans really loved it."

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