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NASCAR shrine welcomes five more

Updated: January 22, 2012, 5:36 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A man in the Great Hall of NASCAR's shrine asked before Friday night's induction ceremony who the silver-haired man on stage telling stories was.

"David Pearson," I said.

The man wasn't familiar.

"One word," he told me with a straight face. "Danica Patrick."

Almost speechless, I told him Pearson arguably was the best driver in NASCAR history. I then asked why he was so enamored with Patrick, who has yet to drive in her ...

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