Bud celebrates 30 years in NASCAR

Updated: February 19, 2012, 1:16 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

"Thirty years? Was it really that long ago?"

Just-inducted NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief Dale Inman, he of the strong handshake and even stronger memory, squinted one eye as he did the math in his head. He calculated back to 1983, the first season that Budweiser rode on the hood of a Cup Series car. It was his first season away from Petty Enterprises, calling the shots for Billy Hagan's Stratagraph Racing.

"I guess it was 30 years, wasn't it? You know people forget, ...

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