A Hall of Fame Crew Chief calms Dale Earnhardt as he battles Mark Martin for a Championship

Kirk Shelmerdine was left behind as the selection committee worked through a decade of talented candidates, but the crew chief for most of Dale Earnhardt’s Cup Series championships will finally enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January.

Stories about Shelmerdine will abound between now and Jan. 20 in Charlotte, North Carolina. One of his crew recently relayed a gem via social media that showed his boss’ ability to put one of the toughest, meanest men in NASCAR history in his place.

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