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2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee: Terry Labonte (VIDEO)

Terry Labonte is the latest addition to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and stands at the podium to accept this distinction and give thanks to those that have helped him along the way.

CHARLOTTE – Underscoring the magnitude of the honor, Terry Labonte struggled to keep his composure a few times during his NASCAR Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday night.

During a career that spanned four decades, the two-time champion of NASCAR’s premier series became known as the “Iceman” for his cool demeanor inside the car.

He added another moniker – “Iron Man” – for making 655 consecutive starts in a career marked by its consistency. His plainspoken style was overshadowed by veteran contemporaries such as Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace, but Labonte built a loyal fan following while becoming one of the more respected drivers in NASCAR.

Born: Nov. 16, 1958

Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas

The career: His first and last of 22 career victories came in the Southern 500 (1980 and 2003). … Holds record for longest period between championships (1984, ’96). … Named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers. … His 361 top 10s rank 10th all time.

The quote: “I got to do a lot of cool things, got to go a lot of places, and be introduced as a two‑time NASCAR champion. But I’ll tell you what: It’s going to be a whole lot better introduced as a NASCAR Hall of Famer.” – Terry Labonte