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Red Byron, NASCAR’s first champion, voted into Hall of Fame (video)

Red Byron will forever be known as NASCAR's first premier series champion from his title back in 1949, gaining him entry into the Hall of Fame.

With 74 percent of the vote, Red Byron was selected to the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.

Byron, who died in 1960 at 45, was NASCAR’s first race winner and champion.

Byron won the first sanctioned race on the beaches of Daytona in 1948 and went on to win that years’ Modified Division championship. The next year he won the first title in NASCAR’s Strictly Stock, which was the predecessor of the Cup Series.