A Hall of Fame Crew Chief Reduced Dale Earnhardt to Silence as He Battled Mark Martin for a Championship

Kirk Shelmerdine got left behind while the selection committee worked through a decade of fine candidates, but the crew chief for most of Dale Earnhardt’s Cup Series championships is finally going into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January.

The stories about Shelmerdine will be plentiful between now and Jan. 20 in Charlotte, North Carolina. One of his crew members recently relayed one gem via social media that demonstrated the ability of his boss to put one of the toughest, gruffest figures in NASCAR history in his place.

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