The wait for three-time NASCAR champions Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip is over.
Yarborough and Waltrip, who each won three championships but were left out of the 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame class, made the cut on Tuesday when the five inductees for the 2012 class were announced.
NASCAR's first three-time consecutive champion, Yarborough received the most votes, followed by Waltrip.
They were joined by Dale Inman – Richard Petty's former crew chief who many believe is the greatest of all time; Richie Evans – a Modified champion whose inclusion makes it clear voters believe the NASCAR Hall of Fame is not just the Sprint Cup Series Hall of Fame; and Glen Wood, who is half of the famed Wood Brothers Racing team.
Waltrip, upon hearing the news, jumped up on stage to hug and nearly kiss NASCAR Chairman Brian France. Both he and Yarborough had been slighted in 2011, many believe, because they've rubbed people the wrong way over the years.
The induction ceremony for the new class will be held in January 2012.