One of Jack Roush's best races may have been the one through downtown Charlotte to reach the NASCAR Hall of Fame in time to hear finally his named called for lifetime honor.
Roush, co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing, was at team headquarters Wednesday as voters deliberated his induction. It was a few minutes after 5 p.m. when Roush was told he would probably have to head south to the hall.
Roush's driver made the 18-mile trip in about 15 minutes and the "Cat In The Hat" was grateful.
"It's easily the biggest honor of my stock-car racing career," Roush said Sunday before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Really humbled by being placed in the presence of the 45 (inductees) who preceded me and the four others who'll be inducted at he same time."
Roush was a road racer by trade who decided in the late 1980s to head South and built a NASCAR powerhouse.
Roush won a record 325 races across NASCAR's three national series, including five national series owner championships. Roush's drivers have won three series titles. He helped Matt Kenseth (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) emerge into premier series champions and boosted the careers of Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle.
Roush said he fueled his career at times by anxiousness, getting up each morning to jump onto things so he'd catch up and surpass his competitors. These days, Roush is more comfortable with his place among the very best in NASCAR.
"I'm a little less anxious about whether I'm going to really amount to anything," he said with a smile.