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Les Richter again among NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees

April 11, 2013|By Jim Peltz
  • Les Richter, a former Rams linebacker and auto racing executive, at his home in Riverside in February 2010. Richter died four months later at age 79.
Les Richter, a former Rams linebacker and auto racing executive, at his… (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles…)

The late Les Richter, an ex-Los Angeles Ram who twice helped establish big-league auto racing in Southern California, again was nominated for NASCAR's Hall of Fame.

Richter, who died in 2010 at age 79, was among 25 nominees announced Wednesday for enshrinement in the 2014 class. Five will be selected later this year.

Other nominees include team owners Rick Hendrick and Richard Childress, three-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Jarrett, track operator O. Bruton Smith and the late Wendell Scott, the only African American to win a race in what is now NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series.

After a career as an all-pro linebacker with the Rams, Richter first led the old Riverside International Raceway and later helped oversee development of Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, which hosts Sprint Cup and IndyCar series races each year. He also was a NASCAR executive.

Richter previously was nominated for the 2012 and 2013 classes of NASCAR's Hall of Fame. He's already a member of the National Football League Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

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