Rome, NY (WIBX) - In honor of Richie Evan's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Rome Mayor Jim Brown has declared today "Richie Evans Day" in Rome.

Evans was a nine-time modified champion and was named NASCAR's All-Time Top Modified Driver in 2003 poll.

He was killed during a practice session in October of 1985.

Evans be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame next January, along with Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman and Glen Wood.