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Waltrip, Allision To Be On Ballot

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Tuesday, June 30 2009
Bobby Allison is a nominee for debut class in NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Bobby Allison is a nominee for debut class in NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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On Thursday, NASCAR will unveil the list of nominees for the inaugural class in it Hall of Fame.

On Tuesday, NASCAR’s blog reported two of the names that will be on the list of nominees: Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison.

Two more names will be released on Wednesday.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame is being built in Charlotte, N.C.

The following is the text of the Tuesday blog:

Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip, sometimes bitter rivals during their NASCAR career, fittingly are tied for the third-best all-time Sprint Cup Series victory total – 84.

Now they are together again, so to speak. Both are among the 25 nominees for the inaugural class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Today’s blog offers the first “sneak peek” of the week regarding the HOF nominees.

In the process we want to pose a question and spark some discussion.

Now that we’ve told you that both Allison and Waltrip are nominated for the hall, we want to ask: Which one should be inducted first?

Waltrip won three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, while Allison won the title once.

On the other hand, Allison won the Daytona 500 three times. Waltrip, after years of frustration, did so once, on his 17th try.

Allison’s career was cut short by injury. His last victory, in fact, was his last Daytona 500 triumph in 1988.

Waltrip raced long past his prime, retiring in 2000.

Bottom line: Both are NASCAR legends.

One problem, though, when it comes to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Only five people will make the cut for the first induction. And the list of nominees is incredibly impressive. It might be tough for both Allison and Waltrip to make in this first time around.

So, which one would you pick?

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Tuesday, June 30 2009
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