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Nominees For NASCAR Hall Of Fame Unveiled

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Bill France Sr. heads the list of 25 nominees for the first class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Bill France Sr. heads the list of 25 nominees for the first class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced today a history-rich list of 25 nominees for the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame induction class.

From that list, five inductees will be chosen via a process that includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.COM; the inductees will be announced in October and honored next May at the new Hall of Fame facility in Charlotte, N.C.

The nominees, which include many of the sport’s legendary names, were selected by a 21-person nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks.

“This first list of potential inductees is impressive, to say the least,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “Now comes the hard part — choosing only five to be inducted. Every single person on this list is worthy to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.”

The HOF’s first inductees will be determined by the Voting Panel, which has 50 members — the entire Nominating Committee, 14 media members, four manufacturer representatives and nine retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs — three each) and two recognized industry leaders. In addition, the fan vote will result in the Voting Panel’s 51st and final ballot.

Following are the 25 individuals who have been nominated:

Bobby Allison, 1983 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and winner of 84 races

Buck Baker, the first driver to win consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships

Red Byron, first NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, in 1949

Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series

Dale Earnhardt, won record seven NASCAR Sprint Cup championships

Richie Evans, nine-time NASCAR Modified champion

Tim Flock, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion

Bill France Jr., NASCAR president, chairman and CEO (1972-2003)

Bill France Sr., NASCAR founder and first president (1948-1972)

Rick Hendrick, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series

Ned Jarrett, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion

Junior Johnson, 50 wins as a driver, 132 wins and six championships as an owner

Bud Moore, 63 wins and two NASCAR Sprint Cup titles as a car owner

Raymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car owner

Benny Parsons, 1973 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion

David Pearson, 105 victories and three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships

Lee Petty, winner of the first Daytona 500 and first three-time series champion

Richard Petty, 200 wins and seven NASCAR Sprint Cup titles — both records

Fireball Roberts, won 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the 1962 Daytona 500

Herb Thomas, first two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, 1951 and ‘53

Curtis Turner, first to win Daytona 500, Southern 500, Coca-Cola 600 in same year

Darrell Waltrip, winner of 84 races and three NASCAR Sprint Cup championships

Joe Weatherly, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion

Glen Wood, as driver, laid foundation for Wood Brothers’ future team success

Cale Yarborough, winner of three consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup titles, 1976-78

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Thursday, July 2 2009
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