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Determination and innovation, two qualities existing in abundance in the men and women who built NASCAR, characterize the 25 nominees for the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
NASCAR announced those 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s fourth induction class, and included among the diverse group are five newcomers who make this list arguably the most intriguing in the hall’s history.
Of the 25 nominees, 20 return from last year’s group. Five are first-timers, and all vary in expertise: NASCAR’s first treasurer and secretary, Anne Bledsoe France; engine builder and owner Ray Fox; trailblazing driver Wendell Scott; promoter and sponsor executive Ralph
Seagraves; and driver champion Rusty Wallace. Of those new five, two represent ‘firsts’ for the hall: Scott the first African-American nominee; France the first female nominee.
From that list, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, which includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.COM. Voting Day for the 2013 class will be May 23, and once again, fans can attend the announcement live at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
This round of nominees was 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. The committee’s votes were tabulated by accounting firm Ernst & Young.
NHOF’s 2013 inductees will be determined by the voting panel, which includes the entire nominating committee, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs) and recognized industry leaders. In addition, the fan vote will result in the voting panel’s final ballot. Fan voting on NASCAR.COM closes May 16 at midnight.
• Buck Baker, first driver to win consecutive NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series titles (1956-57);
• Red Byron, first NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion, in 1949;
• Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series;
• Jerry Cook, six-time NASCAR Modified champion;
• H. Clay Earles, founder of Martinsville Speedway;
• Tim Flock, two-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion;
• Ray Fox, legendary engine builder and owner of cars driven by Buck Baker, Junior Johnson and others;
• Anne Bledsoe France, who helped build the sport with husband Bill France Sr.;
• Rick Hendrick, 13-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series;
• Jack Ingram, two-time NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series champion and three-time Late Model Sportsman champion;
• Bobby Isaac, 1970 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion;
• Fred Lorenzen, 26 wins and winner of the Daytona 500 and World 600;
• Cotton Owens, driver-owner, who won 1966 owner championship with David Pearson;
• Raymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car owner;
• Benny Parsons, 1973 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion;
• Les Richter, former NASCAR executive; former president of Riverside International Raceway;
• Fireball Roberts, 33 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series wins, including the 1962 Daytona 500;
• T. Wayne Robertson, who helped raise NASCAR popularity as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company senior VP;
• Wendell Scott, NASCAR trailblazer and the first African-American NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series race winner, and first to be nominated for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame;
• Ralph Seagraves, who formed the groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company;
• Herb Thomas, first two-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion, 1951, ’53;
• Curtis Turner, early personality, called the “Babe Ruth of stock car racing”;
• Rusty Wallace, 1989 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion;
• Joe Weatherly, two-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion;
• Leonard Wood, former crew chief for Wood Brothers, revolutionized pit stops.