Larger-than-life figures who steered NASCAR from the post-World War II era into the 21st century comprise the list of 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
On Wednesday, NASCAR announced those 25 nominees for the Hall of Fame’s fifth induction class. Included are five newcomers whose achievements are cornerstones of the sport’s origins and who continue to fuel its growth in contemporary times.
Of this year's nominees, 20 return from last year’s list. Five are first-timers with varying backgrounds in the sport: second-generation NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion Dale Jarrett; Maurice Petty, for more than three decades the chief engine builder for Petty Enterprises; five-time NASCAR Weekly Racing Series national champion Larry Phillips; track builder and owner Bruton Smith; and 1960 NASCAR premier series champion Rex White.
From the list of 25 nominees, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel which includes a nationwide fan vote at NASCAR.COM that is open now and closes May 21. Voting Day for the 2014 class will be May 22. Fans can attend the announcement at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.
This round of nominees was selected by a 21-person committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR, the Hall of Fame, and track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks. The committee’s votes were tabulated by the accounting firm Ernst & Young.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2014 inductees will be determined by a 54-member Voting Panel which includes the entire Nominating Committee, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners and crew chiefs) and recognized industry leaders. In addition, the fan vote will factor into the Voting Panel’s final ballot.
Following are the 25 nominees for the Class of 2014:
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 series champion
Ray Fox, legendary engine builder and owner of cars driven by Buck Baker, Junior Johnson and others
Anne Bledsoe France, helped build the sport with husband Bill France Sr. Affectionately known as "Annie B.," she is the first woman to be nominated for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
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 premier series champion
Dale Jarrett, 1999 Sprint Cup Series champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner
Fred Lorenzen, 26 wins and winner of the Daytona 500 and World 600
Raymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car owner
Benny Parsons, 1973 Cup Series champion
Maurice Petty, chief engine builder for Petty Enterprises
Larry Phillips, only five-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion
Les Richter, former NASCAR executive and former president of Riverside International Raceway
Fireball Roberts, 33 premier series wins including the 1962 Daytona 500
T. Wayne Robertson, helped raise NASCAR popularity as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company senior VP
Wendell Scott, NASCAR trailblazer was the first African-American premier series race winner and first to be nominated for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Ralph Seagraves, formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
O. Bruton Smith, builder of Charlotte Motor Speedway and architect of Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Curtis Turner, early personality called the "Babe Ruth of stock car racing"
Joe Weatherly, two-time premier series champion
Rex White, 1960 premier series champion