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  • Tony Stewart headlines nominees for 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class

    The 20 nominees for the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame class were revealed Wednesday on NASCAR America, and the six new nominees are headlined by three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart.

    Stewart, who retired from NASCAR racing after the 2016 season, is nominated in his first year of eligibility.

    The other new nominees are Sam Ard, Neil Bonnett, Marvin Panch, Jim Paschal and Red Vogt.

    Four-time Cup champion crew chief Kirk Shelmerdine fell off the nominee list.

    The 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 2020 class will be May 22.
    Following are the 20 nominees for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, listed alphabetically:

    Sam Ard, Xfinity Series pioneer and two-time champion

    Buddy Baker, won 19 times in the Cup Series, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500

    Neil Bonnett, won 18 times in the Cup Series, including consecutive Coca-Cola 600 victories

    Red Farmer, three-time Late Model Sportsman champion; 1956 Modified champion

    Ray Fox, legendary engine builder, crew chief and car owner

    Harry Gant, winner of 18 Cup Series races, including two Southern 500 victories

    Joe Gibbs, combined for nine car owner championships in Cup and Xfinity series

    John Holman, won two Cup Series championships as co-owner of Holman-Moody Racing

    Harry Hyde, 1970 Cup Series championship crew chief

    Bobby Labonte, won a championship in both the Cup Series and Xfinity Series

    Hershel McGriff, 1986 NASCAR west series champion

    Ralph Moody, won two Cup Series championships as co-owner of Holman-Moody Racing

    Marvin Panch, won 17 times in the Cup Series, including the 1961 Daytona 500

    Jim Paschal, 23 of his 25 Cup Series wins came on short tracks

    Larry Phillips, only five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion

    Ricky Rudd, won 23 times in Cup Series, including the 1997 Brickyard 400

    Mike Stefanik, winner of record-tying nine NASCAR championships

    Tony Stewart, three-time Cup Series champion, two-time Brickyard 400 winner

    Red Vogt, the first master mechanic of NASCAR, and a founding member

    Waddell Wilson, won three NASCAR Cup Series championships as an engine builder


  • #2
    Some good names on there, but ridiculous that Kirk Schelmerdine was taken off the list.

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    • #3
      Tony should be an easy first ballot inductee. Would be neat to see him go in with Coach and Labonte

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      • #4
        Some great names, however I don't think race wins alone should get you in the HOF.

        Would Sam Bass ever be eligible?
        "Bent fenders, hurt feelings... I love It." - Kevin Harvick

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lastlap View Post
          Some great names, however I don't think race wins alone should get you in the HOF.

          Would Sam Bass ever be eligible?
          I wonder the same thing. You would think that with his contributions to the sport he would be eligible at some point.
          Author of Learning Leadership From Biblical Leaders: Lessons In Leadership Qualities

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lastlap View Post
            Some great names, however I don't think race wins alone should get you in the HOF.

            Would Sam Bass ever be eligible?
            Sam Would get in Under the Landmark Award Winner
            #SupportLangleySpeedway

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            • #7
              The five nominees for the 2020 Landmark Award are…

              • Edsel Ford II, Ford Motor Company

              • Alvin Hawkins, NASCAR’s first flagman; established NASCAR racing at Bowman Gray Stadium with Bill France Sr.

              • Mike Helton, the first non-France family member to be named NASCAR President

              • Dr. Joseph Mattioli, founder of Pocono Raceway

              • Ralph Seagraves, formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

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              • #8
                Tony Stewart ‘still looking forward’ after NASCAR Hall of Fame nomination

                Tony Stewart is going too fast to take time appreciate his contributions to NASCAR.

                The three-time Cup champion said as much Wednesday on NASCAR America Motormouths as he discussed being one of 20 nominees for the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.

                “I’m still racing,” Stewart said of his busy schedule, which includes 99 dirt races. “It doesn’t leave much time to stop and do anything, let alone really reflect on our career. I’m still busy with Stewart-Haas Racing and everybody at Ford. I’ve got four awesome drivers I love interacting with. I guess I just haven’t gotten away from it enough to really stop and look backwards. We’re still looking forward right now.”

                Stewart, who finished his NASCAR racing career with 49 Cup wins, said he still doesn’t feel like his name belongs in the same discussion as Earnhardt, Unser, Foyt and Petty.

                “I think a lot of that too is those were guys I grew up watching on TV and respect so much,” Stewart said. “I don’t know that I was even qualified to carry their helmet bags for them. Just to be put in a sentence like that, it’s like watching an episode of Sesame Street, which thing doesn’t belong?”

                Stewart received word he was nominated for the NASCAR Hall of Fame via text while flying home from Florida, where had been inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on Tuesday.

                “It’s hard to imagine going into Hall of Fames while you’re still a race car driver,” Stewart said. “I told them it kind of makes me feel old and I don’t know if I want to feel that old yet.”

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                • #9
                  My picks Tony Stewart, Mike Stefanik, Joe Gibbs, Waddell Wilson, and John Holman.(with Ralph Moody next year)
                  My choice for Landmark award would probably go to Mike Helton. Edsel Ford would be a choice also.

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                  • #10
                    Shelmerdine should be in. Smokey Yunick should be in. Ray Hendrick should be in.

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