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April 12, 2012
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2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominees AnnouncedNASCAR Trailblazer Wendell Scott, NASCAR Matriarch France Among The 25 Eligible DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2012) – 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 today 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. The 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 opens today, April 11, and closes May 16 at midnight.  Following are the 25 nominees, listed alphabetically: 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 1949Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national seriesJerry Cook, six-time NASCAR Modified championH. Clay Earles, founder of Martinsville SpeedwayTim Flock, two-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series championRay Fox, legendary engine builder and owner of cars driven by Buck Baker, Junior Johnson and othersAnne 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 seriesJack Ingram, two-time NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series champion and three-time Late Model Sportsman championBobby Isaac, 1970 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series championFred Lorenzen, 26 wins and winner of the Daytona 500 and World 600Cotton Owens, driver-owner, won 1966 owner championship with David PearsonRaymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car ownerBenny Parsons, 1973 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series championLes Richter, former NASCAR executive; former president of Riverside International RacewayFireball Roberts, 33 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series wins, including the 1962 Daytona 500T. Wayne Robertson, helped raise NASCAR popularity as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company senior VP Wendell Scott, NASCAR trailblazer was 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, formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco CompanyHerb Thomas, first two-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion, 1951, ’53Curtis Turner, early personality, called the “Babe Ruth of stock car racing” Rusty Wallace, 1989 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series championJoe Weatherly, two-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series championLeonard Wood, part-owner and former crew chief for Wood Brothers, revolutionized pit stops


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