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This Just In

Class of 2015 -- Your Thoughts?
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By NASCAR | 05/21/2014
Category: This Just In
 

Class of 2015 Inductees:

Bill Elliott
In a 37-year driving career, Bill Elliott compiled a list of accolades that put him near the top of a number of NASCARís all-time lists. His 44 wins rank 16th all-time and his 55 poles rank eighth. But his most prestigious accomplishment came in 1988 when he won the NASCAR premier series championship with six wins, 15 top fives and 22 top 10s in 29 races. In addition, he won a record 16 Most Popular Driver Awards, in part because of his excellence on the big stage; he won the Daytona 500 twice and the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway three times.

Fred Lorenzen
Fred Lorenzen was one of NASCARís first true superstars even though he was a ďpart-timeĒ driver, never running more than 29 of the seasonís 50-plus races. Lorenzen got his start in NASCAR as a mechanic with the famed Holman-Moody team in 1960, but was elevated to lead driver by the end of the year. Lorenzen won three races in only 15 starts the following season. Lorenzenís best overall season came in 1963 as he finished with six wins, 21 top fives and 23 top 10s in 29 starts. Despite missing 26 races that season, he finished third in the standings. In 1965, he won two of NASCARís major events Ė the Daytona 500 and the World 600.

Wendell Scott
One of NASCARís true trailblazers, Wendell Scott was the first African-American to race fulltime in NASCARís premier series, as well as the first to win a NASCAR premier series race. Scott posted a remarkable 147 top 10s and 495 starts during his 13-year premier series career. He won more than 100 races at local tracks before making his premier series debut, including 22 races at Southside Speedway in Richmond, Virginia, in 1959 en route to capturing both the Sportsman Division and NASCAR Virginia Sportsman championships. Part of Scottís NASCAR legacy extends to present day with NASCARís Drive for Diversity program, the leading youth development initiative for multicultural and female drivers across the motorsport industry since 2004.

Joe Weatherly
Joe Weatherly won two championships (1962-63) and 25 races in NASCARís premier series. But thatís only part of his story, which is long on versatility. A decade earlier in 1952-53, he won 101 races in the NASCAR Modified division, capturing that championship in 1953. He even tried his hand in NASCARís short-lived Convertible Division from 1956-59 winning 12 times. When he won his first NASCAR premier series championship, in 1962, he drove for legendary owner Bud Moore. When he repeated as champion a year later, he drove for nine different teams.

Rex White
Consistency was the hallmark of Rex Whiteís NASCAR career. He finished among the top five in nearly a half of his 233 races and outside the top 10 only 30 percent of the time. White was a short-track specialist in an era in which those tracks dominated the schedule. Of his 28 career wins in NASCARís premier series, only two came on tracks longer than a mile in length. Driving his own equipment, White won six times during his 1960 championship season, posting 35 top 10s in 40 starts. He finished in the top 10 six of his nine years in the series including a runner-up finish in 1961.

Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR:

Anne Bledsoe France
Anne Bledsoe France, paired with her husband, NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., would create what today is one of the largest and most popular sports in the world. Anne played a huge role in the family business. ďBig BillĒ organized and promoted races; she took care of the financial end of the business. She first served as secretary and treasurer of NASCAR, and when Daytona International Speedway opened in 1959, served in the same roles for the International Speedway Corporation. She also managed the speedway's ticket office. France remained active in family and business life until her passing in 1992.

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Comments:
Bill B
05/21/2014 8:05 pm (1)
Sure. Why not.
At 5 new inductees per year, it will be years before they get to questionable picks. Are there guys that maybe deserve to be in ahead of them? Probably. But all these guys were going to get in eventually so I don't see the point of debating it.
possum
05/22/2014 9:07 am (2)
Well, let me say I've considered the HoF a joke ever since they failed to include the sport's best driver (David Pearson) in the first class.

But I'm also not comfortable with the way Wendell Scott is being presented. A record of "a remarkable 147 top 10s and 495 starts during his 13-year premier series career" is not a HoF accomplishment. Scott deserves to be recognized for perseverance in the face of racism during the era of segregation, but the HoF is going out of their way to say that's not why he's being inducted. I think that's an attempt to whitewash NASCAR's past, which is wrong.

John
Bill B
05/22/2014 11:24 am (3)
possum,
Welcome to the 21st century where PC and PR outweigh all else.
dj88law
05/22/2014 12:07 pm (4)
Carol,

Where the H are any edit commands/short cuts [bold, italics, etc.] for the main page and the Forum? Seems the only possible edit without those is all-caps, which I'm told means you're yelling at someone or some thing.

@ possum

Have you not seen [insert name of other pro sports' HoF]nominations and inductions? Your 'joke' and 'best driver' opinions aside [it took how long before DJ was inducted?], HoF ballots & inductions are political.

Whitewash: Political? Or in your remarks' context, an ironic reference to NA$CAR's ex-CSA beginnings?





Bill B
05/22/2014 12:17 pm (5)
I guess if Danica can hang around for a few more years she'll be a lock for the HOF.
possum
05/22/2014 2:45 pm (6)
@dj88law - I don't have a problem if the HoF wants to be political, or politically correct. But if we're going to bring Scott in because he fought against the racism of the 50s and 60s, lets be honest and say so. Not that we're bringing him for being a great driver, which he wasn't.

John
Carol
05/25/2014 10:49 pm (7)
dj,
There are no "edits" on the main page. Never have been.

In the forum, however, I believe those options are listed at the top of your comment box and you can select which you'd like to use for emphasis.

And for the record, ALL CAPS is entirely different than capitalizing for emphasis. If I were to type this whole comment in caps (hence the term ALL caps), it's hard on the eyes and yes, can be considered yelling.

If, however, I use caps for just ONE word, it's clear that it's for emphasis.

C
Kentster
05/26/2014 4:52 pm (8)
I think that Bill Elliott deserves to be an inductee.Of course the fact that I been a Bill Elliott fan since 1985 has nothing to do with that opinion.
He did not put people into the wall, he did not blame other drivers for his mistakes, he just went out onto the track and raced cleanly and got the best out the car that day.
A good example for any cup driver. He seems to have passed on that philosophy onto his son, so we can enjoy the races that include the Elliott family.
nebraskaparkfan
05/29/2014 8:14 am (9)
I agree that Wendell Scott deserve to be in this group b/c he raced under conditions that no other driver did, esp. since most of the racing was in the pre-civil rights South. Nascar needs to recognize that fact rather than their white washing of the past. Otherwise, it seems that they are including him b/c he did "good enough" for a minority. I'm reading a book about the history of nascar and the things he had to overcome both on and off the track were amazing.

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