The listing of 20 nominees for the Class of 2020 includes six firsttime nominees whose careers span the entirety of NASCAR competition.
Stewart, who’s now co-owner of both Stewart HAAS Racing and continues to compete on dirt tracks across the country, won 49 races at the Cup series, including two wins at the prestigious Brickyard 400. Stewart, 4-7, won the Cup name three times (lately in 2011) and also collected 11 wins at what’s now the Xfinity Series and also a pair in Trucks.
This was his first year he was eligible to be nominated.
On the list of additional budding nominees are two-time Xfinity Series champion Sam Ard; the authentic participant of the “Alabama Gang,” Neil Bonnett; former Daytona 500 winner Marvin Panch; along with short course ace Jim Paschal.
The nominees were selected by a nominating committee comprising representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners out of leading facilities and historical short tracks and the media. The committee’s votes were tabulated by bookkeeping firm EY.
From the listing of 20 nominees, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, which contains a nationwide fan vote NASCAR.com. Voting Day to your 20-19 class will probably be May 2.
NASCAR also announced five nominees for the Landmark Award. They are Edsel Ford II, Mike Helton, Dr. Joseph Mattioli, Alvin Hawkins and Ralph Seagraves.
Following will be the 20 nominees for induction in to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, listed alphabetically:
Sam Ard, NASCAR Xfinity Series leader and two-time champion
Buddy Baker, won 19 occasions in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500
Neil Bonnett, won 18 occasions in the NASCAR Cup Series, such as consecutive Coca Cola 600 successes
Red Farmer, three-time Late Model Sportsman champion; 1956 Modified champion
Ray Fox, legendary engine builder, team chief and car owner
Harry Gant, champion of 18 NASCAR Cup Series races, such as two Southern 500 successes
Joe Gibbs, combined for nine automobile owner championships in Cup along with XFINITY series
Bobby Labonte, won a tournament at either the Cup Series and XFINITY Series
Ralph Moody, won two NASCAR Cup Series championships as co-owner of Holman Moody Racing
Marvin Panch, won 17 occasions in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the 1961 Daytona 500
Jim Paschal, 2-3 of the 25 NASCAR Cup Series wins came to brief tracks
Larry Phillips, just five-time NASCAR weekly show national champion
Ricky Rudd, won 2 3 occasions in NASCAR Cup Series, including the 1997 Brickyard 400
Mike Stefanik, winner of record-tying nine NASCAR championships
Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Two Time Brickyard 400 winner
Red Vogt, the initial master mechanic of NASCAR, and a founding member
The five nominees for the Landmark Award, listed alphabetically, are as follows:
Mike Helton, called third president of NASCAR at 2000; livelihood included track operator roles in Atlanta Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway
Dr. Joseph Mattioli, creator of Pocono Raceway
Ralph Seagraves, shaped ground-breaking Winston-NASCAR venture as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company