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The Potential First NASCAR Hall of Fame Class

LOUDON, NH - JUNE 27:  Team owner Richard Petty walks through the pit area prior to the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World RV Sales 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 27, 2009 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Joshua LobdellCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2009

The nominees for the first class to get elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame has been announced, and as with most everything NASCAR it is too big, the process for election is too convoluted and as with everything NASCAR the fans are not adequately represented.

It seems that most hard core, old school NASCA fans would simply elect three people as the first Hall class. Those three people of course would be Big Bill France, King Richard Petty, and Dale Earnhardt Sr.

There is a lot of talk about electing the guys who made NASCAR what it is today, and it seems that these three men are the most responsible for the history of NASCAR. Sometimes smaller is better.

There are fifty members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame nominating committee. These folks along with a fan vote will eventually elect the first and successive NASCAR Hall classes. Why so many? No one but NASCAR officials know.

It seems that NASCAR should have a nominating committee and then the folks who make up the NASCA media should get to vote, much as they do in Major League Baseball. In addition to this a veteran board of drivers should be assembled to elect those worth that failed the media vote. Again much as MLB does.

Under NASCAR’s plans 50 of the seats on the nominating committee are comprised of members of the NASCAR press, while the other seats are filled with NASCAR executives, one representative from each NASCAR broadcasting partner, a representative from each car manufacturer, three retired drivers, three retired crew chiefs, and three retired car owners, along with a few industry leaders, and representatives from the ownerships groups of all the Cup race tracks.

In the end it isn’t a bad plan, but it could focus more on the fans. With all of that being said here are the 25 people nominated, of whom five will be enshrined as the inaugural class to the NASCAR Hall of Fame:

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