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Bill Elliott learns of his selection into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
In May, NASCAR announced the inductees who will comprise the 2015 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It is a five-person group—the sixth in NASCAR Hall of Fame history. Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White make up the class that will be inducted into the NASCAR HoF on January 30, 2015.
In addition, NASCAR announced that Anne B. France, wife of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., won the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. She died in 1992. Her contributions to the financial well-being of NASCAR during its formative era are immeasurable.
“Awesome Bill from Dawsonville” Elliott won a record 16 Most Popular Driver Awards during his active driving career.
Fred Lorenzen was a charismatic driver who never raced full time in NASCAR. Despite his not running a full season, he won both the Daytona 500 and the World (now Coca Cola) 600 in 1965.
Wendell Scott was the first African-American to race full time and win in NASCAR’s top series. His legacy continues in the Drive for Diversity program that produced current drivers Aric Almirola and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, who drives for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Joe Weatherly won the NASCAR championship twice, in 1962 and ’63. His death at Riverside International Raceway led to several safety innovations that are still in use on today’s Sprint Cup cars.
Rex White was a short-track specialist who won the championship in 1960 on the strength of six wins and 35 top-10 finishes in 40 starts.