NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017: Full List of Nominees Released

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2016

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 14:  Team owner Jack Roush holds a press conference before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images)
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The 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees have been released and include 11 drivers, eight crew members or owners and one journalist.

NASCAR on NBC shared a picture of the 20 nominees:

Five of the nominees are new to the list and include famed team owner Jack Roush and four-time Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday, per Kenny Bruce of NASCAR.com.

The other new hopefuls include former premier series driver Ricky Rudd, engine builder Waddell Wilson and Ken Squier, whose announcing and broadcasting career spanned more than six decades.

2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductees
Drivers
NameContribution
Buddy BakerNineteen career premier series wins
Red ByronNASCAR's first strictly stock champion
Richard ChildressWon 105 premiers series wins; six championships as an owner
Ron HornadayMost career Truck Series titles (51)
Alan KulwickiWon premier series title in 1992 as an owner/driver
Mark MartinForty premier series wins, 49 Xfinity Series and seven in Trucks
Hershel McGriffFour-time winner based on the West Coast
Benny ParsonsFormer premier series champion, was also a broadcaster
Larry PhillipsFive NASCAR national Weekly Series titles and seven regionals
Ricky RuddTwenty-three premier series wins over three decades
Mike StefanikSeven-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion
Crew
NameContribution
Ray EvernhamWon three premier series titles as crew chief for Jeff Gordon
Harry HydeHelped guide Bobby Isaac to the 1970 premier series title
Waddell WilsonEngines took drivers to more than 100 premier series victories
Owners
NameContribution
Ray FoxWon 14 times as an owner (also a crew chief)
Rick HendrickHendrick Motorsports organization has won 11 premier series titles and 240 races
Raymond Parks First team owner to win strictly stock championship
Jack RoushEarned 135 Sprint Cup victories as well as two series championships
Robert YatesEngine builder and championship winning team owner (57 wins)
Journalist
NameContribution
Ken Squier Part of the first crew to call the Daytona 500 live in 1979
Source: NASCAR.com

Roush, 73, has one of the most recognizable names in the sport. In addition to the 135 Sprint Cup wins and two championships, four of his team's drivers have combined to win five Xfinity Series titles. 

NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley tweeted his congratulations to Roush and the other newcomers following the announcement:  

Rudd was one of the more popular names during his time on the track and found success under multiple team owners, per Bruce.

"One of the top road racers of his generation, Rudd scored NASCAR wins for some of the sport's top team owners, including Richard Childress, Bud Moore and Rick Hendrick," Bruce wrote. "Winning the 1997 Brickyard 400 was notable as Rudd managed the feat as an owner/driver."

Hornaday won truck series titles in 1996, 1998, 2007 and 2009, per Bruce, and deserved the nomination, according to NASCAR communications executive Owen Kearns:

Wilson, who also won 19 races as a crew chief, had the honor of heading three crews that won the Daytona 500. 

Squier, 80, began announcing races when he was 12 years old in the 1940s, per Bruce, and continued until his retirement in 2014.

Hall of Fame Nominating Committee members will meet on May 25 to discuss who they'll put in front of a voting panel, which consists of 14 media members, former drivers, crew chiefs, owners, the reigning Sprint Cup Series champion and a fan vote on NASCAR.com.