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:
NASCAR on NBC @NASCARonNBC
Here are the @NASCARHall Class of 2017 nominees. #NASCARAmerica https://t.co/oK480kY3Y92/24/2016, 10:29:22 PM
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|
|Buddy Baker||Nineteen career premier series wins|
|Red Byron||NASCAR's first strictly stock champion|
|Richard Childress||Won 105 premiers series wins; six championships as an owner|
|Ron Hornaday||Most career Truck Series titles (51)|
|Alan Kulwicki||Won premier series title in 1992 as an owner/driver|
|Mark Martin||Forty premier series wins, 49 Xfinity Series and seven in Trucks|
|Hershel McGriff||Four-time winner based on the West Coast|
|Benny Parsons||Former premier series champion, was also a broadcaster|
|Larry Phillips||Five NASCAR national Weekly Series titles and seven regionals|
|Ricky Rudd||Twenty-three premier series wins over three decades|
|Mike Stefanik||Seven-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion|
|Ray Evernham||Won three premier series titles as crew chief for Jeff Gordon|
|Harry Hyde||Helped guide Bobby Isaac to the 1970 premier series title|
|Waddell Wilson||Engines took drivers to more than 100 premier series victories|
|Ray Fox||Won 14 times as an owner (also a crew chief)|
|Rick Hendrick||Hendrick Motorsports organization has won 11 premier series titles and 240 races|
|Raymond Parks||First team owner to win strictly stock championship|
|Jack Roush||Earned 135 Sprint Cup victories as well as two series championships|
|Robert Yates||Engine builder and championship winning team owner (57 wins)|
|Ken Squier||Part of the first crew to call the Daytona 500 live in 1979|
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.
Winston Kelley @WinstonKelley
Huge congrats to newest nominees Waddell Wilson, Jack Roush, Ron Hornaday, Ricky Rudd and Ken Squier. All very deserving of induction.2/24/2016, 10:31:24 PM
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:
Owen Kearns @1oldtrucker
Outstanding to see @RonHornaday nominated for @NASCARHall. @WestCoastHOF member.2/24/2016, 10:55:34 PM
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.
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