Many drivers we see in the top three series of NASCAR will one day race their way to a special place in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
One day they will be nominees for induction, but only a few have already made a mark that will assure that will happen at this point in NASCAR history.
The criteria for nomination and induction to the NASCAR Hall of Fame are based on accomplishments and contributions within the sport.
For a driver, statistics are a driving force in the nomination process. Some drivers show their expertise behind the wheel primarily in one series like Cup, while others have crossed-over with the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.
Versatility is certainly a plus for a driver who wins in the second and third series of NASCAR and may have impressive records in other series of racing as well.
Accomplishments at the Cup level carry the most weight in recognition when combined with other contributions a driver has made in NASCAR.
Each year a voting panel nominates 25 candidates consisting of drivers, owners, crew chiefs and others who have made major contributions to the sport.
Every year five nominees are selected, by vote, to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Starting in 2012, the induction ceremony will take place in January. This year it remains in May.
Exceptional skill behind the wheel of a race car, popularity or perhaps controversy and the ability to set records are some of the other factors considered in the nomination.
Your favorite driver may have lots of wins and maybe one or more titles. Many rookies coming through lower series along with those drivers will one day be considered for the HOF.
It would be difficult to compile a list of all the NASCAR drivers who one day will probably make it to that hallowed place in the Hall of Fame.
Keep in mind this is a short list of active drivers who have met the criteria for various reasons that will guarantee them a spot in the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Whether you agree with the choices or find frustration that certain drivers were excluded, keep in mind that does not discount their ability and probability to be a Hall of Famer some time in the future.
They are listed in no particular order.