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Full list of NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees announced

NASCAR announces the list of 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s third induction class to be enshrined in January 2012. From that list, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, which includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.COM.  

Of the 25 nominees, 20 return from last year’s group. Five are first-timers: H. Clay Earles, Bobby Isaac, Cotton Owens, Les Richter and Leonard Wood.

This round of nominees, which again includes many of the sport’s legendary names, were selected by a 21-person nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks. The committee’s votes were tabulated by accounting firm Ernst & Young.  

Following are the 25 nominees, listed alphabetically:
Buck Baker,first driver to win consecutive NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series championships (1956-57)  

Red Byron, first NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion, in 1949  

Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series  

Jerry Cook, six-time NASCAR Modified champion  

H. Clay Earles, founder of Martinsville Speedway  

Richie Evans,nine-time NASCAR Modified champion  

Tim Flock, two-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion  

Rick Hendrick, 13-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series  

Jack Ingram, two-time NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series champion  

Dale Inman, eight-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series championship crew chief 

Bobby Isaac, 1970 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion  

Fred Lorenzen, 26 wins and winner of the Daytona 500 and World 600  

Cotton Owens, driver-owner, won 1966 owner championship with David Pearson 

Raymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car owner  

Benny Parsons, 1973 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series  champion  

Les Richter, former NASCAR executive; former president of Riverside International Raceway  

Fireball Roberts, won 33 NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series races, including the 1962 Daytona 500  

T. Wayne Robertson, helped raise NASCAR popularity as R.J. Reynolds Senior VP  

Herb Thomas, first two-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion, 1951, ’53  

Curtis Turner, early personality, called the “Babe Ruth of stock car racing”  

Darrell Waltrip, 84 wins and three NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series  championships  

Joe Weatherly, two-time NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series champion  

Glen Wood, as driver, laid foundation for Wood Brothers’ future team success  

Leonard Wood, part-owner and former crew chief for Wood Brothers, revolutionized pit stops  

Cale Yarborough, three consecutive NASCAR premier (now Sprint Cup) series titles, 1976-78  
The Class of 2012 will be announced live on SPEED on June 14 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C and inducted next January. The 2011 class, which includes David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett, Lee Petty, and Bud Moore will be enshrined at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Monday, May 23.

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