The announcement of the five Inductees into the 2013 Class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame has happened and the five Inductees into the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame are as follows:
1. Herb Thomas, first two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion, 1951, ’53.
2. Leonard Wood, former crew chief for Wood Brothers, revolutionized pit stops
3. Rusty Wallace, 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion
4. Cotton Owens, driver-owner, won 1966 owner championship with David Pearson
5. Buck Baker, first driver to win consecutive Sprint Cup series titles (1956-57).
The tie apparently was between Buck Baker and Fireball Roberts, with Buck Baker prevailing.
Congratulations to the newest inductees into the Class of 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame!!!
The nominees were:
- Red Byron, first 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.
- Tim Flock, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion.
- Ray Fox, legendary engine builder and owner of cars driven by Buck Baker, Junior Johnson and others.
- Anne Bledsoe France, helped build the sport with husband Bill France Sr.
- Rick Hendrick, 13-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series.
- Jack Ingram, two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and three-time Late Model Sportsman champion.
- Bobby Isaac, 1970 NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion.
- Fred Lorenzen, 26 wins and winner of the Daytona 500 and World 600.
- Raymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car owner.
- Benny Parsons, 1973 NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion and popular television commentator.
- Les Richter, former NASCAR executive; former president of Riverside International Raceway.
- Fireball Roberts, 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup series wins, including the 1962 Daytona 500.
- T. Wayne Robertson, helped raise NASCAR popularity as R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company executive.
- Wendell Scott, NASCAR trailblazer was the first African-American NASCAR Sprint Cup series race winner, and first to be nominated for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
- Ralph Seagraves, formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
- Curtis Turner, early personality, called the “Babe Ruth of stock car racing.”
- Joe Weatherly, two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup series champion.
The new class will be inducted on February 8, 2013.