NASCAR announces first Hall of Fame class

Joshua Lobdell - Author
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Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:03 p.m. ET

NASCAR will open its Hall of Fame next year in Charlotte, North Carolina, and today they announced the first Hall of Fame class. In all 25 notable NASCAR stars were nominated and after a fan vote, and a lengthy selection process hat was far more complicated than it needed to be NASCAR has its first five NASCAR Hall of Famers. Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., King Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Junior Johnson have been elected.

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Many NASCAR fans will be upset at this though, and the selection of both France elders continues to prove hat the world of NASCAR will forever be the France family’s personal playground. While, both men ultimately deserve to be in the Hall, there selection to the inaugural class is a little insulting. Bill France Sr. founded NASCAR and has the strongest argument to be included in the hall first. While France Jr. built NASCAR into what it is today, he did not need to be among the first Hall of Fame class.

NASCAR could have simply selected Dale Sr. and Richard Petty as the first class; these two men are head and shoulders above the rest of the drivers in the history of NASCAR. They deserve to be elected first, and NASCAR could have gone the simple route and started with the two biggest stars in the history of the sport.

Now there is a big debate at should have also been included. Since NASCAR has mandated that five people will be elected, so NASCAR fans have been debating who else is deserving. Junior Johnson is a fine selection, but Cale Yarborogh, David Pearson, or Darrell Waltrip were all equally deserving. Junior made it in for having a fine career as a driver, but more importantly his career as an owner.

In the end the NASCAR Hall of Fame might need to have categories like the Hockey Hall of Fame does. There should be three drivers elected each year, along with an owner, and a promoter or journalist. The long time head of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Humpy Wheeler, had a strong case to be included in the inaugural class.

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