Friday, January 30, 2015

Tonight - Sixth Annual NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

 
Sixth Annual NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

 

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Process


Each year, five inductees are selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame by a Voting Panel. Inductees are chosen from a list of 20 nominees that are determined by a Nominating Committee. The main criteria for nomination and induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame include NASCAR accomplishments and contributions to the sport.

Induction Process FAQs


How many inductees are enshrined in the NASCAR Hall of Fame each year?


Each NASCAR Hall of Fame class has five inductees.

How many nominees are considered for the NASCAR Hall of Fame each year? Twenty nominees are eligible for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame each year. The number of nominees changed from 25 to 20 after modifications to the NASCAR Hall of Fame eligibility and selection process were announced in December 2013.

How are inductees selected and voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame?


The process begins with a 22-person* Nominating Committee, who meets at Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks to select the list of 20 nominees.

Then a 55-person* Voting Panel, which includes the members of the Nominating Committee plus additional representatives, votes on five inductees from the list of 20 nominees. The Voting Panel submits a total of 56 ballots*, which includes one ballot from a nationwide fan vote, to determine the five inductees.

*The number of ballots submitted may change if any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel appears on the previous year’s ballot or current year’s ballot. These individuals are recused from participating in the nominating and/or voting process for as long as he/she appears on the ballot. If an individual who is currently on the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel is inducted, or is no longer included on a final ballot, he or she is immediately reinstated to active participation on the committee/panel.

Who is eligible to be nominated/inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame?


Drivers who have competed in NASCAR for a minimum 10 years and

  • Have been retired for three years or
  • Have reached their 55th birthday on or before Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year; drivers may continue to compete after reaching age 55 without compromising their eligibility or
  •  Have competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR competition by Dec. 31 of the year prior to the nominating year is automatically eligible, regardless of age; drivers may continue to compete after reaching the 30-year milestone without compromising their eligibility.

Non-drivers who have worked at least 10 years in the industry.

Potential candidates (for both drivers and non-drivers) with shorter careers may be considered if there are special circumstances.

Will the inductees include those beyond drivers and owners?


The NASCAR Hall of Fame includes an opportunity for drivers, owners, crew members, track operators, promoters, media and other contributors to be inducted. The main criteria for induction are NASCAR accomplishments and contributions to the sport.

What is the Landmark Award?


Beginning in 2015, the Landmark award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR was created to honor significant contributions to the growth and esteem of NASCAR. This award provides the opportunity to recognize key figures that were not necessarily involved in the competition side of the sport. To qualify for nomination, an individual must have worked in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or competitor, or be a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Each year five people will be nominated by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominating Committee in conjunction with the NASCAR Hall of Fame nominations. One winner is chosen by the Voting Panel and announced on Voting Day. Award winners are still eligible for NASCAR Hall of Fame enshrinement.

2015 Landmark Award – Anne B. France


What is the Squier-Hall Award?


The Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence was created in 2012 to recognize the significant contributions that media have made to NASCAR. This award, named in honor of legendary radio and television broadcasters Ken Squier and Barney Hall, has a permanent exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame to honor the recipients. Each year eight nominees are selected by a panel comprised of NASCAR and NASCAR Hall of Fame executives, journalists, public relations representatives and former drivers. The recipient is honored at the annual NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Squier-Hall Award winners will remain eligible for NASCAR Hall of Fame induction. Likewise, current and future inductees who made significant contributions as a member of the media will be eligible to win the Squier-Hall Award.

2015 Squier-Hall Award – Tom Higgins

2014 Squier Hall Award – Chris Economaki

2013 Squier-Hall Award – Ken Squier & Barney Hall

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rex White - NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Driver/Owner (b. 8/17/29)

  • Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Premier Series Stats
  • Competed: 1956-1964
  • Starts: 233
  • Wins: 28
  • Poles: 36

Consistency was the hallmark of Rex White’s NASCAR career. He finished among the top five in nearly a half of his 233 races and outside the top 10 only 30 percent of the time.

White was a short track specialist in an era in which those tracks dominated the schedule. Of his 28 career wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, only two came on tracks longer than a mile in length. White’s victory total ranks 22nd among all-time premier series winners.

White won six times during his 1960 championship season posting 35 top 10s in 40 starts. He finished in the top 10 six of his nine years in the series including a runner-up finish in 1961. He was the fourth driver to win a premier series championship in his own equipment.

White hails from Spartanburg, S.C., once the hub of stock car racing and a community that produced NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Cotton Owens and Bud Moore. White was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. He resides in Forest Park, Ga.




Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 Drive for Diversity Roster

NASCAR announced the 2015 Drive for Diversity roster.

As the 33rd annual Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway kicked off Monday, NASCAR announced the 2015 Drive for Diversity roster.

Since its inception, NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program has worked to help women and minority drivers break into the upper echelon of the sport by providing them with solid equipment, valuable track time and coaching both on and off the track.

Graduates of the program include 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year and 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Kyle Larson, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Daniel Suarez.

"Taking steps to find and develop young female and multicultural athletes who could represent the future of NASCAR is at the core of our organization's mission," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "We were impressed by the talent displayed at the Combine (in October 2014), and are eager to help this group develop their strengths on and off the track."

The roster consists of six young drivers, four of whom are new to the Drive for Diversity program for the 2015 season.

NASCAR diversity driver Kenzie Ruston is entering her third season.
NASCAR diversity driver Kenzie Ruston is entering her third season in the NASCAR
K&N Pro Series East. (Todd Warshaw / Getty Images)


The 2015 NASCAR Drive for Diversity class includes:

  • Devon Amos: Returning to the team, the 23-year-old Rio Rancho, N.M., native will make the jump to the K&N Pro Series East after two full seasons in the Whelen All-American Series.
  • Jay Beasley: Finishing 13th overall and sixth in a loaded Sunoco Rookie of the Year field in the K&N Pro Series East last season, the 23-year-old from Las Vegas, Nev., will return for a second season, aiming to best his rookie campaign.
  • Collin Cabre: After an impressive NASCAR D4D Combine performance, the 21-year-old Thonotosassa, Fla., native will compete in the K&N Pro Series East in his first year with Rev Racing. Cabre has spent the past five years racing asphalt and dirt sprint cars.
  • Natalie Decker: A 17-year-old newcomer to the Rev Racing roster from Eagle River, Wis., Decker collected feature wins in a Limited Late Model and Super Late Model, as well as earning Rookie and Sportsman of the Year honors in ARCA SCAG Midwest Truck Tour. She will compete in the Whelen All-American Series in 2015.
  • Kenzie Ruston: Entering her third season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and first with Rev Racing, the 22-year-old El Reno, Okla., native is also a member of NASCAR Next, an industry initiative to identify tomorrow's stars. Ruston broke her own record in 2014 as the highest finishing female driver in the K&N Pro Series East with a runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway on her way to finishing ninth in points.
  • Dylan Smith: The 22-year-old from Randolph, Vt., earned a spot with Rev Racing in the Whelen All-American Series after competing in his own Late Model last year. The Stewart-Haas Racing employee ran 15 races and finished 38th in the Whelen All-American Series Division I national standings.

As part of the Drive for Diversity program, Max Siegel's Rev Racing will field four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams and two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series cars.

"This year's class is already hard at work preparing for the upcoming season," said Siegel. "In addition to their required physical training, shop work and professional development, we have added several new elements to what we feel is the premiere driver development program in the sport.

"Rev Racing is very proud to have played a significant part in the development of National series drivers and D4D graduates Darrell Wallace Jr., Kyle Larson and Daniel Suarez," he added. "They have paved the way and set a high standard of excellence for our current class to strive for."

The Drive for Diversity program is not just limited to those behind the wheel, however. Through it's diversity efforts, NASCAR also has a pit crew development program for women and multicultural athletes.

In 2014, more than 30 graduates of the program worked on full-time pit crews with organizations that included Roush Fenway Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports.

nascar.com release

Joe Weatherly
NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Driver (b. 5/29/22 - d. 1/19/64)

  • Hometown: Norfolk, Va.
  • Premier Series Stats
  • Competed: 1952-1964
  • Starts: 229
  • Wins: 25
  • Poles: 18

Joe Weatherly won two championships (1962-63) and 25 races in NASCAR’s premier series. But that’s only part of his story, which is long on versatility.

A decade earlier in 1952-53, he won 101 races in the NASCAR Modified division, capturing that championship in 1953. He even tried his hand in NASCAR’s short-lived Convertible Division from 1956-59 winning 12 times.

Weatherly was one of the first drivers who attracted fans to NASCAR as much for his personality as his racing ability, thus his nickname the “Clown Prince of Stock Car Racing.” When he won his first NASCAR premier series championship, in 1962, he drove for legendary owner Bud Moore. When he repeated as champion a year later, he drove for nine different teams. Those were the only two years Weatherly competed in the premier series full-time.

Weatherly was named one of the NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998.



Friday, January 23, 2015

Raffle to Benefit
Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation

Thanks to so many incredible donors, the January 29, 2015 raffle drawing benefiting the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation for pediatric cancer research is sold out.

Thanks to so many incredible donors, the January 29, 2015 raffle drawing benefiting the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation for pediatric cancer research is sold out. They raised more than $2,400 in the last 14 days -- including $1,000 just in the last 24 hours!

The reality is that cancer is still the #1 cause of death by disease in children. 1 out of every 5 children diagnosed will die. A cure can be a reality, but we need your help if we're going to win the fight against this terrible disease - Jeff Gordon

The drawing will be conducted next week and winners will be contacted by January 29.

NASCAR Race Mom bought her five raffle ticket and will be keeping her fingers crossed! However, if you missed out in this raffle, the next fundraising effort will be in mid-late February. That Grand Prize will be an autographed AARP #24  team jacket!

THE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN


All childhood cancers combined receive less than 4 percent of U.S. federal funding for cancer research. With your help, we can take strides toward providing the needed funding for childhood cancer research and treatment. Jackson Panzarello's fight against the disease motivated and inspired me to make a difference. Not a day goes by where Jackson's memory isn't guiding, inspiring, and urging me to always Fight On. He was just 10 years old when he passed away in 2012. Jackson's continuing legacy is the incredible difference we've made for research and treatment.

All donations benefit the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation for childhood cancer research and treatment. Drawing will be conducted by Marnie Howiler who battled cancer into remission and serves as an incredible inspiration to everyone she meets. Raffle is open to U.S. and Canadian addresses only. FREE shipping to U.S. addresses. Thank you, Fight On.

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Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation Raffle Prize
Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation Raffle Prize
Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation Raffle Prize

 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gordon discusses the "R" Word

Jeff Gordon (R), , talks with team owner Rick Hendrick (L) at the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2011.


Jeff Gordon, the celebrated stock car champion whose crossover appeal helped propel NASCAR into the mainstream, will compete in his twenty-third and final full-time Sprint Cup Series this season. (1993 to 2015)

“As a race car driver, much of what I’ve done throughout my life has been based on following my instincts and trying to make good decisions,” Gordon said. “I thought long and hard about my future this past year and during the off-season, and I’ve decided 2015 will be the last time I compete for a championship. I won’t use the ‘R-word’ because I plan to...” Gordon informed.

In seven hundred and sixty-one (761) NASCAR Sprint Cup Races, Gordon, the driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger/AARP Chevrolet, can boast of ninety-two wins and four championships (1995, 1997, 1998, and 2001). He has proven himself to be one of the best.

NASCAR Race Mom was honored to witness Jeff Gordon score his record breaking fifth Brickyard  win in Indianapolis last year. The win came twenty years after Gordon’s first win at Indy and was the 90th of Gordon's career. 





"Jeff Gordon transcends NASCAR and will be celebrated as one of the greatest drivers to ever race. We have all enjoyed watching his legend grow for more than two decades, and will continue to do so during his final full-time season. His prolonged excellence and unmatched class continue to earn him the admiration of fans across the globe. Today’s announcement is a bittersweet one. I’ll miss his competitive fire on a weekly basis, but I am also happy for Jeff and his family as they start a new chapter. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Jeff for his years of dedication and genuine love for this sport, and wish him the very best in his final season. -Brian France NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,

Photo Credit Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

Wendell Scott
NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Driver/Owner (b. 8/29/21 - d. 12/23/90)
  • Hometown: Danville, Va.
  • Premier Series Stats
  • Competed: 1961-1973
  • Starts: 495
  • Wins: 1
  • Poles: 1

Wendell Scott wasn’t the first African-American to compete in NASCAR’s premier division. But the Danville, Va. native, whose career on wheels began as a taxi driver, was the first of his race to become a full-time competitor in the series.

Scott served three years in the U.S. Army during World War II where he honed his mechanical skills in the motor pool. Scott started racing in 1947 and experienced immediate success behind the wheel.

He won over 100 races in the next decade at local area tracks. Scott made his first start in NASCAR’s premier series March 4, 1961 at Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds in Spartanburg, S.C. He made 23 starts that season, posting five top-five finishes.

On Dec. 1, 1963 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla., Scott became the first African-American to win a NASCAR premier series event. Scott won the 100-mile feature race after starting 15th. Over the next 13 years, Scott would make 495 starts, which ranks 32nd on the all-time list. In his distinguished career, Scott accumulated 20 top-five finishes including eight of them in the same season he won his first career race, 1964. Scott also posted 147 top-10 finishes, more than 25 percent of the races he entered.