Another class has been enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, elevating another group of racing legends to among the highest positions in all of stock car racing.
In just a few months, the next class will be voted on and nominated. Here are a few favorites to be voted in. Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments section below!
One of the great pioneers of sport, he won series titles in 1952 and 1955 with 39 wins in NASCAR’s top division.
One of the most important individuals in terms of the growth of NASCAR. Smith's facilities have led the way in terms of facility improvements and fan amenities.
The 1970 champion only raced full-time for three seasons, but made the most of it, finishing first, second and sixth in the points standings.
The winner of the first race at what is now known as Atlanta Motor Speedway, he logged an incredible 93 top-five finishes over a 15-year career.
Like many drivers of his era, he didn’t run a full-time schedule. But his talent failed to go unnoticed, landing him rides with some of the top owners of the time such as Holman & Moody, Smokey Yunick, Junior Johnson and the Wood Brothers.
From 1961 to 1964, Lorenzen was one of racing’s best. Competing in a total of 70 races, he won 19 times and claimed 22 pole positions. Included in that stretch were three Atlanta victories.
Already one of the garage area’s most-respected champions, helped the sport reach an entirely new generation of fans through his television broadcast work on ESPN with the 1980s and 1990s.
Though not a driver, his financial backing was integral to the sport itself getting starting during its formative years.
Was a crew chief within NASCAR from the 1960s into the early 1990s, including Bobby Isaac’s 1970 championship. His career included 56 wins. He gained notoriety with his pairing with Hendrick Motorsports driver Tim Richmond being portrayed in the movie, Days of Thunder.
The oldest living NASCAR national champion, White overcame limited backing to win the 1960 championship, beating Richard Petty. He won more races than any driver from 1960 to 1963, capturing 21 victories. White currently lives in Fayetteville and is a frequent guest during Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR race weekends.
Despite running a mostly part-time schedule, Weatherly still produced impressive results, earning top-10 finishes in 153 of 230 races he entered. He won the season championship in 1962 and 1963 – the only two years in which he ran a full-time schedule.
Remains the only African-American driver to have won a race in NASCAR’s top division.