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My picks for the NASCAR HOF second class

Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:24 am
Edited on: October 13, 2010 9:58 am
 

Last year I thought it was pretty clear who should be chosen for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's inaugural class. The five chosen -- Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr., Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr. and Junior Johnson -- were the five I had pegged for the honor.

The selection of the second class seems a bit tougher. I'm not sure what the voting committee might be thinking, but here are the five I'd choose if I had a vote.

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David Pearson -- Many felt the three-time Cup champion and winner of 105 races (second all-time) deserved to be recognized as part of the inaugural class. It would be a stunner if he wasn't chosen for the second class.

Dale Inman -- Richard Petty made the inaugural class, why not the crew chief who helped him to a majority of his 200 wins as part of the second class? He has more wins (193) and championships (8) than any other crew chief.

Red Byron -- He had a brief, but impactful career. Among NASCAR's pioneers, he captured the first series championship in 1949.

Lee Petty -- And if you recognize the series' first champion, it's probably not a bad idea to recognize the first winner of its greatest race. The father of Richard, Lee won the first Daytona 500 in 1959. He also won three series titles, the first driver to accomplish that feat.

Cale Yarborough -- Before Jimmie Johnson began his assault on the record books, Yarborough had been the only driver to win three consecutive championships. His 83 victories -- fifth all-time -- include four victories in the Daytona 500 (second all-time behind Richard Petty's seven).

Just missing my cut -- Darrell Waltrip, Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, T. Wayne Robertson and Richie Evans.

Among my picks, I'd say Byron and/or Inman could get left out in favor of Waltrip, who certainly has the greater notoriety and could be a bigger draw for the Hall.

I don't think there's room for both Childress and Hendrick in this class. If one of them gets in, I'd go with Childress over Hendrick at this time just based on the fact he accomplished his greatest success at a much earlier time than Hendrick, who's still in the midst of his organization's dominance. Childress was the first owner to win titles in all three NASCAR national series. (Personally, I don't think anybody currently active in the role for which he is predominantly being nominated for should be up for induction, but I digress).

Robertson is an interesting nominee and very deserving choice, but after the Hall inducted two executives (Bill France Sr. and Jr.) last year, I don't believe he'll make the cut.

I'm not sure what to make of Evans, who was a great and highly respected driver, but accomplished all his success in the NASCAR modified series. He's my darkhorse, though I think next year might be more likely for him.

Category: Auto Racing
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Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 10:19 am
 

My picks for the NASCAR HOF second class

In some ways, I like the fact they recognized an old-school owner like Bud Moore, but I don't think he was the most qualified at this time and I certainly don't believe Ned Jarrett deserved to be honored ahead of Yarborough or Waltrip. That makes absolutely no sense to me.

And the really strange thing is that Moore got in with 45% of the vote, meaning Waltrip and Yarborough appeared on less than 50% of the ballots. Really? Very perplexing. Especially in the case of Jarrett vs. Waltrip. I know there is some backlash against Yarborough because he basically deserted NASCAR, but Waltrip, like Jarrett, went into TV and has been beating the NASCAR drum since he retired. Love him or hate him, there's no denying Waltrip has been an ambassador of the sport. So if his stats are better and including his second career in TV, why does Jarrett get in ahead of Waltrip.

Jeff Gluck had an interesting article on why he thinks things went down the way they did --



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2010 8:23 am
 

My picks for the NASCAR HOF second class

Great Stats Brian, yes, I'm surprised, but the sad part is neither made it this year and to me that's a shame. 



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2010 4:15 pm
 

My picks for the NASCAR HOF second class

David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett and Bud Moore are the selections.

I gotta say I'm somewhat surprised that Jarrett got in ahead of Yarborough or Waltrip. Though Moore, like Jarrett, wasn't near the top of my list this year either, I'm more inclined to like that selection over Jarrett.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2010 3:37 pm
 

My picks for the NASCAR HOF second class

Great Article Brian, thanks for sharing. 




Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2010 3:33 pm
 

My picks for the NASCAR HOF second class

Here's the ballot of Nate Ryan of USA Today




Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2010 3:30 pm
 

My picks for the NASCAR HOF second class

Look at Cale's and DW's head to head battles and see who wins.

So I decided to check it out and here's what I found (courtesy )


 Cale YarboroughDarrell Waltrip
Head-to-Head 176 wins 162 wins
Actual Race Stats
Wins 63 42
Top 5's 181 164
Top 10's 209 213
Avg. Finish 11.8 11.8



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2010 3:24 pm
 

My picks for the NASCAR HOF second class

Here's an article from Dustin Long who was an actual voter.




Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2010 2:36 pm
 

My picks for the NASCAR HOF second class

Brian, wasn't it you who just a couple of years ago, I convinced and changed your mind about DW verse Jeff Gordon?  Look at Cale's and DW's head to head battles and see who wins.  LOL Smile


Again, great article and all those mentioned will eventually get into the Hall of Fame.  I just feel DW deserves to be there before Cale does. 

And I was not a fan of DW until 1987, but I have to respect what he did prior to that. 



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2010 2:27 pm
 

My picks for the NASCAR HOF second class

Yarborough also had four Daytona 500 wins which is why I gave him the edge over DW. And I also wanted to see more of the old guard recognized.

In any case, I find this year's discussion a bit more interesting than the first.

I think everyone is in agreement that David Pearson is a lock, the rest could just about go in any direction. Aside from those I mentioned that just missed my cut, I've heard some sentiment for Raymond Parks and Bobby Allison as well.




Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2010 1:55 pm
 

My picks for the NASCAR HOF second class

My Bad on Thomas he did not win it all in 1954, I didn't read the rest of the sentence.  sorry  Here is what was written.

Thomas won twelve races again in 1954, including a second win (making him the first driver to win twice at ), but he was beaten by a more consistent in the championship standings.


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