Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NASCAR Announces 2014 Hall Of Fame Class

NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the 2014 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five-person group – the fifth in NASCAR Hall of Fame history – consists of Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Fireball Roberts. Next year’s Induction Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, broadcast on Fox Sports 1 from Charlotte, N.C. 

The 54-member NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte, N.C., to vote on the induction class of 2014. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France made the announcement this evening in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.” 

Next year’s class was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, which included representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders and a nationwide fan vote conducted through – which counted for the 55th and final vote. The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes. 

Voting for next year’s class was as follows: Tim Flock (76%), Maurice Petty (67%), Dale Jarrett (56%), Jack Ingram (53%) and Fireball Roberts (51%). 

The next top vote getters were Jerry Cook, Joe Weatherly and Wendell Scott. 

Results for the Fan Vote, in alphabetical order, were Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Dale Jarrett, Benny Parsons and Fireball Roberts. 

The group of 25 nominees also included Red Byron, Richard Childress, H. Clay Earles, Ray Fox, Anne Bledsoe France, Rick Hendrick, Bobby Isaac, Fred Lorenzen, Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons, Larry Phillips, Les Richter, T. Wayne Robertson, Ralph Seagraves, O. Bruton Smith, Curtis Turner and Rex White.

Class of 2014 Inductees:

Tim Flock
A two-time NASCAR premier series champion, Flock was one of the sport’s first dominant drivers. In 187 starts, Flock collected 39 victories, a total that still ranks 18th on the all-time wins list. Flock won his first series title in 1952 while driving Ted Chester’s Hudson Hornet, and his second championship in 1955 driving Carl Kiekhaefer’s Chrysler. He dominated that 1955 season, posting an astounding 18 wins and 32 Top-5 finishes in 39 starts, along with 18 poles. Flock’s 18 wins stood as a single-season victory record until Richard Petty surpassed it with 27 wins in 1967. Flock regular drove with his pet monkey, "Jocko Flocko" alongside him, until Jocko escaped from his harness during a race and necessitated a late pit stop, costing Flock a second-place finish.

Jack Ingram
The NASCAR Nationwide Series has had a variety of incarnations through the years but when considered collectively, an argument can be made that Jack Ingram is the series’ all-time greatest driver. Before the formation of the series, Ingram won three consecutive championships, from 1972-74, in its precursor – the Late Model Sportsman Division. When the NASCAR Busch Series was formed, he won the inaugural title in 1982 and again in ’85. In his 10 years of competition in what was called the NASCAR Busch Series, Ingram had 31 wins, a record that stood until Mark Martin broke it in 1997. All but two of Ingram’s 31 wins came on short tracks.

Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett personified big-stage performances. A three-time Daytona 500 winner and two-time winner of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jarrett excelled under NASCAR’s brightest spotlights. His 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories – 21st all-time – also include the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jarrett won the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, and recorded six additional top-five championship finishes. With father Ned, the Jarretts are only the second father-son combination with NASCAR premier series championships after NASCAR Hall of Famers Lee and Richard Petty. Ned Jarrett was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in May 2011. Ned and Dale Jarrett become the third father-son duo selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, following Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr., and Lee and Richard Petty.

Maurice Petty
Chief engine builder for the legendary Petty Enterprises team, Maurice Petty becomes the fourth member of the dynasty to be chosen for membership in the NASCAR Hall of Fame – following his older brother Richard, father Lee and cousin Dale Inman. The man known simply as “Chief” overcame a childhood bout with polio that left him with a lifelong limp, and supplied the horsepower that propelled Richard Petty to a majority of his record 200 NASCAR victories, seven NASCAR premier series championships and seven Daytona 500 victories. Lee Petty, Buddy Baker, Jim Paschal and Pete Hamilton were also among those who won with his engines. Maurice Petty had a brief driving career of his own – 26 premier series races with seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes between 1960 and 1964 – but was satisfied to work behind the scenes as one of the top engine builders ever seen in the sport.
Fireball Roberts Glenn Roberts, who got his legendary nickname from his days as a hard-throwing pitcher in high school, is perhaps the greatest driver never to win a NASCAR title. He was arguably stock car racing’s first superstar, an immensely popular prototype for some of today’s competitors who are stars on and off the track. During his career he often came up big in the biggest events, winning the Daytona 500 in 1962 and the Southern 500 in 1958 and ’63. Overall, he won seven races at Daytona International Speedway, starting with the Firecracker 250 in the summer of 1959 – the year the speedway opened.


  1. Anonymous7:46 PM

    I am SHOCKED at the FAN VOTE! Guess my day has come and gone. But, how well I remember who did what!

  2. Anonymous8:48 PM

    I guess you have to have DJ for the visibility, but it seems like several of these guys should go in ahead of him.
    Would have been fun to have Curtis Turner in this class with Flock and Roberts to get all the union guys in together.

  3. Anonymous9:17 PM

    Who commented? Is this Chocolate Myers?

  4. Dale Jarrett? Really?

  5. Anonymous10:54 PM

    ya done good Moody

  6. Gary Thompson9:09 AM

    It is a travesty that we can have Smokey Yunick memorabilia on display in the Hall Of Fame, but the man's name is still absent from the ballots.

  7. I think the biggest issue right now for the HoF is the bottleneck created partly because the series has been around so much longer than the HoF has been.

    I think to resolve a part of the bottleneck a creteria should be used similar to other sports where a person won't be considered until a predetermined amount of time has past since they were active in the sport, say 5, 7 or 10 years.

    It won't solve the whole problem, but it will help. While people like Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick will one day get in (and deservedly so), I don't think while they still actively participate is the day to consider them.

    I feel Dale Jarrett is a similar case.