NASCAR announces 20 nominees for 2017 Hall of Fame Class

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NASCAR announced the 20 nominees Wednesday for the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class and the five nominees for the Landmark award.

Fifteen nominees return from the 2015 list. The five new nominees are Camping World Truck series champion Ron Hornaday Jr., Sprint Cup championship team owner Jack Roush, veteran driver Ricky Rudd, announcer Ken Squier and and engine builder Waddell Wilson.

Voting will be conducted in May to determine the five inductees for next season.

Here are the 20 nominations for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2017 class (in alphabetical order):

Buddy Baker, won 19 times in NASCAR’s premier (now Sprint Cup) series, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500;

Red Byron, first NASCAR premier series champion, in 1949;

Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series;

Ray Evernham, three-time NASCAR premier series championship crew chief;

Ray Fox, legendary engine builder, crew chief and car owner;

Rick Hendrick, 14-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series;

Ron Hornaday, four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion;

Harry Hyde, 1970 NASCAR premier series championship crew chief;

Alan Kulwicki, 1992 NASCAR premier series champion;

Mark Martin, 96-time race winner in NASCAR national series competition;

Hershel McGriff, 1986 NASCAR west series champion;

Raymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car owner;

Benny Parsons, 1973 NASCAR premier series champion;

Larry Phillips, only five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion;

Jack Roush, five-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series;

Ricky Rudd, won 23 times in NASCAR’s premier series, including the 1997 Brickyard 400;

Ken Squier, legendary radio and television broadcaster; inaugural winner / namesake of Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence;

Mike Stefanik, winner of record-tying nine NASCAR championships;

Waddell Wilson, won three NASCAR premier series championships as an engine builder;

Robert Yates, won NASCAR premier series championship as both an engine builder and owner.

Here are the five nominees for the Landmark Award (in alphabetical order):

Clay Earles, founder of Martinsville Speedway;

Janet Guthrie, the first female to compete in the Daytona 500 (1977);

Raymond Parks, NASCAR’s first champion car owner;

Ralph Seagraves, formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company;

Ken Squier, legendary radio and television broadcaster; inaugural winner / namesake of Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence.