2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame class announced, includes Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin

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The five newest additions to the NASCAR Hall of Fame have been announced in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Chosen from 20 nominees, the five members of the Hall of Fame’s 2017 class are:

  • Benny Parsons (85 percent of vote) – The 1973 Sprint Cup champion and the winner of the 1975 Daytona 500. Parsons was the first NASCAR driver to break the 200 mph barrier in a qualifying run. Parsons also was a much-beloved broadcast analyst, including time with NBC. “As a Daytona 500 winner and broadcaster, Benny loved a good story and loved sharing stories of the people that make this sport great. I’ll always remember him at the track, leaning up against a stack of tires and connecting with everyone who passed by. We were lucky to have him as the leader of NBC’s NASCAR team for six years.” – Sam Flood, Executive Producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN
  • Mark Martin (57 percent) –   A 96-time race winner in NASCAR national series competition. Martin finished second in the Sprint Cup standings five times. Only driver with 40 wins in both the Cup and Xfinity Series.
  • Raymond Parks (53 percent) – NASCAR’s first champion car owner. Owned cars driven by Red Byron and Curtis Turner. Was part of formation of NASCAR in 1947.
  • Richard Childress (43 percent)- 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series. Fielded Dale Earnhardt Sr. in six of his seven Sprint Cup championship campaigns. Winner of 212 races in NASCAR’s three national series. First NASCAR owner to win owner championships in all three national series.

Three highest non-elected vote getters:

Robert Yates, Red Byron and Alan Kulwicki

The winner of the 2017 Landmark award for contributions to the sport is H. Clay Earles, the founder of Martinsville Speedway.