by Michael Lowrey
The way the NASCAR Hall of Fame works is pretty simple: In May, a group of about 55 voters (NASCAR officials, track owners, press, senior people in the sport, a fan vote) choose among 20 nominees for the hall, with the top five vote getters being elected. The remaining 15 names stay on the ballot, with a nominating committee then restocking the field early the next year with five additional names.
As part of a 2013 reform to the process, it was announced that the nominating committee would meet and select the new nominee during the run up to the Daytona 500. That’s the way things worked in 2014 and last year, with the list of nominees being released the Friday before the big race. This year’s Daytona 500 was yesterday, and we’ve had neither a list of new nominees nor any sort of announcement that changes were made to the process and when we the nominating committee will do its work. Nice job telling the fans and your potential customers what’s going on, NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Why this matters in a public policy context: The NASCAR Hall of Fame was built with a lot of taxpayer money and Charlotte officials see it as a major tourism generator.