by Michael Lowrey
The city of Charlotte has thrown a ton of money at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and tomorrow is when it’s suppose to all pay off. That’s right, it that day of the year again when the NASCAR HOF announces its next class of five inductees, and Charlotte hopes that this will generate a ton of news coverage that also mentions its name and encourages people to come visit the hall and the city.
But what happens if you throw a party and nobody really cares? That kind of seems to be the case at the moment — if you search the Internet, you’ll find very little mention of the vote and fewer still columns about who should or shouldn’t be elected tomorrow. That might have something to do with this being the NASCAR HOF’s eighth crop of five inductees with at least two more batches of five promised before the Hall may or may not change its voting rules.
But hey, I’m game, so here’s who I think gets in: Buddy Baker, Red Bryon, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin (the driver, not the judge), and Benny Parsons though if Robert Yates were to make it, it wouldn’t come as a shock. Either Martin or Parsons should get the most votes.
You can see the full list of the 20 nominees here.