Wendell Scott among HOF nominees
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wendell Scott and Rusty Wallace are among the five new nominees announced Wednesday for the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
Also added to the nominee list was Anne Bledsoe France, wife of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. She was NASCAR's first treasurer and secretary, and is the first woman nominated for the Hall of Fame.
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The NASCAR Hall of Fame nominating committee got it right Wednesday by making Wendell Scott one of five first-time nominees for the class of 2013. But what about the other four, David Newton asks. Blog
Engine builder Ray Fox also was nominated, as was sponsor executive Ralph Seagraves.
Scott won the 1963 race at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla., for the only victory of his 495 career starts. A former taxi driver, he became the first black driver to become a full-time competitor in NASCAR.
He ranked 33rd on the list for career starts, and accumulated 20 top-five finishes and 147 top-10 finishes.
Scott was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1999, and NASCAR currently awards 12 scholarships per year in his name to students from historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions.
"I always admired Wendell for doing as much as he did with as little as he had to do it with," Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett said. "He never had top-notch equipment. I felt that he would have won more races if he had the same backing that I had at the highlight of my career. I am very pleased to see him included on the nominee list."
Scott is the first black man to be nominated for induction. France is the first woman to be nominated.
Wallace, now an ESPN analyst, was the 1989 Winston Cup champion, and is eighth on the career list with 55 victories.
Wallace finished second at Atlanta in his Cup debut in 1980 driving for Roger Penske. He joined the series fulltime in 1984, won rookie of the year, and won his first race in 1986 at Bristol. He was especially adept on the circuit's short tracks, winning 25 times at Bristol, Martinsville, North Wilkesboro and Richmond.
"There are just so many people that have made huge contributions to the sport, that to be recognized like this is just really humbling," Wallace said. "This sport has done so much for me and I hope that I've been able to give a little back over the years."
Seagraves formed a groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as an executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
The Hall of Fame voting panel will elect five members from the list of 25 nominees into next year's class on May 23.
The other nominees are drivers Baker, Red Byron, Jerry Cook, Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Bobby Isaac, Fred Lorenzen, Benny Parsons, Fireball Roberts, Herb Thomas, Curtis Turner and Joe Weatherly; owners Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Raymond Parks; driver and owner Cotton Owens; Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clay Earles; Les Richter, NASCAR executive and Riverside International Raceway president; promoter T. Wayne Robertson; and part owner and crew chief Leonard Wood.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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