Writers suggest the SECOND Class for the NASCAR Hall of Fame!

By
Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

As The KING mentioned on a Friday night appearance on SpeedTV's TRACKSIDE last fall, there is some urgency to have "live" boddies to interview as opposed to all inductees being "unavailable".  The fact that Allison and Pearson are still with us should place them in the second HoF class. 

 

Some differing opinions on Hall of Fame's second class

Allison, Pearson only ones selected by all eight writers

Mark Aumann

Getty Images
Bruton Smith

• Bobby Allison
• David Pearson
• Lee Petty
• Bruton Smith
• Cale Yarborough

If the France family has provided NASCAR's melody and harmony the past six decades, O. Bruton Smith is its counterpoint. If not for Smith's insight and vision -- and willingness to defy the France aristocracy -- it's difficult to imagine where the sport would be today. Race tracks as entertainment destinations, luxury boxes and racing under the lights can all be mainly attributed to the foresight of this Charlotte entrepreneur. Smith and Charlotte Motor Speedway are inextricably linked in history, and under his guidance, Speedway Motorsports Inc. has grown to become a true rival of International Speedway Corp. David Pearson not making the first Hall of Fame class was a surprise, but the biggest travesty was that the Smith wasn't even on the ballot.

Jarrod Breeze

RacingOne
Bud Moore

• Bobby Allison
• Dale Inman
• Bud Moore
• David Pearson
• Lee Petty

Lee Petty could best be categorized as NASCAR's first true superstar. His 54 wins are most of any driver who drove exclusively in the pre-modern era. He became the first driver in the early days of NASCAR to win three championships. But perhaps Petty's greatest accomplishment is how he went about his business: as a one-man show. For each of his titles, Petty drove his own car and was his own crew chief. No one else did that before or since. And won't.

David Caraviello

Getty Images
Rick Hendrick

• Bobby Allison
• Rick Hendrick
• David Pearson
• Darrell Waltrip
• Cale Yarborough

Why Rick Hendrick? Don't give me this tripe about how he's still active, so he should wait to get in. For owners, the rules are different. And Hendrick's body of work to this point -- nine Cup championships and 12 NASCAR national-series crowns overall -- is without question worthy of enshrinement. This guy runs an organization that is the gold standard on the Cup level, a team that began as a modest shop on a hilltop and has grown to employ more than 500 people. Hall selection should come on the basis of merit, and nothing more. You pick the five most worthy people every year. And in 2011, Rick Hendrick absolutely belongs in that group.

Bill Kimm

Getty Images
Ned Jarrett

• Bobby Allison
• Ned Jarrett
• David Pearson
• Lee Petty
• Cale Yarborough

A sport based on driving and only two of the five in the inaugural class are being enshrined for their skills behind the wheel? Well, with the essentials in, now the voters can focus on the ones that built this sport -- the drivers. Pearson, Yarborough, Allison and Petty are no brainers but I might get some heat for Jarrett. His 50 wins and two titles are less than others who deserve to be in, but Jarrett, when he raced full time from '60-'65, was one of the best each week. He averaged a top-10 finish every season and finished no worse than fifth in points. Plus, Jarrett opened up this sport to my generation in his role as a broadcaster. The numbers might not be mind-blowing, but make no mistake, Jarrett is a major reason the sport is a success today.

Joe Menzer

RacingOne
Dale Inman

• Bobby Allison
• Dale Inman
• David Pearson
• Darrell Waltrip
• Cale Yarborough

In this well-appointed and very deserving "Year of the Driver" class, crew chief Dale Inman stands out as unique unto himself. Inman not only was the crew chief for Richard Petty during each of Petty's record seven championship runs, but served as a generational bridge in the sport when he left Petty Enterprises for Hendrick Motorsports late in his career. All he did there was help driver Terry Labonte win another championship -- the second of the aging Ice Man's career and the second in a row for the Hendrick organization, establishing it as future force with which to be reckoned in the garage. Inman's eight championships as a crew chief are the most in NASCAR history, and the final one with Labonte and an entirely different group stamped his earlier Petty run with even more legitimacy.

Dave Rodman

RacingOne
Lee Petty

• Bobby Allison
• Dale Inman
• David Pearson
• Lee Petty
• Cale Yarborough

Without Lee Petty -- and of course his wife Elizabeth -- there wouldn't have been a Richard Petty or a Petty Enterprises. The elder Petty, a competent mechanic, superlative organizer and brutally effective driver, created a pathway that enabled his son to enter NASCAR's Hall of Fame in its inaugural class. But as one of the sport's founders, through his actions and support more than philosophically, Lee Petty also deserves induction. He was the first driver to win three championships in the current Cup Series. And in the series' first 11 years of existence, he finished in the top five in points every season, ultimately totaling 54 victories, ninth on the all-time list.

Chris Stanfield

Getty Images
David Pearson

• Bobby Allison
• Rick Hendrick
• David Pearson
• Darrell Waltrip
• Cale Yarborough

Shortly after last year's inaugural class had been announced, Richard Petty insisted that if he had been asked to fill out a ballot, David Pearson's name would have been the first one he wrote down. "Anyone who won 105 races and didn't make the cut, somebody ain't adding right. That's my opinion," Petty said. NASCAR's Hall of Fame is in its infancy by comparison (Major League Baseball inducted its first class in 1936) which is why it seems such a no brainer to narrow in on those nominees that have had the most success in the sport to date. With 105 wins in just 574 starts, the Silver Fox put up numbers during the span of 27 years that can only be eclipsed by Petty himself.

Raygan Swan

Getty Images
Richard Childress

• Bobby Allison
• Richard Childress
• Rick Hendrick
• David Pearson
• Cale Yarborough

Richard Childress, in my mind, still represents everything NASCAR was founded upon despite the ongoing social changes and corporate influences. Integrity, respect and family values are all traits that embody the long-time team owner and philanthropist who was recently recognized for creating the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. As a team owner for 40 years, he has a special knack for gambling on the dark horse drivers and turning them into proven champions. He was the first team owner to win championships in all three of NASCAR's national series and is tied with fellow team owner Rick Hendrick for most championships won overall. Childress is definitely one of the sport's more unique and interesting characters as he can discuss the finer points of a good merlot and why to use a decanter, but also tell you how to hunt and kill the "Dangerous Seven" in Africa. When you see Childress in the garage, he'll likely have pictures of them in a back pocket of his Wrangler's. Do ask to see them!

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writers.

The End

 

Posted by

Wallace S. Gibson is a Certified Property Manager with over 50 years of property management experience and expertise.  She maintains a specialized property management business in Central Virginia serving Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Louisa counties  

LandlordWhisperer

View our available Charlottesville, Albemarle and Lake Monticello rental homes online with photos and floor plans

"...to be a Virginian, either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on one's Mother's side, is an Introduction to any State in the Union, a Passport to any Foreign Country, and a Benediction from the Almighty God...." Anonymous

 

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Location:
Virginia
Groups:
Sports Fans
Active Rain Sports
Around The Water Cooler
NASCAR Nation

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
777,768
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

I can learn more about NASCAR from your post than just about any quick article in the newspaper - thank you!

Jan 24, 2010 08:24 AM #1
Rainmaker
1,248,908
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
LandlordWhisperer

Michael * I get RSS feeds from NASCAR and several other related websites.  My driver Denny Hamlin has a town ACL from the NASCAR/Bobcats b-ball game he played in Friday night for Haiti relief....he'll drive and have it operated on it the off season

Jan 24, 2010 08:39 AM #2
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
1,248,908

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM

LandlordWhisperer
Ask me a question
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information