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Rethinking the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting process

Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:17 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 3:54 pm
When the NASCAR Hall of Fame decided it would induct a five-man class each year upon opening, I was on board. Though some thougt the first class should be 10 to 15 deep, I didn't see a problem.

Now I do.

With the announcement of the second class -- a class that doesn't include arguably NASCAR's greatest crew chief (at least statistically) Dale Inman and two of the top five drivers in all-time Cup wins and championships (Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough), I'm now fairly certain that the NASCAR HOF has goofed.

Mike Mulhern makes an excellent point that with 60 years of history, the HOF has a lot of catching up to do to induct all the deserving honorees --

Consider that it's going to be at least three years from its opening before Waltrip and Yarborough get honored. Perhaps attendance is struggling because fans are waiting for more of the greats that they know to be inducted before they bother to make the trek.

It's all hindsight now of course, what's done is done. But there's no reason the HOF has to continue on this path. Officials are certainly in their right to decide that next year that 10 enshrinees will be chosen. It doesn't have to be an every year thing, but maybe the next year or two to get a good solid base in the Hall. Otherwise its going to be a long, slow road to see the Hall.
Category: Auto Racing
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