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2017 Hall of Fame nominees to be announced Wednesday

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The 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and five nominees for the third Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR will be unveiled live on NBCSN's NASCAR America on Wednesday at 5:00pm/et. Five of the nominees and one Landmark Award recipient will be voted in as the NASCAR Hall of Fame's eighth class on Wednesday, May 25.
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Hoping Mark Martin gets in this year.
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I would almost put money on Jeff Gordon being on that list after an announcement of an exception. Same with Smoke in 2018
Surprised to see Ricky Rudd on there. Yes, he was a good driver but I didn't think he was HOF material (at least not yet)
Benny Parsons has to get in. It's a crime he's not in now. I also think Baker is getting in this year because of his death.
Surprised to see Ricky Rudd on there. Yes, he was a good driver but I didn't think he was HOF material (at least not yet)
16 straight years with one win? That's a HOF worthy stat. I think he'd easily be a 50 race winner and champion if he didn't leave Hendrick.
Wendell Scott got in. I thought his victory should have been a part of the hall of fame but not him as a driver.
Legendary engine builders, crew chiefs, owners, drivers and the most recognizable voice in motorsports. The talents, eras and levels may differ, but all share a common thread. They shaped NASCAR, and on Wednesday, they were recognized as nominees for the highest honor the sport bestows - enshrinement into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Class of 2017, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Included among the list are five first-time nominees, all legends who made excellence a habit through their various contributions to the sport. Among them are record-holding four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr.; the man with the most car owner wins in NASCAR national series history with 322, Jack Roush; former all-time consecutive starts leader Ricky Rudd; legendary motorsports broadcasting pioneer Ken Squier; and three-time premier series champion engine builder and three-time Daytona 500-winning crew chief Waddell Wilson. The nominees were selected by a nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks and the media. The committee's votes were tabulated by accounting firm Ernst & Young. From the list of 20 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, which includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.com. Voting Day for the 2017 class will be Wednesday, May 25. Added to this year's list of Landmark Award nominees is Janet Guthrie - the first female driver to compete in a NASCAR premier series superspeedway race. The four returning nominees for the Landmark Award are H. Clay Earles, Raymond Parks, Ralph Seagraves and Squier . Potential Landmark Award recipients include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement.
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Longtime NASCAR team owner Jack Roush and four-time Camping World TruckSeries champion Ron Hornaday highlight five new nominees to be considered for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2017.

Roush and Hornaday join former premier series driver Ricky Rudd, winning engine builder Waddell Wilson and television broadcaster/journalist Ken Squier as first-time nominees.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominating Committee met last week in Daytona Beach, Florida, to determine this year's list of nominees.

All 15 of those on the 2016 list that were not chosen for induction return on the 2017 ballot.

Roush, 73, has been a car owner in NASCAR's premier series since 1988, and theRoush Fenway Racing organization has earned 135 Sprint Cup victories as well as two series championships.

Four RFR drivers have won five XFINITY Series titles while the organization also sports one CWTS crown.

Hornaday, 57, won Truck Series titles in 1996, '98, 2007 and '09. When he stepped aside at the end of the 2014 season, his 51 career victories were tops for the series, a mark that still stands.

Rudd earned 23 premier series wins in a career that spanned three decades. One of the top road racers of his generation, Rudd scored NASCAR wins for some of the sport's top team owners, including Richard Childress, Bud Moore and Rick Hendrick. Winning the 1997 Brickyard 400 was notable as Rudd managed the feat as an owner/driver.

Wilson's engines took drivers to more than 100 premier series victories, while as a crew chief, he won 19 times, including three times in the Daytona 500.

Squier began his broadcasting career at age 12 (his father owned and operated a television station) and was part of the first crew to call the Daytona 500 live (in 1979). The Squier-Hall Award, created in 2012, honors the contributions of media to the success of the sport and is named in honor of Squier and longtime Motor Racing Network broadcaster Barney Hall.

The Nominating Committee also determined the list of five candidates for the Landmark Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to NASCAR. New to the 2017 list is Janet Guthrie, the first woman to qualify for and compete in the Indianapolis 500 andDaytona 500. She joins Martinsville (Va.) Speedway track founder H. Clay Earles, former car owner Raymond Parks, Ralph Seagraves of former series sponsor RJ Reynolds and its Sports Marketing Enterprises marketing arm, and Squier.

The 15 returning nominees among those to be considered for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame for 2017:

Buddy Baker -- Nineteen career premier series wins.

Red Byron -- NASCAR's first strictly stock champion.

Richard Childress -- Currently boasts 105 premiers series wins and six championships as a car owner.

Ray Evernham -- Won three premier series titles as crew chief for Jeff Gordon; as an owner, worked with Dodge when the manufacturer re-entered NASCAR.

Ray Fox -- Car owner, engine builder and crew chief; won 14 times as an owner.

Rick Hendrick -- Team owner whose Hendrick Motorsports organization has won 11 premier series titles and 240 races.

Harry Hyde -- For two decades (1960s though '80s), Hyde was one of the most successful crew chiefs in the garage; helped guide Bobby Isaac to the 1970 premier series title.

Alan Kulwicki -- Won premier series title in 1992 as an owner/driver.

Mark Martin -- Took runner-up honors in championship battle five times; ended career with 40 premier series wins, 49 in XFINITY Series and seven in Trucks.

Herschel McGriff -- A four-time winner based on the West Coast, McGriff enjoyed one of the longest NASCAR driving careers in NASCAR; former Winston West Series champion.

Raymond Parks -- First team owner to win strictly stock championship (with driver Red Byron).

Benny Parsons -- Former premier series champion who enjoyed a successful second career in the broadcast booth.

Larry Phillips -- Legendary short track ace from the Midwest; won five NASCAR national Weekly Series titles and seven regional championships.

Mike Stefanik -- Seven-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion.

Robert Yates -- Engine builder and championship winning team owner (57 wins).

Voting Panel and Nominating Committee members will meet May 25 to determine the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

Five new names on list of 2017 Hall of Fame nominees | NASCAR.com
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my 5 votes would be:
Rudd over Martin??? Makes no sense at all to me.
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