During NBC Sports' NASCAR America, the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees were officially announced.
Terry Labonte, Curtis Turner, Bobby Isaac, Jerry Cook, and Bruton Smith made up the five-person class that was inducted into the HoF earlier this year.
In 2017, five of the following 20 will join them as the eighth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
- Buddy Baker, won 19 times in NASCAR's premier (now Sprint Cup) series, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500
- Red Byron, first NASCAR premier series champion, in 1949
- Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR's three national series
- Ray Evernham, three-time NASCAR premier series championship crew chief
- Ray Fox, legendary engine builder and owner of cars driven by Buck Baker, Junior Johnson and others
- Rick Hendrick, 14-time car owner champion in NASCAR's three national series
- Harry Hyde, 1970 NASCAR premier series championship crew chief
- Alan Kulwicki, 1992 NASCAR premier series champion
- Mark Martin, 96-time race winner in NASCAR national series competition
- Hershel McGriff, 1986 NASCAR west series champion
- Raymond Parks, NASCAR's first champion car owner
- Benny Parsons, 1973 NASCAR premier series champion
- Larry Phillips, only five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion
- Mike Stefanik, winner of record-tying nine NASCAR championships
- Robert Yates, won NASCAR premier series championship as both an engine builder and owner
- Ron Hornaday Jr., four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion
- Jack Roush, five-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series
- Ricky Rudd, won 23 times in NASCAR’s premier series, including the 1997 Brickyard 400
- Ken Squier, legendary radio and television broadcaster; inaugural winner/namesake of Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence
- Waddell Wilson, won three NASCAR premier series championships as an engine builder
Also, the following five names have been nominated for the Landmark Award: H. Clay Earles (founder of Martinsville Speedway), Janet Guthrie (the first female to compete in a NASCAR premier series superspeedway race), Raymond Parks (NASCAR’s first champion car owner), Ralph Seagraves (formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company), Ken Squier (legendary radio and television broadcaster; inaugural winner / namesake of Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence)