Four-time Champ Jeff Gordon Included In NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominees

Four-time Champ Jeff Gordon Included In NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominees

Jeff Gordon is one of the 5 new nominees among the 20 nominees in the NASCAR Hall of Fame list. This is the first year that Gordon has become eligible to be included. The four-time NASCAR champion retired from competing full-time after participating in the 2015 season, earning 93 Cup victories in his career. Currently, Jeff Gordon is working as an analyst with Fox Sports.

In addition to Gordon, also new to the list is Harry Gant. Gant has a career that spanned two decades including two series. Then there are the car owners Ralph Moody and John Holman, and four-time championship winning crew chief Kirk Shelmerdine.

Gordon’s career victories ranks third highest of all time, behind David Pearson (105) and Richard Petty (200). When the voting takes place on May 23, the general expectation is that Gordon will definitely be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

“There is no question Jeff will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Why will he be voted in? Because he is eligible and there is not a single legitimate argument that can be made as to why he should have to wait… Jeff has no negatives against him. He started the youth movement that truly introduced our sport to a lot of young fans at a crucial time, and is credited with helping grow the fan base exponentially.

“Plus, he helped car owners see they didn’t have to hire only veteran drivers with 20 years of experience. They can hire a young driver and still hit a homerun. Just ask Rick Hendrick,” said Darrell Walltrip. Walltrip is Gordon’s partner on Fox Sports and is also a Hall of Famer himself.

Also announced were the Landmark Award nominees based on their contributions to the sport. This included Jim Hunter, former president of Darlington Raceway and a NASCAR executive, and Barney Hall, former broadcaster and namesake of Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence.

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