Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Former Sprint Cup Series champion Dale
Jarrett and legendary engine builder Maurice Petty were among those selected
in the 2014 class of inductees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Drivers Tim Flock, also a former Cup champion, Jack Ingram and Glenn
"Fireball" Roberts will join Jarrett and Petty in the NASCAR HofF's fifth
The hall's 54-member voting panel met on Wednesday in Charlotte to vote on
next year's induction class. A national fan vote made up the panel's 55th and
final ballot. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced the new
inductees. The 2014 Induction Day at the NASCAR HofF is scheduled for Jan. 29.
Flock garnered 76 percent of the vote, followed by Petty (67 percent), Jarrett
(56), Ingram (53) and Roberts (51). The inductees came from a group of 25
nominees. Jarrett and Petty were added to that list of nominations on April
The next top vote getters were Jerry Cook, Joe Weatherly and Wendell Scott.
Results for the fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com were (in alphabetical
order): Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Jarrett, Benny Parsons and Roberts.
Jarrett is the 1999 Cup champion, a three-time Daytona 500 winner and two-time
winner of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His 32 career wins
rank him 21st on the series' all-time race winners list. He currently serves
as a commentator for ESPN and ABC's coverage of NASCAR. Jarrett's father, Ned,
is a two-time champion in NASCAR's premier series and was inducted into the
Hall of Fame in 2011. They become the third father-son duo selected to the
NASCAR HofF, following Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr., as well as Lee
Petty and Richard Petty.
Maurice Petty, the chief engine builder at Petty Enterprises, becomes the
fourth member of the famed family in NASCAR to be chosen for membership in the
hall. His cousin, Dale Inman, became the first crew chief to be inducted in
2012. Richard Petty was inducted in the inaugural class in 2010, and Lee Petty
was enshrined the following year. Maurice gave Richard the horsepower he
needed to claim seven Cup championships and win a record 200 races, including
seven in the Daytona 500.
Flock was one of the first dominant drivers in NASCAR. He won two Cup titles
and recorded 39 race victories during his career. Flock's first championship
came in 1952. When he claimed his second title in 1955, his 18 race wins stood
as a single-season victory record until Richard Petty surpassed it with 27
wins in 1967.
Before the inception of the NASCAR Busch Series in 1982, which is now known as
the Nationwide Series, Ingram won three consecutive championships, from
1972-74, in its precursor -- the Late Model Sportsman Division. He captured
the inaugural Busch title in '82 and again in '85. All but two of Ingram's 31
career wins in the series came on short tracks.
Roberts, who got his legendary nickname, "Fireball," from his days as a
pitcher in high school, is arguably the first superstar in NASCAR. During
Roberts' career, he won seven races at Daytona International Speedway,
starting with the Firecracker 250 in the summer of 1959, the year the speedway
opened. His lone Daytona 500 victory came in 1962. He also won the Southern
500 at Darlington Raceway in 1958 and '63.
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