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The Induction Process

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Process

Each year five inductees will be selected by a voting panel consisting of NASCAR industry leaders, manufacturer representatives, former competitors, the media and fans. Inductees will be chosen from an annual list of no more than 25 candidates. The main criteria for nomination and induction: NASCAR accomplishments and contributions to the sport.

To be eligible

  • Former drivers must have competed 10 years in NASCAR and be retired from racing for a minimum of three years.
  • Non-drivers must have worked at least 10 years in the industry. (Potential candidates with shorter careers may be considered if there are special circumstances.)

After a 21-member nominating committee selects its list of candidates, the voting will entail a total of 53 ballots. Twenty-one ballots will be from the nominating committee; 31 ballots will come from a group consisting of former drivers, former owners, former crew chiefs, manufacturer representatives and media; one ballot will represent the results of a nationwide fan vote.


NASCAR announced modifications to the Hall of Fame Eligibility and Selection Process on December 5, 2013. Click here to read about the changes that will be implemented for the Class of 2015.


Nomination and Voting Process FAQs

Who decides who gets into the NASCAR Hall of Fame?

NASCAR controls the format for nomination and selection, but a Voting Panel consisting of various representatives throughout the industry (plus one ballot representing a collective Fan Vote) ultimately decides who gets into the Hall.

The yearly NHOF classes have five inductees selected by a Voting Panel consisting of NASCAR industry leaders, manufacturer representatives, former competitors, the media and fans. Inductees are chosen from an annual list of no more than 25 candidates.

The main criteria for nomination and induction: NASCAR accomplishments and contributions to the sport.

After a 21-member nominating committee selects its list of candidates, the Voting Panel comes together, debates and eventually casts 55 ballots, one of which is the fan vote. 21 ballots are from the nominating committee; 33 ballots are from a group consisting of former drivers, former owners, former crew chiefs, manufacturer representatives and media; one ballot represents the results of a nationwide fan vote.

Who is eligible for the NASCAR Hall of Fame?

  • For drivers, individuals must have participated in NASCAR competition for 10 years and/or be retired from racing for a minimum of three (3) years.
    > Drivers over the age of 60 may compete in no more than five (5) promotional races on an annual basis in a series where they did not spend the majority of their career.
  • For non-drivers, individuals must have worked at least 10 years in the industry.
  • Individuals may also be considered who made significant achievements in the sport, but left the sport early due to varying circumstances.

How large is each class?

Each class will have five Inductees.

Will the Inductees include those beyond drivers and owners?

The NASCAR Hall of Fame includes an opportunity for drivers, owners, crew chiefs, track operators, promoters and media. Again, the main criteria for induction are contribution to the sport for example, two entrepreneurs of the sport, Bill France, Sr. and Bill France, Jr. were inducted in the first class. Ralph Seagraves, Anne B. France, T. Wayne Robertson, Les Richter and H. Clay Earles are all on the ballot for the 2013 Class.

Who is on the 2013 Nominating Committee?

Nominating Committee – 21 members

  • Eight NASCAR representatives
    Chairman/CEO Brian France; Vice Chairman Jim France; Senior Vice President Paul Brooks; President Mike Helton; Senior Vice President of Racing Operations, Steve O’Donnell; Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton; Competition Administrator Jerry Cook; and former Vice President Ken Clapp
  • Two NASCAR Hall of Fame representatives
    Executive Director, Winston Kelley; Historian, Buz McKim
  • Two representatives from International Speedway Corporation
    International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa Kennedy and Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell
  • Two representatives from Speedway Motorsports Incorporated
    Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage and Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark
  • Former track owner from Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    Former Owner Tony George
  • Track owner from Dover International Speedway
    CEO Denis McGlynn
  • Representative from Pocono Raceway
    Board of Director member Looie McNally
  • Four track owners from historic short tracks
    Dale Pinilis, operator of Bowman-Gray Speedway in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Jody Deery, owner of Rockford Speedway in Rockford, Ill.; Jim and Barbara Cromarty (1 vote), operators of Riverhead Raceway in Riverhead, N.Y.; and Jim Williams, former operator of Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.)

Who is on the Voting Panel?

21 members of the nominating committee, plus 34 media representatives, car manufacturer representatives, retired drivers, retired owners, retired crew chiefs, other industry leaders and a fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com.

Click here to download the 2014 Nominating Commitee & Voting Panel in PDF format