CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Stock car racing giants ranging from Bill
France Sr. and Junior Johnson to Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt
are among the 25 nominees for NASCAR's first Hall of Fame class.
The announcement Thursday night comes 10 months before the Hall
of Fame's scheduled opening in downtown Charlotte. An inaugural
class of five will be chosen from the group that includes the
bootleggers who helped create the sport to the drivers, owners and
officials who made it popular.
NASCAR patriarch France and his son, Bill France Jr., were among
the candidates selected by a 21-member panel. The drivers include
Petty, Earnhardt, Johnson, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby
Allison, Cale Yarbrough and Glenn "Fireball" Roberts.