2015 NASCAR Hall Of Fame class unveiled

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 21: Members of the voting panel pose before the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 voting at Charlotte Convention Center on May 21, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 21: Members of the voting panel pose before the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 voting at Charlotte Convention Center on May 21, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 21: Members of the voting panel pose before the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 voting at Charlotte Convention Center on May 21, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)

NASCAR announced the five inductees for the 2015 class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame late Wednesday. The five person group is the sixth class to make it into the Hall located in Charlotte, N.C.. The class voted in by a voting panel that for the first time included the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, are Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White.

In addition, NASCAR announced that Anne B. France won the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met Wednesday in a closed session in Charlotte to vote on both the induction class of 2015 and the Landmark Award.  In addition to Johnson the panel also included representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders and a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com – which counted for the 54th and final vote. In all, 54 votes were cast, with two additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Jerry Cook and Robert Yates). The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France made the announcements late Wednesday afternoon in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.” Voting for next year’s class were: Bill Elliott (87%), Wendell Scott (58%), Joe Weatherly (53%), Rex White (43%) and Fred Lorenzen (30%). MORE>>>

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Greg is a published award winning sportswriter who spent 23 years combined active and active reserve military service, much of that in and around the Special Operations community. Greg is the author of "The Nuts and Bolts of NASCAR: The Definitive Viewers' Guide to Big-Time Stock Car Auto Racing" and has been published in major publications across the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul, published in 2010, and the Christmas edition in 2016. He wrote as the NASCAR, Formula 1, Auto Reviews and National Veterans Affairs Examiner for Examiner.com and has appeared on Fox News. He holds a BS degree in communications, a Masters degree in psychology and is currently a PhD candidate majoring in psychology. He is currently the weekend Motorsports Editor for Autoweek.