Jeff Gordon headlines West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame nominees

Jeff Gordon finished sixth Sunday at Martinsville. (Getty Images)

Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon is one of 20 racing luminaries on this year’s list of West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame nominees.

Born in Vallejo, Calif., Gordon is third on the all-time victory list at NASCAR’s highest level with 93, behind only Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105). Gordon also will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on February 1.

The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame will hold its inductions on Thursday, June 20, 2019 to kick of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

Gordon isn’t the only marquee driver on a list that includes four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears, who qualifies for the WCSC Hall on the basis of his IROC exploits, versatile Tom Sneva, sports car standout Tommy Kendall and George Follmer, who competed in everything from the NASCAR K&N Series to Formula 1.

“We are rapidly approach our 20th year as the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, and I can’t recall ever having a stouter list of nominees from many walks of competition who have touched all forms of stock car racing,” said WCSC Hall of Fame chairman Ken Clapp, who announced the current list of nominees on Saturday morning at ISM Raceway.

“As I look at these 20 nominations, I am not yet sure how I’m going to vote. I’m certain all of our board members will be equally challenged.”

Other nominees for the 2019 class are drivers Mike Bliss, Dave Byrd, Mike David, Ron Esau, Tom Gloy, Lance Hooper, Doug McCoun, Eric Norris, Tom Pettit II, Greg Pickett and Boris Said; car owners Gary Bechtel and Bob Bruncati; driver/promoter Garrett Evans; and crew chief Ernie Cope.

Greg Engle