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The second class has been voted in.

Bobby Allison

David Pearson 

Lee Petty

Bud Moore

Ned Jarret

Do these people deserve to be in the second class?

Darrel Waltrip and Cale Yarborough were skipped over. Should they have been or not. I guess Darrel was pretty upset because he figured he should have been in having most Championships and wins only after Richard Petty of drivers eligible. Both Darrel and Cale have won 3 Championships each and rank 3rd and 5th in career wins.

Is this politics in motion?

Hall of Fame should be the best of the best and not how well you are liked.

I am not a big Darrel fan for my reasons but if he has the wins he should be there. Then again my opinions are not heard allot by NASCAR

 

October 14, 2010  07:09 AM ET

Actually, I would not have been concerned, probably would have supported NASCAR "pre-loading" the hall, for lack of a better term, but giving us 10 or 12 a year the first three to five years. This is a no win situation, limiting to 5 a year, after 60 years of history. 98% will complain because their guy was overlooked.

Serious consideration should first be given to the potential HOF members from the earliest years first, too. We all have plenty of television and film of the DW and DE Sr years. No one is going to argue their eventual inclusion. The HISTORY of NASCAR factor needs to be built at the HOF by recognizing these who the ESPN/TNT/SPEED/ABC crowd has barely heard of. (anybody remember TNN?)

I am not going to get too wound up about who gets in and who doesn't, as, at only 5 a year, only a small portion of those truly deserving will I see enshrined during my remaining lifetime.

October 14, 2010  07:11 AM ET

by giving us 10 or 12 a year
not
but giving us 10 or 12 a year

October 14, 2010  07:11 AM ET

and, good morning all, and all the ships at sea

October 14, 2010  08:13 AM ET

From Jayski:

???NASCAR Hall of Fame considers big budget cuts: Struggling with declining attendance, the NASCAR Hall of Fame said Wednesday it may cut between $2.5 million and $3 million in annual expenses to balance its budget. The hall lost $280,509 in August, which some had expected to be one of its strongest months because children are out of school for most of that time. That loss, coupled with overall revenue coming in far short of projections, has led the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to ask the hall to consider additional budget cuts, including layoffs. Since its May opening, the hall has already undergone some belt-tightening, including cutting back on day-to-day expenses and cutting the hours of part-time employees. "We have asked that the hall look at all aspects of its operations," said CRVA chief executive Tim Newman. "Labor is one area we are looking at." See full article at the Charlotte Observer.(10-14-2010)

October 14, 2010  08:15 AM ET

My point is, this news, I feel, substantiates my earlier point. The hall is in its infancy, there is a lot there, but the media is saturated with "audio-visual" displays and Nascar-games. If you want a better crowd, put on a better show that they can get no where else. Bump up the number of inductees the first years.

October 14, 2010  08:16 AM ET

I;ll stop now :(

October 14, 2010  08:25 AM ET

Is age a factor,....wanting to Honor the older drivers / owners in the HOF above age 70 before they past away? I know Cale Yarborough is 71 too.

before DW at age 63?

October 14, 2010  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

From Jayski:???NASCAR Hall of Fame considers big budget cuts: Struggling with declining attendance, the NASCAR Hall of Fame said Wednesday it may cut between $2.5 million and $3 million in annual expenses to balance its budget. The hall lost $280,509 in August, which some had expected to be one of its strongest months because children are out of school for most of that time. That loss, coupled with overall revenue coming in far short of projections, has led the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to ask the hall to consider additional budget cuts, including layoffs. Since its May opening, the hall has already undergone some belt-tightening, including cutting back on day-to-day expenses and cutting the hours of part-time employees. "We have asked that the hall look at all aspects of its operations," said CRVA chief executive Tim Newman. "Labor is one area we are looking at." See full article at the Charlotte Observer.(10-14-2010)

"Labor is one area we are looking at."

Always cut labor first.

That means "service" goes dumpster-ville, full-timers are overworked, cool for a while but self destructive long term. Service suffers, the local economy suffers at the loss of part timer paydays, the customer suffers from overwork apathy, complaints pour in, HoF not THE place to visit, the whole show takes a huge step back.

October 14, 2010  10:26 AM ET

I'll agree that the first couple years they should induct a few more than just 5. Gotta stock the shelves with busts somehow. Maybe they can't afford to add more than 5 people a year. It looks like they are giving the older drivers first consideration and I'm sure next year that DW and Cale will get in. Actually snubbing DW this year works good for me. DW has certainly earned a spot there with his driving, but his mouth in the booth has taken away from his accomplishments on the track. At least in my humble opinion.

October 14, 2010  10:47 AM ET

Welcome back NOVA. I don't have a problem with the inductees. Yes, they could front load the hall with more, but there would probably still be questions of who gets in and who doesn't...

October 14, 2010  11:04 AM ET

Cale needs to get in and I'm very disappointed he isn't in yet. However, it's hard to say that none of the guys on the list should not be in, that's a solid list. Still, I feel bad for Cale.

October 14, 2010  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

"Labor is one area we are looking at."Always cut labor first.That means "service" goes dumpster-ville, full-timers are overworked, cool for a while but self destructive long term. Service suffers, the local economy suffers at the loss of part timer paydays, the customer suffers from overwork apathy, complaints pour in, HoF not THE place to visit, the whole show takes a huge step back.

been there, then they "retired" me.

October 14, 2010  12:02 PM ET

Laughing to myself.. what the odds that Smokey Yunick, the "father of , uh, let's call it innovation" is ever nominated?

Same odds as me?

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October 14, 2010  01:32 PM ET
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This is MY opinion! Richard never should have been in before Lee Petty. Earnhardt Sr. should not be in as yet.Seems to me, the complication resides with the 25 nominees.... Look who was in the 2010 list....that I question... In addition to Petty and Earnhardt; R. Childress, R Hendrick, B Parsons, D Waltrip, C Yarborough It is much too early for these fellas to be considered. Waltrip pitched a fit says that he and his peers are responsible for the rapid growth of Nascar, and should be in. Give me a break! Their should be 25 or so pioneers in the hall, before anyone of the TV era is considered. MY Opinion~

I agree with your idea about the pioneers, but I think they feel they have to include some of the more recent names (Petty and Earnhardt) so people will actually come visit the hall. I would probably enjoy reading and learning more about the old timers and the "innovators" as well as the old cars and what the did to prepare them for a race. I am just not sure that today's fan has very much of a historical interest in this hall.

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October 14, 2010  03:45 PM ET

They have to have someone at the HoF to see.
Going to see 5 drivers might not be the thing to see lol
DW does not have any heath issues so he will be still around when he gets in.
Welcome back Nova
If I remember right took a long time to get people going the Rock and Roll HoF
First 5 or so years not many went there but last I heard it was doing well

October 14, 2010  04:48 PM ET

I honestly dont think "Active" people like childress and Rick Hendrick should even be nominated YET

 
October 14, 2010  05:49 PM ET

Hi everyone.Been a longtime.don't get on here much anymore., except to check how badly I am doin on ESPN LOL.
I see T&R continues its decline and is now a total embarrassment to all fans..

HOF: I think 5 a year is a good number, considerin that this is supposed to go on for a many years. I am ok with the ones picked so far, only because there will be other chances. Agree with it bein too early for Hendrick and Childress. Also agree with the HOF needin to do somethin different to attract the fans.

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