CHARLOTTE — Former Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett and Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith are among the five new nominees for induction to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The list of 25 nominees for the Class of 2014 was revealed Wednesday night and includes the 20 nominees not selected for this year’s class. In addition to Jarrett and Smith, the other nominees eligible for the Hall are Maurice Petty, chief engine builder for Petty Enterprises; five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion Larry Phillips; and the 1960 champion of what is now the Sprint Cup Series, Rex White.
From the group of 25, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting panel, which includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.com. Voting day for the 2014 class is set for May 22 at the Hall in uptown Charlotte.
Jarrett, who was born in Conover, is the son of Hall of Fame member Ned Jarrett and was nominated in his first year of eligibility. Jarrett, 56, won the 1999 Winston Cup series championship and is a three-time winner of NASCAR’s biggest race, the Daytona 500.
Smith, born in Oakboro, first promoted a stock car event at age 18 in Midland. He is chairman of SMI, which owns eight race tracks, including Charlotte Motor Speedway.
This round of nominees was selected by a 21-member nominating committee of representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and track owners. The votes were tabulated by accounting firm Ernst & Young.
The five-member Class of 2014 will be selected by a 54-member voting panel.