NASCAR announces Hall of Fame class of 2017

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NASCAR has officially announced the inductees that will represent the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s class of 2017.  With a carefully chosen panel voting to enshrine a handful of new inductees, Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons have been tabbed as next year’s crop of representatives.

Aiding the voting process, the aforementioned panel is comprised of former drivers, crew members, NASCAR executives, industry figures, media and the reigning Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch. With Childress, Hendrick, Martin, Parks and Parsons now officially set to become the latest inductees into the elite group, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will stand at a total of 40 members come next year.

In addition, it has also been announced that H. Clay Earles, founder of Martinsville Speedway, will be this year’s recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

Childress is an 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series while Hendrick is a 14-time car owner champion across that same stretch of competition. Accompanying that tandem, Martin is a 96-time race winner in NASCAR’s national series competition.

On the other hand, Parks is NASCAR’s first champion car own and was also one of five finalists for the Landmark Award alongside Earles.  Rounding out this year’s inductees, Parsons is the 1973 NASCAR Cup Series Champion.

Prior to selecting the class of 2017 that is now comprised of Childress, Hendrick, Martin, Parks and Parsons, NASCAR was forced to narrow down the field from a total of 20 potential candidates.

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