The old rule was that a driver had to be retired for at least three years before they could be on the ballot. Now the rule has changed to allow drivers still racing to be nominated as long as they have competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR or have turned 55-years-old the calendar year before nominating.
Also the number of nominees that make the final ballot will be lowered from 25 to 20 starting with the 2015 class. The number for the first five classes has been 25.
The 2014 class will be the fifth to enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame. On September 17th the five 2014 inductees were announced as Tim Flock, Maurice Petty, Dale Jarrett, Jack Ingram, and Fireball Roberts. They will join the 2010 class of Bill France Sr, Bill France Jr, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and Junior Johnson; the 2011 class of David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett, and Bud Moore; the 2012 class of Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman, Richie Evans, and Glen Wood; and the 2013 class of Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace, and Leonard Wood.
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