The sixth NASCAR Hall of Fame class was announced today at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina and the inductees selected were Bill Elliott, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly, Rex White, and Fred Lorenzen. The 2015 class will be inducted on January 30, 2015.
Elliott was the top vote getter as he appeared on 87 percent of ballots cast. That number was the second highest in the history of the NASCAR Hall of Fame voting process and was only behind David Pearson's 94 percent in 2011. Scott garnered 58 percent, Weatherly 53 percent, White 43 percent, and Lorenzen 30 percent.
Bill Elliott was the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion and won 44 total races at the premier level of NASCAR. He had 320 top 10's in 828 career starts. He was also a 16-time winner of NASCAR's most popular driver award.
"I never imagined that I'd be in the Hall of Fame, especially starting out as a little red-headed runny-nosed kid from Dawsonville, Georgia," said Elliott. "I was shocked, more than anybody, I would guess, but very much happy, not only for myself but for (brothers) Ernie, Dan, a lot of guys who worked hard on my team throughout the years…I've done a lot, and I've been blessed with what I've done, and I'm just so happy to be here."
"I didn't feel like I would beat the guys that were nominated this year," the 84-year-old White said. "Hoping … but, anyway, I made it. I kind of thought that eventually I'd get in this Hall of Fame. Pretty good stats, if that means anything. If they overlooked me and didn't put me in, I think that would be kind of an injustice — if I didn't get in at all. A NASCAR champion should be in the Hall of Fame."