Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs named to NASCAR Hall of Fame

25 Mai, 2019, 06:37 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Tony Stewart owner of Stewart Haas Racing listens during a news conference for the NASCAR Cup series auto race at the Homestead Miami Speedway Friday Nov. 16 2018 in Homstead Fla

"A champion in both the Xfinity and Cup Series, Bobby has been long-deserving of this honor as a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee", Wilson said.

Three-time Cup Series champion Tony Stewart leads the list of finalists for the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Class of 2020 that will be selected and announced Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Class of 2020 Induction Weekend will take place January 30th, 2020 through February 1st, 2020 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte. The accounting firm of EY presided over the tabulation of the votes.

Others named are Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Buddy Baker and engine builder Waddell Wilson.

Stewart is among six new nominees on the 2020 ballot, joining the late Sam Ard, Neil Bonnett, Marvin Panch, Jim Paschal, Red Vogt and 19 holdover nominees. I'm not even thinking about hall of fames. The Class of 2020 is the Hall's 11th class and with the inductees growing to 55 members. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 10 a.m. ET.

Stewart will be joined in the Hall of Fame by Gibbs.

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Baker, one of the most intimidating-looking drivers ever at 6-foot-6, was known as the "gentle giant". Baker's 1980 Daytona 500 was the fastest ever run, with an average speed of 177.602 miles per hour. That same year, Baker became the first driver to eclipse the 200-mph mark on a closed course while testing at Talladega Superspeedway. He now races in the Whelen Euro Series. His reputation is only aided by his successful post-racing transition to the broadcast booth, where he helped cover races for both Sirius XM radio and CBS.

Joe Gibbs has won throughout his entire life.

The 78-year-old Gibbs, who already is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, ranks third in the Cup series owner wins with 157. It's the fact the guy who was responsible to getting me to Joe Gibbs Racing - Bobby Labonte - and getting Coach in as well. In addition to Stewart's first two titles, Gibbs lays claim to the 2000 Cup Series title with Labonte behind the wheel and the 2015 championship with Kyle Busch as driver. He moved up to Cup in 1999 and claimed the Rookie of the Year title after earning three wins. Labonte also won the 1995 Coca-Cola 600, 2000 Brickyard 400 and 2000 Southern 500. After retiring from NASCAR competition as a driver at the end of the 2016 season, Stewart remains co-owner of SHR. The titles soon followed.

Stewart, who retired in 2016 after 18 seasons, won 49 Cup races and series titles in 2002, 2005 and 2011. His versatility was on display throughout his 17-year NASCAR career. He is a four-time Cup championship owner. He won 16 times as a driver/owner, including one of his most memorable title pursuits in history. As crew chief, he won three Daytona 500s in the early 1980s, and he worked as engine builder or crew chief with some of the top drivers in the sport's history, including Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Baker, Junior Johnson and Fred Lorenzen. He originally gained acclaim for building the engine Roberts used to win the 1963 Southern 500. Driver Buddy Baker and mechanic Waddell Wilson were also voted in Wednesday. The famed "Grey Ghost" he assembled for Buddy Baker still holds the Daytona 500 record with an average speed of 177.602 miles per hour. The great grandson of company founder Henry Ford, Edsel has been president and chief operating officer of the Michigan-based firm.

Stewart's election also comes 27 years after he attended his first NASCAR race, the 1992 Cup finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as a 21-year-old wearing a $2,000 suit and trying to "impress people". On designated Group Hot Pass Tuesdays, the facility is open for scheduled group visits and events only. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

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