NASCAR Hall of Fame’s class of 2015 to be chosen tomorrow

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Who will be the next five NASCAR legends to join the sport’s Hall of Fame? We’re one day away from finding out.

The Class of 2015 will be chosen tomorrow in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Hall of Fame’s voting panel is charged with picking from a field of 20 inductees. One of the 55 ballots cast is a collective fan vote that officially closed earlier this afternoon.

As part of several changes to the Hall of Fame’s eligibility and voting process, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion now has a vote at his/her disposal.

Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson, who claimed his sixth Cup championship last fall, has used the opportunity as a learning experience.

“I definitely have an opinion and look forward to understanding the process,” Johnson told Yahoo Sports recently. “Some (nominees) I knew, I knew their background but I learned a little bit more.

“Others, I’m getting a nice little glimpse into their part of NASCAR and their history in NASCAR.”

The announcement will take place tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET, with NASCAR AMERICA broadcasting live at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN from the Hall of Fame.

Here’s the list of 20 potential inductees that could be chosen for induction tomorrow. Many of them are former drivers, with others having excelled in roles such as team ownership, track ownership, and engine building:

  • Buddy Baker
  • Red Byron
  • Richard Childress
  • Jerry Cook
  • Bill Elliott
  • Ray Fox
  • Rick Hendrick
  • Bobby Isaac
  • Terry Labonte
  • Fred Lorenzen
  • Raymond Parks
  • Benny Parsons
  • Larry Phillips
  • Wendell Scott
  • Bruton Smith
  • Mike Stefanik
  • Curtis Turner
  • Joe Weatherly
  • Rex White
  • Robert Yates

Also up for grabs tomorrow is the inaugural Landmark Award for outstanding contributions to the sport.

The nominees for this special honor are: TV/radio broadcaster Ken Squier; Parks, the sport’s first championship-winning team owner; H. Clay Earles, the late creator of Martinsville Speedway; Anne B. France, the wife of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.; and Ralph Seagraves, who brought R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and its Winston brand to the sport as a sponsor in the 1970s.

The Landmark nominees are also eligible for the Hall of Fame itself.

Get your motor running: American Flat Track’s new season premieres Sunday on NBCSN

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If you like racing two-wheel style, make sure you catch the debut of a new multi-year TV broadcast deal featuring the American Flat Track motorcycle racing series on NBCSN.

The 18-round series debuts this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the season-opening race that was held at Daytona International Speedway on March 15.

Going forward, all 18 rounds of the series will be televised on NBCSN in highly-coveted weekend afternoon programming slots without two weeks of each event.

Last season, AFT drew nearly two million viewers on NBCSN with regular primetime coverage on Thursday nights.

This season, the one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts will be part of NBCSN’s regular weekend programing, following or preceding coverage of NASCAR, INDYCAR and Pro Motocross.

AFT is now in its 65th season, with two distinct classes: powerful, twin-cylinder rides in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division, and the competition in the 450cc AFT Singles division.

“We are very excited to kick-off our second season of AFT on NBCSN,” NBC Sports Group Senior Director of Programming Jeff Macaluso. “The 2017 season provided us with some incredible racing and showed us how passionate the riders and fans are of this historic sport.

“The move to weekends this year, around other marquis motorsports properties, is sure to raise the level even higher.”

Here’s the 2018 AFT schedule on NBCSN:

Round Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/25 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sat, 4/14 5:30 PM 2:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 5/06 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
4 Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/20 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
5 Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ Mile Sat, 5/26 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 6/03 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/09 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/16 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
9 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Mile Sat, 6/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/07 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sun, 7/15 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/11 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/18 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sat, 9/01 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 9/22 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sun, 9/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 10/14 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sun, 10/21 2:00 PM 11:00 AM


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