— It is obvious local race fans care about who makes the Hall of Fame, which is the absolute greatest and most important thing. Passion has always driven (no pun intended!) the sport, so this should have been expected. That’s why we show up every Sunday night — we care!
— I think everyone wants to see all eras represented, which is also correct. And judging by the first class I think that was done — and will continue to be. Look at the facts:
Driver-wise, the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s were all represented by Steve Fraise, Hank DeLonjay and Mark Burgtorf. The Hall of Fame Committee did a tremendous job and there is absolutely no reason to think it will not do the same in year two.
— Some of those commenting feel more than drivers should be represented. Again, that is also correct. And again, look at the facts:
The first class had a racing “family” in the Scotts, a long-time track employee (Don Hummel) and long-time sponsor (Refreshment Services Pepsi). Those three choices also covered every decade the track has been in operation.
I love the concept of honoring a “family” each year — as long as there are worthy candidates, which I feel there would be for at least the next 3-5 years. I also like the idea of honoring a long-time car builder, mechanic, etc. And believe me, all of these things have been discussed by some or all involved with the committee.
The information I laid out in the previous blog was simply an outline of some of the accomplishments of who I thought the leading driver candidates were for the second class, plus a few other possibilities like Jerry Powers and a couple of “family” ideas. It was kind of a starting point for this year’s discussion.
I don’t have a vote — nor do I want one — for the Hall of Fame, but I am happy to help by providing as many facts and figures as I can to help make the selections be as accurate and worthy as possible.
Personally, I think the Hall of Fame is one of those intangibles that makes the Bullring special. And it will only become a bigger part of the track as the years progress.
Let’s enjoy it! And, yes, part of that enjoyment will be the arguing over who should — and who should not — be a part of that Hall of Fame.