DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced the five members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 on Wednesday night, with renowned engine builder and team owner Robert Yates leading the Hall’s ninth group of inductees.
Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ken Squier joined Yates as members of next year’s induction class, which was announced live on NBC Sports Network from the Hall of Fame itself.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met earlier in the day on Wednesday, in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center, to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2018 as well as the nominees for the Landmark Award.
The Class of 2018 was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, including representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders, a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com and, for the fourth year, the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion (Jimmie Johnson).
In all, 54 votes were cast, with four additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Ricky Rudd, Robert Yates, Waddell Wilson and Ken Squier).
The accounting firm of EY presided over the tabulation of the votes.
Voting was as follows: Yates (94%), Byron (74%), Evernham (52%), Squier (40%) and Hornaday (38%).
For the second time in Voting Day history, there was a tie for the fifth and final induction spot. Voting Panel members selected Hornaday over Alan Kulwicki, after a re-vote between the two nominees.
The next top vote-getters were Buddy Baker and Davey Allison.
Results for the NASCAR.com Fan Vote, in alphabetical order, were: Allison, Red Farmer, Kulwicki, Roger Penske and Yates.
The five inductees came from a group of 20 nominees that also included Allison, Baker, Farmer, Ray Fox, Joe Gibbs, Harry Hyde, Kulwicki, Bobby Labonte, Hershel McGriff, Penske, Larry Phillips, Jack Roush, Rudd, Mike Stefanik and Wilson.
Jim France was honored as the 2018 recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.
Nominees for the Landmark Award included France, Janet Guthrie, Alvin Hawkins, Ralph Seagraves and Squier.
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