Thursday, November 14, 2013
NASCAR spokesman Brett Jewkes announced during Thursday's press conference with this season's NASCAR championship contenders that there will be "significant changes" made to the NASCAR Hall of Fame selection process and eligibility requirements.
The changes will be formally announced during Champions Week next month at Las Vegas.
However, Jewkes did unveil one change on Thursday.
"As we meet to select the 2015 Hall of Fame class this May, NASCAR will become the first major sport to include a current competitor on the voting panel," he said. "Moving forward, the reigning Sprint Cup Series champion will have a vote for the NASCAR Hall of Fame."
NASCAR rising star Ryan Blaney, who won his first Nationwide Series race earlier this season with Penske Racing, will return as a fulltime driver in the NASCAR Truck Series in 2014 with Brad Keselowski Racing.
BKR made the announcement on Thursday while also noting that sponsor Cooper Standard had signed a contract extension to remain primary sponsor of Blaney's No. 29 Ford.
Blaney, 19, has won a Truck series race with BKR in each of the last two seasons and won the Nationwide Series race at Kentucky in June.
With one Truck race left this season, he is sixth in the series standings.
Blaney is the son of NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney.