Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Meet the five new members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame

   Voting for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015 was held on Wednesday. The five-member Class of 2015 includes:

   Bill Elliott, 1988 premier series champion, two-time Daytona 500 winner and 16-time Most Popular Driver.

   Fred Lorenzen, 26 wins and winner of the Daytona 500 and World 600.

   Wendell Scott, First African-American NASCAR premier series race winner, and first to be nominated for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

   Joe Weatherly, two-time NASCAR premier series champion.

   Rex White, 1960 NASCAR premier series champion.

   Anne Bledsoe France was named the winner of the inaugural Landmark Award for outstanding contribution to NASCAR.
   She helped build the sport with husband Bill France Sr. Affectionately known as “Annie B.,” she is the first woman to be nominated for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Is Jimmie Johnson: 'stumbling a bit each week' ?

    Former Sprint Cup Series crew chief and now Fox Sports analyst Larry McReynolds was asked how crucial a strong showing is this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway for six-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team. Johnson has yet to register a victory this season.

   Here is McReynolds' response:

   "We see them stumbling a bit each week. We are one race away from being one-third of the way through the season, and when you see Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 team run sixth in the All-Star Race at Charlotte without any true issues, it definitely raises concern. Johnson said on the radio that he feels like he’s trying to solve a puzzle every time he’s behind the wheel.  That is so uncharacteristic of that team," he said.

   "Five Hendrick-related teams have wins this year, while he sits winless. And of the Hendrick Motorsports cars in the All-Star Race, the No. 48 team probably was the weakest. These next three tracks – Charlotte, Dover and Pocono – where 16 or 17 of his 66 wins have come – will be very important for that team. If they haven’t won by then, then I think we can say something really is up with them."