AVONDALE, Ariz. – Twenty individuals, including six first-time nominees, have been nominated for induction into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.
The organization’s ballot, from which the five inductees comprising the 17th class will be chosen, includes a pair of ARCA Menards Series West champions, a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series champion, a pair of Indianapolis 500 winners and four competitors holding multiple titles at California weekly tracks.
The list spans historic (pre-1970) and modern eras of the sport.
First-time nominees are Ken Boyd, Tony Hunt, Craig Keough, Jerry Pitts, Nick Rescino and Linda Vaughn.
Nominated again after appearing on previous ballots are Mike Bliss, Dave Byrd, Ernie Cope, Mike David, Dave Fuge, Tom Gloy, Lance Hooper, Tommy Kendall, Rick Mears, Danny Ongais, Jim Pettit II, Greg Pickett, Tom Sneva and George Snider.
The organization also will induct its third Heritage class of five individuals, whose careers largely ended prior to 1970. The Heritage inductees will be named in spring 2020.
“The list of nominees is beyond impressive and, as in previous years, it becomes more and more difficult to choose the five inductees,” said West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame chairman CEO Ken Clapp. “In total, the nominees have won more 1,000 feature races over the past 50 years. All are deserving of induction.”
The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame annually nominates for induction worthy individuals who competed in traditional stock car racing as well as other full-bodied racing vehicles primarily on road courses under international and national sanction by the FIA, International Motor Sports Ass’n, Grand-Am and the Sports Car Club of America.
The Board of Directors’ first round of balloting, from which 10 semi-finalists are to be chosen, begins later this month and ends Jan. 3, 2020.
Final voting begins Jan. 10, 2020 and ends Jan. 31, 2020, with the five inductees to be named during a NASCAR Cup Series weekend in March.
The Class of 2020 will be enshrined June 11 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif.
Presented by Gateway Motorsports Park, the event again accompanies the annual NASCAR Cup Series and ARCA Menards Series West weekend at nearby Sonoma Raceway.
MAVTV is expected to carry highlights of the gala in a delayed broadcast.