DAYTONA BEACH — NASCAR has announced the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020.
The five-person group – the 11th since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Buddy Baker, Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart and Waddell Wilson.
In addition, NASCAR announced that Edsel Ford II earned the 2020 Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.
The distinguished group will be honored during the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Jan. 31, 2020.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame voting panel met in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2020 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.
The class of 2020 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, competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders, a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com and, for the sixth year, the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion (Joey Logano).
In all, 57 votes were cast, with two additional voting panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Ricky Rudd and Wilson). The accounting firm of EY presided over the tabulation of the votes.
Voting was Stewart (88%), Gibbs (72%), Wilson (72%), Baker (70%) and Labonte (67%).
The next top vote-getters were Mike Stefanik, Ray Fox and Hershel McGriff.
Results for the NASCAR.com fan vote, in alphabetical order, were Baker, Neil Bonnett, Harry Gant, Labonte and Stewart.
The five inductees came from a group of 20 nominees that also included Sam Ard, Bonnett, Red Farmer, Fox, Gant, John Holman, Harry Hyde, McGriff, Ralph Moody, Marvin Panch, Jim Paschal, Larry Phillips, Ricky Rudd, Stefanik and Red Vogt.
Nominees for the Landmark Award included Ford, Alvin Hawkins, Mike Helton, Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Ralph Seagraves.
A total of 55 legends have been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
On March 24, 1970, Baker became the first driver to officially eclipse the 200-mile per hour mark on a closed-course while testing at Talladega Superspeedway in a winged Dodge.
His speed in his blue No. 88 machine was 200.447 mph and then a world record.
Known as a master motivator, Gibbs’ 164 Cup Series owner wins rank third all-time. Four of those wins have come at Talladega’s 33-degree banked facility, and with four different drivers.
Stewart won his first Cup championship in 2002 driving for Gibbs. His versatility was on display throughout his 17-year NASCAR career. He tallied 49 wins in the Cup Series – winning on every style of track.
Stewart won 16 times as a driver/owner.
Tickets to induction ceremony events begin at $75 per person (plus tax and applicable service fees). Tickets go on sale July 6 at 9 a.m. Special pre-sales will be available to NASCAR Hall of Fame members June 25 through July 5.
For additional details about the class of 2020 induction weekend events and to learn about becoming a NASCAR Hall of Fame member, visit nascarhall.com.