Dear NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel:
One last time.
Please, please, please, when you meet Wednesday to decide which five
people from among the 20 nominees will be elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame
this year, please do the right thing.
Elect Fred Lorenzen.
I’m already on record as urging votes for Curtis Turner,
Bobby Issac, Ray Fox and Jerry Cook, in addition to Lorenzen. But
Lorenzen is the important one.
Please, HOF voters, resist the temptation to vote Bill
Elliott and Terry Labonte into the Hall on their first ballot. Certainly Elliott, and probably Labonte,
deserved to be first ballot shoo-ins – that is before NASCAR decided to treat Hall
requirements like a speedway aero package and change the rules. It’s been only two years since Elliott ran
his last Cup race and of course Labonte ran in the Daytona 500 earlier this
This isn’t about Elliott (or Labonte). I'm a big Bill Elliott fan, as I wrote when the ballot for the
HOF Class of 2015 was first announced. He would have been an absolute first ballot
no brainer. This is about changes in
the Hall’s procedure that allowed Elliott to jump to the head of the line and possibly
delay Lorenzen’s entry yet again, especially as the panel seems reluctant
to vote more than one or two Cup drivers into the Hall each year.
Trouble is, there may not be another year for Lorenzen. His family has been open about the fact Lorenzen suffers from dementia. He has good days and bad. Let's give him another good day while he can still appreciate it.