CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Wendell Scott and Rusty Wallace are among the five new nominees announced Wednesday for the 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
Also added to the nominee list was Anne Bledsoe France, wife of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. She was NASCAR's first treasurer and secretary, and is the first woman nominated for the Hall of Fame.
Engine builder Ray Fox also was nominated, as was sponsor executive Ralph Seagraves.
Scott won the 1963 race at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Fla., for the only victory of his 495 career starts. A former taxi driver, he became the first black driver to become a full-time competitor in NASCAR.
He ranked 33rd on the list for career starts, and accumulated 20 top-five finishes and 147 top-10 finishes.
Scott was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1999, and NASCAR currently awards 12 scholarships per year in his name to students from historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions.
``I always admired Wendell for doing as much as he did with as little as he had to do it with,'' Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett said. ``He never had top notch equipment. I felt that he would have won more races if he had the same backing that I had at the highlight of my career. I am very pleased to see him included on the nominee list.''
Wallace was the 1989 Cup champion, and is eighth on the career list with 55 victories.
Wallace finished second at Atlanta in his Cup debut in 1980 driving for Roger Penske. He joined the series full-time in 1984, won rookie of the year, and won his first race in 1986 at Bristol. He was especially adept on the circuit's short tracks winning 25 times at Bristol, Martinsville, North Wilkesboro and Richmond.
Wallace is currently an analyst for ESPN.
``There are just so many people that have made huge contributions to the sport, that to be recognized like this is just really humbling,'' Wallace said. ``This sport has done so much for me and I hope that I've been able to give a little back over the years.''
The Hall of Fame voting panel will elect five members from the list of 25 nominees into next year's class on May 23.

Recent NASCAR Discussions

Auto Club 400 Contest From Man Crates on Thu, Mar 2017 by Blade
Auto Club 400 Betting News and Notes on Thu, Mar 2017 by Blade
Camping World 500 Contest From Man Crates on Tue, Mar 2017 by Michael Cash
Kobalt 400 Contest From Man Crates on Thu, Mar 2017 by High Roller
Kobalt 400 Betting News and Notes on Sat, Mar 2017 by Blade

NASCAR Odds

Driver Odds
Service King 300 - Odds to Win @ Auto Club Speedway.
Kyle Busch +200
Kyle Larson +450
Joey Logano +450
Erik Jones +600
Paul Menard +1000

Nascar Top Stories

Thumbnail Auto Club 400 Odds The NASCAR Monster Energy Series make its way out to California this weekend for the running of the Auto Club 400. Here is a look at the...
Thumbnail California 300 Odds The NASCAR Xfinity Series opens the racing weekend on Saturday with the California 300. Here is a look at the odds to...
Thumbnail Camping World 500 Picks The NASCAR Monster Energy Seriesgets back into swing today with the Camping World 500? Here’s our picks for today’s race.
Thumbnail Camping World 500 Odds The NASCAR Monster Energy Series stays out west this week for the running of the Camping World 500. Here is a look at the odds to win...
Thumbnail Kobalt 400 Picks The NASCAR Monster Energy Series drives in Sin City today for the Kobalt 400. Here’s our picks for the big race.