The 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class was announced on Wednesday, and it's a very diverse list.
The class of five consists of Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett, Maurice Petty and Fireball Roberts. That means that current owners Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick, as well as Speedway Motorsports Inc.'s Bruton Smith must wait another year.
Jarrett is likely the most familiar face to NASCAR fans, as the 1999 Cup champion is an analyst on ESPN's Sprint Cup Series coverage. Jarrett won three Daytona 500s and two Brickyard 400s. His father, Ned Jarrett, who was also a broadcaster after his career was over, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
Maurice Petty was the engine builder for Petty Enterprises and is the fourth member of the Petty Enterprises crew to make the Hall of Fame after cousin Dale Inman and younger brother Richard and father Lee.
Tim Flock won 39 races in 187 starts and his first championship was in 1952 driving the Hudson Hornet. And at Hickory Motor Speedway on May 16, 1953, Flock won with Jocko Flocko, a Rhesus Monkey, in the car. Yes, Jocko is the only monkey to ever win a stock car race.
Jack Ingram won three straight championships from 1972-74 in what is now the Nationwide Series and then won the first Busch Series title in 1982 and added another for good measure in 1985. Ingram had 31 series wins.
Fireball Roberts won the 1962 Daytona 500 and two Southern 500s. Roberts was involved in a fiery crash on May 24, 1964 in what's now the Coca-Cola 600, and passed away on July 2nd of that year.
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- Fireball Roberts
- Dale Jarrett
- Maurice Petty
- Tim Flock
- Richard Childress
- Ned Jarrett