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Who will be the next nominees for NASCAR's Hall of Fame?

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We're rolling now. With the NASCAR Hall of Fame open and the first class properly enshrined, it's time to turn our attention to who might make the second cut. On Thursday evening, NASCAR will announce the 25 nominees for the five spots in the Second Class. Let's consider some of the possibilities, shall we?

David Pearson: Hands down, he's in. He probably should have made it into the first class, and if he doesn't make it in the second class, there'll be rioting in the streets -- led by the Silver Fox (pictured), one of the greatest drivers ever, himself.

Raymond Parks: Part schemer, part bootlegger, he was one of the driving forces behind the creation of NASCAR and owner of the first champion car. Sadly, he passed away only a few weeks ago.

Cale Yarborough: One of the toughest drivers in NASCAR history; he'd pick his teeth with many of the alleged big dogs of today.

Glen Wood: He and his brother Leonard built a team that runs to this very day, the longest continuously running in NASCAR history, and helped revolutionize pit stops, among other feats. Should the Woods go in together or separately?

Bobby Allison: Few men have won as much as Bobby, and few men have lost as much on the track as well.

Darrell Waltrip: Forget the boogity-boogity nonsense; Waltrip, a three-time Cup champ, could flat-out wheel.

Dale Inman: As a crew chief, he won eight championships, seven with Richard Petty, one with Terry Labonte, and is the only crew chief or driver to have turned that feat.

Jimmie Johnson: Kidding. For the moment.

Beyond Pearson and Yarborough, the slate is wide-open. Who are your picks? Make your case in the comments below. Nominees will be announced Thursday night at 8 p.m. on SPEED, and then the debate will begin in earnest.

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