The King Richard Petty is saying that two of the nominees for the Hall Of Fame this year should not be allowed in. He says that they should be put in at a later time.
He is talking about car owners Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick. He believes that they should not be allowed in yet because they are still very active in the sport. Petty stated that:
“They’re Hall of Fame people but not now, because you put them in and every week they’re going to have to change the (statistics) underneath their names.”
Richard Petty makes a good point about the statistics because you know they are going to have to change them almost every few weeks. Richard also said that they should put more of the pioneers in the sport first before people like Hendrick and Childress. He is pushing to get his brother Maurice Petty in the Hall Of Fame this year. He was the engine builder for Richard Petty and he helped Petty get all of his seven championships.
Richard Petty does get a vote for who gets in the Hall of Fame and it is clear one of his votes is going for Maurice Petty. He also thinks that we should recognize drivers at the lower series like Jack Ingram who won five championships in what is now the Nationwide series. Petty said that every one of the nominees eventually should be in the Hall of Fame but if they are still racing/owning then they should not be allowed in yet. As most of us know though Petty is an owner himself. So some people might ask why is he in the HOF than? That’s because Petty is in the Hall Of Fame as a driver, not an owner.
The voting for this year is on May 22nd in Charlotte and five people will be chosen to join the NASCAR Hall Of Fame.