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NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2023, Landmark Award nominees announced

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – Matt Kenseth, Tim Brewer, A.J. Foyt, Sam Ard and Lesa France Kennedy were announced as new nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 and the Landmark Award.

MODERN-ERA BALLOT

Matt Kenseth and Tim Brewer were added as new nominees for the Modern-Era ballot. Other nominees are Neil Bonnett, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards, Harry Gant, Harry Hyde, Larry Phillips, Ricky Rudd and Kirk Shelmerdine. Two will get in.

  • Matt Kenseth won the 2003 NASCAR Cup Series championship and 39 career NASCAR Cup Series wins, including two Daytona 500s – in 2009 and 2012. Kenseth raced full-time for 18 seasons and made 53 other starts in 1998-99, 2018 and 2020.
  • Tim Brewer earned 53 NASCAR Cup Series wins as a crew chief. Brewer won the 1978 championship with Cale Yarborough and the 1981 championship with Darrell Waltrip.

    Brewer also won with Tim Richmond, Neil Bonnett, Terry Labonte, Geoffrey Bodine and Bill Elliott. He also was an analyst for NASCAR on ESPN when they returned in 2007.

Mike Stefanik and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were inducted from the Modern-Era ballot for the Class of 2021.

PIONEER BALLOT

A.J. Foyt and Sam Ard were added as new nominees for the Pioneer ballot. Other nominees are Banjo Matthews, Hershel McGriff and Ralph Moody. One will get in.

  • A.J. Foyt won seven NASCAR Cup Series races, including the 1972 Daytona 500 with the Wood Brothers.

    Outside of NASCAR, Foyt has seven open-wheel championships and 67 wins, including a record four Indianapolis 500 wins. He is the only driver to win the Indy 500, Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 24 Hours of LeMans and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • Sam Ard won two of the first three NASCAR Xfinity Series championships – in 1983 and 1984 – and held the record for most wins in a single season – 10 in 1983 – until Kyle Busch broke the record with 13 wins in 2010.

    Ard died in 2017 at the age of 78 after a battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Jake Elder was the only Class of 2021 Pioneer nominee who did not make the ballot for the Class of 2023.

  • Jake Elder won 44 NASCAR Cup Series races and two championships as a crew chief. Elder won the 1968 championship with David Pearson and the 1980 championship with Dale Earnhardt.

    Elder won his first race with Dick Hutcherson in 1966 and his 44th and final race with Darrell Waltrip in 1992. Between 1967 and 1991, he also won with Bobby Allison, Mario Andretti, Benny Parsons, Morgan Shepherd and Davey Allison.

    He gained the nickname ‘Suitcase Jake’ for never staying with the same driver for any longer than four seasons.

Red Farmer was inducted from the Pioneer ballot for the Class of 2021.

LANDMARK AWARD

Lesa France Kennedy was added as the newest nominee for the Landmark Award. Other nominees are Janet Guthrie, Alvin Hawkins, Mike Helton and Dr. Joseph Mattioli. One will be selected for the award.

  • Lesa France Kennedy is the Executive Vice Chair of NASCAR and has held several key roles within International Speedway Corporation – including secretary, treasurer, executive vice president and CEO.

    Kennedy also oversaw the building of Kansas Speedway and renovation projects at Phoenix Raceway and Daytona International Speedway.

The award was posthumously given to Ralph Seagraves during the Class of 2021 induction ceremony.

The voting board will vote May 3 on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2023 and the Landmark Award recipient.

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