Phillips crew chief estimates Phillips won nearly one thousand times on weekly series racetracks. His outstanding career has been noticed as he is on the 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame nomination list.
Nominee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Evernham, Kulwicki, Martin added to ballot; Landmark Award nominees named Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Legendary engine builders, crew chiefs, owners and drivers. Their roles and responsibilities may have differed, but they all have one trait in common – each made an everlasting mark on NASCAR history. NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Included among the list are five first-time nominees – legends all – who exceled in various disciplines, at various levels. RELATED: Photo gallery of the Class of 2016 nominees Among them are three-time NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Ray Evernham; 1970 NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Harry Hyde; 1992 NASCAR premier series champion Alan Kulwicki; winner of a combined 96 NASCAR national series races, Mark Martin; and 1986 NASCAR west series champion Hershel McGriff. For a full list of nominees, please see below. The nominees were selected by a nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks and the media. The committee's votes were tabulated by accounting firm Ernst & Young. From the list of 20 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominees, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, which includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.com. Voting Day for the 2016 class will be Wednesday, May 20. The five nominees for the Landmark Award are Harold Brasington, H. Clay Earles, Raymond Parks, Ralph Seagraves and Ken Squier (more on each below). Potential Landmark Award recipients include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners remain eligible for NHOF enshrinement. Following are the 20 nominees for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, listed alphabetically: Buddy Baker, won 19 times in NASCAR's premier (now Sprint Cup) series, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500 Red Byron , first NASCAR premier series champion, in 1949 Richard Childress, 11-time car owner champion in NASCAR’s three national series Jerry Cook , six-time NASCAR Modified champion Ray Evernham , three-time NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Ray Fox , legendary engine builder and owner of cars driven by Buck Baker, Junior Johnson and others Rick Hendrick, 14-time car owner champion in NASCAR's three national series Harry Hyde , 1970 NASCAR premier series championship crew chief Bobby Isaac , 1970 NASCAR premier series champion Alan Kulwicki , 1992 NASCAR premier series champion Terry Labonte , two-time NASCAR premier series champion Mark Martin , 96-time race winner in NASCAR national series competition Hershel McGriff, 1986 NASCAR west series champion Raymond Parks , NASCAR's first champion car owner Benny Parsons , 1973 NASCAR premier series champion Larry Phillips , only five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion O. Bruton Smith , builder of Charlotte Motor Speedway and architect of Speedway Motorsports Inc. Mike Stefanik , winner of record-tying nine NASCAR championships Curtis Turner, early personality, called the "Babe Ruth of stock car racing" Robert Yates , won NASCAR premier series championship as both an engine builder and owner The five nominees for the Landmark Award are as follows… Harold Brasington , founder of Darlington Speedway H. Clay Earles , founder of Martinsville Speedway Raymond Parks , NASCAR's first champion car owner Ralph Seagraves , formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Ken Squier , legendary radio and television broadcaster; inaugural winner/namesake of Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence The 22-person Nominating Committee are as follows... NOMINATION COMMITTEE NASCAR Hall of Fame: Executive Director Winston Kelley; Historian Buz McKim. NASCAR Officials: Chairman / CEO Brian France; Vice Chairman Jim France; Vice Chairman of NASCAR Mike Helton; Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar; Executive Vice President / Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell; Executive Vice President / Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps; Senior Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton; Competition Administrator Jerry Cook (Note: Due to Jerry Cook's inclusion on the ballot for the NHOF Class of 2015, he was recused from voting for the Class of 2016 nominees.) Track Owners/Operators: International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa Kennedy; Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell; Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage; Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark; former Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George; Dover Motorsports CEO Denis McGlynn; Pocono Raceway board of directors member Looie McNally; Bowman Gray Stadium operator Dale Pinilis; Holland Motorsports Complex operator Ron Bennett; Rockford Speedway operator Jody Deery; West Coast representative Ken Clapp. Media: Mike Joy, FOX. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
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FOX NASCAR analyst embraces Joy, Waltrip after final broadcast together RELATED: McReynolds: 'Sunday is going to be very tough' The end of the FOX NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race broadcast season on Sunday was also the end of an era for one of the longest-running broadcast teams in sports television history. Larry McReynolds bid farewell to the booth and his mates, race announcer Mike Joy and fellow analyst Darrell Waltrip, following the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. RELATED: 'Rowdy' wins with late surge "I have to say I feel like the most blessed man on earth to stand beside you guys for 15 years," McReynolds said after FOX Sports 1 signed off with its 16th and final race of 2015. Last month, FOX announced that four-time champion Jeff Gordon would join Joy and Waltrip in the booth in 2016, replacing McReynolds. "Love you, brother," Waltrip said as McReynolds embraced him and Joy. On a "FOX Sports Live" post-race report, Joy said he still planned to work with McReynolds next season. "We're going to add Jeff Gordon to the booth," Joy said. "I'm going to keep Larry real close for all his race strategy beginning in 2016." RELATED: Gordon to transition into booth On Friday, McReynolds told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that the race and the transition ahead would be difficult for him. "I'm looking forward to my next role whenever we kind of get our arms around what that's going to be with FOX, but it's probably going to be very tough the next three days," McReynolds said. "But especially when that producer comes in our ear on Sunday and says, 'The booth is clear.' " The two-time winner of the Daytona 500 as a crew chief will continue to serve as an analyst on FOX Sports 1's weekday "NASCAR Race Hub" program as well as its "NASCAR RaceDay" and "NASCAR Victory Lane" shows for the rest of the season. McReynolds also took a page from Gordon's playbook and tweeted on Saturday that he is not retiring. THANKS To All for the comments on me and my broadcasting! Very flattering & overwhelming! BUT, Trust Me, I Am Not Retiring! Not even close! — Larry McReynolds (@LarryMac28) June 27, 2015 FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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NASCAR Next driver was NASCAR K&N Pro Series Rookie of the Year A new technical affiliation will offer an extra boost of support for NASCAR Next driver Jesse Little's 2015 plans. Team Little Racing and Larry McReynolds Racing announced Tuesday the formation of a technical alliance designed to help the 17-year-old driver's efforts in NASCAR K&N Pro Series events. The new partnership will provide Team Little with engineering and technical support for its No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota, plus LMR personnel for shop duties. McReynolds -- a two-time Daytona 500 -winning crew chief, now an analyst for FOX's NASCAR coverage -- has the home base for his shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. "From the very beginning we have been clear that our mission at LMR is to identify and attract the best young drivers in NASCAR and then surround them with the sponsors, people and technical support that they need to succeed," McReynolds said in a release provided by the team. "Not only do we believe that Jesse is one of the top young talents in our sport, but I have no doubt that this partnership will give Jesse the opportunity to show NASCAR and its millions of fans worldwide just how good this young man is." Little, the 2013 rookie of the year in the K&N Pro Series East, notched his first K&N victory last season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . He also won the pole position in August at Iowa Speedway in a combined race for both the East and West divisions. "This is an exceptional opportunity for me and everyone involved in our program," Little said. "To have someone the caliber of Larry McReynolds and his team approach us to join their efforts for 2015 is something we're very excited about and I am looking forward to working with such a talented group." Little wound up sixth in the 2014 final K&N Pro Series East standings.
McReynolds remembers driver on anniversary of his passing RELATED: High 5: Remembering Davey Allison As New Hampshire Motor Speedway celebrates its 25th anniversary, FOX NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds, a guest on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, remembered another Magic Mile milestone: the first premier series race at the track, which was the last event for Davey Allison before a helicopter accident claimed his life. After falling 63 points shy of the 1992 NASCAR championship, Allison's No. 28 Robert Yates Racing Ford got off to a slow start, according to McReynolds, who served as its crew chief. "I think we kind of got lazy between the '92 and the '93 season because we ran so well in 1992," McReynolds said. "We didn't work to make ourselves better, and we were struggling when '93 started." The Slick 50 300 at a new New England venue offered an opportunity for the team to turn the corner, and it gave the team reason to be optimistic for the inaugural premier series race. "We finally built a brand new car and went to Loudon, and we were leading that race with 30 laps to go and we had a car that was good on the long run," McReynolds said. "A caution comes out for debris with 30 laps to go. We were in a bit of a box. We had to pit so we pitted, and we ended up finishing third to Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin ." It was the team's first top-five finish in a month and sixth in the first 16 races of the season. An upbeat Allison did something on the way home that surprised his crew chief and fellow Alabama native as the No. 28 team headed to Charlotte and then on to Allison's home in Hueytown, Alabama. "Davey did something that night that I had never seen him do," McReynolds said. "He always flew his own plane. I think it's how he kind of took out his anxiety of the day, but he told his pilot and his dad, Bobby, 'You guys fly the airplane. I'm going to sit in the back with the guys.' "…we sat back there and he was so excited and happy because I think like he felt like we finally had hit on something that we had been missing most of 1993. He told me when we landed in Charlotte, 'You won't be able to get in touch with me tomorrow. I think I'm going to fly up to Talladega to watch David Bonnett, Neil Bonnett's son, test a car.' "I said, 'No problem. I'll call you on Tuesday.' "Well, unfortunately, I never got to make that call because the next day was when he was killed in a helicopter crash at Talladega." Later that season, Ernie Irvan took over the No. 28 ride, driving the car through the first 20 races of the 1994 season before a crash at Michigan International Speedway sidelined him for for more than a year. When Irvan returned to the No. 28 car in 1996, McReynolds was his crew chief, and that July, Irvan and McReynolds went to Victory Lane at Loudon, New Hampshire, for an emotional celebration in honor of the driver's comeback and to commemorate the three-year anniversary of Allison's passing. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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