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Bill France Sr. And Jr. Among NASCAR HOF's First-Ever Inductees
Published October 15, 2009
|Richard Petty One Of Five Inaugural
Inductees Into NASCAR HOF
RIGHT TIME? In Charlotte, Scott Fowler wrote Bill France Jr. "made some great contributions to the sport, steering it expertly through a period of explosive growth, and there's no doubt he should be in the Hall of Fame." Fowler: "At some point. Like in Class No.2, in 2011." Fowler wrote the first class "should have contained four drivers, not three" (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 10/14). In Daytona Beach, Ken Willis notes the Baseball HOF's first class included all players, and it was "Year 3 before they inducted Albert Spalding, the man regarded as the inventor of the game." Inducting Bill France Jr. "sure seems like a nod toward the front office" and a "bit of posthumous sucking up." Willis: "Oh what the hell, they own the building, after all" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 10/15).